With the 2016 Tony Awards right around the corner, the last of the new shows will be beginning previews or opening in the next few months to secure eligibility for the for the 2015-2016 Broadway season. Along with the opening of new and revival productions, some shows must close to give way for the new ones taking their place.
'Hamilton,' the hit musical by mastermind Lin Manuel Miranda, has seen tremendous growth since it opened in July, as well as rave reviews from nearly every corner of the media. Recently, 'Hamilton' earned a larger accolade when the production dethroned 'The Lion King' for the No. 1 spot.
Without question, 'Hamilton' is one of the largest productions to hit Broadway in the last few years, as it has reigned week after week in the top ten grossing shows on the Great White Way. The show has received rave reviews, countless awards, nominations, and press coverage, and is currently the fifth highest-grossing production on Broadway, falling behind major shows like 'The Lion King' and 'Wicked.' The top shows on Broadway are unquestionably successful, but can they be compared to The West End productions in London?
For years, Jukebox musicals have been taking The Great White Way by storm in popularity, gross revenue, and ticket sales. There are three jukebox musicals currently on Broadway: 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,' 'Jersey Boys', and 'On Your Feet!.' Although all three productions have seen varying highs and lows across the ticket market, On Your Feet! continues to dominate in the genre with gross sales as well as resale ticket prices.
Although the holiday season can be less-than lucrative for Broadway, 2015 ended on a high note for the Great White Way. Wicked alone grossed nearly $3 million dollars during Christmas week and, overall, Broadway grossed over $43 million dollars the following week. This marks a .68% jump from last year and, now, a new production 'The Humans, Hughie and The Crucible' is making their debut on Broadway in 2016.
While the Tony Awards may not be exactly comparable to the Super Bowl of Broadway, the accolades and reverence that comes with winning the statue is akin to a Super Bowl ring. Both on the stage and on an individual level, an actor, actress or production can win a handful of awards showcasing their talent and propel them into legend. The "Super Bowl" matchup this year includes Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's brainchild that has dominated the box office since last year.
Sara Bareilles is making headlines on the Great White Way yet again. But this time, it's because her first musical, Waitress, is getting solid reviews. The much anticipated movie-turned-musical version of Waitress is finally on Broadway proper, giving long-waiting fans something to look forward to this spring. Naturally, resale ticket prices are rising fast.
The 67th annual primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 20 this year and while the show is a night to celebrate television; many Broadway fans were intrigued from the start. Not only did the show make a bizarre 'Les Miserables' send-up for the hosts, but a slew of notable Broadway alums, such as Viola Davis and Uza Aduba, took home Emmys as well.
With the turn of the calendar to a new month, it means new shows will be debuting on Broadway. Of course, it also means the closing of a few more. As the start of September rolls around, the Broadway community will witness the final bows of three big Broadway productions: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'Mamma Mia!,' and 'On the Town.' All three have been struggling to sell tickets for some time now. And as they do say, all good things come to an end.
Misty Copeland made headlines earlier in the summer by being named the first African-American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theater. Now, she's commanding some of the highest prices on Broadway. Ever since the announcement that Copeland would take over for New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild in 'On the Town,' ticket prices on the secondary market have continually been on the rise.