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David Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall to Be Renamed After Him

David Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall to Be Renamed After Him

Media bigwig and philanthropist David Geffen has given a $100 million gift to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to lead the complete transformation of Avery Fisher Hall, which is home to the New York Philharmonic. As previously reported, the Fisher family agreed to give up the name of the 1962 building so another large donor could receive the honor ...

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Broadway Grosses: Constellations Continues to Shine Bright After Adding Additional Performances

Broadway Grosses: Constellations Continues to Shine Bright After Adding Additional Performances

The skies might not be totally clear yet, but the stars are certainly visible on Broadway. Constellations, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and recent Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson in their Broadway debuts, played its first of three Friday late-night shows this weekend, and with nine performances, the play celebrated an impressive 98.34% capacity. The top five by capacity also included ...

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Broadway Grosses: When Out of School, the Maggots Flock to Musicals! Matilda & More See Numbers Boost

Broadway Grosses: When Out of School, the Maggots Flock to Musicals! Matilda & More See Numbers Boost

Plenty of New York City maggots enjoyed their mid-winter recess from school this past week, and shows that catch the eye of younger theatergoers celebrated box office bumps. Among those were Matilda, which has celebrated a considerable boost over the past two weeks and just exceeded capacity for the first time since the new year. Aladdin, Wicked and The Lion ...

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Broadway Grosses: An Entrance Fit for a Queen! The Audience Kicks Off with Packed Houses

Broadway Grosses: An Entrance Fit for a Queen! The Audience Kicks Off with Packed Houses

It may be February and freezing in New York, but Broadway’s already got spring on its mind. Two new productions began preview performances on the Great White Way this past week, and theatergoers are already filling the houses. The Audience, starring the appropriately regal Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, appeared in the top five shows by capacity, bringing in ...

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Broadway Grosses: Enter Larry David & Exit Hugh Jackman; B'way Has a Big Fish & Had a Big River

Broadway Grosses: Enter Larry David & Exit Hugh Jackman; B'way Has a Big Fish & Had a Big River

The Larry David-penned Fish in the Dark began previews at Broadway’s Cort Theatre on February 2, and people are already standing in the back just to catch the Seinfeld co-creator’s Broadway debut. With its first seven performances, the play exceeded capacity at 101.05% and grossed just shy of seven figures at $993,940. Joining the comedy in the top ...

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Broadway Grosses: A Frozen River is Still a River! Hugh Jackman-Led Drama Plays Full Capacity During Snowstorm Juno

Broadway Grosses: A Frozen River is Still a River! Hugh Jackman-Led Drama Plays Full Capacity During Snowstorm Juno

If Christmas and New Years are a Broadway box office’s best friend, a January blizzard is its greatest villain. Almost every show on the Great White Way saw a dip in attendance for the week that Snowstorm Juno hit New York. The two shows to increase in capacity over the previous week were The Lion King (which, along with a ...

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Broadway Grosses: The Lion King is Still Roaring at the Box Office

Broadway Grosses: The Lion King is Still Roaring at the Box Office

January is always a challenging time for the Broadway box office, so unsurprisingly this week perennial favorite The Lion King reigned supreme followed by usual suspects The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Aladdin and Beautiful. Elsewhere, Hollywood hunks Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman were bringing in the crowds to The Elephant Man and The River, respectively, with both productions making the ...

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Broadway Grosses: Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson-Led Constellations Shines Bright on the Great White Way

Broadway Grosses: Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson-Led Constellations Shines Bright on the Great White Way

Two shows that recently opened on Broadway to generally positive reviews are beginning to reap the benefit of good notices. Constellations, led by screen favorites Jake Gyllenhaal and 2015 Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson, inched toward full capacity at 99.6% in its first full week post-opening (plus one added performance). Expect grosses to climb as well as the Manhattan ...

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Broadway Grosses: As Many Shows Approach Winter Shutter Dates, Some Pick Up Steam in Final Weeks

Broadway Grosses: As Many Shows Approach Winter Shutter Dates, Some Pick Up Steam in Final Weeks

What goes up must come down, but not forever. Following a stellar two weeks over the holidays, Broadway box offices faced an expected drop as throngs of tourists escaped the cold of New York. Many shows have closed or approach their final performances, including Motown the Musical, which will bid farewell to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on January 18. In its ...

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Broadway Grosses: Shattered Records Galore! The Great White Way Ends 2014 on a High, Belted Note

Broadway Grosses: Shattered Records Galore! The Great White Way Ends 2014 on a High, Belted Note

It was a stellar week to end a stellar year on the Great White Way. 2014 marked the best attended and highest-grossing calendar year for Broadway, as 13.13 million theatergoers brought in $1.362 billion. The past two weeks marked the highest-grossing and attended Christmas and New Year’s weeks in history. For the week ending January 4, 19 shows ...

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