Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Final Week of 2018 Breaks Broadway Box Office Records
Broadway shows playing the week ending December 30 grossed a total of $57,807,272, marking a new record as it surpasses last year’s final tally of $50.4 million. Hamilton made Broadway history yet again, bringing in the highest recorded gross for one show in a week. The musical grossed $4.04 million across eight performances, becoming the first show to bring in more than $4 million in one week in recorded history, according to the Broadway League. It previously broke records around the holiday season last year, bringing in $3.85 million. In addition to Hamilton, numerous shows broke records for the week between Christmas and the new year. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child broke the all-time weekly record for a Broadway play, bringing in $2.52 million. It breaks its previous record, set in the week ended November 25, of $2.34 million. In terms of overall grosses, Hamilton was followed by The Lion King with $3.7 million, Wicked with $3.41 million, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, which played 16 performances at the Marquis Theatre, also setting a box office record, with $2.98 million and Frozen with $2.62 million. More details here.
The Notebook in Development as a Broadway Musical
The Notebook, the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-film is heading to Broadway. Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson (The Great Comet) will develop the musical along with Bekah Brunstetter, a supervising producer on NBC’s This Is Us. The 2004 film was adapted from Sparks’s 1996 novel and launched stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams onto the Hollywood A-list. Michaelson announced the musical on NBC’s Today: “It’s been a long process for me,” the 39-year-old musician said. “But it’s been slowly building…I haven’t been able to talk about it because we’ve been in negotiations and getting directors and stuff. But finally, my producers signed off and said this is a perfect way to announce it.” Casting and premiere dates will be announced at a later date. More details here.
Barack Obama Debuts on Billboard Chart with Hamilton Remix
A remix of the Hamilton song “One Last Time” featuring Barack Obama currently holds the No. 22 spot on Billboard‘s R&B chart for the week starting January 5. The rework, a gospel version titled “One Last Time (44 Remix)” and released December 21, features original cast member Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington; Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans; a gospel choir; and the former President of the United States. In the remix, Obama reads part of George Washington’s farewell address. The remix is the final installment in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamildrops, a monthly series of Hamilton-related tracks that feature popular artists like Sara Bareilles and The Decemberists and raise money for nonprofits. Before it became a Tony Award-winning show, the former President watched co-creator Miranda perform a number from Hamilton at a White House poetry jam in 2009. More details here.