Broadway consists of the 40 professional theaters scattered across New York City’s Theatre District, including the Ambassador, Imperial, Majestic, and Shubert Theatres, among others. Collectively, the theaters are quoted to bring in over $900 million dollars a year. Theatre in New York got its foot-hold during the mid-to-late 1700s, at which time The Park, The Bowery, and The Astor Place Theatres were established. Originally focusing on the works of Shakespeare, Broadway moved in the musical direction during the mid-1800s with productions of “The Black Crook,” and the Gilbert and Sullivan “H.M.S. Pinafore,” among others. Actors on Broadway make a big distinction between their profession on what they call the “legitimate stage,” and other more variety oriented acts like vaudeville and burlesque.
Current masterpieces to hit Broadway for the 2009-2010 season include “Chicago,” “South Pacific,” “Wicked,” “Hair,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Lion King,” and “Jersey Boys,” to name a few.
It was a good week on Broadway as box offices reported $18,701,222 in ticket sales. That’s an increase over both the previous reporting period of $18,593,843 and the same week last year, $18,282,467. Eleven weeks into the new season, box office numbers show an ever-decreasing gap between the previous... Read more
Box office numbers fared well this past week, pulling in $18,593,843 in ticket sales, down somewhat from the previous reporting period of $18,725,752. Both outshined the same week last season of $18,416,615. Overall, this season’s ticket sales have totaled $190,209,610 compared to last season’s $193,180,779 at the same point.... Read more
The 28 productions currently open this past week held their own with a total of $18,725,752 in ticket sales, experiencing a slight dip over the last week’s $19,305,801. Both totals are behind the same week last season of $19,838,011. Young Frankenstein is not reporting its box office grosses. In... Read more
The bottom line just keeps getting better and better. The gap between last year’s total gross and this year’s has shrunk to less than 1.5 percent. To date for the season it is $152,890,015, compared to last season’s gross at this time of $154,926,153. Total box office receipts this... Read more
It’s week seven of the new season, and the percent of difference in box office sales between last season and this has closed to less than two percent. Overall, this past week saw a dip compared to the previous week; $18,434,166 to $18,880,520. The difference was spread over almost... Read more
It’s hard to top the shining financial picture of Broadway two weeks ago; this past week didn’t quite measure up at $18,880,520 compared to $20,412,789. Like in previous years, the decline in sales this past week can be attributed to the Fourth of July weekend. According to Variety, this... Read more
Broadway maintained its summer heat this past week, with total box office receipts of $20,412,789, a tad less than last week’s $20,962,855. Both weeks outshined the same week last year of just $19,662,121, even with Young Frankenstein at the Hilton not reporting their numbers. Best performance in dollar figures... Read more
This past week saw the first day of summer and hotter numbers on the Way. The box office exceeded not only the previous week’s numbers, but also beat out the same week last year: $20,962,855 to $20,428,069. Racking up the best numbers among the 26 musicals were Wicked at... Read more
Another week and another bump up in ticket sales on Broadway, which saw sales jump to $19,059,103. Although a comfortable increase of $819,423 over last week, this week’s totals still trail last year’s box office take of $20,065,645 for the same week. Judging by the last few weeks’ gross... Read more
True to June trends, it was another slow week on Broadway with total box office receipts of $18,239,680, up from last week’s gross of $17,595,100. Last year, the Way was enjoying $20,419,513 for the same week. Young Frankenstein is not reporting financials, but Variety estimates its box office at... Read more