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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!

Enjoy!

 

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 4/24

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 4/23/2017.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,130,197
THE LION KING $2,151,799
WICKED $1,972,644
ALADDIN $1,732,006
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,451,254


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($111,084), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($210,277), INDECENT ($221,481), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($312,069), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($319,789)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WAR PAINT $210,360
OSLO $83,786
SIGNIFICANT OTHER $71,728
PRESENT LAUGHTER $58,288
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE $50,865


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-710,925), WICKED ($-581,386), HELLO, DOLLY! ($-581,002), ALADDIN ($-415,224), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-367,466)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $291.07
HELLO, DOLLY! $167.81
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE $166.18
THE LION KING $161.49
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $152.05


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($24.77), INDECENT ($40.80), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($50.01), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($57.03), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($63.19)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 124.64%
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE 115.54%
WICKED 110.83%
HAMILTON 107.94%
HELLO, DOLLY! 103.65%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (17.06%), INDECENT (25.37%), SIGNIFICANT OTHER (27.83%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (29.3%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (35.7%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.6%
COME FROM AWAY 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (60.6%), INDECENT (63.2%), ON YOUR FEET! (63.6%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (63.7%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (74.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

PRESENT LAUGHTER 906
SIGNIFICANT OTHER 719
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 712
BEAUTIFUL 404
SUNSET BOULEVARD 326


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-3181), ALADDIN (-2124), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1887), THE LION KING (-1826), HELLO, DOLLY! (-1447)

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


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 4/17

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 4/16/2017.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,117,682
THE LION KING $2,862,724
WICKED $2,554,030
ALADDIN $2,147,230
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,032,256


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($90,503), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($138,549), INDECENT ($186,188), IN TRANSIT ($264,362), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($301,612)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $789,516
WICKED $656,025
ALADDIN $611,517
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $390,840
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $390,318


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WAR PAINT ($-69,641), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($-53,570), OSLO ($-38,614), DEAR EVAN HANSEN ($-18,993), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($-15,636)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $289.94
HELLO, DOLLY! $201.31
THE LION KING $188.95
WAITRESS $163.37
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE $159.73


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($23.99), INDECENT ($31.41), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($46.68), IN TRANSIT ($54.92), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION ($59.08)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 135.5%
WICKED 127.55%
HELLO, DOLLY! 124.42%
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE 110.94%
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 108.85%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (13.77%), SIGNIFICANT OTHER (18.34%), INDECENT (21.32%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (33.67%), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (34.34%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.4%
COME FROM AWAY 102.0%
HAMILTON 101.8%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 101.1%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (48.8%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (61.8%), ON YOUR FEET! (65.5%), INDECENT (69.0%), A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (69.5%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 2992
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION 2801
WICKED 2056
KINKY BOOTS 2021
ALADDIN 1829


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (-806), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (-490), GROUNDHOG DAY (-419), OSLO (-271), PRESENT LAUGHTER (-164)

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


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 4/10

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 4/9/2017.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,978,761
THE LION KING $2,073,208
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,939,035
WICKED $1,898,005
ALADDIN $1,535,713


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($106,139), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($129,388), IN TRANSIT ($194,641), SWEAT ($303,687), THE LITTLE FOXES ($308,173)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

BANDSTAND $205,803
WAITRESS $184,287
HAMILTON $164,133
PARAMOUR $155,478
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG $142,006


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
MISS SAIGON ($-123,977), SUNSET BOULEVARD ($-83,089), NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 ($-71,504), AMÉLIE ($-70,581), ON YOUR FEET! ($-63,265)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $276.99
HELLO, DOLLY! $193.17
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE $156.46
THE LION KING $153.46
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $150.62


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 ($23.18), IN TRANSIT ($50.93), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($58.44), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($65.74), PRESENT LAUGHTER ($67.38)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 118.71%
WAITRESS 118.65%
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE 108.71%
WICKED 106.64%
HAMILTON 102.53%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (14.21%), SIGNIFICANT OTHER (17.12%), IN TRANSIT (26.52%), ON YOUR FEET! (37.28%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (39.65%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
COME FROM AWAY 101.4%
HELLO, DOLLY! 100.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (36.4%), ON YOUR FEET! (53.9%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (68.0%), MISS SAIGON (70.6%), KINKY BOOTS (71.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

BANDSTAND 3205
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 1715
PARAMOUR 948
GROUNDHOG DAY 774
THE LITTLE FOXES 636


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
MISS SAIGON (-2497), ON YOUR FEET! (-717), NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (-609), SUNSET BOULEVARD (-552), SIGNIFICANT OTHER (-532)

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


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 4/3

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 4/2/2017.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,814,628
THE LION KING $2,007,559
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,965,673
WICKED $1,875,410
ALADDIN $1,535,599


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($141,742), IN TRANSIT ($202,911), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($288,593), SWEAT ($312,873), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($388,274)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

ANASTASIA $342,476
HELLO, DOLLY! $295,187
OSLO $274,756
MISS SAIGON $125,766
THE LION KING $86,933


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-281,068), PARAMOUR ($-83,794), ON YOUR FEET! ($-72,733), KINKY BOOTS ($-59,458), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($-52,760)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $262.17
HELLO, DOLLY! $195.63
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE $158.13
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $151.49
THE LION KING $148.82


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($42.45), IN TRANSIT ($51.44), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($51.62), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($68.93), PRESENT LAUGHTER ($69.77)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 120.34%
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE 109.78%
HAMILTON 106.93%
WICKED 105.37%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 102.78%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (18.59%), IN TRANSIT (27.64%), ON YOUR FEET! (41.35%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (43.34%), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (43.75%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

COME FROM AWAY 101.7%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.6%
HAMILTON 101.6%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 100.6%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (45.1%), ON YOUR FEET! (59.5%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (70.9%), PARAMOUR (72.9%), KINKY BOOTS (73.5%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

OSLO 3780
ANASTASIA 3440
HELLO, DOLLY! 1445
PRESENT LAUGHTER 856
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 724


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ON YOUR FEET! (-1436), PARAMOUR (-1029), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (-480), WAITRESS (-478), SWEAT (-471)

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


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 3/27

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 3/26/2017.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $3,095,696
THE LION KING $1,920,626
WICKED $1,838,772
HELLO, DOLLY! $1,670,486
ALADDIN $1,537,146


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($152,792), SWEAT ($227,338), IN TRANSIT ($232,137), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($340,849), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($441,034)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

GROUNDHOG DAY $381,192
HELLO, DOLLY! $266,325
HAMILTON $230,352
WAR PAINT $138,235
ON YOUR FEET! $117,388


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-99,992), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-84,068), CATS ($-78,307), THE LION KING ($-75,755), WICKED ($-75,082)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $287.86
HELLO, DOLLY! $194.17
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $149.81
THE BOOK OF MORMON $147.92
THE LION KING $142.03


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
SWEAT ($46.68), IN TRANSIT ($55.78), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG ($56.11), SIGNIFICANT OTHER ($58.63), THE GLASS MENAGERIE ($72.15)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HELLO, DOLLY! 119.31%
HAMILTON 106.55%
WICKED 103.31%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.64%
WAITRESS 100.19%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (20.24%), IN TRANSIT (31.62%), SWEAT (34.59%), ON YOUR FEET! (46.04%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (47.66%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.3%
HAMILTON 101.8%
COME FROM AWAY 101.7%
DEAR EVAN HANSEN 101.5%
HELLO, DOLLY! 100.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
SIGNIFICANT OTHER (42.8%), ON YOUR FEET! (70.5%), PRESENT LAUGHTER (71.9%), KINKY BOOTS (76.8%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (77.0%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

GROUNDHOG DAY 5613
ON YOUR FEET! 1740
HELLO, DOLLY! 1446
WAR PAINT 1018
AMÉLIE 528


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SCHOOL OF ROCK (-688), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-587), CATS (-481), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (-452), KINKY BOOTS (-251)

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


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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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