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Introducing @BWWFanGirl, Olivia Hardy - BWW's New Intern and Teen Reporter

All of us at BroadwayWorld.com first fell in love with 17-year old Olivia Hardy back in 2011 when she was participating in The Broadway Dreams Foundation. In multiple concerts, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, she displayed an impressive talent and maturity, well beyond her years.

We fell even more in love with her in 2014, when she portrayed 'Dorothy' and stopped the show (opposite Ken Page), singing in BroadwayWorld.com Visits Oz, our sold out 10th Anniversary Concerts down at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York City (click here to watch that stunning performance).

Now, we are excited to give the entire BroadwayWorld.com readership the same opportunity as we introduce her today as our official 'Teen Correspondent' where she will be reporting for the site, and on social media @BWWFanGirl.

To get the full scoop on what she's up to, click here.

To read her first article, click here and while you're clicking .. to follow her on Twitter, click here.


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/31; Broadway Dips, ON THE TOWN Boost

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights!

Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 8/30/2015.

Broadway dipped this week, but ON THE TOWN with Misty Copeland shot up, more than doubling its previous week!

 


Top 5 by This Week Gross

 

THE LION KING $1,835,217
ALADDIN $1,582,804
HAMILTON $1,548,928
WICKED $1,492,152
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,420,003
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HAND TO GOD ($245,469), AMAZING GRACE ($286,912), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH ($394,709), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ($475,706), CHICAGO ($508,839)

Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

 

ON THE TOWN $519,055
HAMILTON $92,175
BEAUTIFUL $15,043
LES MISÉRABLES $13,291
MAMMA MIA! $-1,252
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-259,822), THE LION KING ($-150,973), ALADDIN ($-137,591), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-121,758), THE KING AND I ($-106,006)

Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON $163.69
HAMILTON $144.62
THE LION KING $143.62
THE KING AND I $128.18
WICKED $120.98
Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
AMAZING GRACE ($59.37), HAND TO GOD ($67.77), ON THE TOWN ($76.55), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ($77.30), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH ($77.59)

Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

 

HAMILTON 116.03%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.15%
THE LION KING 95.33%
FUN HOME 88.06%
ALADDIN 86.59%
Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AMAZING GRACE (26.13%), HAND TO GOD (39.4%), JERSEY BOYS (45.99%), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (49.61%), ON THE TOWN (51.08%)

Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.7%
HAMILTON 101.3%
MAMMA MIA! 99.5%
FUN HOME 99.0%
ALADDIN 97.6%
Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

AMAZING GRACE (52.0%), HAND TO GOD (58.6%), JERSEY BOYS (61.1%), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (72.2%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (72.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

 

ON THE TOWN 4124
BEAUTIFUL 218
HAND TO GOD 55
HAMILTON 2
Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-1578), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1119), MATILDA (-811), THE LION KING (-798), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (-583)

That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/31

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights!

Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 8/30/2015.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $1,835,217
ALADDIN $1,582,804
HAMILTON $1,548,928
WICKED $1,492,152
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,420,003
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HAND TO GOD ($245,469), AMAZING GRACE ($286,912), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH ($394,709), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ($475,706), CHICAGO ($508,839)

Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

ON THE TOWN $519,055
HAMILTON $92,175
BEAUTIFUL $15,043
LES MISÉRABLES $13,291
MAMMA MIA! $-1,252
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-259,822), THE LION KING ($-150,973), ALADDIN ($-137,591), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-121,758), THE KING AND I ($-106,006)

Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

THE BOOK OF MORMON $163.69
HAMILTON $144.62
THE LION KING $143.62
THE KING AND I $128.18
WICKED $120.98
Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
AMAZING GRACE ($59.37), HAND TO GOD ($67.77), ON THE TOWN ($76.55), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ($77.30), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH ($77.59)

Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 116.03%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.15%
THE LION KING 95.33%
FUN HOME 88.06%
ALADDIN 86.59%
Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AMAZING GRACE (26.13%), HAND TO GOD (39.4%), JERSEY BOYS (45.99%), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (49.61%), ON THE TOWN (51.08%)

Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.7%
HAMILTON 101.3%
MAMMA MIA! 99.5%
FUN HOME 99.0%
ALADDIN 97.6%
Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

AMAZING GRACE (52.0%), HAND TO GOD (58.6%), JERSEY BOYS (61.1%), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (72.2%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (72.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

ON THE TOWN 4124
BEAUTIFUL 218
HAND TO GOD 55
HAMILTON 2
Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-1578), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1119), MATILDA (-811), THE LION KING (-798), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (-583)
That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!


BWW's Funniest Video w/ SOMETHING ROTTEN!

After a heinous weekend of awful news in the BroadwayWorld world, I'm happy to share something much more upbeat -- Randy Rainbow's latest FIVE MINUTE CALL, featuring the cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN! It's I think the funniest video we've ever run. 

 


#Dim4Kyle

There's no story that we enjoy posting less than an obituary for someone that leaves this world way too soon.

Today was one of those days, when we posted the devasting news about LES MISERABLES cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who died at age 21. By all reports, he was a star on the rise and earlier this month we had the pleasure of covering his debut as the youngest Jean Valjean to appear on Broadway, and as the first African American. 

One need only watch the video tribute that we posted as a follow-up to appreciate this unique talent with a soaring and special voice, who was most definitely headed for a long and exciting career. 

We here at BroadwayWorld are joining with those on social media who have started the hashtag #Dim4Kyle to encourage Broadway theatres to dim their lights in his honor. It's an honor normally reserved for those with long and publicly visible careers, but if ever there was an exception to be made, we hope that this will be it. Stay tuned. 


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The 2001 Syracuse University graduate (School of Information Studies) is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media, an award-winning leading design company for entertainment and technology web sites. In his previous life, he held an executive position for the world's leading publisher of technology magazines, web sites and conferences and, as a result, was named among the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by FOLIO Magazine.

Robert Diamond founded BroadwayWorld.com in 2003, which has now become the largest theatre web site in the world. He also serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief, covering Broadway and beyond, with specific local coverage for 100 cities in the United States, 35 countries worldwide and 15 other related areas of entertainment - including dance, opera, fashion, concerts, comedy, films, television and more. In May of 2014, the site was awarded a 2014 Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education by the prestigious Theatre Museum.

Diamond got his start in the entertainment field, accidentally, when he created the 'official web site' (while in college) for Michael Crawford, the popular actor and original Tony and Olivier Award-winning star of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. (He still blames Crawford - and credits him - for anything that goes particularly right or wrong during an average day.)

As a respected member of the Broadway and theatre community, Diamond also served as Lead Producer for a series of sold-out shows using the BroadwayWorld.com 'brand' for a set of 'Standing Ovations' concerts, which also branched out into titles that included Holiday Shows and even more specific concerts like 'From Stage to Screen and Back Again' in tandem with publishers and movie studios. All proceeds were in turn donated to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, the industry's leader in aid for performers in need.

Robert lives in Manhattan with his wife and two dogs, growing the business and getting little sleep. In addition, you can usually find him in a theatre many nights a week. Robert's very popular blog, 'The Broadway Pulse' appears daily on BroadwayWorld.com and he also wrote weekly about theatre for the USA Network's Character Approved blog.

In December of 2011, Diamond was one of 5 Syracuse University Alumni, all having achieved success in the world of start-ups, business growth and venture capital, participating on a panel addressing young alumni who are currently pursuing their dreams of running their own business and experiencing the day to day challenges of a startup. It is part of the university's new Student Accelerator Program, for which Rob was recommended by Syracuse University's i-School.

In late 2012, Wisdom Digital Media announced the official spinoff and launch of 10 new entertainment web sites including BWWMoviesWorld.com, BWWTVWorld.com, BWWFashionWorld.com, BWWBooksWorld.com, BWWMusicWorld.com, BWWArtWorld.com, BWWComedyWorld.com, BWWDanceWorld.com, BWWClassicalWorld.com and BWWOperaWorld.com.

In January of 2013, BWWGeeksWorld.com, devoted to home entertainment, mobile technologies and social media launched as well, followed by BWWFitnessWorld.com and BWWTravelWorld.com in April of 2013. In July of 2013, BWWHub.com launched as a portal to the complete family of entertainment and lifestyle offerings. The site's expansion was featured in a Crain's New York Business profile as well.

In 2014, BroadwayWorld.com returned to the concert stage, with a series of benefit concerts featuring Broadway's brightest stars. A new partnership with Rock-it Science Records will record and release these special evenings, with proceeds benefiting various charities.

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  • Name: Robert Diamond
  • Address: 315 West 115th Suite #61 NY NY 10026
  • E-mail: robert@wisdomdigital.com
  • Phone: 914-623-8689