December 24, 2008 |
Business tumbled last week for the Broadway revival of "Speed-the-Plow," now without the services of Jeremy Piven, who abruptly quit the show after saying he was suffering from mercury poisoning. The David Mamet comedy grossed $326,559, down nearly $160,000 from the previous week, according to figures released Monday by the Broadway League, the industry's trade organization. The show played to about 50% capacity at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
May 29, 2012 |
Broadway shows brought in record revenue of $1.14 billion for the 2011-12 season, but attendance was largely flat compared to the last season, holding steady at 12.3 million. The results, which were announced this week by the Broadway League, suggest that shows benefited from higher ticket prices. The Broadway League reported that 40 new shows opened during the season -- 14 musicals, 23 plays and three specials. The season officially ran from May 30, 2011 through May 27 of this year.
December 13, 2012 |
Just as the Broadway theater community was getting back on its feet following Hurricane Sandy, another potential showstopper is headed its way. The union representing cleaners, porters, elevator operators, matrons and other service workers at most Broadway theaters voted Wednesday to authorize a strike, according to reports. The union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, is in a dispute with the Broadway League, primarily over healthcare benefits. The current contract is set to expire on Dec. 30. A strike during the holiday season would be a serious financial blow to most Broadway productions.
January 9, 2014 |
Anyone who's seen a Broadway show in the last year probably won't be shocked by what a new study released this week has to say about theater demographics: spectators on Broadway are still predominantly white and affluent. The study, released Thursday by the Broadway League, says 78% of Broadway audiences in the 2012-13 season were white. By comparison, black theatergoers comprised 3.5% of Broadway audiences. Latino and Asian spectators represented 7.6% and 6.6% of Broadway audiences, respectively.
May 2, 2013 |
Stagehands, ticket collectors and crew members for "Matilda," "Wicked," "Jersey Boys" and other Broadway shows are getting a pay raise. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents more than 100,000 workers in the film, television and theater industries, said it reached a new three-year contract with Broadway show producers and owners that will give its members undisclosed wage increases. The agreement also provides higher pay for make-up artists, hairstylists and others working on touring shows and includes "significant employer contributions" to the health and pension plans of workers who are on touring shows, IATSE said in a statement.
January 3, 2013 |
The holiday season is usually a bountiful time of year for Broadway shows. Hordes of tourists bring about a bump in box-office receipts for musicals and plays across the board. The most recent holiday period proved to be no exception. "Wicked," still going strong at close to 10 years, had an especially merry Christmas, grossing $2.9 million, which is the highest weekly figure of any Broadway production in history. "Wicked" benefited at the box office from premium ticket pricing, which is the practice of jacking up prices for certain performances and sections of the house.