According to statistics on the 2022-23 Broadway season released by the Broadway League, things are looking up on the Great White Way. The first full season since the return to performances following the COVID-19 pause saw nearly 89% of seats filled, which is a comparable figure to pre-pandemic levels.
“Broadway is making a strong rebound as audiences are returning to New York City to experience extraordinary live theatre,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “The 2022-2023 season numbers indicate an upward trajectory with 12.3 million attendances and nearly $1.6 billion in grosses. Broadway continues to present robust and diverse productions ranging from beloved classics to groundbreaking debuts, attracting an array of audiences who are keeping the Theatre District bustling with excitement.”
The season, which began on May 23, 2022 and ended May 21, saw a total attendance of 12,283,399 and generated $1,577,586,897 in grosses. The 2022-2023 season included 1,474 playing weeks and 11,506 performances.
Over the course of the 2022-2023 season, audiences had the opportunity to attend 40 new productions and 35 continuing productions. The 40 productions that opened during the season included: 15 musicals (9 original, 6 revivals), 24 plays (18 original, 5 revivals, one return engagement), and one special engagement (original).
Compared to the last full Broadway season (2018-2019), numbers were down, but only slightly. Total attendance was off by 17%, (12.3M vs. 14.8M) with total performances (-15%) and total gross (-13.7%) off by similar figures. Average price paid for tickets rose slightly ($128.4 compared to $123.9 in 2018-19).
While the numbers were off slightly from previous peaks, it is notable that they would have represented all-time highs for Broadway until just recently. Only the 2017-18 and 2018-19 season saw higher figures all-time than this most recent one.
With fewer playing weeks and performances, and a New York tourism industry still recovering (particularly with international visitors, who are an outsized slice of the Broadway ticket market pie), the numbers were strong and celebrated by the theatrical organization.
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Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Dave Clark
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