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Important Read - Angels in America: The Complete Oral History

It’s a near-guarantee that if you put ‘Complete Oral History’ in an article or book title that I’ll read it. This morning was no-different when Angels in America: The Complete Oral History scrolled into my feed, via Slate. 

The piece marks the 25th Anniversary of the show, which premiered in San Francisco and has made its way through multiple great revivals, and a wonderful HBO adaptation. Going back to the beginning, they talk to nearly everyone and anyone to talk about how the production was shaped and changed the theatre world. Simply put, it’s a must-read.


4th of July Discounts

It's always a good time to see a Broadway show, but on this holiday weekend many shows are offering 40% off tickets including Chicago, The Crucible, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fun Home, Kinky Boots, She Loves Me, and Something Rotten!. A full description of these shows and a schedule of performances with the special $40 tickets can be found below. For more information: visit StarSpangledBroadway.com.

Chicago
After 20 years in the spotlight, CHICAGO is the longest-running American musical on Broadway. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, this electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. Filled with hit songs like "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" and featuring sizzling dance in the style of Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is simply "the best musical in town!" (The New York Times).

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2:30 PM, and 7/3 at 2:30 PM

The Crucible
Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE has returned to Broadway in a new production by the acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raves, "you must - and I mean it, you must - catch the play that transforms a fraught slice of American history into a pulsing, present-tense event. The Devil has returned to Broadway, with the power to make the strong tremble." Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, The Crucible is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama.

Performances: 6/29 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 6/30 at 7 PM, 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM, and 7/5 at 7 PM.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is in its final weeks! Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this "dazzling, pulse-pounding and remarkable" (Time Out New York) adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens that brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life.

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM , 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM

Fully Committed
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a "comic dynamo" (The New York Times) in FULLY COMMITTED, the "sublimely funny" (The Washington Post) Broadway comedy that takes a sharp skewer to the backside of the restaurant biz. Ferguson plays all 40 characters in this side-splitting tour-de-force directed by Tony winner Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q). It's "nonstop laughter" (The Wall Street Journal), but it's only on Broadway through July 31. Get a table while you still can!

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3PM

Fun Home
This summer is your last chance to experience Broadway's Tony Award-winning true story. FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, this groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" (Newsday).

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM

Kinky Boots
KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London's Olivier Award. This dazzling sensation tells the story of the unexpected friendship between a factory owner and a fabulous entertainer. Featuring 16 original songs by CYNDI LAUPER, KINKY BOOTS celebrates the best in all of us - the challenges that shape our journey, the joys that keep us going and the shoes that lift us up along the way!

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM

She Loves Me
It's your last chance to see the "show of the season!" (New York Observer). Based on the same story that inspired You've Got Mail, SHE LOVES ME has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "the most romantic of all Broadway musicals." Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical Revival, this universally acclaimed production stars Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony nominee Zachary Levi, and Tony winner Jane Krakowski.

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 2 PM

Something Rotten!
From the director of ALADDIN and the co-director of THE BOOK OF MORMON comes SOMETHING ROTTEN!, the hilarious smash that tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world's first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... it's SOMETHING ROTTEN! 

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/27

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 6/26/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,113,062
HAMILTON $2,007,222
WICKED $1,969,159
ALADDIN $1,671,568
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,371,455


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($306,916), FUN HOME ($384,193), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($392,158), FULLY COMMITTED ($426,533), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT ($502,602)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE COLOR PURPLE $238,537
THE KING AND I $164,236
MATILDA $159,439
BRIGHT STAR $158,776
WICKED $150,787


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT ($-158,744), AN ACT OF GOD ($-21,229), HAMILTON ($-19,616), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($-16,828), ON YOUR FEET! ($-4,320)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $187.03
THE BOOK OF MORMON $156.92
THE LION KING $155.72
WICKED $134.61
WAITRESS $130.40


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.54), FUN HOME ($73.46), FINDING NEVERLAND ($77.41), FULLY COMMITTED ($79.27), THE CRUCIBLE ($82.08)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WICKED 110.64%
WAITRESS 107.9%
HAMILTON 103.3%
THE LION KING 100.31%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 99.62%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (42.6%), FINDING NEVERLAND (44.82%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (45.74%), FUN HOME (48.33%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (50.72%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
HAMILTON 101.6%
WAITRESS 100.9%
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 100.7%
THE LION KING 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (63.2%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (64.3%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (66.4%), JERSEY BOYS (68.2%), AN ACT OF GOD (68.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE COLOR PURPLE 1750
BRIGHT STAR 1247
LES MISÉRABLES 964
THE KING AND I 952
MATILDA 947


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SHE LOVES ME (-296), SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT (-243), AN ACT OF GOD (-229), THE CRUCIBLE (-102), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (-85)

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


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Meat Loaf Sings DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES

Here's a fun one for today. Rocker Meat Loaf has a new album due out in September, featuring 10 songs written by longtime BAT OUT OF HELL collaborator Jim Steinman. Steinman of course is also a theatrical animal, who got his start under Joe Papp at the Public Theatre and wrote the lyrics for WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, as well as creating DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES (and it's theatrical cousin TANZ DER  VAMPIRE) amongst many others. 

On the new Meat Loaf album, and featuring Karla DeVito (THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE on Broadway) and Ellen Foley (HAIR and INTO THE WOODS) is a track now called 'Going All the Way'. 

Theatre fans will recognize multiple parts of the tune from DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and it's German-incarnation... 

Bonus fun fact, Steinman shared on Facebook last week re: his long-percolating BAT OUT OF HELL stage musical that "Next spring, my musical BOOH debuts at the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, CONVENT GARDEN IN LONDON, where it belongs, with Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini!! I'm very grateful for that!!!!!!!! SEE IT--IF WE DON'T F*CK UP, YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!"


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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 10 other related areas of entertainment - including dance, opera, fashion, concerts, comedy, films, television and more. In 2014, the site was awarded an 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 late 2012, Wisdom Digital Media announced the official spinoff and launch of 10 new entertainment web sites including BWWTVWorld.com, BWWBooksWorld.com, BWWMusicWorld.com, BWWArtWorld.com, BWWFitnessWorld.com, BWWDanceWorld.com, BWWClassicalWorld.com and BWWOperaWorld.com.

In 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 December of 2014, 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 2014, BroadwayWorld.com returned to the concert stage, with a series of benefit concerts featuring Broadway's brightest stars. The site continued its growth and leading technology support in 2015 adding exclusive features, an industry-first Apple TV app, new iPhone, Android and iPad Apps, Apple Watch and Safari alerts, a slew of original video content & more.

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