Broadway Enjoys Best-Attended and Highest-Grossing Year in 2014

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According to the Broadway League — the national trade association for the Broadway industry — 2014 was the best-attended and highest-grossing calendar year on Broadway.

For the week ending Jan. 5, 2014, through the week ending Dec. 28, 2014, the total gross was $1.362 billion, and total attendance was 13.13 million. This marks a 13% increase in attendance and a 14% increase in grosses over the 2013 calendar year, with 1,631 playing weeks over 1,395 playing weeks. “For the last 12 months, we’ve seen an exciting increase of 13% in Broadway attendance, demonstrating that our producers are giving audiences a variety of plays and musicals to please many tastes. Season-to-date, attendance is up 14%, following last year’s end-of-season audience increase of 5.6%,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, in a statement. “With record-breaking holiday weeks including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s – plus seasonal and calendar-year records, it reinforces that there really is a show for everyone. In addition to long-running favorites, audiences are enthusiastic about the new shows too.”

A highlight was week 31 of the current Broadway season (the week ending Dec. 28, 2014), which was the best-attended and highest-grossing Christmas week on Broadway in recorded history. There were 36 shows playing during this past Christmas week, compared to 30 shows last year during the same week.

As of week 32 (week ending Jan. 4, 2015), season-to-date attendance is 8,244,043 admissions, a 14% increase from this time last season, and season-to-date gross is $876,873,195, a 14% increase from this time last season.

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