League Announces Broadway Season Results; Gross Was Nearly $1 Billion

News   League Announces Broadway Season Results; Gross Was Nearly $1 Billion Paid attendance for the 2006-2007 Broadway theatre season was up 2.6 percent from last season, according to statistics released by The League of American Theatres and Producers.

The season, which began May 29, 2006, and ended May 27, 2007, featured 35 new productions: 12 new musicals, 11 new plays, 5 musical revivals and 7 play revivals.

According to the League, 12.311 million people paid to attend Broadway shows this season (last season's statistic was 12.003 million). Grosses also increased this past season by 8.9 percent; in fact, box offices took in a grand total of $939 million, a new record (last season's gross was $861 million).

The number of playing weeks, described by the League as "the sum total of all shows multiplied by the number of weeks each show played," was the second highest on record: 1,509 playing weeks. The record high was set during the 2002-2003 season (1,544 weeks).

Strong attendance by tourists continued to be a major factor in Broadway's growth. Domestic tourists accounted for more than 5 million tickets, and international visitors accounted for more than 1.3 million tickets.

In a statement Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., said, "We are fortunate that this season was marked by sensational new musicals and plays, offering audiences a diversity of shows to enjoy, and we believe that this diversity is one of the strongest reasons why Broadway has had such a record year with attendance. And even though Broadway contributes almost $5 billion to New York City's economy and supports 45,000 full-time equivalent jobs, we must continue to protect and preserve its vitality, which means, among other things, addressing escalating costs and doing all we can to increase the number of shows that recoup their investment in order to continue creating a diverse group of new shows." Founded in 1930, The League of American Theatres and Producers is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Visit www.livebroadway.com for more information.