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October 4, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC EMERITUS
It must have taken plenty of heart plus a fair share of faith, sweat and sheer stick-to-itiveness to do a revival of the George Abbott-Douglass Wallop 1955 "Damn Yankees." After all, the musical, based on Wallop's novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant" is fragile stuff: A Frank Capra-ish "Field of Dreams," not very deep and not particularly earthshaking.
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January 9, 2014 | By David Ng
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.
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May 29, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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November 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The seemingly cursed Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will reportedly be turning off its lights for good come January. The production -- the most expensive show in Broadway history at a hefty $75 million -- has not been breaking even for weeks now, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported online Monday that sources close to the production said it will be closing. According to the Broadway League, the show grossed $742,595 last week, against a potential gross of more than $1.5 million.
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January 29, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Broadway revival of “Evita,” costarring Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin, closed Saturday night -- and it was squarely in the red.  It hadn't earned back its $11-million investment, according to Bloomberg News. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice , “Evita” -- which was also a 1996 feature film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas -- is a high-profile musical brand by now; it might have seemed a sure-fire success,  especially with pop star power behind it.  But the production -- which also starred Argentinian performer Elena Roger as Evita -- may have set its sights too high.
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May 25, 2008 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
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?
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December 24, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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January 9, 2014 | By David Ng
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.
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December 13, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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July 3, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
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.
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June 8, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - For four days last month, Broadway's impresarios met with stage producers from around the country for what's known as the "road conference," a series of events showcasing the season's offerings. The panels and parties were ostensibly thrown to help producers from Reno, Raleigh and Racine decide what to book in the months and years ahead. But there was another motivation for the Theater District's machers besides nabbing some touring money: It was a chance to woo Tony Award votes from the out-of-towners, who cast as much as 20% of the ballots.
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May 28, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
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May 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Broadway crews to get pay bump
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.
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January 29, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Broadway revival of “Evita,” costarring Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin, closed Saturday night -- and it was squarely in the red.  It hadn't earned back its $11-million investment, according to Bloomberg News. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice , “Evita” -- which was also a 1996 feature film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas -- is a high-profile musical brand by now; it might have seemed a sure-fire success,  especially with pop star power behind it.  But the production -- which also starred Argentinian performer Elena Roger as Evita -- may have set its sights too high.
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January 3, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
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December 18, 2012
Martin Scorsese has found his next film subject: Bill Clinton. The Oscar winner will produce and direct a documentary on the former president for HBO, the network announced Monday. The documentary will explore the 42nd president's perspective on history, politics and the like during his time in office and the years since - with Clinton offering his full cooperation. Scorsese's previous collaborations with HBO include "Public Speaking" and most recently, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," which won an Emmy.
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May 28, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
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November 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Broadway shows reported declines in box-office revenue across the board last week following super storm Sandy. Total Broadway grosses were $13.6 million for the week ending Sunday, down about $5.7 million, or 30%, from the previous week, according to data provided by the Broadway League. Sandy hit the area last Monday, prompting shows to cancel performances. Most Broadway shows resumed their normal schedules by Thursday, but the tri-state area was still reeling from power outages that affected public transportation as well as traffic in and out of Manhattan.
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December 18, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
The big news on Broadway: strike averted. Hundreds of theater workers, including bathroom attendants, porters and elevator operators - all represented by the 32BJ union - last week threatened to strike as their current contract speeds toward its expiration date on Dec. 30. On Monday, however, 32BJ reached a tentative agreement with theater producers of the Broadway League. The details haven't been announced yet because the agreement must be approved by the 250 affected workers, who currently make $17.25 per hour.
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December 14, 2012
Rothko vandal sentenced A Polish man who defaced a Mark Rothko painting in London's Tate Modern gallery with black ink to promote an obscure artistic creed was sentenced Thursday to two years in jail. Wlodzimierz Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, was arrested after visitors discovered a scrawl across the bottom of Rothko's "Black on Maroon" on Oct 7. The 26-year-old later said he had written the words "a potential piece of yellowism" on the abstract painting to draw attention to Yellowism, an artistic movement he co-founded.
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