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Welcome to the rhythm of a brand new day on BroadwayWorld as we've just this morning launched a massive design upgrade that's been in the works for months that I'm both proud and excited to unveil.

It wasn't until I watched the loving trip down BWW memory lane, put together by our Social Media guru Alan Henry (and linked below) of the site's previous designs that I got a little emotional about the process (and what a process it's been!).

Everyone on the BroadwayWorld team takes great pride in our position as the leader in all coverage for theatre and live entertainment for Broadway and beyond. We approached the changes that you are now seeing today, keeping that in mind every step of the way.

Using heavy data, analytics and testing we looked at each and every feature of the web site - technically, visually and functionality wise and spent many sleepless nights figuring out how to make each bit better.

We hope that you'll find the new site a faster, cleaner and more powerful browsing experience across all browsers, screen sizes and devices. The goal was to make it even more functional on large desktops, and on the smallest of phone screens.

I'd like to extend special thanks to everyone on the team who's been involved with the design, development, testing, lovingly yelling at me with feedback, and helping to carry the site forward for 2017.

As always, we are here for and with you, our readers and the community. Your feedback is welcome (especially over the next few days as I'm sure we have some bugs to squash), and my inbox is always open!

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/14

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 8/13/2017.


This week, 30 shows played on Broadway, with 260,456 tickets sold and a total gross of $30,312,338. The average ticket price was $116.38.

This was as the number of shows as last week and up 4 as the number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -2.23%. Versus last year, attendance was up 12.40%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -3.54% vs. last week and up 24.15% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $116.38 is down $-1.58 compared to last week and up $11.02 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,040,435
THE LION KING $2,219,979
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,217,271
WICKED $2,066,330
ALADDIN $1,703,893


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MARVIN'S ROOM ($197,741), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($233,522), PRINCE OF BROADWAY ($310,279), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($332,104), 1984 ($335,041)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

PRINCE OF BROADWAY $193,994
ON YOUR FEET! $161,666
WICKED $113,688
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 $106,050
GROUNDHOG DAY $96,551


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
KINKY BOOTS ($-878,366), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-90,514), THE LION KING ($-56,346), ANASTASIA ($-49,414), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($-48,668)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $282.65
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.78
HELLO, DOLLY! $189.85
THE LION KING $163.70
COME FROM AWAY $155.18


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($48.94), MARVIN'S ROOM ($52.01), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($58.15), 1984 ($62.84), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($64.80)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 121.16%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 120.7%
HAMILTON 115.61%
COME FROM AWAY 105.05%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 104.67%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MARVIN'S ROOM (29.63%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (33.22%), PRINCE OF BROADWAY (41.54%), 1984 (43.24%), WAR PAINT (46.12%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.3%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.0%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 100.7%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MARVIN'S ROOM (64.7%), MISS SAIGON (66.5%), 1984 (68.7%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (75.0%), KINKY BOOTS (76.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

PRINCE OF BROADWAY 2815
WICKED 1132
ON YOUR FEET! 1021
GROUNDHOG DAY 873
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 455


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
KINKY BOOTS (-2747), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-509), WAITRESS (-349), MISS SAIGON (-329), ANASTASIA (-260)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/7

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 8/6/2017.


This week, 31 shows played on Broadway, with 266,389 tickets sold and a total gross of $31,424,603. The average ticket price was $117.97.

This was up number of shows as last week and up 6 number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 0.03%. Versus last year, attendance was up 17.92%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -1.50% vs. last week and up 30.60% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $117.97 is down $-1.84 compared to last week and up $11.45 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,046,154
THE LION KING $2,276,325
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,177,901
WICKED $1,952,642
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,710,233


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MARVIN'S ROOM ($186,351), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($232,352), 1984 ($340,889), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($364,396), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($456,195)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER $257,154
INDECENT $205,816
KINKY BOOTS $100,160
ON YOUR FEET! $84,748
HAMILTON $26,329


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-306,714), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-122,576), GROUNDHOG DAY ($-79,199), HELLO, DOLLY! ($-72,513), BEAUTIFUL ($-69,437)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $283.28
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $213.86
HELLO, DOLLY! $185.75
THE LION KING $168.02
COME FROM AWAY $152.78


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
MARVIN'S ROOM ($48.26), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($53.82), 1984 ($64.54), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($68.11), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($69.34)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

KINKY BOOTS 133.96%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 124.15%
HELLO, DOLLY! 119.01%
HAMILTON 115.83%
WICKED 109.71%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MARVIN'S ROOM (27.93%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (33.06%), 1984 (44.0%), WAR PAINT (45.28%), GROUNDHOG DAY (46.58%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.6%
COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.4%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MARVIN'S ROOM (65.8%), 1984 (68.1%), MISS SAIGON (69.3%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (69.6%), GROUNDHOG DAY (72.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER 4720
INDECENT 866
ON YOUR FEET! 689
WAR PAINT 200
MARVIN'S ROOM 69


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-1663), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1076), GROUNDHOG DAY (-885), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (-846), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-518)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/31

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/30/2017.


This week, 30 shows played on Broadway, with 266,316 tickets sold and a total gross of $31,904,725. The average ticket price was $119.80.

This was up number of shows as last week and up 3 number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 1.32%. Versus last year, attendance was up 10.40%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 1.62% vs. last week and up 25.14% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $119.80 is up $0.35 compared to last week and up $14.10 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,019,825
THE LION KING $2,583,039
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,250,414
WICKED $1,996,228
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,709,347


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MARVIN'S ROOM ($204,947), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($284,682), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($372,305), 1984 ($381,259), INDECENT ($533,355)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $272,110
KINKY BOOTS $131,512
THE BOOK OF MORMON $101,129
HELLO, DOLLY! $97,803
ON YOUR FEET! $94,344


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($-362,228), ALADDIN ($-154,815), WAR PAINT ($-54,161), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($-34,966), BANDSTAND ($-29,651)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $280.78
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $214.04
HELLO, DOLLY! $191.98
THE LION KING $169.81
COME FROM AWAY $153.21


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
MARVIN'S ROOM ($54.05), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($55.14), 1984 ($65.98), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($70.66), INDECENT ($71.91)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

KINKY BOOTS 125.99%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 124.08%
HELLO, DOLLY! 122.97%
HAMILTON 114.83%
WICKED 112.16%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MARVIN'S ROOM (30.71%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (39.47%), WAR PAINT (47.71%), 1984 (49.21%), MISS SAIGON (50.66%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.4%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.4%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.3%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MARVIN'S ROOM (64.6%), MISS SAIGON (73.3%), 1984 (74.5%), ON YOUR FEET! (75.3%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (77.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE LION KING 1644
THE BOOK OF MORMON 1074
ON YOUR FEET! 961
CATS 554
HELLO, DOLLY! 496


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ALADDIN (-1828), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (-987), WAR PAINT (-298), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-293), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (-235)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/24

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/23/2017.


This week, 29 shows played on Broadway, with 262,838 tickets sold and a total gross of $31,395,966. The average ticket price was $119.45.

This was number of shows as last week and the same number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -2.24%. Versus last year, attendance was up 4.88%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -1.65% vs. last week and up 18.11% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $119.45 is up $0.71 compared to last week and up $13.38 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,033,266
THE LION KING $2,310,929
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,152,611
WICKED $1,948,437
ALADDIN $1,839,957


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MARVIN'S ROOM ($216,870), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($362,702), 1984 ($396,758), INDECENT ($482,575), BANDSTAND ($577,663)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

ALADDIN $207,368
SCHOOL OF ROCK $99,543
INDECENT $92,887
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $89,888
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 $89,153


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-200,699), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-94,788), HELLO, DOLLY! ($-79,551), CHICAGO ($-32,711), CATS ($-28,050)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $282.01
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $208.19
HELLO, DOLLY! $191.75
THE LION KING $170.33
COME FROM AWAY $150.83


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
MARVIN'S ROOM ($55.78), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($65.90), INDECENT ($67.15), 1984 ($67.16), ON YOUR FEET! ($80.74)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 120.73%
HELLO, DOLLY! 117.62%
KINKY BOOTS 115.53%
HAMILTON 115.34%
WICKED 109.47%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MARVIN'S ROOM (32.5%), ON YOUR FEET! (45.98%), MISS SAIGON (49.16%), 1984 (51.21%), WAR PAINT (52.01%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.6%
COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
KINKY BOOTS 100.8%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MARVIN'S ROOM (66.2%), ON YOUR FEET! (68.0%), MISS SAIGON (69.8%), 1984 (76.1%), WAR PAINT (80.5%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

ALADDIN 1688
INDECENT 978
SCHOOL OF ROCK 597
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 592
GROUNDHOG DAY 432


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-1694), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1006), HELLO, DOLLY! (-480), CATS (-404), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-227)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/17

Welcome to this week's edition of BroadwayWorld's exclusive WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/16/2017.


This week, 30 shows played on Broadway, with 268,850 tickets sold and a total gross of $31,921,295. The average ticket price was $118.73.

This was the same number of shows as last week and the same number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 4.95%. Versus last year, attendance was up 4.32%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 9.76% vs. last week and up 17.68% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $118.73 is up $5.20 compared to last week and up $13.48 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,019,947
THE LION KING $2,511,628
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,232,162
WICKED $1,900,445
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,664,265


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MARVIN'S ROOM ($227,422), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($381,420), 1984 ($382,755), INDECENT ($389,688), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($557,757)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $1,509,588
THE BOOK OF MORMON $266,706
THE LION KING $248,912
OSLO $229,054
BEAUTIFUL $118,159


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
GROUNDHOG DAY ($-97,247), MISS SAIGON ($-62,163), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-61,032), HAMILTON ($-41,061), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-38,086)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $280.79
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $208.84
HELLO, DOLLY! $190.69
THE LION KING $164.58
COME FROM AWAY $148.66


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
MARVIN'S ROOM ($55.97), INDECENT ($62.76), 1984 ($65.64), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($68.99), ON YOUR FEET! ($80.94)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 121.97%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.01%
HAMILTON 114.84%
KINKY BOOTS 110.77%
WICKED 106.78%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MARVIN'S ROOM (34.08%), INDECENT (42.21%), ON YOUR FEET! (44.83%), MISS SAIGON (47.51%), 1984 (49.4%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.7%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.3%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (66.1%), MARVIN'S ROOM (69.2%), MISS SAIGON (69.7%), INDECENT (72.3%), 1984 (75.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

HELLO, DOLLY! 2825
THE BOOK OF MORMON 2136
THE LION KING 1742
BEAUTIFUL 1122
CATS 777


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
MISS SAIGON (-827), GROUNDHOG DAY (-464), CHICAGO (-263), WICKED (-165), 1984 (-32)

That's all for this week... Note: All data presented for informational purposes only. BroadwayWorld.com makes no guarantees as to the accuracy of the data, or the matter in which it's presented. Source: The Broadway League..


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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. Since then, Diamond has been featured as an industry expert by numerous outlets.

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.

Recently, 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 adding exclusive features, an industry-first Apple TV app, Roku App, new iPhone, Android and iPad Apps, Apple Watch and Safari alerts, a slew of original video content, international expansion & more.

The site ended 2016 unveiling a major redesign, fully responsive on all platforms and taking full advantage of the latest in i-technology.

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