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After last week's feverish activity in ticket sales and attendance, things have cooled slightly on the Great White Way. The week's gross was $20,376,854, down nearly two million from last week's box office of $22,329,017. But this week's gross was still better than the same week last season of only $19,709,594.
There's a slight upset in the pecking order of the top million-dollar grosser this week. Wicked at the Gershwin continues its lead followed by Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Marquis, displacing Billy Elliott: The Musical at the Imperial and putting Jersey Boys at the August Wilson in fourth place for the first time in more than a year. The Lion King at the Minskoff ranks fifth followed by Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden.
Cheryl Rosner, who was appointed president and CEO of TicketsNow in the summer of 2007, is leaving the company at the end of the year, TicketNews has learned.
Details of the move were not yet available, but according to sources with knowledge of the decision, the announcement was made internally yesterday, December 8. Her duties will likely be assumed by Shawn Freeman, chief technology officer at the company, and a Rosner hire. There had been some speculation that Ticketmaster President Sean Moriarty, who now reports to Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff, was going to take over, but that appears not to be true.
Pop diva Britney Spears tops TicketNews's Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending December 7. Tickets for Spears's North American tour in support of her new album "Circus" went on sale Friday, December 5, and sales were good enough to make the concert the top selling overall event with an 8.14 power score. In second place overall was Wicked, with a power score of 6.70. And, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular continues to move tickets, and it ranks number three overall, power score 4.52.
AC/DC still has a popular concert with ticket buyers; the rockers rank at number five (2.23). Perhaps thanks to the holiday season, theater shows round out the Top Combined Events ranking: Phantom of the Opera at number nine (1.32) and South Pacific at number ten (1.29).
Looking to capitalize on the game day demand, or lack thereof, for some tickets, baseball's San Francisco Giants will reportedly launch a dynamic pricing initiative next season where they set walk-up ticket prices on the fly.
The plan would allow the team to change the price of a ticket, up or down, for anywhere from about 25 cents to $2 based on how well or how poorly certain seats are selling, according to BusinessWeek. Currently, only about 2,000 upper deck tickets, which are traditionally tougher to sell depending on the game, would fall under the plan.
Once thought of as one of the hottest prize fights of the year, the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas this Saturday, December 6, is proving to be a tough sell for ticket brokers.
According to several brokers and ticket executives who spoke to TicketNews, despite the star power of the two combatants, hundreds of tickets to the lightweight fight are being offered by some brokers for far below face value. Dozens of tickets remain listed on TicketNetwork and StubHub today, and even premium ticket carrying face values of $1,500 each were available from Ticketmaster Entertainment.
After a rough few weeks, Broadway ticket sales are finally climbing out of the doldrums for the Holiday Season. The week ending November 30 saw total gross ticket revenues of $22,329,017, a vast improvement compared to the previous week at $16,602,725. The number was also way beyond last year’s numbers for the same period, $14,626,123, which were skewed by the stagehands strike of Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
Recent weeks have unnerved producers and ticket brokers alike, as fears of the deepening recession have not only gripped Broadway but the nation as a whole. Several once popular shows have announced premature closing dates, and overall ticket sales for the season, while not terrible, have been disappointing.
TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 30, and Radio City Music Hall remains at the top of the rankings for a fifth straight week. With a power score of 4.66, Radio City benefits from ticket sales for its Christmas Spectacular, which is scheduling six to eight performances per day through the Christmas holidays. The Gershwin Theatre is next at number two with a power score of 3.59. Brisk ticket sales for its high grossing hit musical “Wicked” keep this theater a top five contender week after week.
Madison Square Garden (MSG) drops one to follow the Gershwin this week at number three. Power scoring a 3.09, MSG can thank sales for the new season of New York Knicks basketball, shows like Cirque Du Soleil’s Wintuk, and the superstars of the WWE for its continued strong performance in the rankings. TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA holds steady at number four this week. The home court to the Boston Celtics and host of an upcoming date on Metallica’s tour power scores a 2.21 this week. Up two to the number five slot this week is the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. With a power score of 2.01, the Center has booked numerous top-selling acts such as Celine Dion, Dancing with the Stars, the WWE and Los Angeles Lakers basketball.
Wicked and Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular rule for one more week in TicketNews’ exclusive rankings, released today for the week ending November 30. These two shows come in at number one (power score 7.39) and number two (5.90), respectively, in the Top Combined Events category. Movers this week include Jersey Boys, up three slots this week to number four (2.19), and Dancing with the Stars, up a monster nine slots to finish in fifth place this week, with a power score of 2.17. The Eagles drop five this week to finish in the eighth position and a power score of 1.67. Rock band AC/DC came in third place overall with a power score of 2.92.
Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular leads our Top Concerts rankings for the fourth straight week, with an impressive power score of 18.76. The Jonas Brothers move back into the top ten, hitting at number eight with a power score of 2.06. Also moving into the top ten this week is Lil’ Wayne, in slot number nine (1.94).
Nickelback have announced details for the first tour under their "360-degree" recording and touring deal with Live Nation. The North American leg begins February 25 at Summet Center in Nashville, TN, and wraps April 23 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC.
The 28-date trek includes a February 28 concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI, a March 9 show at the Wachovia Arena in Philadelphia, PA, and an April 17 performance at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. Hard rock group Seether and rock newcomers Saving Abel have signed on as the opening acts for the tour.
With the Holidays approaching, Broadway is hoping that Santa will bring more ticket sales and not more of the lumps of coal brokers and box offices have been receiving lately.
Gross ticket receipts on Broadway, for the week ending November 23, dropped again, but fortunately not by too much, managing to record a slightly respectable $16,602,725 for the past week. The tally was down slightly from the previous reporting period of $16,629,333, but the season to date is still ahead of last year at this time: $456,461,008 compare to $417,524,720. But then again, last year at this time theaters were marred by the stagehands strike. Ticket sales for Young Frankenstein at the Hilton are not included in these figures, but that show is not doing too well, either, as it plans to close in January.