Thursday, January 16, 2020

What Is The Broadway Musical Recoupment Rate Over The Last 10 Years. Part I.

Since I started working in the business of Broadway, I keep finding my way back to the same ol’ stat. 1 out of 5 shows recoup their investment (or 20%). That’s what they told me in 1993.…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/12/2020: Broadway still in hibernation

While the weather was trying to tell us otherwise last weekend, it’s certainly still January on Broadway. Grosses fell a steep 28% last week to $31M.  Much of the drop was a result of sev…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

My Broadway Predictions For 2030.

When thinking ahead to future years, the first thing that most people do is calculate their age. Come on, you know you do it.   How old will you be in 2030? I’ll be 57.  My daughter wil…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/05/2020: Great start of the year with some great endings…

While grosses took an expected 23% drop last week, many shows (22 at 97% capacity or higher) played to sold-out audiences.  We bid farewell to seven shows last week including the long-runni…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Top 5 Brodway Stories from 2019.

I know, I know, we’re two days into 2020 now, so this blog might seem a touch late.  But how could I post this blog until every single day of the last year had passed? I mean, you never k…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

The 3 Most Important Ingredients for Broadway (or any kind of) Swag.

Even if you’ve never heard the term ‘swag’ before, you’ve still probably gotten tons of it throughout your life. Pens, t-shirts, notebooks, and more, emblazoned with a company logo,…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/15/2019: Something’s coming, something good . . .

Last week, new arrivals kept the overall box office steady at $38M. New to the boards was West Side Story which grossed $1.25M for 6 performances. In its second week of performances, Harry C…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Podcast Episode 205: Our Season Finale Mashup! In case you missed . . .

And in the blink of a podcast, our fall season has vanished like the leaves on the trees. It’s been an exciting few months of podcastin’ for us and when I thought about how best to wrap …

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Podcast Episode 205: Our Season Finale Mashup! In case you missed . . .

https://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET5054894582.mp3 And in the blink of a podcast, our fall season has vanished like the leaves on the trees. It’s been an exciting few months of podcastin’ …

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Why Peter Luger got that ONE STAR review and what that means for Broadway.

And we thought the theater critics were tough? A few weeks ago, a NY Times restaurant critic wrote a searing “zero-star” review of the world-famous Peter Luger steak house in Brooklyn, s…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/8/2019: Ain’t Too Proud Heats Up the Box Office

Most shows saw six-figure drops last weeks as the overall box office dipped by 8%. Bucking the trend, however, was Ain’t Too Proud who managed a $113k increase which was a box office recor…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/1/2019: The Whole “Breaking Records” Thing

Thanksgiving week gave a big goose to Broadway grosses. A 30% increase from the previous week resulted in a $41.6M box office haul. Most notably, Beetlejuice and Tina – The Tina Turner Mus…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Podcast Episode 204: Tony Award Winning Actor and Artrepreneur, Alan Cumming

http://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET4007253881.mp3 Soap. That’s how this episode kicks off . . . with a conversation about soap. Not just any soap, mind you.  Alan Cumming’s soap.  Like n…

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Podcast Episode 204: Tony Award Winning Actor and Artrepreneur, Alan Cumming

Soap. That’s how this episode kicks off . . . with a conversation about soap. Not just any soap, mind you.  Alan Cumming’s soap.  Like not his bar of Ivory . . . like his actual brande…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

You’re Invited To The 11th Annual Producer’s Perspective Holiday Party!

We threw our first ever Producers Perspective Holiday Gather ELEVEN years ago.  I had no idea if anyone would show up.  And 48 hours later, we sold it out. That was 11 freekin’ years ago…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Our Official 2019 Broadway Holiday Gift Guide

I know what you’re thinking . . . “Wasn’t it just Labor Day?” The answer?  Yes.  Yes it was. As if Harry Potter cast a monthus-disappearus spell, here we are on the eve of Black Fr…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 11/24/2019: Plenty to be Thankful For

Last week, grosses were down just slightly with a 2% dip. Family favorites fared best last week with Wicked, The Lion King, and Frozen showing the biggest increases. Coming off recent openin…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Podcast Episode 203: The Score Whisperer, Glen Kelly

Ever wondered how to arrange a big Broadway score like Spamalot?  This week’s guest has the ability to take a score and blow it up into a big Broadway musical that we all know and love. M…

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Podcast Episode 203: The Score Whisperer, Glen Kelly

http://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET9660510069.mp3 Ever wondered how to arrange a big Broadway score like Spamalot?  This week’s guest has the ability to take a score and blow it up into a …

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Top 10 Takeaways from our TheaterMaker Super Conference

In case you haven’t heard, we had a giant TheaterMaker conference this past weekend. (And in case you didn’t get that joke – you probably aren’t on our email list – because we sent…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Community.

People ask me all the time what a Producer actually does. My new answer?  I get people in a room. That’s it! I get Writers in a room.  I get Directors in a room.  I get Actors in a room…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 11/17/2019: Big wheel keep on turnin’. . .

Overall grosses were down 7% last week with most shows showing a drop in total box office coming off last week’s Veteran’s Day holiday. Enjoying a post-opening glow was Tina – The Tin…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Podcast Episode 202: The Dramaturg for Disney, Hadestown and more, Ken Cerniglia

I’m gonna be honest . . . I never liked the idea of a dramaturg.  “That’s what a Director is for,” I thought. “And a Producer!” Then, I realized that my “dislike” of somethi…

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Podcast Episode 202: The Dramaturg for Disney, Hadestown and more, Ken Cerniglia

http://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET4131843857.mp3 I’m gonna be honest . . . I never liked the idea of a dramaturg.  “That’s what a Director is for,” I thought. “And a Producer!” T…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Evita Had A Tryout In NYC And Gave College Kids The Chance of a Lifetime.

Evita, this year’s City Center’s Gala musical opened last night to a fantastic response, including a ton of love for Solea Pfeiffer (who one can only hope doesn’t get sucked up by Holl…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 11/10/2019: Another Op’nin’, Another Show

Overall grosses buoyed with a 14% increase to just over $35M last week. Many shows recovered to pre-Halloween levels while Beetlejuice continued to own the fall holiday season pulling in an …

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Podcast Episode 201: Broadway Powerhouse General Manager and Tony Winner Charlotte Wilcox

http://traffic.megaphone.fm/BPNET7244948827.mp3   Here’s a fun fact of Charlotte Wilcox’s career that will give you an idea of who she is and the scope of her career: Charlotte has work…

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Podcast Episode 201: Broadway Powerhouse General Manager and Tony Winner Charlotte Wilcox

Here’s a fun fact of Charlotte Wilcox’s career that will give you an idea of who she is and the scope of her career: Charlotte has worked on every single Broadway production of Grease si…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Why 90% of Actors Are Doing it Wrong.

What has always been a surprise to me is the amount of the emails I receive from Actors around the world looking for a tip on how to break into the biz . . . and fast. In fact, do you know w…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 11/3/2019: Time wasn’t the only thing that fell back this week by Reilly Hickey

Last week, overall grosses dipped 8% to just over $31M. Halloween tends to be a tough day for Broadway shows, and this year’s holiday seemingly lasted all week. Despite the overall drop on…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Podcast Episode 200: Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Mara Isaacs

First of all . . . 200 episodes y’all!!! This episode of The Producer’s Perspective Podcast is our 200th!  Ahhh! Seems like just yesterday I said, “I wonder if anyone in the biz would…

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