The League began crowing about high numbers earlier in the summer, and it looks as if the trade organization will have something to celebrate for weeks to come. Grosses during the 13-week old season were $211.4 million, an 8.5 percent jump from 2004-05's $194.9 million. Paid attendance, meanwhile, was 3.08 million, up from 2.96 million—a 4 percent increase.
Also on the upswing was the number of playing weeks on Broadway. For the time period in 2004-05, it was 370; this season it was 384.
Popular shows have helped drive the numbers up. Roughly one third of Broadway's offerings are playing to 90 percent capacity or more.
The League of American Theatres and Producers reported a gross of $769 million in New York for the 2004-05 season. The number of tickets sold for Broadway during the 2004-05 season reached 11.5 million.