Grosses are up 1.5 percent from last season's absolute numbers, which do not include estimates of the grosses of Young Frankenstein, which did not report its weekly intake.
Attendance (11.89 million), however, is down three percent from the 2008–2009 season, also using absolute numbers.
In a statement Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said, "Using the numbers we know, grosses were up 1.5% over last season. However, if we factor in estimated figures for Young Frankenstein which ran 32 weeks in 2008 – 2009, we could be down slightly this season – perhaps as much as 1.0% in grosses. In any case, we are thrilled that even in this current economic climate, our numbers are strong thanks to the vibrancy of this season’s offerings."
During the 2009-2010 season — which began May 25, 2009, and ended May 23, 2010 — 39 shows opened, including 11 new musicals, 14 new plays, 6 musical revivals, and 8 play revivals.
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