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.
August 29, 2011 |
When Kate Naver, an Australian who'd come to New York to see Broadway shows, watched Friday night as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" star John Larroquette ad-libbed a joke about Hurricane Irene, she was tickled. But shortly after the show ended, she was far less pleased when she learned that the storm had forced the cancellation of Broadway performances the rest of the weekend, including a Saturday evening staging of "Mary Poppins" for which she held a ticket. "I'm from Melbourne, where we have storms like this all the time," Naver, 37, said.
July 3, 2008 |
Wary of reprising a crippling strike that shut down most Broadway shows last year, Broadway producers and the Actors' Equity Assn. announced a tentative 39-month labor agreement Wednesday. The theater agreement was disclosed in a joint statement by the actors union and the Broadway League, representing producers and theater owners. It covers shows that play in New York and tour around the United States. The agreement includes an 11.25% increase in overall compensation through September 2011 and gives producers more flexibility in publicity and promotion, according to a joint statement.