Broadway's 2010-11 Season Grossed Over $1 Billion

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The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2010-2011 season, which began May 24, 2010, and ended May 29, 2011, and included 42 new shows (14 musicals, 25 plays and 3 special productions).

Broadway shows yielded $1,080,562,880 in grosses during that time period — a 53-week "year" — and total attendance reached 12,534,595. (To account for variances in the calendar year and in an effort to maintain an end-of-May end to the season, a 53rd week is added every seven years, according to the League.)

Grosses were up 5.9 percent from last season, while attendance was up 5.4 percent from the 2009-2010 season. (Attendance through week 52 was 12.26 million, which was up 3.1 percent over last year’s 52-week season. Grosses as of last week totaled $1.057 billion and were still the highest-grossing of any season on record.)

“The diversity of shows currently on Broadway succeeds in providing something for everyone, so it's no accident that we're having the biggest season in our history and even in the toughest economic times have over a 5 percent increase in attendance year-over-year," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. "Great seats to a season that has entertained, inspired and moved our audiences are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. Theatregoers can see a Broadway show any night of the week at various curtain times.”

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The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com.

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