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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 - 10/16

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 10/15/2017.


This week, 28 shows played on Broadway, with 241,568 tickets sold and a total gross of $29,928,496. The average ticket price was $123.89.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 1 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 3.08%. Versus last year, attendance was down -0.60%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -1.03% vs. last week and up 17.97% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $123.89 is down $-5.15 compared to last week and up $19.51 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,930,747
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,371,088
THE LION KING $2,079,369
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $1,924,818
WICKED $1,767,617


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($294,510), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($296,116), PRINCE OF BROADWAY ($370,382), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($397,689), M. BUTTERFLY ($521,366)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE BAND'S VISIT $634,235
M. BUTTERFLY $321,739
JUNK $292,055
CATS $25,304
HELLO, DOLLY! $24,253


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY ($-407,290), THE LION KING ($-198,089), WICKED ($-101,846), ALADDIN ($-87,699), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-76,384)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $409.97
HAMILTON $272.55
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $208.60
HELLO, DOLLY! $202.61
COME FROM AWAY $156.84


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($47.80), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($54.70), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($70.09), JUNK ($75.19), WAR PAINT ($78.67)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 129.56%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.06%
HAMILTON 111.61%
COME FROM AWAY 105.97%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 104.93%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (38.05%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (46.58%), WAR PAINT (47.6%), PRINCE OF BROADWAY (50.24%), MISS SAIGON (51.66%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
COME FROM AWAY 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MISS SAIGON (68.0%), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (76.8%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (78.0%), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (78.1%), WAR PAINT (81.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE BAND'S VISIT 6286
M. BUTTERFLY 4124
JUNK 4025
CATS 728
ANASTASIA 368


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (-350), WAR PAINT (-306), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-250), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-170), KINKY BOOTS (-145)

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 - 10/10

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 10/8/2017.


This week, 29 shows played on Broadway, with 235,683 tickets sold and a total gross of $30,239,540. The average ticket price was $128.31.

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 18.74%. Versus last year, attendance was down -3.28%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 30.31% vs. last week and up 16.74% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $128.31 is up $11.39 compared to last week and up $22.01 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,928,486
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,346,835
THE LION KING $2,277,458
WICKED $1,869,463
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,674,685


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($291,670), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($319,859), PRINCE OF BROADWAY ($388,698), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($391,935), 1984 ($490,658)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WICKED $450,398
THE LION KING $401,136
SCHOOL OF ROCK $360,804
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $283,684
ALADDIN $272,214


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-13,181), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-5,621), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($22,208), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($30,563), HELLO, DOLLY! ($36,557)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $272.24
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.31
HELLO, DOLLY! $203.61
THE LION KING $167.87
COME FROM AWAY $162.07


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($44.56), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($59.88), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($68.44), 1984 ($70.23), MISS SAIGON ($84.75)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 128.24%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.57%
HAMILTON 111.53%
COME FROM AWAY 108.13%
WICKED 105.04%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (37.48%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (50.59%), CATS (52.45%), PRINCE OF BROADWAY (52.72%), MISS SAIGON (53.25%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

BEAUTIFUL 115.2%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.6%
HAMILTON 101.8%
COME FROM AWAY 101.7%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
MISS SAIGON (69.0%), CATS (78.1%), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (79.5%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (80.1%), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (81.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SCHOOL OF ROCK 2216
1984 1974
WICKED 1974
BEAUTIFUL 1874
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 1571


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
HELLO, DOLLY! (-69), COME FROM AWAY (-13),

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 - 10/2

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 10/1/2017.


This week, 24 shows played on Broadway, with 198,483 tickets sold and a total gross of $23,206,324. The average ticket price was $116.92.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 5 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -3.84%. Versus last year, attendance was down -12.10%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -3.27% vs. last week and up 1.67% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $116.92 is up $0.69 compared to last week and up $15.84 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,941,667
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,310,278
THE LION KING $1,876,322
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,680,306
WICKED $1,419,065


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($261,107), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($297,651), 1984 ($302,268), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($319,543), PRINCE OF BROADWAY ($332,393)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

KINKY BOOTS $70,786
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $53,546
ANASTASIA $38,115
TIME AND THE CONWAYS $32,734
1984 $30,348


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($-109,580), ALADDIN ($-36,473), CHICAGO ($-24,033), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL ($-22,512), COME FROM AWAY ($-12,643)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $273.54
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $210.17
HELLO, DOLLY! $199.25
COME FROM AWAY $152.24
THE LION KING $138.32


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($43.65), 1984 ($60.31), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($60.53), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($61.95), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($70.35)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 126.24%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.97%
HAMILTON 112.03%
COME FROM AWAY 102.95%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 100.14%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (33.55%), 1984 (39.01%), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (40.17%), CATS (40.52%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (41.79%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.7%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.6%
HELLO, DOLLY! 100.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SCHOOL OF ROCK (61.9%), MISS SAIGON (63.5%), 1984 (64.6%), CATS (65.5%), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (66.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

KINKY BOOTS 901
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 698
1984 595
SCHOOL OF ROCK 355
MISS SAIGON 345


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-356), A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL (-95), ALADDIN (-88), CHICAGO (-55), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (-25)

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 - 9/25

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 9/24/2017.


This week, 26 shows played on Broadway, with 206,418 tickets sold and a total gross of $23,991,939. The average ticket price was $116.23.

This was less than the number of shows as last week and down 2 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was down -13.32%. Versus last year, attendance was down -4.93%. On the sales front, overall grosses were down -9.85% vs. last week and up 8.24% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $116.23 is up $4.47 compared to last week and up $14.14 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,932,833
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,317,150
THE LION KING $1,859,496
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,672,109
WICKED $1,408,133


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($260,295), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($264,917), 1984 ($271,920), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($297,081), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($332,574)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

TIME AND THE CONWAYS $172,101
THE LION KING $67,781
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 $29,468
ALADDIN $14,604
COME FROM AWAY $12,768


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
CATS ($-187,580), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($-155,578), KINKY BOOTS ($-149,167), MISS SAIGON ($-127,354), WICKED ($-84,344)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $272.59
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.98
HELLO, DOLLY! $204.06
COME FROM AWAY $153.80
THE BOOK OF MORMON $137.53


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($46.17), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($56.01), TIME AND THE CONWAYS ($57.53), 1984 ($61.56), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($71.94)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 126.61%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 121.38%
HAMILTON 111.69%
COME FROM AWAY 103.95%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 100.09%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (33.45%), 1984 (35.09%), CATS (39.99%), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (41.9%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (41.95%)


Top 5 by % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 101.9%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.7%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.2%
THE LION KING 99.9%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
1984 (56.9%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (59.0%), MISS SAIGON (60.5%), CATS (63.9%), KINKY BOOTS (67.6%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

TIME AND THE CONWAYS 2833
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 589
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 270
THE LION KING 71
ALADDIN 39


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
CATS (-2402), WICKED (-2199), MISS SAIGON (-2068), KINKY BOOTS (-1750), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (-1673)

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 - 9/18

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 9/17/2017.


This week, 28 shows played on Broadway, with 238,136 tickets sold and a total gross of $26,613,188. The average ticket price was $111.76.

This was up the number of shows as last week and up 4 vs. the same week last year. Compared to last week, attendance was up 8.05%. Versus last year, attendance was up 7.50%. On the sales front, overall grosses were up 12.74% vs. last week and up 20.02% vs. this week last year. This week's average ticket price of $111.76 is up $4.65 compared to last week and up $11.66 compared to last year.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,932,511
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,322,114
THE LION KING $1,791,715
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,664,830
WICKED $1,492,477


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($303,106), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($308,614), 1984 ($313,797), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($335,893), PRINCE OF BROADWAY ($387,395)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

HELLO, DOLLY! $1,408,402
BANDSTAND $217,724
GROUNDHOG DAY $204,106
KINKY BOOTS $127,111
WAR PAINT $106,713


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($-25,099), HAMILTON ($-21,358), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-13,598), PRINCE OF BROADWAY ($7,491), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($16,702)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $272.72
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $209.20
HELLO, DOLLY! $199.19
COME FROM AWAY $152.19
THE BOOK OF MORMON $136.36


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER ($53.32), 1984 ($63.78), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($66.72), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($75.14), MISS SAIGON ($75.48)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 126.89%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 120.85%
HAMILTON 111.68%
COME FROM AWAY 102.94%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 99.44%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (39.66%), 1984 (40.5%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (42.85%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (46.85%), WAR PAINT (48.84%)


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 101.1%
BANDSTAND 101.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
1984 (63.4%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (65.1%), SCHOOL OF ROCK (70.7%), THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (71.8%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (73.7%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

BANDSTAND 1835
GROUNDHOG DAY 1338
MISS SAIGON 1304
HELLO, DOLLY! 1285
SCHOOL OF ROCK 1117


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-34), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (-17),

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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