All stories by Lee Seymour on BroadwayStars

Monday, March 18, 2019

Broadway's Awards Season Battle Royale Has Begun by Lee Seymour

New plays made a strong showing across the board, while 'Be More Chill' overcame split reviews.

Linked From Forbes at 08:35PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hugh Jackman Returns To Broadway In 'The Music Man' by Lee Seymour

One of the industry's most bankable stars is coming full circle with the 2020 production.

Linked From Forbes at 02:08PM

Artistic Careers Are Tough; This Startup Is Aiming To Change That by Lee Seymour

The Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts plans to be a one-stop shop for anyone making a living in the field.

Linked From Forbes at 11:35AM
Monday, March 4, 2019

Broadway Box Office Plummets As New Shows Scramble For Purchase by Lee Seymour

'King Lear' and 'Ain't Too Proud' both had solid starts amid the winter doldrums.

Linked From Forbes at 05:39PM

Andrea Martin Injured, Departs Broadway's 'Gary' On Eve Of First Performance by Lee Seymour

Kristine Nielsen will take over for Martin, who broke several ribs during rehearsals.

Linked From Forbes at 01:06PM
Monday, February 25, 2019

Hit Plays Are Challenging Broadway's Conventional Wisdom by Lee Seymour

Three huge hits are giving conventional wisdom a run for its money—and another is proving gimmicks aren't needed for success.

Linked From Forbes at 08:29PM
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bryan Cranston On Track To Earn $1 Million From Broadway's 'Network' by Lee Seymour

The hit show has been grossing over $1 million a week since opening, and Cranston gets a huge cut after profit.

Linked From Forbes at 10:15AM

Broadway's 'Be More Chill' Fails To Heed Its Own Advice by Lee Seymour

The buzzy new musical freaked out at the box office, breaking the house record and setting it on a strong course for awards season.

Linked From Forbes at 01:35AM
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Bruce Springsteen's Absence Haunts Broadway Box Office by Lee Seymour

More people are buying Broadway tickets than ever - but they're spending less per seat than just a year ago...

Linked From Forbes at 12:37AM
Monday, February 4, 2019

Broadway Box Office Freezes As Tony Winner 'The Band's Visit' Plans Closing by Lee Seymour

2018's Best Musical winner couldn't keep up its momentum, and King Kong is sliding faster than a monkey down a banana tree.

Linked From Forbes at 07:18PM
Monday, January 28, 2019

'Rent' Is Mostly A Ratings Disaster For Fox by Lee Seymour

The mostly-pre-recorded broadcast was the least viewed of all recent live musicals.

Linked From Forbes at 04:13PM

Last-Minute Injury, Casting Woes Torpedo Fox's RENT by Lee Seymour

The seminal 1990's musical got a rough treatment on air, as sound mixing and technical issues overwhelmed the production.

Linked From Forbes at 12:44AM
Thursday, January 24, 2019

'Magic Mike' Is Broadway-Bound, With Boston As First Stop by Lee Seymour

The beefy new musical will be a prequel to the hit 2012 film.

Linked From Forbes at 01:09PM
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sara Bareilles Warms Up Broadway To The Tune Of $1 Million by Lee Seymour

The 'Waitress' composer enchanted fans with her third round onstage, while 'Choir Boy' is becoming a sleeper hit.

Linked From Forbes at 09:53PM
Monday, January 14, 2019

'The Pussy Grabber Plays' Bring #MeToo, Trump To The Stage by Lee Seymour

The plays are a collaboration between award-winning theater talent and the women who have accused the President of sexual assault.

Linked From Forbes at 12:19AM
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

'Hamilton' Dream Team Saves Beloved New York Institution by Lee Seymour

The creative and business minds behind HAMILTON have joined forces to buy one of Broadway's most storied institutions: The Drama Book Shop.

Linked From Forbes at 03:12PM
Monday, January 7, 2019

Broadway Box Office Plummets...To A Record High? by Lee Seymour

The bigger the musical, the harder the fall - but most hits were so over-inflated that the downturn was just a return to normal, rather than a real gutting.

Linked From Forbes at 06:39PM
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Nicholas Sparks's 'The Notebook' Is Heading To Broadway by Lee Seymour

The weepy megahit adaptation will be written by Ingrid Michaelson and Bekah Brunstetter, and produced by the lead behind Rent, Avenue Q, and In The Heights.

Linked From Forbes at 01:05PM
Monday, December 31, 2018

Disney Scores Triple Crown On Broadway With Three Record-Breaking Shows by Lee Seymour

FROZEN, ALADDIN, and THE LION KING together accounted for 15% of the entire industry's sales in 2018.

Linked From Forbes at 05:40PM
Friday, December 28, 2018

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Anchors Broadway's Best Christmas Ever by Lee Seymour

The new adaptation by Aaron Sorkin grossed almost $1.6 million - the best single week in the Shubert Organization's 118-year history.

Linked From Forbes at 02:00PM
Friday, December 21, 2018

Daniel Radcliffe Leads His New Broadway Play To Profit by Lee Seymour

'The Lifespan of a Fact' is the year's 8th production to turn a profit in Broadway's notoriously risky waters.

Linked From Forbes at 04:50PM

Company XIV Brings Versailles To Brooklyn -- With A Burlesque Twist by Lee Seymour

Entrepreneurial spirit meets classical burlesque debauch in Austin McCormick's Company XIV.

Linked From Forbes at 10:40AM
Monday, December 17, 2018

The Best Theater Of 2018: Broadway And Beyond by Lee Seymour

While Broadway's box office boomed, most if its new content fell far short of expectations, leaving this enterprising fan to explore venues far from the glitz of the Great White Way.

Linked From Forbes at 06:59PM
Friday, December 7, 2018

Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscar Host Following Homophobia Backlash by Lee Seymour

The box office star was pilloried on social media, and allegedly pressured by the Academy to step down, after users highlighted his extensive history of homophobic language and behavior.

Linked From Forbes at 01:07AM
Monday, December 3, 2018

Three Broadway Shows To Close As Box Office Sinks, And Long-Term Issues Loom by Lee Seymour

Head Over Heels, Summer, and Once On This Island will all close within weeks. But larger issues loom ahead for the booming industry...

Linked From Forbes at 05:54PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Shaping Broadway's Future, One School At A Time by Lee Seymour

Situation Project is an organization geared toward deepening the lives of students in the Bronx by immersing them in the business of Broadway.

Linked From Forbes at 06:00AM
Monday, November 26, 2018

Broadway Has Best Thanksgiving Ever -- No Thanks To Bruce Springsteen by Lee Seymour

Many shows broke records across town, musicals seeing bigger gains than plays - with the exception of The Cher Show...

Linked From Forbes at 11:01PM
Thursday, November 22, 2018

With Auspicious Debut, Playwright Turns Tragedy Into Freedom by Lee Seymour

After years of hardship, Patricia Ione Lloyd is making a serious impact with her first play. Just don't congratulate her for pulling herself up by her bootstraps.

Linked From Forbes at 12:15PM
Monday, November 19, 2018

Bryan Cranston Is One Of Broadway's Hottest Tickets by Lee Seymour

'To Kill A Mockingbird' also continues sell like hotcakes, and 'King Kong' managed to gross $1 million for the first time.

Linked From Forbes at 06:19PM

From 'King Kong' Producers, 'Moulin Rouge' Will Play Broadway Next Year by Lee Seymour

The fab musical adaptation played in Boston this summer to sold-out houses and rave reviews.

Linked From Forbes at 12:02PM
Monday, November 12, 2018

'Mockingbird' Sells Out On Broadway As 'Ferryman' Hits $1 Million by Lee Seymour

Bryan Cranston also started his run of 'Network' with a bang, and 'King Kong' has its work cut out for it with those reviews...

Linked From Forbes at 06:17PM

All that Chat

2018-2019 BROADWAY SEASON