Friday, February 21, 2020

In Tech (and in Life), Time is like Toothpaste.

I’m in a hotel room as I type this.  And I just finished a sweet caesar salad with chicken that left me fully satiated . . . and with some breath that could kill a whole bouquet of roses.…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

How to win a Grammy Award if you work on Broadway. STATS REVEALED.

(This post is for you all you EGOT wannabes who are having trouble grabbing the “G” in that acronym. As I watched Hadestown deservedly grab this year’s Grammy Award for Best Musical T…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/16/2020 – Bringin’ Six-y Back

Long over-due relief came to the box office last week thanks to a three-day holiday weekend. Overall grosses were up 16% which was a 2% improvement on the same week last year. Most shows had…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Broadway Producer Pick List 2019!

We’ve done a lot of fun things on this blog over the years, but the Broadway Producer Pick List is one of our favorites. See, every year, our office receives a ton of scripts from all sor…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Something I haven’t done in awhile.

For those of you new to the blog, one of the first things I did on Broadway that got some national (and even international) attention was my crowd-funded Godspell.  One of the reasons I ch…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/09/2020 – A Utopic Week

Last week overall box office figures increased by just under $1M. The big winner was David Byrne’s American Utopia which drew an average ticket price of $210.55. Total haul for the 7 perfo…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

3 Reasons Why The Hamilton Movie is Great for Broadway.

There was big news to begin this week, and it was broken by the maestro himself.  In case you missed it, here’s what Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted on Monday: Disney presents: Hamilton. With …

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/2/2020 – Everything’s Comin’ Up Lucy

Last week grosses dipped by 6% coming in at $26M. Nearly all shows experienced slight losses over the previous week as we reach deeper into winter. Attendance and average ticket price fell b…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

What is the recoupment rate of REVIVALS in the last ten years? Part III

When I first started producing shows and had to talk to potential investors, I put musicals into two different metaphorical buckets to make the risk levels easier to understand. I described…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2018-2019

One of the many great services of the Broadway League is the demographic survey they do of our audience. It’s essential for any industry or business to find out who its customers are in or…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/26/2020: American Utopia Rises

Broadway grosses continued to drop last week. Nearly all shows posted grosses well below the previous week. Bucking the trending, however, was American Utopia whose $205 average ticket boost…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

In case you weren’t there, here’s what I said – in a picture. by Reilly Hickey

The only thing I enjoy more than speaking to Theater Organizations (and I’ve had the honor of speaking to a bunch over the last few years, from The Irish Theatre Forum to The International…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

What is recouping on Broadway anyway? Part II.

Last week, I published the results of some research I did into the recoupment % of new Broadway musicals over the last half a decade. The conclusion was that the % of those musicals that are…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/19/2020: Oh, Not A Beautiful Mornin’

Last week grosses dipped slightly by 3% to $30M. The holiday weekend did not bring the typical attendance boost, which actually dropped by 4%. Two productions played their final performances…

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Want a job in the theater? Join our TheaterMakers Studio Production Team Database!

The theater is a collaborative art form.  Even one-person shows can’t be done on their own.  (At the very least, you need at least one person in your audience!) The cool thing about meet…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

It’s official! Rave Theater Festival Coming Back in 2020. Dates are . . .

I mean, you can’t make this @#$% up. Last year, I announced that my office was finding some scraps of time and money here and there to put together a brand new theater festival right her…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

What Is The Broadway Musical Recoupment Rate Over The Last 10 Years. Part I.

Since I started working in the business of Broadway, I keep finding my way back to the same ol’ stat. 1 out of 5 shows recoup their investment (or 20%). That’s what they told me in 1993.…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/12/2020: Broadway still in hibernation

While the weather was trying to tell us otherwise last weekend, it’s certainly still January on Broadway. Grosses fell a steep 28% last week to $31M.  Much of the drop was a result of sev…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

My Broadway Predictions For 2030.

When thinking ahead to future years, the first thing that most people do is calculate their age. Come on, you know you do it.   How old will you be in 2030? I’ll be 57.  My daughter wil…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/05/2020: Great start of the year with some great endings…

While grosses took an expected 23% drop last week, many shows (22 at 97% capacity or higher) played to sold-out audiences.  We bid farewell to seven shows last week including the long-runni…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Top 5 Brodway Stories from 2019.

I know, I know, we’re two days into 2020 now, so this blog might seem a touch late.  But how could I post this blog until every single day of the last year had passed? I mean, you never k…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

The 3 Most Important Ingredients for Broadway (or any kind of) Swag.

Even if you’ve never heard the term ‘swag’ before, you’ve still probably gotten tons of it throughout your life. Pens, t-shirts, notebooks, and more, emblazoned with a company logo,…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/15/2019: Something’s coming, something good . . .

Last week, new arrivals kept the overall box office steady at $38M. New to the boards was West Side Story which grossed $1.25M for 6 performances. In its second week of performances, Harry C…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Podcast Episode 205: Our Season Finale Mashup! In case you missed . . .

And in the blink of a podcast, our fall season has vanished like the leaves on the trees. It’s been an exciting few months of podcastin’ for us and when I thought about how best to wrap …

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Podcast Episode 205: Our Season Finale Mashup! In case you missed . . .

https://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET5054894582.mp3 And in the blink of a podcast, our fall season has vanished like the leaves on the trees. It’s been an exciting few months of podcastin’ …

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Why Peter Luger got that ONE STAR review and what that means for Broadway.

And we thought the theater critics were tough? A few weeks ago, a NY Times restaurant critic wrote a searing “zero-star” review of the world-famous Peter Luger steak house in Brooklyn, s…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/8/2019: Ain’t Too Proud Heats Up the Box Office

Most shows saw six-figure drops last weeks as the overall box office dipped by 8%. Bucking the trend, however, was Ain’t Too Proud who managed a $113k increase which was a box office recor…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/1/2019: The Whole “Breaking Records” Thing

Thanksgiving week gave a big goose to Broadway grosses. A 30% increase from the previous week resulted in a $41.6M box office haul. Most notably, Beetlejuice and Tina – The Tina Turner Mus…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Podcast Episode 204: Tony Award Winning Actor and Artrepreneur, Alan Cumming

http://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET4007253881.mp3 Soap. That’s how this episode kicks off . . . with a conversation about soap. Not just any soap, mind you.  Alan Cumming’s soap.  Like n…

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Podcast Episode 204: Tony Award Winning Actor and Artrepreneur, Alan Cumming

Soap. That’s how this episode kicks off . . . with a conversation about soap. Not just any soap, mind you.  Alan Cumming’s soap.  Like not his bar of Ivory . . . like his actual brande…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

You’re Invited To The 11th Annual Producer’s Perspective Holiday Party!

We threw our first ever Producers Perspective Holiday Gather ELEVEN years ago.  I had no idea if anyone would show up.  And 48 hours later, we sold it out. That was 11 freekin’ years ago…

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