December 29, 2005 |
Things were looking up, including box-office grosses, attendance and, yes, ticket prices, on Broadway in 2005. Spurred by strong-performing musicals and plays, Broadway grossed a record $825 million in 2005, a jump from $749 million in 2004, according to figures released this week by the League of American Theatres and Producers. Attendance also rose, climbing to 11.98 million for 39 shows, up from 11.33 million the previous calendar year, when 34 productions opened.
December 24, 2005 |
Pop star Cyndi Lauper will make her Broadway debut next year in "The Threepenny Opera," playing the prostitute Jenny in the satirical musical about a highwayman and his sweetheart. The role of Jenny was originally slated to be played by "Sopranos" star Edie Falco, but she dropped out earlier this month and opened the way for Lauper, best known for such 1980s hits as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time." "The Threepenny Opera" was first seen on Broadway in 1933.
September 3, 2005 |
Broadway's Virginia Theatre will be renamed after playwright August Wilson, who recently disclosed that he has terminal liver cancer. "He's a towering American playwright," said Jack Viertel, creative director of the Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the venue in New York. Jujamcyn has co-produced five of Wilson's 10 plays about African Americans in the 20th century and will bring the final play in the series, "Radio Golf," to Broadway in the spring of 2007. "Radio Golf" is currently playing at L.A.'
June 3, 2005 |
Despite the largest number of Tony-eligible productions in more than 20 years, attendance and box-office grosses on Broadway during the 2004-05 theater season were virtually flat from last year. Grosses reached $768.6 million this season, according to figures released by the League of American Theatres and Producers, compared with $755.3 million for the same period a year ago. Attendance was 11.53 million this year versus 11.36 million in the same period last year.
March 13, 2005 |
In 2001, when Barbara Cook was preparing a show featuring Stephen Sondheim songs, she asked the composer how he chose the subject matter for his musicals. "I said to him that so many of his decisions seemed bold and risky," the veteran Broadway star recalled recently. "He looked at me with that quizzical look of his -- I think he was surprised by the question -- and said that he just does what seems to be the right thing for him to do. The notion of risk never even occurs to him."
January 22, 2005 |
In a rags-to-riches story worthy of a Broadway musical, two formerly homeless dogs were selected Friday to join the cast of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a song-and-dance extravaganza opening April 28 at the Hilton Theatre in New York. "This is the ultimate dream for a rescue dog -- to go from somebody's trash to a Broadway star," said Deborah Miller, who saved Argyle, a 10-month-old collie, from a life spent locked in a Bronx basement.
December 30, 2004 |
The curtain is falling on "Wonderful Town." The Broadway revival of the "My Sister Eileen" musical about two young women from Ohio trying to make it big in New York will close Jan. 30 after a 15-month run, it was announced Wednesday. The show, which currently stars Brooke Shields as aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, will have played 507 performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
December 29, 2004 |
New York's Broadway theaters posted a record $748.9 million in revenue this year, 3.2% more than in 2003, the League of American Theaters and Producers reported Tuesday. Paid attendance, or the number of tickets sold for Broadway shows, reached 11.3 million. That's up 2.2% from last year, the trade group said. Midway through the 2004-05 Broadway season, which runs from June to June, revenue and ticket sales are little changed.
November 24, 2004 |
New York stagehands and theater producers reached an agreement on a contract Tuesday, avoiding the Broadway stage's second labor disruption in less than two years. Details weren't immediately available. A union spokesman said the contract is similar to a three-year accord the union reached last month with the Nederlander Organization, which owns nine Broadway theaters. That agreement called for pay increases of 3% a year and greater benefits.