Big Bucks for Broadway As 2013-2014 Season Totals Revealed
Things are looking up! As Broadway counts down to its biggest and most celebrated evening on theatre on June 8th, The Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing are taking moments whenever they can to announce the accomplishments of this past season on Broadway ranging from specific production notes to overall accomplishments! The Broadway League has announced exciting news regarding the very detail that fuels productions – ticket sales. Big musicals, big stars and lots of new work have led to a one of a kind season on Broadway which has brought in historic numbers as this season comes to a close. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the 2013-2014 Broadway season brought in over $1.2 billion dollars in box office sales alone!
The Broadway League has proudly announced it’s end of the season statistics for the 2013-2014 Broadway season. The season began on May 27th, 2013 and officially ended on May 25th, 2014. Overall, numbers were up across the entire board. The 2013-2014 season brought in $1.27 billion dollars in grosses and Broadway saw a total attendance of 12.21 million people. Compared to last season, grosses were up 11.4%, attendance was up 5.6% and playing weeks were up 4.6%.
In the 2013-2014 season, Broadway saw 44 new productions. This is around the usual number of productions Broadway has seen over the past few years. When it came to musicals, 12 new productions and 4 revivals graced the stage this past season bringing the total to 16. When it came to plays, 10 new productions, 14 revivals and 1 return engagement hit the stage bringing the total to 25. Broadway also experience 3 specials, also known as special events, over the course of the season.
Charlotte St. Martin (Pictured Below), executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement:
“Its been another amazing season and Broadway is healthy and vibrant. With over a 5% increase in attendance, the diverse offerings on stage are clearly pleasing our audiences. As well, ticket buying is easier and alternate curtain times and more selections of matinée days make seeing a show convenient for every schedule”
However, this past Broadway season is one truly worth celebrating about!
The 2012-2013 season saw Superstorm Hurricane Sandy disrupt the playing schedule on Broadway for several weeks. Even one Broadway shows were back up and running, many along the East Coast affected by the storm were not heading to New York to see a Broadway show. This caused a major slow in last season’s gross and attendance on Broadway. However, this past season managed to top out among the last 3 years on Broadway when it comes to grosses. The 2011-2012 Broadway season saw 12.33 million in attendance with an overall gross of $1.14 billion dollars. The 2012-2013 Broadway season saw 11.57 million in attendance with $1.14 billion dollars. While this past season ranks the highest bringing in $1.27 billion dollars, attendance was up from last year but down from 2 seasons ago. This should be noted showing that ticket prices, across the board, continue to rise on Broadway. However, those involved with the business of Broadway should be excited over the large numbers in both attendance and grosses. It shows that this past season has brought more light and attention to New York with more productions tourists and residents are interested in seeing.
As one season ends and another begins, Broadway is celebrating! Grosses are up, playing weeks are up and attendance in our theatres are up! Nothing to complain about, right? Right! Here is to hoping for the 2014-2015 season on Broadway being even bigger and better than this past year’s filled with new works on stage and new numbers for The Broadway League to be proud of come this time next year. For more information, visit The Broadway League’s Official Website. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!