Another up-and-coming week as Broadway box offices continue to thrive. The figures are all good; ticket sales for the week ending March 30 were $21,156,392 (not including figures from Young Frankenstein), almost a cool $2 million more than the same week last season and up from last week’s great... Read more
Picture this: You are a fan of Mel Brooks, and you really want to see Young Frankenstein playing at the Hilton Theatre. But at $450 for the top ticket, you’ve had second thoughts. That charge, for The Producers preceding it and now for “Young Frankenstein,” may be the highest... Read more
Rent, the seventh-longest running show on Broadway, had its “lease” extended. Instead of closing on June 1 as planned, producers announced this week that overwhelming ticket demand caused them to change their minds and extend the musical until Sept. 7, and ticket holders who bought tickets to the original... Read more
Broadway ticket sales for the week ending March 23 continued to show solid signs of life. To paraphrase the old saying, O, Broadway—How do we love thee? Let us count the ways! First, there are no less than six shows, all musicals, in the million-dollar club for the week:... Read more
Next month, Radio City Music Hall will launch a new Speaker Series that it plans to make an annual event. The first discussion, entitled “The Minds That Move The World,” which will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will kick off on April 21 and feature Tucker Carlson, James... Read more
Spring is in sight as sure as the time change over the weekend, and it seems only fitting that the fiscal temperature on Broadway begins to thaw with the warming weather. The total Broadway box office receipts for this past week ending March 9, excluding Young Frankenstein which is... Read more
Plus signs are popping up like daffodils over much of Broadway; at the top of the list in ticket sales for the week ending March 16 were Wicked, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins in that order. The total in box office sales this... Read more
The tabloids trumpeted the news: Kevin Federline would make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of the Reese Witherspoon hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical. He’d play three roles, one of them the UPS man (the “bend and snap” routine was perfected for his benefit by Reese’s hairdresser... Read more
The mercury in the Broadway thermometer was hitting bottom for the week ending March 2, as box office returns slumped to a low of $14,835,794. Young Frankenstein is not reporting returns, but with Variety’s estimate of $971,000, the total gross for the week is more like $15.8 million. Only... Read more

Opera looks to gain favor

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For years, opera has been portrayed as the home of the elite and the effete (think: the characters Frasier and Niles Crane of long-running TV show “Frasier”), but is that still an accurate representation of today’s opera scene? What is the centuries old art form doing to engage a... Read more