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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 - 12/11

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 12/10/2017.


This week, 32 shows played on Broadway, with 264,442 tickets sold and a total gross of $35,260,255. The average ticket price was $133.34.

This was up the number of shows as last week and the same vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 9.04%. Versus last year, attendance was down -4.77%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 17.60% vs. last week and up 12.45% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $133.34 is up $9.71 compared to last week and up $20.42 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,909,360
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,519,456
THE LION KING $2,305,294
WICKED $1,894,095
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,783,907


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($91,678), THE CHILDREN ($234,714), M. BUTTERFLY ($391,626), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($401,868), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($452,915)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $217,449
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $163,887
ALADDIN $151,217
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND $148,034
CATS $120,002


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
M. BUTTERFLY ($-18,308), THE BAND'S VISIT ($-13,136), JUNK ($-7,411), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($-4,449), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($20,902)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $271.04
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $222.99
HELLO, DOLLY! $218.00
THE LION KING $170.52
COME FROM AWAY $159.52


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($32.02), THE CHILDREN ($51.77), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($59.77), M. BUTTERFLY ($81.25), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($82.88)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 137.67%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 125.17%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 112.61%
WAITRESS 108.41%
COME FROM AWAY 107.95%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (6.19%), THE CHILDREN (36.08%), M. BUTTERFLY (41.36%), JUNK (42.72%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (52.7%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.6%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%
METEOR SHOWER 101.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (29.1%), M. BUTTERFLY (56.6%), JUNK (64.7%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (71.0%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (72.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 1818
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 1405
MISS SAIGON 1019
THE CHILDREN 948
CATS 889


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
JUNK (-517), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (-338), KINKY BOOTS (-194), ALADDIN (-117), THE LION KING (-24)

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 - 12/4

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 12/3/2017.


This week, 30 shows played on Broadway, with 242,528 tickets sold and a total gross of $29,982,847. The average ticket price was $123.63.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 3 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -8.46%. Versus last year, attendance was down -9.99%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -23.28% vs. last week and up 3.26% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $123.63 is down $-23.87 compared to last week and up $15.86 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,837,331
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,478,968
THE LION KING $2,087,845
WICKED $1,825,028
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,753,527


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($62,961), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($380,966), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($395,580), M. BUTTERFLY ($409,934), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($457,364)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

BEAUTIFUL $112,849
M. BUTTERFLY $27,878
JUNK $19,515
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS $14,465
HELLO, DOLLY! $10,793


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-668,308), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($-633,250), HAMILTON ($-616,441), WICKED ($-575,996), THE LION KING ($-563,469)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $264.33
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $219.82
HELLO, DOLLY! $217.59
THE LION KING $154.16
THE BOOK OF MORMON $147.15


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($24.54), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($64.11), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($70.82), JUNK ($80.26), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($84.66)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 135.46%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 123.04%
HAMILTON 107.85%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 106.32%
THE BAND'S VISIT 105.2%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (4.25%), M. BUTTERFLY (43.29%), JUNK (43.39%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (48.97%), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (49.94%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 101.7%
HAMILTON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.3%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.0%
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 100.3%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (26.1%), M. BUTTERFLY (53.5%), MISS SAIGON (64.2%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (65.9%), JUNK (70.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

M. BUTTERFLY 555
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 440
BEAUTIFUL 379
THE PARISIAN WOMAN 166
METEOR SHOWER 110


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SCHOOL OF ROCK (-4243), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-2142), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-1864), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1644), WICKED (-1117)

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 - 11/27

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 11/26/2017.


This week, 31 shows played on Broadway, with 264,948 tickets sold and a total gross of $39,079,348. The average ticket price was $147.50.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and down 3 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 6.99%. Versus last year, attendance was down -6.37%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 25.47% vs. last week and up 10.77% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $147.50 is up $21.72 compared to last week and up $22.81 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,453,772
THE LION KING $2,651,314
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,468,175
WICKED $2,401,024
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,393,435


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($48,496), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($255,478), M. BUTTERFLY ($382,056), JUNK ($461,938), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($485,973)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WICKED $936,883
THE LION KING $893,129
SCHOOL OF ROCK $723,709
ALADDIN $637,931
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $635,082


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
M. BUTTERFLY ($-182,646), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($-140,838), JUNK ($-85,614), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($-39,269), SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-8,118)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $504.94
HAMILTON $321.13
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $243.98
HELLO, DOLLY! $211.68
THE LION KING $195.67


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ($13.51), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($63.58), JUNK ($71.89), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($78.45), MISS SAIGON ($92.62)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 141.56%
WICKED 134.9%
HELLO, DOLLY! 134.87%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 125.48%
THE BAND'S VISIT 124.87%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (3.27%), M. BUTTERFLY (40.03%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (40.41%), JUNK (41.63%), MISS SAIGON (54.04%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.1%
HELLO, DOLLY! 100.8%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (36.5%), M. BUTTERFLY (46.9%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (68.4%), MISS SAIGON (68.4%), JUNK (75.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SCHOOL OF ROCK 4484
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 2101
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 1842
KINKY BOOTS 1756
THE LION KING 1674


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
M. BUTTERFLY (-2195), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (-890), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (-313), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (-304), METEOR SHOWER (-83)

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 - 11/20

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 11/19/2017.


This week, 31 shows played on Broadway, with 247,644 tickets sold and a total gross of $31,147,317. The average ticket price was $125.77.

This was up the number of shows as last week and down 1 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -1.26%. Versus last year, attendance was down -2.09%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -4.10% vs. last week and up 16.38% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $125.77 is down $-3.71 compared to last week and up $19.96 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,826,330
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,401,553
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,318,210
THE LION KING $1,758,185
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,677,281


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($294,747), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($376,404), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($431,861), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($466,990), JUNK ($547,552)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE PARISIAN WOMAN $253,072
THE BAND'S VISIT $180,099
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND $50,691
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS $12,183
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $5,983


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-316,777), WICKED ($-165,553), MISS SAIGON ($-151,496), THE LION KING ($-150,108), KINKY BOOTS ($-123,621)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $506.66
HAMILTON $263.31
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $212.26
HELLO, DOLLY! $206.96
METEOR SHOWER $162.91


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($60.05), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($61.23), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($73.65), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($79.24), MISS SAIGON ($81.95)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 126.67%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.76%
COME FROM AWAY 105.4%
METEOR SHOWER 104.27%
THE LION KING 102.56%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MISS SAIGON (46.02%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (46.62%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (46.86%), JUNK (49.35%), CATS (52.81%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.6%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.1%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 100.4%
THE BAND'S VISIT 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MISS SAIGON (61.7%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (69.2%), M. BUTTERFLY (72.7%), KINKY BOOTS (73.1%), JUNK (73.7%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE PARISIAN WOMAN 2461
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 1244
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS 707
WAITRESS 52
HELLO, DOLLY! 11


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-1687), MISS SAIGON (-1537), KINKY BOOTS (-1071), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-922), CHICAGO (-794)

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 - 11/13

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 11/12/2017.


This week, 30 shows played on Broadway, with 250,816 tickets sold and a total gross of $32,477,414. The average ticket price was $129.49.

This was up the number of shows as last week and down 2 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 11.65%. Versus last year, attendance was down -6.88%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 19.11% vs. last week and up 12.46% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $129.49 is up $8.12 compared to last week and up $22.27 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,143,107
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,395,570
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,352,792
THE LION KING $1,908,293
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,680,818


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($356,453), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($435,298), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($454,807), JUNK ($602,363), CHICAGO ($621,607)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $1,473,423
METEOR SHOWER $373,146
THE LION KING $263,130
HAMILTON $213,872
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $199,095


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-126,102), THE BAND'S VISIT ($-36,371), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-21,046), SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($5,960), CHICAGO ($56,788)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $505.39
HAMILTON $292.14
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $210.31
HELLO, DOLLY! $210.26
METEOR SHOWER $161.11


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($72.32), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($79.84), CHICAGO ($84.25), MISS SAIGON ($84.84), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($86.24)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 128.56%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 122.01%
HAMILTON 108.55%
COME FROM AWAY 105.76%
METEOR SHOWER 104.39%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
JUNK (54.28%), CATS (55.56%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (56.38%), MISS SAIGON (56.52%), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (60.83%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.0%
COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
METEOR SHOWER 100.7%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MISS SAIGON (74.7%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (76.8%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (79.4%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (79.8%), M. BUTTERFLY (79.9%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

METEOR SHOWER 2344
HELLO, DOLLY! 1878
THE LION KING 1697
MISS SAIGON 1579
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 1301


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1277), THE BAND'S VISIT (-3),

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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