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
Following a week of improved box office receipts, Broadway ticket sales slipped for the week ending Feb. 24. Overall, box offices saw a total of $17,910,138 compared to the previous reporting period of $18,802,116. It was also less than the same week last season. But as always, there are... Read more
Producers and ticket brokers breathed a sigh of relief this week as Broadway ticket sales were not only better for the week ending Feb. 17 than for the previous week, but sales were even better than for the same week a year ago. There were 47,068 more theatergoers this... Read more
Heading to New York City next Friday, Feb. 22? If so, you have options to find ticket deals on two popular attractions, the Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein and hot hoopsters the New York Knicks. TicketNews found a bargain on tickets to the Feb. 22 performance of the comedy... Read more
How does Broadway play to American audiences? According to a demographic report on theater audiences by The League of American Theatres and Producers, there was 2.4 percent growth in attendance among domestic audiences in 2006-07, which translated to an estimated 6.1 million homegrown theatergoers. That was almost double the... Read more
Broadway ticket sales showed a welcome improvement for the week ended Feb. 10, with box office receipts reaching $14,567,001, up $1,306,119 over the prior week and higher than this same period a year ago. The frontrunners are the usual suspects: Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid... Read more
The hit Broadway musical “Wicked” will be flying back into Portland, OR for a five-week engagement in the spring of 2009. The national tour, which previously made a two-week, sold-out stop in the city in 2006, will appear at the Keller Auditorium from March 4-April 5. Tickets to the... Read more
Of the ten plays and twenty-one musicals currently on Broadway, only two, Wicked and Jersey Boys passed the million dollar mark for the week ended Feb. 3. Coming in a distant third and fourth were The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Young Frankenstein is still not reporting ticket... Read more