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Broadway Box Office: ‘If/Then’ Bounces Back; ‘Mice And Men’ Takes $1M Bow

By | Monday July 28, 2014 @ 12:43pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: ‘If/Then’ Bounces Back; ‘Mice And Men’ Takes $1M BowThe Idina Menzel showcase If/Then bounced back last week after a slight dip, posting $822,516 in sales for the week ending Sunday, a $49,000 rebound according to box office figures released Monday afternoon by the trade group Broadway League. That was two-thirds of its gross potential at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and attendance was good, at Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 4.52.15 PM88.5 % of capacity for the 1,311-seat house. Pippin recovered a bit as well, increasing $49,756 to $676,450 and filling 97% of the seats at the Music Box.

Image (2) Broadway-sign__121204013651-275x148.jpg for post 509154Overall, the box office was off a bit, by 3%, from the week before: $27,038,224 for week 9 of the season versus $27,867,272 during Week 8. Most of that dip could be attributed to the return to eight performances following a week of niners by The Book Of Mormon and The Lion King.

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Of Mice And Men finished its run well in the black and breaking the house record one final time at the Longace, topping $1 million at $1,038,106, up more than $108,000 from the week before. Cast and crew return Tuesday night  to film the show for later broadcast by National Theatre Live.

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Broadway Box Office: Summer Heats Up As ‘Lion’ Hits $2.4M, ‘Mice’ Breaks House Record At $929,000

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 12:47pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: Summer Heats Up As ‘Lion’ Hits $2.4M, ‘Mice’ Breaks House Record At $929,000Disney’s inexhaustible Lion King continued to roar last week, ringing up $2.43 million in ticket sales at the 1,700-seat Minskoff Theatre as Broadway jumped $2.23 million over the week before. Total receipts were $27,867, 272 for 29 shows for the week ending Sunday, as the Street bid farewell to Holler If Ya Hear Me and The Cripple Of Inishmaan. Both of those shows benefited from theatergoers knowing it was their final chance before bye-bye, translating into increases of $112,037 for Holler and $144,081 for Daniel Radcliffe’s Cripple, per figures released by the Broadway League trade group.

"What If" Screening - 2014 New York Film Critics SeriesAs reported earlier, several shows broke house records: At the Longacre, James Franco and Chris O’Dowd whipped Of Mice And Men up to $929,343, an increase of $66,481 over the week before. Hedwig And The Angry Inch  broke the Belasco house record for the fifth time, ringing up $1,088,660 in sales, a slight increase over the week before. And Beautiful: The Carole King Musical jumped $46,627 to $1,300,153 at the Sondheim.

Only one show posted a decline: If/Then, the Idina Menzel starrer, was off $27,115, to $773,533, about 60% of its gross potential at the Richard Rodgers and not a great sign for the rest of the summer. Longterm survivor Phantom Of The Opera was up an impressive $137,410 to $1,114,417 at the Majestic; Kinky Boots kicked up … Read More »

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The ‘Mice’ That Roared: Franco, O’Dowd, Meester Sets Broadway House Record; ‘Beautiful’ Too

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 8:51am PDT

The ‘Mice’ That Roared: Franco, O’Dowd, Meester Sets Broadway House Record; ‘Beautiful’ TooUPDATE: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical grossed $1.3 million, breaking the house record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre for the 12th time in 36 weeks of performances.

Proving their chops as Broadway draws, James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton set a second house record last week as their run in the revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men comes to a close. The show grossed $929,888 for the week ending July 20, breaking its previous record of $897,851.00 for the week ending April 27. The show, which opened on April 16 at the Longacre Theatre and recouped its $3.8 million capitalization after 12 weeks, ends its limited run this Sunday.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 11.08.51 AMThe success of Mice, staged by Anna D. Shapiro, underscores the value of smart marketing, stalwart producing and, essentially, great word-of-mouth, all of which urged the show — hardly your typical breezy summer fare — to must-see status. The producers are David Binder, Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Latitude Link/Piedmont Productions, Raise the Roof, Paula Marie Black, Marc Turtletaub, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Marianne Mills/Jayne Baron Sherman, Martin Massman, Judy Kent/Wendy Knudsen, Kevin Niu, Michael Watt and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.

More Broadway box office news will come this afternoon.

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Broadway Hands Dutch Mogul Joop Van Den Ende Latest K.O. As ‘Rocky’ Goes Down For The Count

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 3:31pm PDT

Broadway Hands Dutch Mogul Joop Van Den Ende Latest K.O. As ‘Rocky’ Goes Down For The Count

Dutch entertainment mogul Joop van den Ende is one of Europe’s savviest producers of movies, TV and legit, but he just can’t catch a break on Broadway. His latest venture, the musical adaptation of Rocky, was a hit on the Continent — it’s still selling out in Hamburg — but the tuner will shutter August 17 at the Winter Garden Theatre at a complete loss of its estimated $16 million-plus capitalization. Van den Ende will share the pain with a four-star roster of partners including Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, MGM, the two leading Broadway landlords, the Shubert Organization (which owns the Winter Garden) and the Nederlander Organization, along with a host of independent producers.

Rocky began previews February 13 and opened a month later to mostly critical yawns that tamped the box office despite some enthusiastic patrons getting in on highly discounted tickets. The show offered a certified coup de theatre from set designer Christopher Barreca in the final scene, which called for the folks in the front rows of the orchestra to move to stageside bleachers, offering a simulacrum of a live boxing event. The boxing ring in which Andy Karl’s Rocky Balboa fought Terence Archie’s Apollo Creed was drawn out on risers directly into the house, a knockout move. Strategic miking and custom-made props — including soft gloves that allowed the actors to actually pummel one another — enhanced the illusion. Read More »

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Broadway Box Office: Slow But Steady, ‘Mice’, ‘Cripple’ Leap $100K-plus

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: Slow But Steady, ‘Mice’, ‘Cripple’ Leap $100K-plusUPDATE: CORRECTED FIGURES The Broadway League released corrected figures for Cabaret that changed the weekly totals. Correct figures  are: Week 7 of the Broadway season held fairly steady over the previous week, showing a gain of $517,224 over the week before to a total take of $25,634,839, according to figures released by the trade group the Broadway League

More than half the uptick came from increases for two star-driven dramas. Of Mice And Men, featuring James Franco and  Chris O’Dowd in the John Steinbeck revival, took in $862,862, an increase of $107,506 over the week before at the Longacre  Theatre, with nearly every one of its 1,073 seats filled for all eight performances. Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan, at the 1,073-seat Cort, was up $129,241 to $596,630. That’s 61% of its $970,200 gross potential; the show played to 85 percent of capacity.

Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, AWalter Kerr TheatreTony best musical winner A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder gained again, by $14,841, to $901,681 and played to full houses. Also at or near SRO: Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Matilda, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King (which advanced again, to a Street-topping tally of $2,151,409), and Wicked.

Total season-to-date gross was $196,147,592, up 17.7% from the same week last season. Priciest average ducat was Book Of Mormon ($185.25), followed by Lion King ($160.74) Beautiful ($151.87)  and Hedwig ($148.66).

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Broadway Box Office Slumps $4.66M Over July 4th; Audra McDonald Re-Ups With ‘Lady Day’

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 1:06pm PDT

Broadway Box Office Slumps $4.66M Over July 4th; Audra McDonald Re-Ups With ‘Lady Day’UPDATE: Tony Winner (for best performance by a leading actress in a play) Audra McDonald has again extended her stay in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Circle In The Square. The record-holding six-time Tony winner will take a vacation the first week of September and then return to the show from September 9-21.

Meanwhile, Broadway took a major box office slam last week during the July Fourth holiday. Total gross for 30 shows was $25,117,615, down from $29,774,659 the week before for 33  shows, according to the Broadway League trade group. Read More »

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Broadway Box Office: ‘All The Way’ Ends On $1.6M High; ‘Aladdin’ Gains To $1.5M For Disney

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 12:51pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: ‘All The Way’ Ends On $1.6M High; ‘Aladdin’ Gains To $1.5M For DisneyBryan Cranston ankled his Broadway gig as LBJ on another high, as All The Way ended its a limited run Sunday with another record-breaking week. The Tony winners (Best Play, Best Performance By A  Leading Actor in a Play)  took in $1,623,495, a new high figure for a non-musical,  at the Neil Simon Theatre. Average ticket price was $141.62.

On the musicals front, Disney’s Aladdin is proving more popular each week, having its best stand since opening at the New Amsterdam. It was up $176,710 to $1,623,495, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League for Week 5, which ended Sunday.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 4.18.55 PMThe season’s newcomer, Holler If Ya Hear Me, continued to sink, taking in just $159,571 at the Palace, and the long-running Once also looks to be in trouble, grossing barely half its $922,885 potential at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Broadway total was up fractionally from the week before, to $29,774,659 for 33 shows, from $29,753,590. The Week 5 tally a year ago was $24,997,386, with fewer shows running.

Wicked, at $2,107,598, edged out The Lion King, at $2,044,928 for the top spot; third place was The Book Of Mormon, at $1,658,638. Mormon continued to have the highest per-ticket average, at $189.52.

The other news of the week: Sting’s musical The Last Ship (not to be confused with the new TNT drama) opened its Broadway tryout run in Chicago with a big wet kiss from the Sun-Times’s Hedy Weiss, who … Read More »

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`Newsies’, Disney’s Accidental Broadway Hit, Will Shutter In August

By | Sunday June 22, 2014 @ 2:28pm PDT

`Newsies’, Disney’s Accidental Broadway Hit, Will Shutter In Augustschumacher2Disney, which has been quick to drop the axe on its Broadway flops, including Tarzan and The Little Mermaid, announced today that its accidental hit, Newsies, will close on August 24 at the Nederlander Theatre, while still earning respectable money at the box office after a run of more than two years and grosses of over $100 million.
Based on Disney’s 1992 film — a $42.8 million box-office dud whose video built a cult following — Newsies opened in the fall of 2011 at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, where it was planned as a dry-run for a regional tour. But a new book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Kinky Boots) and songs from Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, along with an upbeat, high-energy production staged by director Jeff Calhoun and choreographer Christopher Gatelli impressed the New York critics, compelling Disney Theatricals chief Thomas Schumacher to change course and head for Broadway. The show, which cost about $5 million, opened the following May and won Tonys for score and choreography.
Since then, however, the Nederander box office has weakened incrementally as several other family-friendly shows came in and amped up the competition for dollars from the Disney demo, notably that company’s own Aladdin along, of course, with the now-and-forever blockbuster Lion King.

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DeadlineNow: Box Office Bumps For Top Tony Winners (Video)

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 4:27pm PDT
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Tony Wins Boost Winners' Box Office

Best Musical 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' and Best Play 'All the Way' both see six-digit gains during Week 3 of the 2014-15 Broadway season. Deadline's Jeremy Gerard reports.

Related: Broadway B.O.: ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Kills With $120,000 Bounce After Tony Win

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Broadway B.O.: ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Kills With $120,000 Bounce After Tony Win

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
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UPDATE: ADDS All The Way and figures from more shows: Savvy marketing and a Tony win for Best Musical conspired to give A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder a healthy box office spike last week. Just as important, the Tony win may account for the fact that folks are willing to pay top-dollar for the quirky, quick-change comedy based on the Alec Guinness chestnut Kind Hearts And Coronets. In addition to a $117,000 bounce at the Walter Kerr Theatre for a near-potential $851,000 – its best week since opening — average ticket price was up almost $22 to $121.89, according to figures released by the Broadway League for Week 3 of the season, which ended Sunday..

Broadway overall had a good week heading into the summer tourist season, with total receipts of $29.9 million, a $1.6 million increase over the  week before.

All The Way, the Tony winner for Best Play, also showed increased firepower, as the Bryan Cranston-starring show about LBJ and the passage of the Civil Rights Act jumped $289,000 to a $1.229 million. Best Musical also-ran Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, whose star Jessie Mueller won for Best Actress in a Musical, bested the house record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre by grossing $1.17 million for eight performances. Rocky, unloved by critics and proving a tough sell, showed some comeback strength, increasing $143,461 to $761,451, or 60% of its gross potential of $1.26 million at the Winter Garden Theatre.

The week’s top grossing show was Disney’s The Lion King, at $2.044 million, followed … Read More »

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Broadway B.O. Gets Pre-Tony Boost; James Franco, Chris O’Dowd’s Mighty `Mice’ Recoups $3.8M

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Big family musical 'Aladdin' saw a big bump in ticket sales without running away with a bunch of awards. Some of the smaller plays might not feel the same surge. Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Dominic Patten discuss.

Broadway had a healthy runup to Sunday’s Tony Awards, as the total box office hit $28.3 million, an increase of $445,000 over the week before. Disney’s Aladdin took in $1.28 million (and a Tony for Genie James Monroe Iglehart),American Theatre Wing's 68th Annual Tony Awards - Press Room its best week to date, and heads into the summer tourist season with a hefty $18 million advance, according to sources. Producer David Binder also had a great week: Not only did his hit Hedwig And The Angry Inch bring home four Tonys including best musical revival and best lead actor in a musical for Neil Patrick Harris, but his revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, fueled by stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, recouped its $3.8 million capitalizations with seven weeks to go on its limited run. Read More »

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Broadway B.O. Dips In Week 1 As Michael Cohl’s ‘Superstar’ Road Show Goes Bust

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 1:28pm PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.16.11 PMBroadway ended week 1 of the 2014-15 season on Sunday $3 million off from the week before but still ahead of the same frame a year ago. The story of the day, however, was the stunning collapse of a star-studded North American arena tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice Jesus Christ Superstar just as it was about to get underway in New Orleans.

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While the Broadway best-sellers continued full steam ahead, most other shows limped after the Memorial Day weekend highs. Total box office, according to figures released by the Broadway League trade association, was $27.9 million; the week before, the total was $30.9 million. The total one year ago was $23.3 million.

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Aladdin, Toronto 2013Among new productions this season, Disney’s Aladdin was the top seller, with $1.2 million in sales and all of its seats filled. Add in the take from The Lion King ($2 million) and Newsies ($628,000) and Disney had a $3.8 million week on the Rialto. Other new shows that went SRO were A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder ($701,000), A Raisin In The Sun ($1.2 million), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1 million) and Hedwig And The Angry Inch ($979,000 ), though most were below their gross potential.

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DeadlineNow: Broadway Closes Out Season On A High Note (Video)

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 5:12pm PDT

We’re into Day 2 of our DeadlineNow video news service, in which Deadline’s journalists offer instant analysis and commentary on the news as it happens. Check back throughout the day for more reports.

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Broadway B.O. Pulls In $1.27B in 2013-14

Deadline's chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard looks back at the successful 2013-2014 Broadway box office season.

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