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.
According to Roger Friedman of Fox News, negotiations are in the works for Leonardo DiCaprio to star this fall in a Broadway revival of “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.” Friedman also reports that Al Pacino, Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman may also be hitting B’Way this year. Read more
By Carol-Ann Rudy Week of March 5 – March 11, 2007 There’s a healthy thaw in the winter air on Broadway this past week, and a nice increase in total ticket sales to $18,114,084. Ten productions are enjoying 90% capacity or better houses, and only one, “Journey’s End,” struggles... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending March 4, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy A distinctly less robust week on Broadway: almost all productions reported fewer attendees and ticket sales. The gross this past week was $15,380,052, compared to the last reporting period of $18,294,393. One bright note are the previews... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending February 11, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy No surprises this week as Wicked kicks it up with the highest ticket sales: $1,307,183 and 98% capacity, beating out close runner-up Jersey Boys at $1,171,042 and 100% capacity. In spite of its continuing lead, Wicked posted... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending January 28, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy Topping the list of high grossing productions this past week was Wicked—for the sixth straight week. It grossed $1,349,148 with almost 100% capacity. Following closely were Jersey Boys with $1,168,315 at 100% capacity and Mary Poppins with... Read more
Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending January 21, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy TicketNews.com Once again, Wicked is leading the pack this week with $1,365,614, a drop of $42,423 from last week, at almost 100% capacity. Jersey Boys ranks second in gross with $1,172,292, a drop of $25,609 from last... Read more
by Stacey Willets TicketNews announces its weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week ending 1/21/07. TOP 10 EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Wicked 1 1 Chicago Bears 2 8 Super Bowl XLI 3 n/a Indianapolis Colts 4 n/a George Strait 5 4 Jersey Boys 6 3 Bob... Read more
By Carol-Ann Rudy With no stars and no theater advertised, Grease will open to previews on July 24 and debut August 16. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre appears to be the likely venue. The stars? The American public gets to choose who will be the new Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny... Read more
Report on Grosses Week of January 1st—7th, 2007 by Carol-Ann Rudy Every theatre saw a drop in grosses this post-holiday week, but Wicked is wowing them in the top dog position at $1,404,787, with Mary Poppins at $1,240,899, The Lion King at $1,222,828, and Jersey Boys at $1,196,388. Dr.... Read more
Week of Dec. 25—31st, 2006 Broadway ended the year hitting high notes! The most recent grosses overall were $29,137,802. Every show posted increases in this last week. Top-ranked Wicked was still knocking them dead in Oz, at 100% capacity to the tune of $1,800,310—and the highest ticket price, $300.00.... Read more