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A new comedy written by Martin McDonagh, "A Behanding in Spokane," opened March 4 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York, NY. Directed by Tony Award nominee John Crowley, this is the world premiere of the play, starring Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan.
The production begins with a bizarre premise: Carmichael, played by Walken, has been searching for a missing body part, his left hand, for 47 years. When a couple, played by Mackie and Kazan, offer a hand for sale that they do not actually possess, they learn Carmichael only needs one hand to use a gun. Rockwell takes the part of a skittish hotel clerk.
A revival of the award-winning drama "The Miracle Worker," written by William Gibson, opened March 3 at The Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway. This 50th anniversary production stages the play in-the-round for the first time.
This revival is directed by Kate Whoriskey and stars Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller and Tony Award nominee Alison Pill as the governess Annie Sullivan. The supporting cast features Jennnifer Morrision, Tony Award winner Elilzabeth Franz and Matthew Modine, a Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee.
The twenty seven shows on Broadway struggled in the cold last week posting $14,246,755, a significant drop compared to the $17,755,739 seen in the previous reporting period. This figure is even below the same week last season of $14,829,109. On a brighter note, the gross for the season to date is $766,506,343, exceeding last season's $763,017 total.
Of all the shows currently playing, only Wicked at the Gershwin and The Lion King at the Minskoff were able to reach the million dollar plateau. Of the nine plays, the one with the best performance at the box office was A View from the Bridge at the Cort, reporting $899,916.
With Presidents Day and a slight improvement of the weather, Broadway warmed up this past week with box office returns reaching $17,755,739, much improved over the previous reporting period of $15,774,092. Overall, the gross this year as of February 21 is $752,259,588 compared to $748,188,598 at the same point last year.
Once again, there are five productions in the million-dollar winner's ring: Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson and West Side Story at the Palace. Enjoying big bumps in ticket sales were The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic, Hair at the Hirschfeld and South Pacific at the Beaumont.
There was a welcome bump up in total box office and attendance this week, $15,774,092 compared to last week's anemic $12,878,030. This beats the numbers for the same week last year of $15,660,734. Even the season as a whole is an improvement going from last year's $731,765,303 to $734,503,849 this year. Overall, attendance was up to a comfortable 80.4 percent.
One of the most successful shows this past week was A View from the Bridge at the Cort. It was the only production to fill virtually 100 percent of its 1,079 seats. Four shows ranked in the million-dollar club compared to three last week. They were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and West Side Story at the Palace.
Broadway closed out the week ending February 7 with $12,878,030 in ticket sales, down from the last week's total of $13,619,685 and the same week last season of $13,498,190. Overall, the season still outstrips last season: $718,729,757 to $716,104,570. With only 17 productions – five plays and 12 musicals – the Broadway box office continues to try to put up a good defense against the winter doldrums.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the nation's most renowned classical music symphonies, is suffering with a financial crisis exacerbated by slow ticket sales. According to the New York Times, the orchestra had a $3.2 million deficit in 2009, and it projects a possible deficit of more than twice that in 2010. The orchestra has generated about $8 million worth of emergency donations and officials hope to raise another $7 million. The exact level of ticket sales was not disclosed, but it is off from the pace of previous years. In 2009, the orchestra cut salaries and canceled a European tour due to budget problems.
PRESS RELEASE: "YESpay and Spektrix work together to support theatre ticketing in the UK"
London, ENG (YESpay, Spektrix) 8 February 2010 - Theatres and other arts venues are increasingly deciding to move away from traditional, locally hosted ticketing and payment solutions by outsourcing their payment processing services and moving to web-based ticketing solutions. Leading box-office solution provider, Spektrix, have
joined hands with YESpay International Ltd to assist theatres nationwide with their ticketing and payment processing requirements.
Broadway continued to be locked in the grip of the January cold spell with gross receipts dropped to $13,619,685, down from $14,269,366 the last reporting period. Overall, ticket sales remain a shade healthier, $722,606,380 this season compared to $705,851,727 in 2009.
"Time Stands Still," a new two-act play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, opened January 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York, NY. The Broadway production is directed by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan in his fourth collaboration with Margulies and is a Manhattan Theater Club presentation.