Showbiz Sandbox 370: Tony Awards Prove Unnecessary For Some Broadway Shows

June 12, 2017

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Historically winning a Tony Award can make a big difference in the financial success of a Broadway production. This year’s awards were handed out on Sunday, but some shows may not need to win a Tony to win on Broadway. Ticket sales for “Anastasia”, “A Bronx Tale” and “Come From Away” have been doing just fine without all the accolades.

And when Broadway shows leave the Great White Way to tour the world, they are attracting record audiences. In North America alone 14 million people attended live theatre productions in roughly 200 cities, bringing in $981 million.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is making her entire back catalogue available via on-demand streaming services such as Spotify. That she announced this news the same day as Katy Perry released her latest album led many to wonder if this was another round in an old pop-star rivalry.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why the Amazon Prime Video app is coming to the Apple TV, satellite radio giant SiriusXM makes a huge investment in Pandora and Bob Dylan finally delivers his Nobel Prize speech.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 11, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-june-11-2017-300472044.html

‘Wonder Woman’ Screenings Suspended in Tunisia Amid Opposition to Gal Gadot
https://variety.com/2017/film/news/wonder-woman-suspended-tunisia-gal-gadot-1202456752/

Netflix’s ‘Okja’ Shut Out of Hundreds More Screens in South Korea
http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/korea-cinemas-deny-screens-to-netflix-okja-bong-joon-ho-1202456655/

Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/10/24/forever-and-a-death/

Bob Dylan Fulfills Nobel Academy’s Lecture Requirement
http://www.npr.org/2017/06/06/531715565/bob-dylan-fulfills-nobel-academys-lecture-requirement

Dear Evan Hansen & Hello, Dolly! Top 2017 Tony Award Winners
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/188906/tony-roundup-your-guide-to-broadwaycoms-complete-coverage-of-the-2017-tony-awards/

How Is Broadway Doing On the Road?
http://www.playbill.com/article/how-is-broadway-doing-on-the-road

Delta, Bank of America End Sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater Over Trump-Like ‘Julius Caesar’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/delta-ends-sponsorship-new-yorks-public-theater-trump-like-julius-caesar-1012377

‘Working Girl’ Musical in Development With Songs by Cyndi Lauper
http://variety.com/2017/legit/news/working-girl-musical-cyndi-lauper-1202455845/

Comey Hearing Draws Nearly 20 Million Viewers
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/james-comey-senate-testimony-cable-news-ratings-1202459978/

Amazon Will Be the Fifth Largest Bookstore Chain
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/73837-bookexpo-2017-amazon-will-be-the-fifth-largest-bookstore-chain.html

Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Are Not Built for People Who Actually Read
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/amazons-brick-and-mortar-bookstores-are-not-built-for-people-who-actually-read

Yiannopoulos to Self-Publish Book Dropped by S&S
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/73905-yiannopoulus-dangerous-has-july-4-pub-date.html

L.A. City Attorney Reaches First Plea Deal in Casting Workshop Scam
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/la-city-attorney-reaches-first-plea-deal-casting-workshop-scam-1010852

CNN Drops Reza Aslan Following Anti-Trump Tweets
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/cnn-reza-aslan-donald-trump-1202460352/

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: No, Bill Maher Shouldn’t Be Fired For Using the N-Word
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kareem-abdul-jabbar-no-bill-maher-shouldnt-be-fired-using-n-word-1010907

Amazon App Coming to Apple TV
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-app-coming-apple-tv-1010241

Netflix Issues Unusual Statement to Apologize for Sense8’s Cancellation
http://www.vulture.com/2017/06/netflix-issues-statement-to-apologize-for-sense8s-demise.html

Taylor Swift’s Music to Return to Streaming Services
https://variety.com/2017/music/news/taylor-swifts-music-to-return-to-streaming-services-at-midnight-e-t-tonight-1202459251

Taylor Swift Returns to Streaming on Same Day Katy Perry Drops New Album
http://www.thewrap.com/taylor-swift-releases-music-catalog-on-spotify-same-day-as-katy-perrys-new-album-drop/

Sirius XM to Invest $480 Million in Pandora, Knocking off KKR Deal
https://www.wsj.com/articles/sirius-xm-to-invest-480-million-in-pandora-knocking-off-kkr-deal-1497014022

Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘Lonesome Dove’ Star, Dies at 62
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/glenne-headly-dies-age-62-1202459901/

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/adam-west-dead-dies-batman-1202461532/

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