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This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted by Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right:Revenue Per Seat reflects the efficiency of a show’s marketing and the strength of its appeal, where Gross Sales reflects the effectiveness of the show as a money-making entity. Both are important to understand.

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ICYMI

In Case You Missed It

Each week we gather up stories we think are worth a read. And now, in case you missed them ...Is your venue sending the right message? Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy explains how important it is for theaters and other live entertainment venues to be clear on what they're presenting.James Cameron + Avatar + Cirque du Soleil = A live show everyone will be talking about. Variety has the full story.Disney made the news with their ticket price increases and...

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Fans

Quote of the Week

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Experience

Does Truth Trump Fiction in Theater?

"Based on a true story."For some reason when that small sentence appears before a film or in the program of a play it carries a lot of weight. Audiences seem to love the idea that what they're about to see is based in reality, even if it's not completely accurate. But should we really be concerned about the veracity of a show? Or is it more important that the story be entertaining?Lyn Gardner at The Guardian asked these questions...

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ICYMI

In Case You Missed It

Each week we gather up a handful of stories we think are worth a read. And now, in case you missed them ...It sounds crazy, but it's true: Sometimes people prefer to pay more. Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy explains why here.Good news! The San Diego Opera will not be closing after all. The board of directors has rescinded a vote to close the company and they just announced their 2015 season. Read more from Angela Carone at KPBS here.Goldstar...

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Bright Ideas

Let the Kids Think for Themselves

We've been talking a lot about theater for children on the blog and how important it is not to play down to them or think you can skimp on quality.Sue Buckmaster over at The Guardian is adding to the conversation, advocating children's theater that let's kids decide how they think and feel about various topics, everything from death to the banking crisis. She believes we shouldn't shelter younger audience members or paint a rosy picture when that's not the...

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Bright Ideas

Quote of the Week

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Fans

The Hockey Conundrum

Seen hockey on TV lately? The data tells me probably not. It’s there, alright, but very few people (relatively speaking) are watching it. And yet attendance is great. What’s going on?As this summary of recent TV ratings shows, hockey playoff games get outviewed by such blockbuster programming as Sex Sent Me to the ER on TLC as well as two other episodes of Sex Sent Me to the ER, and Spongebob.Am I saying hockey’s not popular? No, not exactly....

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Bright Ideas

Are You Running a Museum or a Shop?

Why do kids love museum shops? In fact, why, when you have a beautiful, expertly curated building full of artifacts, art and exhibits do you see and feel so much energy around that museum’s gift shop?Before jumping to the conclusion that people are just crass consumers, pause a minute. I think there’s something more to it.A shop, especially the really fun ones that a great museum puts together, is a living thing. The goods might be tacky or ephemeral,...

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News

A Show You Should Sleep Through?!

Generally it's a bad thing when your audience falls asleep during a performance, right? But for a few new shows, that's exactly what they're after. Melena Ryzik at The New York Times reported on a new trend of theater and art showings that are pairing sleep with performance with spectacular results.Ryzik spoke with our friend Randy Weiner (read about his stellar shows Sleep No More and Queen of the Night here), who said "he felt jealous when he heard...

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