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Over holidays, ticket sales for Broadway plays can be erratic. Even though most productions closed for Thanksgiving, many made up for it with a special matinee performances for families on Friday, November 23, in addition to their normal Friday night performances.
Ticket sales had a big jump over the holiday with gross ticket sales up $6.4 million from the previous week ending November 18. According to this week's figures posted by The Broadway League, Broadway gross ticket sales totaled $27,019,880 for the week ending on November 25.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" will join the fairy tale bandwagon when it hits Broadway for the first time at the beginning of next year.
Previews for the show, starring Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes ("Bonnie & Clyde," and "South Pacific") as Cinderella, will begin January 24, 2013 at the Broadway Theatre. Surprisingly, this will mark the Broadway debut of the princess character, as well as this particular musical, according to the Entertainment Weekly website.
After revealing plans last March to open in New York sometime in 2013, producers of the upcoming American debut of "Matilda the Musical" have officially announced the four actresses who will share the title role. The show, based on the classic story by Roald Dahl, premiered in November 2010 at Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in London, where it played to sold-out crowds.
The musical then moved to London’s West End at the Cambridge Theatre in October 2011. The producers reveled in its success and decided to open on Broadway. In 2012, Matilda won seven Lawrence Olivier awards, setting a record for number of wins for any musical. The awards include Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Actress, shared among the four young actresses playing Matilda on the London stage.
Broadway producers from the Kirmser Ponturo Group recently announced plans for a new, still untitled play that will focus on the history of Major League Baseball's most famous team. The New York Yankees and the MLB organization are partnering with producers, and the Kirmser Ponturo Group hope to have the play ready to hit the Great White Way by late next year.
In regards to the upcoming play and the Yankees' collaboration Bloomberg reports that Lonn Trost, the team's Chief Operations Officer, said, "It is a thrill that two iconic American institutions, the Yankees and the Broadway theater, are joining together. Just as generations of fans have been captivated in their seats at Yankee Stadium, theatergoers will be able to experience the same drama and joy. We look forward to opening our archives to the process and sharing our stories."
Bouncing back from the double-hit of Hurricane Sandy followed by snowstorm Athena, day-to-day business in New York City is continuing its slow return to normalcy. Ticket sales did not follow last week's significant increase of over $6 million, but did continue to mildly increase.
According to this week's figures posted by The Broadway League, Broadway gross ticket sales totaled just under $20.9 million for the week ending on November 18. The gross ticket sales are up $1.3 million from the previous week ending on November 11.
The Longacre Theatre opened its doors earlier this week to a raunchy comedy about the Adult Film Awards. However, according to Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press, the show just isn't going to work out. As of Thursday night, just one night after the show's opening, producers have pulled the plug. Kennedy says, "It was a new, brave and profane show set in the world of porn that had been building some word of mouth interest." Unfortunately, on top of the negative reviews, the hurricane that struck New York City only added to the show's demise, throwing the producers for a loop.
Roundabout Theatre Company's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a Broadway revival, officially opened on November 13, 2012 at Studio 54. The zany musical is set to run through February 10, 2013. Charles Dickens passed away before he finished his last novel, therefore taking the whodunit murder mystery with him to the grave. Rupert Holmes turned the novel into a musical with various endings, and allowed the audience to decide who the murderer is.
The Roundabout Theatre Company originally scheduled the opening date on November 29, but pushed it up to November 13, previews still began on October 19.
The Great White Way's bout of bad luck continued this week as another storm hit New York City — this time a snowstorm, which deterred many tourists from taking in a show, not to mention the effects of Superstorm Sandy were still very much apparent. Despite the storm, Broadway still managed to increase overall sales significantly.
According to figures posted by The Broadway League, Broadway gross ticket sales totaled $19.6 million, up just over $6 million through the week ending November 11. "An Enemy of the People" was the only show that experienced a decrease.
The Tony Award-winning musical, "Chicago", has held its spot on the Great White Way since 1996, when it opened at the Richard Rogers Theatre. From there, the show moved to the Shubert Theatre in 1997, and then to the Ambassador Theatre in 2003, where it has remained. The current Broadway cast of "Chicago" includes Amy Spanger, Amra-Faye Wright, Cory English, and Carol Woods.
Joining this all-star cast this past weekend in New York was country artist and celebrity dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. Cyrus is very excited to be taking on the role of Billy Flynn, the "silver-tongued prince of the courtroom," as described by BroadwayWorld.com.
Broadway's new arrival, "Dead Accounts" began preview performances on November 5 at the Music Box Theatre. The comedy is lead by Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as Jack ("Speed-The-Plow," "Catch Me If You Can," "Wicked") and film and television actress Katie Holmes as Lorna. The plot follows Jack's unexpected return to his parents' home in Ohio with about $27 million that he may have stolen. Lorna, the skeptical sister, questions him as the family reunion turns upside down in this dark comedy.
The show was set to begin previews on November 3, but the effects of Hurricane Sandy postponed performances for "Dead Accounts" along with many shows on Broadway. Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien ("The Coast of Utopia," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Hairspray") directs the play. "Dead Accounts" officially opens on November 29 and will run for 16 weeks. Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell ("Follies", "Well") plays the siblings' mother, with Judy Greer ("The Descendants") debuting on Broadway as the wife of Butz's character Jack. Josh Hamilton plays a childhood friend of Butz.