New York box office figures for the Broadway season hit an all-time high this season according to the League of American Theatres and Producers. The League reports that the total national box office receipts were nearly $1.2 billion and that national attendance surpassed the 23 million mark.
Of the $1.174 billion in national box receipts, a record $603 million came from New York and $571 million came from road shows. The New York box receipts are up 2.6 percent from last season.
The national attendance estimates of 23 million break down into a second highest record of 11.4 million in New York, with an estimated 11.65 million attending road shows.
There were 29 legitimate road shows this season, compared with 34 last season. This season's road figures were off from last year with receipts dipping from $707 million to $571 million, and attendance tallying 11.65 million, which is down from 14.6 million.
Operating at an average 78 percent of capacity, Broadway opened 37 shows this season compared to last season's 39. There were 12 new musicals and four revivals, as well as 12 new plays and six revivals. There were also three special productions. On Broadway, the average tickets price was $52.97, up from $50.45 last season; while touring shows visited 130 cities and 166 different theatres, averaging $49.05 per ticket, up from $48.42 last season.
-- By Murdoch McBride