I haven’t watched the Tonys in ages. They lost their luster for me a while ago. However, it is still fun to keep up on what is going on.
I came across this story on http://www.nytimes.com/ and thought it worth sharing!
On Eve of Tony Nominations, ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Waitress’ Are Among Top Broadway Grossers
By MICHAEL PAULSONMAY 2, 2016
The big news of the theater world this week will be the list of Tony Award nominees, set to be announced at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
But even before the nominators speak, the market is expressing its views on the season, now that all of the new shows have opened.
The top-grossing new musical last week, by a long shot, was “Hamilton,” followed by “School of Rock,” “On Your Feet!” and “Waitress.” The top-performing new play was “The Humans.”
The top-performing musical revivals were “The Color Purple” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” while the top-performing play revival was “The Crucible.”
Among the shows that could really use a Tony-nomination boost are the new musicals “Bright Star,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “Disaster!”
Overall, the week ending May 1 was a strong one for Broadway, because it was a vacation week for New York City public schools. The 37 plays and musicals now running grossed $28 million, up $1.2 million from the week before, according to figures released Monday by the Broadway League. The current Broadway season is now grossing 0.7 percent more than last season, and attendance is up 1.6 percent.
The grosses for several shows were affected by free tickets given to journalists, Tony voters and opening-night guests.
Among the latest openings, “Waitress” is looking especially strong; it grossed $907,936 in eight performances last week and played to sold-out houses all week. And Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway debut, “Paramour,” continues to do very well in previews, earning $1,065,771 in six performances last week; that show is scheduled to open on May 25, making it the first show of the 2016-17 theater season.
Hey guys! Chris Palkow aka Sirc Michaels here. I wanted to reiterate that this is NOT my original story, but it IS something I think is awesome! Leave your comments and share!
Here is a link to the original story: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/theater/hamilton-and-humans-are-among-top-broadway-grossers.html