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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Broadway Grosses Up, Attendance Down

Yes, according to the Broadway League's latest report, Broadway grosses in 2009-2010 were over a billion dollars, up 1.5% from the previous season.

The number of actual tickets sold and people attending?  That was down 3%.

You do the math.

(Answer: them's some expensive tickets!)

More info at the League site. Such as this, for those keeping score:

During the 2009-2010 season, 39 shows opened (11 new musicals, 14 new plays, 6 musical revivals, and 8 play revivals). 
Yes, more plays were produced than musicals....but they are cheaper after all.


Anonymous said...

Here's the truth: This season was the first season for which Broadway reported gross gross (not net adjusted gross). That means the increase in grosses may just be an accounting trick.

Meanwhile, they also started including comps in attendance figures, so the attendance may have dropped even more than reported.

Zev Valancy said...

11 new musicals? What the hell were they? Was the season that bad that I can barely think of half of them?