May 25, 2008 |
You're headed to New York and, of course, you'd like to see a Broadway show. But which one, and how will you afford it? With orchestra seats averaging $115 for Broadway musicals, we're talking about a hefty investment. For answers, I turned to staff of the Theatre Development Fund, a service group for the performing arts, and the Broadway League, a trade association of North American theater owners, producers and general managers. I also talked with theater fans. How do I choose a Broadway show?
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2013 |
Superstorm Sandy was a force behind Broadway's 6.2% dip in audience attendance -- its lowest level in several years, according to end-of-season statistics reported Tuesday by the Broadway League. Box-office grosses were virtually the same: Shows took in $1.14 billion during Broadway's 2012-13 season, a fraction less than the previous season. Attendance was 11.6 million, according to the data, down from last season's 12.33 million. “This is the first year in many that we have seen such a decline,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin, adding that shows closed for several days following Sandy's landfall.