Broadway Grossed Nearly $1 Billion in 2008-2009

News   Broadway Grossed Nearly $1 Billion in 2008-2009 Broadway shows grossed approximately $943.3 million during the 2008-2009 theatre season, according to statistics released by The Broadway League May 26.

That record-breaking figure is slightly higher than the previous Broadway season, which took in $937.5 million at the box office.

Forty-three productions opened on Broadway during the past season, the highest number of shows since the 1982-1983 season, which saw 50 productions open. The 2008-2009 season comprised ten new musicals, eight new plays, four musical revivals, sixteen play revivals and five special performances.

For the 52-week period ending May 24, 2009, paid attendance at Broadway shows was 12.15 million, as compared to 12.27 million last season.

In a statement Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said, "It's been an inspiring season! As we have proven, if you put on a great show, people will come — even in the midst of an economic downturn. Research has shown that theatre provides escape from everyday life and especially during these tough times, we have given the audiences a reason to see a show.

"As illustrated this season, our members, the creative teams, and our industry's unions and guilds are committed to delivering the highest quality productions. To break a record compared with previous seasons gives an exciting end to a spectacular season, and of course we hope the momentum continues into next year." The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com for more information.

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