The League of American Theatres and Producers announced that box office and attendance numbers during the season just ending were up slightly from those during the 2003-04 season. Box office tills rang to the tune of nearly $768 million during the last 12 months, an uptick of roughly $13 million from the previous year. In addition, 11.5 million theatregoers passed through Broadway theatre doors, an increase over the 11.3 million who took in shows from the 2003-04 Broadway line-up.
The bumps in box office and attendance no doubt owe something to popular new audience hits such as Spamalot, Doubt, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Julius Caesar and 700 Sundays.
Helping the season out were still-running hits from past seasons, such as Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, The Lion King, Movin' Out, 42nd Street and Hairspray.