For the last few years Broadway has been breaking records and churning out a never-ending string of hits. Now, 18 of the 37 shows currently on the Great White Way are less than 70% full. Some, such as the musical Passing Strange, and the Nathan Lane starring play, November, are playing to 44% and 49% capacity respectively.That's right. Too many shows. That's the problem with Broadway apparently.
Theater executives say there are too many productions to go around, especially during a recession. Twenty-one new shows opened this spring, compared to 17 a year ago.
By the way, number of openings in the 1954-1955 season: 65. 1929-1930: 287!