With the 70th annual Tony Awards coming up on June 12, interest in Broadway’s hottest shows has never been stronger. As Hamilton, the biggest smash hit Broadway has had in ages (if ever) continues to dominate the conversation and draw unprecedented new audiences to the theater scene, some of the newer offerings hope to use awards momentum to ﬁnd an audience in its shadow. And while a lack of attention can seal the fate for a struggling show (RIP, Tuck Everlasting and American Psycho) a few shows have seen a nice post-nomination bump in ticket value.
Waitress, which opened April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, has been nominated for ﬁve Tonys including Best Musical and sees its resale tickets go for an average of $217, with cheapest tickets generally in the $150-190 range. However, Waitress tickets are available directly from the box office on Ticketmaster starting at $79, providing tremendous savings from the secondary market.
The 2007 romantic comedy ﬁlm of the same name, about a small-town diner waitress trying to escape her unhappy marriage through winning a pie-baking contest, isn’t the most well-known source material, but one of the show’s major selling points is a score from popular singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), who’s recording of songs from the show hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and should draw in a crowd that doesn’t normally listen to showtunes. And for those who do, Waitress also has an established Broadway star in Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony for playing Carole King in Beautiful in 2014. Both Bareilles and Mueller are nominated for Tonys this year, and make up part of Broadway’s ﬁrst-ever all-female musical creative team.
Shufﬂe Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed scored 10 nominations including Best Musical, the most of any non-Hamilton show this year. The show, as described by its lengthy subtitle, depicts the true story of the making of Shufﬂe Along, a largely forgotten but inﬂuential hit from 1921 that changed how black performers were depicted on Broadway. This slice of history, with its recreations of songs and dances from the early ‘20s, doesn’t have the crossover appeal of Waitress or Hamilton and appeals directly to established musical fans, but boy does it ever: the cast boasts legendary six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, along with Tony winners Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell and currently nominated supporting castmates Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren. It’s generated enough buzz that resale tickets go for an average of $217, with the cheapest prices for most shows going for $105-135. As with Waitress, Shuffle Along tickets directly from the theatre, in this case from Telecharge, start at just $69 for Mezzanine seats
Still, nothing comes close to Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic, diversely-cast, hip-hop musical about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, as the mega-hit rounds out its record smashing year on Broadway with a whopping 16 Tony nominations, the most of any show in history. So if you were thinking about checking out the near-lock for Best Musical before the awards, good luck: Hamilton is sold out through 2016 and its resale ticket prices average at an unheard-of $1,488, with the cheapest tickets for most shows in the $800 range. A new batch of tickets for shows running from February through April will be available to the public on June 12, starting at $179 on Ticketmaster.
The show’s unprecedented nomination haul is only the latest fuel to be thrown on the Hamilton ﬂame. Even before hitting Broadway, the show received rave reviews and huge advanced ticket sales. Crowds of thousands gathered outside the Richard Rodgers Theater every day for a chance to win the “Ham4Ham” lottery, $10 front-row seats, a promotion that was moved online due to overcrowding. The cast recording had the highest Billboard Chart debut of a cast album since 1963, and the cast performed live during the Grammy Awards telecast. Even if the show doesn’t win a single Tony (it will, of course, it’s the frontrunner in most categories) the show is already an unstoppable, once-in-a-lifetime smash. Don’t expect demand to go down any time soon, even after star Lin-Manuel Miranda departs from the title role next month.
Justin Bieber is currently out on the road midway through the North American portion of his 2016 Purpose World Tour. Bieber is scheduled to tour Canada and the U.S. until mid July, when he will then wrap up in New York City at Madison Square Garden before heading overseas for his final leg. Tickets to see Justin Bieber throughout the summer months having been rising steadily since the tour’s launch in March, and the pop star’s two nights in the Big Apple are seeing huge demand.
Across all of Bieber’s dates, resale tickets are averaging a steady $425, according to data provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ. Justin Bieber is scheduled to play two shows in Miami at the American Airlines Arena on July 2 and 3, and tickets for both nights are averaging $445, with the cheapest ticket available for $107.
Bieber will wrap up this portion of his world tour on July 18 and 19, when he will perform another set of double dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden. This final stop is currently averaging $734, with the cheapest ticket available for $175. The 22-year-old’s priciest stop, however, is slated to be his July 9 show at the Prudential Center in Newark, where tickets are averaging a whopping $1,070, with the cheapest ticket going for $225.
Justin Bieber’s tour is in support of his latest debut Purpose, which was released back in November. Purpose is home to his most recent hits “What Do You Mean,” “Love Yourself” and “Sorry,” three songs and smash hits that were dropped one right after the next. Fans last saw Justin Bieber out on the road in 2013 on his Believe Tour, and prior to that in 2010-2011 on his My World Tour.
5 Seconds of Summer is preparing to launch the North American leg of their ‘Sounds Live Feels Live’ World Tour, which kicked off back in February overseas. The tour will launch on June 30 with two shows in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena and will extend out until September, when it concludes in Texas. The lengthy tour is in support of the band’s second studio album, Sounds Good Feels Good, whichthey released in October 2015.
Tickets to see 5 Seconds of Summer are steadily rising in demand as the tour launch date approaches. On average, tickets to attend the band’s Sounds Live Feels Live North American portion of their World Tour are currently standing at $176, according to ticket data provided by Razorgator.
5 Seconds of Summer will stop at several cities across the U.S including New York City where they will hit Madison Square Garden on July 15. Tickets for this performance are averaging $219, with the cheapest ticket available for $49. On July 23, the Australian pop-punk group is scheduled to perform at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and tickets for that stop are currently averaging $170, with the cheapest ticket priced at just $40.
The band will appear at the Sprint Center on August 20 in Kansas City, Missouri. Here, tickets are averaging $141 with the cheapest ticket priced at just $36. Parking in Kansas City can be secured easily and ahead of time through Parkwhiz.com.
5 Seconds of Summer’s North American run concludes on September 18 in The Woodlands, Texas at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets for their final stop are averaging $390, with the cheapest ticket available for $36.
This year’s 5 Seconds of Summer World tour will be the band’s second headlining route. The Sounds Live Feels Live tour is scheduled to return overseas after its summer run, and last well into 2017.
The band recently tweeted that they have recorded a new song, “#GIRLSTALKBOYS,” that will drop July 15 with the release of the Ghostbusters movie.