Broadway Business Is Better Than Ever

There have been many stories about how the movie industry is having a tough time recently. However, the same cannot be said about Broadway. People spent more money on plays and musicals on Broadway during the 2016-17 season than ever before in the history of Broadway. The grand total for the year was an astounding $1.45 billion. It is no surprise that this record was set the same year that “Hamilton” raised the price of premium seats to a record $849. The smash musical was having many seats sold for very high prices on the secondary market. The raise in prices was an attempt to get back some of that money from the scalpers.

 

It was the second consecutive year that more than 13 million people made their way to a Broadway show. The demand for great live shows is clearly very strong. It is also clear that the public has a lot of money to spend on live shows and they are willing to spend it on high ticket prices if the show is good enough. “Hamilton” made nearly $130 million during the year. It was by far the highest grossing Broadway show. “The Lion King” still has very strong drawing power after all these years. It raked in $104 million. This was followed on the list of highest earning musicals by “Wicked,” “Aladdin” and “The Book of Mormon.”

 

The high ticket prices at many of the Broadway shows have been a hot topic of discussion. However, it seems clear that the producers of very popular shows will continue to jack up the price of tickets until it becomes obvious that the public is no longer willing to pay that much. That is definitely not the case right now. One of the key reasons why Broadway has experienced a resurgence during the past two years has been many big stars. For example, Bette Midler is now starring in a production of the classic “Hello, Dolly!”

 

Kevin Spacey Will Host the 2017 Tony Awards

Kevin Spacey has been regarded as one of the most talented performers in show business for many years. He has portrayed many memorable characters on stage and screen. He has won Oscar and Tony awards for his acting brilliance. He is also a very talented singer. Therefore, Spacey was a very obvious choice to host the 2017 Tony Awards. This is the show that honors the greatest achievements in Broadway musicals and plays. Spacey has talked about hosting the Tony Awards for quite some time. However, he finally has the time this year to actually do it. Scheduling conflicts during the past several years have preventing Spacey from being able to commit the time needed for the rehearsals leading up to the event.

 

Kevin is best known for his acting in movies. However, he considers himself a stage actor first and foremost. He has said on many occasions that there is nothing quite as thrilling as being on stage in front of a live audience. He loves the rush of acting without a net. This is why he wanted to host the Tonys so badly. He will be able to honor other stage actors like himself. He has said that he has many surprises in store when he eventually hosts Broadway’s biggest night of the year.

 

Kevin Spacey has been asked how he has been able to stay relevant for so many years when other actors fade into obscurity. He says that he is not quite sure. He simply chooses projects that allow him to play characters that interest him. He really does not put much thought into the mass appeal of the project. His role on “House of Cards” came about because he simply wanted to play a scheming politician. He feels that many actors put too much thought into their career choices and they end up making bad decisions. Spacey has spent many years guiding his career using his gut instinct. He looks forward to hosting the Tony Awards.

 

 

 

Kevin Spacey Shines As Tony Awards Host And Toys With In/Out Closet Humor

Actor Kevin Spacey has never said he was gay or straight, and rumors have been dogging the Academy Award winner for some 30 years now. At last night’s 71st annual Tony Awards show in New York City, the star played host and gave quite a peppy monologue, and yes, he teased the audience about his sexuality.

 

Dressed as Norma Desmond with a striking turban and long flowing robe from iconic Sunset Boulevard, Spacey began singing, “I’m coming out.” Then he added “Wait, no, wait.” The audience burst out laughing. The monologue is all over YouTube, just in case you missed the show’s opening.

 

It was a fun-filled, energetic 11-minute monologue with several costume changes as Spacey, 57, sang and tap-danced. Even Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal came on and provided some laughs along with the famous Rockettes.

 

The evening was an amazing one, and here are some of the top Tony Award winners for 2017 listed below. If you want to see the full list, click here.

 

Best Musical – Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Play – Oslo by J.T. Rogers

 

Best Revival of a Musical – Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Revival of a Play – August Wilson’s Jitney

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play – Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play – Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Michael Aronov, Oslo

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play – Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Helman’s The Little Foxes

 

Best Score – Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

 

Best Book of a Musical – Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson