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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 - 8/13

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 8/12/2018.


This week, 31 shows played on Broadway, with 277,794 tickets sold and a total gross of $37,289,893. The average ticket price was $134.24.

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 -2.37%. Versus last year, attendance was up 4.28%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 2.47% vs. last week and up 18.66% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $134.24 is up $6.34 compared to last week and up $16.27 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,142,518
THE LION KING $2,412,158
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,221,033
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,106,305
FROZEN $2,104,755


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HEAD OVER HEELS ($286,829), GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER ($293,847), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($357,151), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($360,262), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($520,931)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE BOYS IN THE BAND $135,098
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $134,263
HELLO, DOLLY! $54,912
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER $44,122
FROZEN $35,812


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
BEAUTIFUL ($-209,283), MY FAIR LADY ($-140,412), THE LION KING ($-63,986), HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO ($-46,261), ANASTASIA ($-37,495)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $292.08
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $205.87
THE BOYS IN THE BAND $181.23
HELLO, DOLLY! $180.10
THE LION KING $177.74


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER ($40.83), HEAD OVER HEELS ($62.00), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($66.65), CAROUSEL ($79.45), BEAUTIFUL ($80.74)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

THE BOYS IN THE BAND 120.44%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 115.51%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO 111.7%
HELLO, DOLLY! 110.17%
HAMILTON 108.53%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HEAD OVER HEELS (32.46%), GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER (37.74%), CAROUSEL (40.53%), SUMMER (49.08%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (52.7%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.9%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 102.7%
COME FROM AWAY 102.1%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
HEAD OVER HEELS (60.0%), SUMMER (63.3%), KINKY BOOTS (68.9%), CAROUSEL (72.5%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (78.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL 1263
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 507
SUMMER 407
HELLO, DOLLY! 164
KINKY BOOTS 103


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
HEAD OVER HEELS (-1013), CAROUSEL (-578), MY FAIR LADY (-491), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (-394), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-360)

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 - 8/6

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 8/5/2018.


This week, 31 shows played on Broadway, with 284,545 tickets sold and a total gross of $36,391,385. The average ticket price was $127.89.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and up 1 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -3.77%. Versus last year, attendance was up 6.84%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -8.18% vs. last week and up 14.06% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $127.89 is down $-6.15 compared to last week and up $8.09 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,150,942
THE LION KING $2,476,144
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,267,293
FROZEN $2,068,943
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,051,393


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER ($249,725), HEAD OVER HEELS ($297,421), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($354,341), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($375,052), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($523,594)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL $61,773
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN $21,419
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $13,953
THE BOYS IN THE BAND $13,416
COME FROM AWAY $10,192


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-308,067), WICKED ($-277,742), SUMMER ($-118,687), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-81,814), THE BAND'S VISIT ($-81,526)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $292.95
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $205.28
THE LION KING $182.43
HELLO, DOLLY! $177.90
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $174.73


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER ($37.33), HEAD OVER HEELS ($52.74), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($65.19), CAROUSEL ($76.30), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($80.68)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 115.14%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO 114.02%
HAMILTON 108.82%
MEAN GIRLS 108.4%
WICKED 107.95%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER (32.08%), HEAD OVER HEELS (33.66%), CAROUSEL (41.64%), SUMMER (46.68%), KINKY BOOTS (52.96%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.8%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 102.6%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SUMMER (59.8%), KINKY BOOTS (68.0%), HEAD OVER HEELS (73.2%), CAROUSEL (77.5%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (84.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

CAROUSEL 475
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL 203
HELLO, DOLLY! 200
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 112
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL 40


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-1959), THE LION KING (-1690), SUMMER (-1044), HEAD OVER HEELS (-1028), KINKY BOOTS (-838)

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 - 7/30

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 7/29/2018.


This week, 32 shows played on Broadway, with 295,685 tickets sold and a total gross of $39,633,285. The average ticket price was $134.04.

This was the same as the number of shows as last week and up 3 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 5.06%. Versus last year, attendance was up 12.50%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 7.54% vs. last week and up 26.24% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $134.04 is up $3.09 compared to last week and up $14.59 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,152,927
THE LION KING $2,784,211
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,253,340
WICKED $2,199,140
FROZEN $2,113,769


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER ($262,256), HEAD OVER HEELS ($320,745), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($332,922), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($378,859), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($557,528)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $967,455
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $739,639
THE LION KING $296,179
WICKED $240,377
BEAUTIFUL $109,082


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-77,451), CAROUSEL ($-73,551), ALADDIN ($-17,369), COME FROM AWAY ($-17,009), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($-6,300)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $509.39
HAMILTON $293.13
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $208.96
HELLO, DOLLY! $182.80
THE LION KING $182.42


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER ($39.87), HEAD OVER HEELS ($48.11), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($64.78), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($73.83), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($83.39)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 117.18%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO 113.32%
WICKED 109.83%
HAMILTON 108.89%
MEAN GIRLS 108.57%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER (33.69%), HEAD OVER HEELS (36.83%), CAROUSEL (43.16%), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (52.16%), SUMMER (54.83%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 104.1%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 102.3%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SUMMER (68.7%), CAROUSEL (73.4%), KINKY BOOTS (75.3%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (85.6%), GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER (86.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL 5667
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 1897
WICKED 1851
THE LION KING 1743
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 1643


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ALADDIN (-1466), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1053), CAROUSEL (-484), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (-185), MY FAIR LADY (-120)

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 - 7/23

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 7/22/2018.


This week, 32 shows played on Broadway, with 281,446 tickets sold and a total gross of $36,855,921. The average ticket price was $130.95.

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 0.35%. Versus last year, attendance was up 4.69%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -1.27% vs. last week and up 15.46% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $130.95 is down $-2.15 compared to last week and up $12.22 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,143,813
THE LION KING $2,488,032
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,225,761
FROZEN $2,103,866
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,062,015


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HEAD OVER HEELS ($284,400), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($336,876), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($344,449), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($563,828), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($667,360)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $1,087,790
ALADDIN $176,472
THE BOOK OF MORMON $127,326
SCHOOL OF ROCK $117,379
WICKED $94,123


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-1,446,033), THE LION KING ($-233,954), CAROUSEL ($-90,528), HEAD OVER HEELS ($-22,526), COME FROM AWAY ($-18,292)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $508.79
HAMILTON $292.34
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $206.86
THE LION KING $184.03
HELLO, DOLLY! $182.84


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HEAD OVER HEELS ($46.80), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($62.62), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($74.02), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($82.39), CHICAGO ($85.86)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 116.05%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO 111.93%
WICKED 110.05%
HAMILTON 108.57%
HELLO, DOLLY! 107.85%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HEAD OVER HEELS (32.66%), CAROUSEL (47.79%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (50.83%), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (52.78%), SUMMER (54.96%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.7%
THE BOYS IN THE BAND 102.2%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SUMMER (65.9%), KINKY BOOTS (72.7%), CAROUSEL (77.6%), HEAD OVER HEELS (80.1%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (80.5%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

ALADDIN 1759
THE BOOK OF MORMON 1070
SCHOOL OF ROCK 937
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL 853
ANASTASIA 810


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY (-2845), THE LION KING (-1625), CAROUSEL (-222), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (-70), HEAD OVER HEELS (-55)

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 - 7/16

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 7/15/2018.


This week, 31 shows played on Broadway, with 280,463 tickets sold and a total gross of $37,330,028. The average ticket price was $133.10.

This was up the number of shows as last week and up 1 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 2.75%. Versus last year, attendance was up 9.48%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 10.23% vs. last week and up 28.36% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $133.10 is up $9.03 compared to last week and up $19.57 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,109,924
THE LION KING $2,721,986
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,211,269
FROZEN $2,087,637
WICKED $1,864,640


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
HEAD OVER HEELS ($306,926), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($341,040), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($350,130), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND ($569,222), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($582,998)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

ANGELS IN AMERICA $360,702
THE LION KING $228,278
HELLO, DOLLY! $196,929
CAROUSEL $130,063
COME FROM AWAY $111,540


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-117,102), ALADDIN ($-91,468), HAMILTON ($-63,360), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-58,184), ANASTASIA ($-16,751)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $289.13
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $206.60
THE LION KING $179.73
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $170.41
MY FAIR LADY $158.33


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
HEAD OVER HEELS ($50.05), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($65.05), SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ($77.83), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN ($79.92), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($84.54)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 115.93%
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO 111.2%
HAMILTON 107.4%
THE LION KING 106.06%
MEAN GIRLS 106.02%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
HEAD OVER HEELS (35.25%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (50.32%), KINKY BOOTS (52.48%), CAROUSEL (53.37%), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (54.85%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.9%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%
MEAN GIRLS 101.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SUMMER (66.1%), KINKY BOOTS (66.4%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (76.7%), CAROUSEL (79.5%), HEAD OVER HEELS (80.9%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE LION KING 1577
ANGELS IN AMERICA 1447
HELLO, DOLLY! 644
SUMMER 424
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL 389


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
KINKY BOOTS (-788), ALADDIN (-336), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (-309), HEAD OVER HEELS (-280), WAITRESS (-275)

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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