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Presenting the New and Improved BWW

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 - 2/20

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 2/18/2018.


This week, 25 shows played on Broadway, with 213,716 tickets sold and a total gross of $26,335,058. The average ticket price was $123.22.

This was up the number of shows as last week and up 2 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 11.78%. Versus last year, attendance was up 20.71%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 19.60% vs. last week and up 32.94% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $123.22 is up $8.06 compared to last week and up $11.33 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,088,002
THE LION KING $2,029,508
WICKED $1,818,771
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,790,798
ALADDIN $1,504,445


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($377,776), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($419,781), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($484,842), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($534,474), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($665,851)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WICKED $507,376
SCHOOL OF ROCK $407,516
ALADDIN $312,791
THE LION KING $304,906
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $286,108


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WAITRESS ($-347,806), FARINELLI AND THE KING ($4,573), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($19,395), HAMILTON ($25,024), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($72,594)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $287.10
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $224.30
COME FROM AWAY $152.08
WAITRESS $151.20
THE LION KING $149.53


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($70.73), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($78.59), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($80.58), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($82.47), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($91.09)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 125.66%
HAMILTON 106.64%
WAITRESS 106.53%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 105.35%
THE LION KING 103.88%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE PARISIAN WOMAN (46.74%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (55.74%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (56.39%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (64.78%), BEAUTIFUL (65.9%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.5%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.4%
THE LION KING 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
THE PARISIAN WOMAN (77.0%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (78.2%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (79.0%), KINKY BOOTS (79.7%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (80.7%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SCHOOL OF ROCK 2976
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 2408
KINKY BOOTS 1939
CHICAGO 1771
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 1704


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WAITRESS (-931), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (-528),

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 - 2/12

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 2/11/2018.


This week, 24 shows played on Broadway, with 191,186 tickets sold and a total gross of $22,018,580. The average ticket price was $115.17.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and up 3 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -9.00%. Versus last year, attendance was up 6.83%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -11.46% vs. last week and up 10.79% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $115.17 is down $-3.20 compared to last week and up $4.12 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,062,978
THE LION KING $1,724,602
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,655,163
WAITRESS $1,433,902
WICKED $1,311,395


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($237,858), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($397,375), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($400,386), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($461,880), CHICAGO ($485,289)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HAMILTON $273,612
WAITRESS $259,200
THE BOOK OF MORMON $142,197
THE LION KING $57,409
ALADDIN $15,151


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HELLO, DOLLY! ($-122,176), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-108,716), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($-76,001), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($-74,203), KINKY BOOTS ($-70,942)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $284.82
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.91
WAITRESS $176.72
COME FROM AWAY $135.56
THE BOOK OF MORMON $132.32


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($58.59), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($67.98), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($69.63), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($77.00), CHICAGO ($80.59)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 140.65%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 116.14%
HAMILTON 105.78%
THE LION KING 97.66%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 95.38%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (35.1%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (36.55%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (38.31%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (40.62%), KINKY BOOTS (45.56%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 100.8%
COME FROM AWAY 100.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 100.2%
THE LION KING 98.7%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SCHOOL OF ROCK (56.2%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (59.4%), KINKY BOOTS (62.7%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (65.8%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (68.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE BOOK OF MORMON 1110
WAITRESS 817
THE PARISIAN WOMAN 244
BEAUTIFUL 148
ALADDIN 100


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1724), WICKED (-1629), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-1208), ANASTASIA (-1136), HELLO, DOLLY! (-1092)

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 - 2/5

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 2/4/2018.


This week, 26 shows played on Broadway, with 210,097 tickets sold and a total gross of $24,869,635. The average ticket price was $118.37.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and up 5 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -5.25%. Versus last year, attendance was up 8.89%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -9.64% vs. last week and up 17.99% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $118.37 is down $-5.75 compared to last week and up $9.13 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,789,366
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,408,900
THE LION KING $1,667,193
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,663,825
WICKED $1,369,479


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE CHILDREN ($273,595), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($295,911), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($400,167), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($405,364), CHICAGO ($514,131)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $6,195
THE CHILDREN $930
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $-1,500
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS $-7,280
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART $-28,270


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WAITRESS ($-451,776), HAMILTON ($-297,170), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-184,960), HELLO, DOLLY! ($-159,712), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($-159,656)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $508.21
HAMILTON $259.81
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.10
WAITRESS $160.98
COME FROM AWAY $133.04


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CHILDREN ($59.96), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($64.95), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($67.16), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($73.25), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($73.93)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 116.75%
WAITRESS 115.23%
HAMILTON 106.03%
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 101.03%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 95.38%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE PARISIAN WOMAN (38.58%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (39.48%), THE CHILDREN (39.76%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (43.66%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (46.17%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

HAMILTON 101.6%
COME FROM AWAY 101.5%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.1%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 100.3%
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SCHOOL OF ROCK (63.3%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (66.7%), KINKY BOOTS (68.9%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (69.9%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (75.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE CHILDREN 203


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1147), WAITRESS (-1107), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-1086), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-1063), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (-768)

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 - 1/29

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 1/28/2018.


This week, 24 shows played on Broadway, with 208,951 tickets sold and a total gross of $24,123,869. The average ticket price was $115.45.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and up 2 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -3.71%. Versus last year, attendance was up 5.49%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -12.86% vs. last week and up 11.24% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $115.45 is down $-12.12 compared to last week and up $5.97 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,086,536
THE LION KING $1,799,379
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,697,500
WAITRESS $1,626,478
WICKED $1,497,083


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE CHILDREN ($272,665), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($343,416), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($433,634), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($455,788), LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS ($529,132)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $799,565
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART $51,642
SCHOOL OF ROCK $51,514
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS $45,698
ANASTASIA $32,616


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-86,510), THE LION KING ($-53,104), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-32,295), FARINELLI AND THE KING ($-27,413), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-20,850)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $286.99
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $212.67
WAITRESS $193.54
COME FROM AWAY $140.49
THE BOOK OF MORMON $136.71


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CHILDREN ($62.54), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($66.30), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($73.15), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($75.22), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($75.32)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 159.54%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 119.11%
HAMILTON 106.59%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 98.97%
THE LION KING 96.89%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE CHILDREN (39.62%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (43.94%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (50.03%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (50.67%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (57.1%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.4%
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 101.3%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SCHOOL OF ROCK (72.0%), KINKY BOOTS (75.5%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (75.8%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (79.7%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (83.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

HELLO, DOLLY! 8418
SCHOOL OF ROCK 779
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 748
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 561
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL 290


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WAITRESS (-228), FARINELLI AND THE KING (-92), THE LION KING (-74), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART (-58), CHICAGO (-41)

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 - 1/22

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 1/21/2018.


This week, 27 shows played on Broadway, with 217,004 tickets sold and a total gross of $27,684,234. The average ticket price was $127.57.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and up 2 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -12.78%. Versus last year, attendance was down -3.73%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -15.98% vs. last week and up 7.00% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $127.57 is down $-4.86 compared to last week and up $12.80 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,096,068
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,407,328
THE LION KING $1,852,483
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,707,785
WAITRESS $1,608,292


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE CHILDREN ($276,407), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($338,041), HELLO, DOLLY! ($372,200), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($381,992), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($471,454)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WAITRESS $544,548
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART $74,712
THE PARISIAN WOMAN $8,817
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $2,172
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS $176


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HELLO, DOLLY! ($-2,064,008), ALADDIN ($-160,789), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-151,971), THE BAND'S VISIT ($-131,801), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($-115,867)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $507.88
HAMILTON $287.93
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $213.87
WAITRESS $186.32
METEOR SHOWER $145.93


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CHILDREN ($64.36), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($66.00), JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART ($71.28), THE PARISIAN WOMAN ($75.67), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($76.27)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 157.76%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 119.83%
HAMILTON 106.92%
THE LION KING 101.38%
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 100.97%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE CHILDREN (40.17%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (45.45%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (46.46%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (49.88%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (53.88%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

WAITRESS 103.3%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.4%
METEOR SHOWER 100.9%
COME FROM AWAY 100.7%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SCHOOL OF ROCK (65.6%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (75.0%), KINKY BOOTS (75.1%), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (77.8%), THE PARISIAN WOMAN (79.7%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

WICKED 1373
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 624
WAITRESS 593
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS 203
BEAUTIFUL 104


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
HELLO, DOLLY! (-7392), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-976), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-963), KINKY BOOTS (-471), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL (-438)

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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