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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 - 6/19

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 6/18/2017.


This week, 35 shows played on Broadway, with 298,093 tickets sold and a total gross of $34,505,438. The average ticket price was $115.75.

This was the same number of shows as last week and up 1 number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 0.72%. Versus last year, attendance was up 9.67%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 1.10% vs. last week and up 22.23% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $115.75 is up $0.44 compared to last week and up $11.90 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,038,936
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,297,057
THE LION KING $2,122,697
WICKED $1,959,694
ALADDIN $1,594,329


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MARVIN'S ROOM ($202,232), SWEAT ($275,431), 1984 ($301,461), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($316,539), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($377,206)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HAMILTON $296,953
HELLO, DOLLY! $275,031
OSLO $147,634
PRESENT LAUGHTER $111,290
INDECENT $100,394


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WAITRESS ($-602,077), KINKY BOOTS ($-117,996), GROUNDHOG DAY ($-93,214), CHICAGO ($-88,897), MISS SAIGON ($-72,892)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $282.61
HELLO, DOLLY! $196.23
THE LION KING $156.38
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $156.19
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 $145.28


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
MARVIN'S ROOM ($45.81), 1984 ($50.09), INDECENT ($62.89), SWEAT ($68.24), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($70.44)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 125.52%
HAMILTON 115.56%
WICKED 110.1%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 105.89%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.63%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MARVIN'S ROOM (30.2%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (33.97%), ON YOUR FEET! (37.88%), 1984 (38.91%), INDECENT (40.92%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.1%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (53.4%), ON YOUR FEET! (54.4%), INDECENT (70.0%), PRESENT LAUGHTER (71.6%), MISS SAIGON (71.7%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

MARVIN'S ROOM 2184
HELLO, DOLLY! 1429
INDECENT 1088
OSLO 738
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION 601


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ON YOUR FEET! (-1101), KINKY BOOTS (-957), CHICAGO (-891), WAITRESS (-847), BEAUTIFUL (-626)

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 - 6/12

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 6/11/2017.


This week, 35 shows played on Broadway, with 295,956 tickets sold and a total gross of $34,128,420. The average ticket price was $115.32.

This was up 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 3.93%. Versus last year, attendance was up 5.33%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 4.07% vs. last week and up 19.84% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $115.32 is up $0.16 compared to last week and up $13.97 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,741,983
THE LION KING $2,096,787
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,022,026
WICKED $1,929,353
ALADDIN $1,570,729


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($271,320), INDECENT ($277,395), 1984 ($288,446), SWEAT ($302,039), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($366,882)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $118,653
KINKY BOOTS $101,383
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 $88,980
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $84,412
SCHOOL OF ROCK $82,362


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-312,927), PRESENT LAUGHTER ($-29,966), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-4,960), WAR PAINT ($-1,833), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-556)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $255.42
HELLO, DOLLY! $196.75
WAITRESS $163.80
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $157.00
THE LION KING $154.52


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
1984 ($51.93), INDECENT ($56.39), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($69.69), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($71.48), SWEAT ($75.74)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 135.86%
HELLO, DOLLY! 123.22%
HAMILTON 114.67%
WICKED 108.4%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 106.04%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (29.12%), INDECENT (30.05%), 1984 (37.23%), ON YOUR FEET! (42.32%), SWEAT (46.41%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.9%
COME FROM AWAY 101.8%
HAMILTON 101.6%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.5%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.1%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (46.3%), INDECENT (57.3%), ON YOUR FEET! (62.8%), PRESENT LAUGHTER (70.0%), 1984 (71.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 969
SUNSET BOULEVARD 817
MISS SAIGON 703
CHICAGO 652
BANDSTAND 649


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WAR PAINT (-301), THE LITTLE FOXES (-48), NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (-47), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (-33), HAMILTON (-19)

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 - 6/5

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 6/4/2017.


This week, 34 shows played on Broadway, with 284,771 tickets sold and a total gross of $32,793,987. The average ticket price was $115.16.

This was the same number of shows as last week and down 2 number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -3.98%. Versus last year, attendance was up 3.67%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -4.12% vs. last week and up 21.37% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $115.16 is down $-0.17 compared to last week and up $16.80 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,054,910
THE LION KING $2,031,825
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,903,373
WICKED $1,862,923
ALADDIN $1,495,237


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
INDECENT ($227,045), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($259,703), SWEAT ($275,958), 1984 ($282,053), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($349,831)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HAMILTON $295,202
WICKED $59,055
WAITRESS $40,570
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 $33,005
SCHOOL OF ROCK $27,183


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SUNSET BOULEVARD ($-220,668), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-143,694), CATS ($-135,878), GROUNDHOG DAY ($-114,531), CHICAGO ($-111,357)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $284.07
HELLO, DOLLY! $185.17
WAITRESS $160.54
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $156.98
THE LION KING $150.68


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
INDECENT ($51.46), 1984 ($53.93), SWEAT ($69.15), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($70.39), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($70.88)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 133.02%
HAMILTON 116.16%
HELLO, DOLLY! 115.99%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 106.46%
WICKED 104.67%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
INDECENT (26.0%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (27.87%), 1984 (36.4%), ON YOUR FEET! (39.07%), SWEAT (42.4%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.1%
COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (43.5%), INDECENT (51.4%), ON YOUR FEET! (58.0%), PRESENT LAUGHTER (66.1%), 1984 (67.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SCHOOL OF ROCK 404
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 202
1984 151
WICKED 89
KINKY BOOTS 68


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SUNSET BOULEVARD (-1374), PRESENT LAUGHTER (-1202), ON YOUR FEET! (-1101), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1078), CHICAGO (-1001)

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 - 5/30

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 5/28/2017.


This week, 34 shows played on Broadway, with 296,567 tickets sold and a total gross of $34,203,176. The average ticket price was $115.33.

This was number of shows as last week and down 3 number of shows vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -2.22%. Versus last year, attendance was up 1.69%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -0.87% vs. last week and up 19.15% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $115.33 is up $1.57 compared to last week and up $16.90 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,759,708
THE LION KING $2,073,973
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,911,108
WICKED $1,803,868
ALADDIN $1,542,463


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
INDECENT ($261,762), SWEAT ($293,025), 1984 ($298,438), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($320,060), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($399,887)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

KINKY BOOTS $318,869
SCHOOL OF ROCK $118,681
THE LION KING $97,672
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 $94,679
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $94,371


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-373,847), SUNSET BOULEVARD ($-88,753), MISS SAIGON ($-77,916), PRESENT LAUGHTER ($-70,118), BEAUTIFUL ($-67,042)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $257.05
HELLO, DOLLY! $186.16
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $161.28
WAITRESS $155.80
THE LION KING $152.99


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
INDECENT ($51.97), 1984 ($58.76), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($68.99), SWEAT ($72.35), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($73.13)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 129.04%
HELLO, DOLLY! 116.46%
HAMILTON 115.42%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 109.39%
WICKED 101.35%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
INDECENT (29.98%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (31.36%), 1984 (44.9%), ON YOUR FEET! (44.9%), SWEAT (45.02%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.2%
COME FROM AWAY 101.8%
ANASTASIA 101.6%
HAMILTON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (50.8%), INDECENT (58.7%), ON YOUR FEET! (66.5%), MISS SAIGON (71.8%), 1984 (74.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

KINKY BOOTS 1925
1984 1701
SCHOOL OF ROCK 984
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 976
CATS 545


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
BEAUTIFUL (-352), MISS SAIGON (-290), SUNSET BOULEVARD (-237), INDECENT (-231), SWEAT (-152)

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 - 5/23

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 5/21/2017.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,133,555
THE LION KING $1,976,301
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,933,853
WICKED $1,730,401
ALADDIN $1,452,664


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
INDECENT ($291,234), SWEAT ($301,575), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($325,010), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($335,674), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($341,437)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $337,795
HAMILTON $310,372
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $108,948
AMÉLIE $93,363
WICKED $88,945


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
CATS ($-75,179), SWEAT ($-54,348), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($-48,806), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-30,477), COME FROM AWAY ($-23,055)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $291.36
HELLO, DOLLY! $188.25
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $156.49
WAITRESS $156.29
THE BOOK OF MORMON $148.01


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($53.10), INDECENT ($55.28), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($63.64), SWEAT ($71.77), AMÉLIE ($72.26)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 129.43%
HELLO, DOLLY! 117.84%
HAMILTON 107.85%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 106.15%
ANASTASIA 97.91%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
INDECENT (33.36%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (33.45%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (37.47%), CATS (45.96%), SWEAT (46.42%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.2%
COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (52.4%), INDECENT (61.4%), ON YOUR FEET! (66.7%), CATS (69.1%), MISS SAIGON (73.9%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE LION KING 1764
AMÉLIE 1319
THE GLASS MENAGERIE 1033
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 985
SUNSET BOULEVARD 854


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
CATS (-792), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (-678), PRESENT LAUGHTER (-654), SWEAT (-638), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (-504)

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