In the world of Broadway musicals, it doesn't get much bigger than Hamilton, Wicked or The Book of Mormon. Although all three productions have risen to huge popularity in different time periods, each has impacted the Great White Way significantly, pushing both Broadway lovers and first-time attendees to the theaters to catch a glimpse of the ever-growing hype. Ticket aggregator TiqIQ has broken down each massive production, with an overview of current resale ticket prices.
After a rapid climb to the top and a surge of popularity following a major Grammy win on February 15, Hamilton has been dethroned by The Lion King for the top spot for gross ticket sales on Broadway. Wicked, Aladdin, and The Book of Mormon hold the respective number 3, 4, and 5 positions
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.
The Tony Awards are an obvious help in providing interest to new Broadway shows. Actually, the awards themselves can be a big deal for both the show and the fans as it is a constant topic of conversation throughout the year. And in that conversation is, undoubtedly, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his smash Hamilton.
Late-summer into early fall tends to be a dry-spell period when it comes to Broadway ticket sales and attendance, as post-Labor Day is a time when shows close their doors and grosses take a huge dip. The lull rarely lasts longer than mid-October when the market takes a huge swing into the green around this time of year, and similarly after the Christmas season when March rolls around. This year, the October jump occurred just after Columbus Day holiday weekend for the resale ticket market, as the jump in average ticket price is actually 5% higher than it was at this time last year. Shows such as 'The King and I' and 'A Gentleman's Guide of Love and Murder' are particularly experiencing ticket price surges.
With hits like Book of Mormon, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Jersey Boys, Broadway is once again taking the country and the world by storm with popular touring productions. Many theatergoers around the country opt to see the touring productions because tickets are generally cheaper on the road than on Broadway, especially in terms of resale prices. The secondary ticket market is seeing price increases for a number of touring productions, just not to the extent of many of their Broadway counterparts, according to data provided by TiqIQ.
The holidays mean big money for Broadway producers. This season, 19 of the current 26 shows broke the $1 million mark for the week with almost 30,000 more people attending shows than last Christmas. The Broadway League says the shows pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Also, attendance is on the rise from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year. The mild New York winter weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday may all be helpful factors in the increase in attendance. With a boost in celebrity casting in Broadway shows being another reason for people attending the theater, performances sans celebrities are holding their own. Despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship" all onstage toward the end of the year, and "The Book of Mormon" hardly slowing down at all this year, an old favorite was once again king of Broadway in 2014. Disney's "The Lion King" set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321. The Disney favorite remains Broadway's highest-grossing show of the year for the second time in a row, despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices.
Box office is still strong, though, as Andrew Rannells takes over the role.
A risky bet on a film adaptation opens on the West End without a trial run.
A Tony nominee for 'The Book of Mormon' and a regular on HBO's 'Girls', Rannells will take over when Harris's contract is up in August.
Big night for 'Ghosts' and 'Chimerica' from the Almeida, and for 'Book of Mormon,' at the Oliviers...