Every Monday afternoon there is a moment when the conversation among Broadway insiders turns to one topic: the report of weekly grosses for the Broadway shows. These figures include attendance and average ticket prices, among other statistics, and are still the most reliable way to gauge what is selling and what is not. Their disclosure is a tradition that started in the pages of Variety and goes back at least to the 1930s.
But in an extremely rare exception, one new show is choosing not to be on the list, and it happens to be the one with the highest profile this season: “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein.” . . .
“This is a private transaction,” said Robert F. X. Sillerman, who is producing the show along with Mr. Brooks. (It is scheduled to open on Nov. 8 at the Hilton Theater.) “Consequently, I don’t know if there’s any — I’m quite sure there’s not any — bona fide business reason to do it other than bragging rights.” . . . (Full Story)