2014-15 Broadway Season Smashes All-Time Records

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Broadway set all-time records for attendance and box-office income during the 2014-15 season, according to figures released by The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry.

The 37 productions that opened during the season, included 15 musicals (10 new, five revivals), 20 plays (11 new, 9 revivals) and two specials. This season yielded $1.37 billion in grosses, up from $1.27 billion last season. Total attendance reached 13.1 million, up from 12.2 million last season.

The 2014-15 Broadway season concluded with grosses up 7.6 percent, attendance up 7.3 percent and playing weeks up 8.7 percent.

All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,626 playing weeks up sharply from last season's 1,496 playing weeks.

The only area that experienced a downturn was in the total number of shows produced on Broadway this season. The tally of 37 was down sharply from 44 in 2013-14. But long-running holdover shows picked up most of slack and accounted for the overall healthy number of playing weeks. Playing weeks are calculated thus: if 10 shows play for 10 weeks each, that's 100 playing weeks.

“It’s been another extraordinary season on Broadway, and I’m thrilled that we have broken all records!" said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. "The upward trend in audience growth continues and it’s no surprise. While we’ve been saying for several years now that there is something for everyone on Broadway, to have audience growth of over 13 percent in two years clearly proves our point. We’re giving theatregoers what they want, including a variety of musicals and plays, recognizable brands and new shows. We have stars, we have kids; we have some of the best ensemble casts ever on Broadway. It’s been a joy to see such spectacular direction and choreography--in both plays and musicals. As well, ticket buying is easier and alternate curtain times and more selections of matinee days make seeing a show convenient for every schedule.” Grosses and total attendance for the past four Broadway seasons follow:

2014-15: $1,365,232,182; 13.1 million
2013-14: $1,268,881,236; 12.21 million
2012-13: $1,138,734,331; 11.57 million
2011-12: $1,139,311,457; 12.33 million

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