Broadway League Tallies
The Broadway League, the trade association for Broadway shows, announced that this seasons ticket sales fell short of last seasons, and that the box office total dipped as well. The hard numbers are 12.27 million tickets sold (last season it was 12.3). The dollar figure was $937.5 million in tickets total. Certainly a dip, but not down much from last year. When one remembers that there was as strike for three weeks during the heart of the holidays, the numbers are quite good. In a statement released by The Broadway League, Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin predicts that next season will be ”the best season in recorded history.” I’m sure she is using “best” as it relates to ticket sales and revenue, not necessarily quality of productions. As far as quality goes, this has been an extremely rich season on Broadway, and nothing to apologize for. The numbers may be down, but the quality is up, and the promise for next season is equally bright.
With revival like South Pacific, Gypsy, Sunday In The Park With George and new musicals like Xanadu, Passing Strange, A Catered Affair, In The Heights…not to mention the slew of new plays and excellent revivals of great plays this season, it seems possible that this will be a season that is remembered quite fondly in the years to come, even if the numbers were down slightly. South Pacific photo by Joan Marcus.
-Broadway Magazine, Broadway.tv