Thanksgiving was rough on turkeys but pretty good for Broadway theaters – several shows broke records over the holiday weekend, from new kid on the block Kinky Boots to the old ruler The Lion King.
The Broadway League released data Monday that showed the 32 shows on the Great White Way earned more than $31 million, with an average paid admission of $120. So far, this season’s haul stands at more than $620 million, much better than the $576 million earned at this time last season, although attendance still lags.
Kinky Boots, which won the 2013 Tony Award for best musical, grossed $1.9 million over eight performances during the week ending Sunday, smashing the all-time house record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
The circus-themed revival of Pippin announced Monday that it had recouped its $8.5 million investment.
The Lion King shows no signs of losing its roar – the show netted $2.3 million, setting a house record for an eight-performance week at the Minskoff Theatre. The show, passed Les Misérables on Saturday to become the fourth longest-running show on Broadway.
Of course, Wicked remained the top week’s earner with a staggering $2.6 million over nine performances.
‘Mob City’ tweeting premiere screenplay
Mob City is beginning what is surely TV’s first adaptweetion.
The series, premiering on the TNT network, is tweeting the screenplay of its first episode before it airs.
The Twitter account @MobCityTNT will transport followers back to the crime world of gritty 1940s-era Los Angeles, 140 characters at a time. The posts will leave off just before the end of the debut episode, with a startling development awaiting viewers Wednesday when the series debuts at 9 p.m.
Mob City is from writer-director-executive producer Frank Darabont.
Comcast tests more ads on-demand
Pay TV customers who are used to watching fewer ads on on-demand shows may have to get used to longer commercial breaks.
Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable TV provider, says it is testing out a system with its NBCUniversal subsidiary to use full commercial loads on older episodes – while disabling fast-forwarding of ads – if consumers watch them within three days after a new episode airs.
Currently, if people binge-watch to catch up on shows like The Blacklist or CSI, they only see the full ad load on the most-recent episode. Older episodes have few if any ads.
Comcast says putting full ad loads on older shows will help generate more revenue for networks and encourage them to make more shows available for on-demand viewing.