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Friday, June 10, 2011

How Much is a Best Musical Tony Worth?

NYT's 538 blog sifts through the historical data:

On average, winners of the Tony for best musical saw their average weekly gross jump 48 percent, from $656,784 in the eight weeks before the ceremony to $972,006 in the eight weeks after. By contrast, the other nominees saw only a 21 percent increase in their weekly gross in the comparable time frames.
Then again:
Of the 11 winners during this period, seven were already hits. 
So are you a hit because of a Tony Award, or do you get a Tony because you're a hit?

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