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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 - 1/16

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 1/14/2018.


This week, 29 shows played on Broadway, with 249,038 tickets sold and a total gross of $32,948,206. The average ticket price was $132.30.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -2.41%. Versus last year, attendance was down -4.28%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 2.30% vs. last week and up 11.43% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $132.30 is up $6.10 compared to last week and up $18.65 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,105,160
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,436,208
THE LION KING $1,941,493
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,741,090
WICKED $1,646,233


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE CHILDREN ($282,652), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($307,280), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($418,670), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($462,637), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($525,022)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $230,038
METEOR SHOWER $226,015
MISS SAIGON $86,332
THE BAND'S VISIT $68,127
THE CHILDREN $64,864


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-681,306), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-371,025), WICKED ($-280,388), ALADDIN ($-249,640), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-193,154)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $288.61
HELLO, DOLLY! $236.78
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $217.83
COME FROM AWAY $151.92
METEOR SHOWER $148.07


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($54.73), THE CHILDREN ($64.52), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($71.46), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($77.03), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($80.13)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 148.46%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 122.17%
THE LION KING 116.61%
THE BAND'S VISIT 108.29%
HAMILTON 107.24%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE CHILDREN (41.08%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (44.6%), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART (49.01%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (56.99%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (61.78%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

METEOR SHOWER 102.0%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.8%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SCHOOL OF ROCK (73.6%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (76.8%), KINKY BOOTS (79.2%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (79.6%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (81.7%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

METEOR SHOWER 1260
ANASTASIA 987
THE PARISIAN WOMAN 734
THE CHILDREN 611
BEAUTIFUL 527


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-2788), THE LION KING (-1580), HELLO, DOLLY! (-1317), WICKED (-1271), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-926)

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 - 1/8

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 1/7/2018.


This week, 29 shows played on Broadway, with 255,197 tickets sold and a total gross of $32,207,509. The average ticket price was $126.21.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 4 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -16.71%. Versus last year, attendance was down -29.01%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -36.04% vs. last week and down -35.21% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $126.21 is down $-38.13 compared to last week and down $-12.07 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,132,598
THE LION KING $2,622,799
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,206,170
WICKED $1,926,621
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,744,820


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE CHILDREN ($217,788), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($259,548), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($407,628), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($453,677), JUNK ($465,747)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

JUNK $8,273
THE CHILDREN $-18,414
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART $-32,065
FARINELLI AND THE KING $-61,567
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS $-223,770


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-1,374,446), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-912,505), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-862,986), ANASTASIA ($-791,218), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($-777,808)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $291.24
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $218.38
HELLO, DOLLY! $190.09
THE LION KING $173.22
THE BOOK OF MORMON $153.90


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($49.91), THE CHILDREN ($57.77), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($71.02), JUNK ($74.02), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($77.63)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 122.43%
HELLO, DOLLY! 120.55%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 111.44%
WICKED 108.25%
HAMILTON 108.18%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE CHILDREN (31.65%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (39.3%), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART (40.8%), JUNK (41.97%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (59.61%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

HAMILTON 101.8%
COME FROM AWAY 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.2%
ANASTASIA 100.4%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
THE CHILDREN (72.5%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (73.4%), JUNK (74.3%), KINKY BOOTS (76.7%), BEAUTIFUL (77.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE LION KING 1568
FARINELLI AND THE KING 710
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART 430
JUNK 157
HAMILTON 2


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SCHOOL OF ROCK (-3914), KINKY BOOTS (-3260), CHICAGO (-2575), BEAUTIFUL (-2469), WICKED (-2320)

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 - 1/2

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 12/31/2017.


This week, 32 shows played on Broadway, with 306,408 tickets sold and a total gross of $50,354,114. The average ticket price was $164.34.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 25.08%. Versus last year, attendance was the same. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 40.67% vs. last week and the same vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $164.34 is up $18.21 compared to last week and the same compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,854,874
WICKED $3,301,067
THE LION KING $3,099,930
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,464,573
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,410,758


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($79,125), THE CHILDREN ($236,202), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($291,613), JUNK ($457,474), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($646,792)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WICKED $1,080,461
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $986,471
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $970,212
SCHOOL OF ROCK $819,968
THE BOOK OF MORMON $818,793


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-427), HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($1,338), THE CHILDREN ($37,077), HAMILTON ($57,030), FARINELLI AND THE KING ($63,510)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $508.60
HAMILTON $358.46
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $265.19
THE LION KING $228.39
THE BOOK OF MORMON $211.74


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($26.62), THE CHILDREN ($60.61), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($61.13), JUNK ($74.57), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($94.59)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WICKED 164.86%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 155.29%
ANASTASIA 148.95%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 148.55%
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 141.06%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (5.34%), THE CHILDREN (39.23%), JUNK (41.23%), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART (52.39%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (62.36%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.1%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (30.3%), JUNK (72.4%), MISS SAIGON (85.0%), THE CHILDREN (85.6%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (87.5%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

MISS SAIGON 5827
KINKY BOOTS 4605
SCHOOL OF ROCK 3941
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 3919
CHICAGO 3864


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE CHILDREN (-46), HAMILTON (-3), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (-2),

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 - 12/27

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 12/24/2017.


This week, 32 shows played on Broadway, with 244,973 tickets sold and a total gross of $35,796,215. The average ticket price was $146.12.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -4.74%. Versus last year, attendance was down -0.38%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 4.18% vs. last week and up 17.70% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $146.12 is up $12.51 compared to last week and up $22.45 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,797,844
THE LION KING $2,682,893
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,411,185
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,295,082
WICKED $2,220,606


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($77,787), THE CHILDREN ($199,125), JUNK ($352,024), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($426,713), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($446,336)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HAMILTON $970,826
THE LION KING $346,143
ALADDIN $276,386
WICKED $219,778
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $213,690


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
BEAUTIFUL ($-293,470), WAITRESS ($-181,428), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($-155,825), HELLO, DOLLY! ($-153,529), COME FROM AWAY ($-121,551)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $508.69
HAMILTON $353.06
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $232.99
HELLO, DOLLY! $199.02
THE LION KING $197.98


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($34.68), THE CHILDREN ($50.50), JUNK ($63.97), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($85.25), MISS SAIGON ($85.97)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 130.69%
THE BAND'S VISIT 126.65%
HELLO, DOLLY! 125.41%
WICKED 124.76%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 121.18%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (5.25%), JUNK (31.72%), THE CHILDREN (31.77%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (50.17%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (51.51%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 102.3%
COME FROM AWAY 101.8%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.3%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (22.8%), JUNK (65.0%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (68.2%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (70.8%), MISS SAIGON (72.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1139
SCHOOL OF ROCK 882
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 865
WICKED 660
JUNK 575


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
BEAUTIFUL (-2047), WAITRESS (-1160), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1119), COME FROM AWAY (-1086), FARINELLI AND THE KING (-1072)

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 - 12/18

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 12/17/2017.


This week, 32 shows played on Broadway, with 257,160 tickets sold and a total gross of $34,359,422. The average ticket price was $133.61.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -2.75%. Versus last year, attendance was down -4.33%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -2.55% vs. last week and up 12.50% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $133.61 is up $0.27 compared to last week and up $19.98 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,827,018
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,448,611
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,401,108
THE LION KING $2,336,750
WICKED $2,000,828


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($70,470), THE CHILDREN ($203,238), M. BUTTERFLY ($370,427), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($382,966), JUNK ($399,049)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WICKED $106,733
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS $105,821
CATS $44,091
THE LION KING $31,456
COME FROM AWAY $29,951


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
BEAUTIFUL ($-148,713), KINKY BOOTS ($-118,272), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($-95,588), HAMILTON ($-82,342), JUNK ($-74,993)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $506.56
HAMILTON $263.37
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $218.36
HELLO, DOLLY! $212.55
THE LION KING $172.90


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($24.39), THE CHILDREN ($47.72), M. BUTTERFLY ($73.50), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($75.39), JUNK ($80.98)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 133.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 122.45%
WICKED 112.42%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 111.84%
COME FROM AWAY 110.32%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (4.76%), THE CHILDREN (33.06%), JUNK (35.96%), M. BUTTERFLY (39.12%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (48.72%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 102.1%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.8%
HAMILTON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (29.4%), JUNK (58.2%), M. BUTTERFLY (59.2%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (65.6%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (67.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

FARINELLI AND THE KING 1261
M. BUTTERFLY 220
WICKED 220
CATS 121
ANASTASIA 80


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
KINKY BOOTS (-1452), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (-1024), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-913), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-857), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-692)

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, 45+ countries worldwide and 10 other related areas of entertainment - including dance, opera, 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 '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 splits his time between Manhattan and Lake Tamarack in Stockholm, NJ 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 writing has been featured on the site in 'The Broadway Pulse' and Industry Insight sections on BroadwayWorld 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 new entertainment web sites including BWWTVWorld.com, BWWBooksWorld.com, BWWMusicWorld.com, BWWDanceWorld.com, BWWClassicalWorld.com and BWWOperaWorld.com. 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 and has spent 2017 involved in further growth including the launch of new regions, new sections including Around the World and Industry Insight and more.

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