BEST ATTENDED AND HIGHEST GROSSING SEASON IN BROADWAY HISTORY!
The verdict is in! The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2015 – 2016 season, total attendance reached 13,317,980 and Broadway shows yielded $1,373,253,725 in grosses, the best attended and highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history! All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,648 playing weeks, a record that shows this was Broadway’s healthiest season!
“The upward trend in audience growth continues for the third year in a row, and it’s no surprise. With the diversity of shows on stage, we are giving theatre goers what they want. The variety of musicals and plays – revivals and new shows – reiterates that there is something playing for everyone,” says Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “From fighting duels to baking pies, from blood-curdling thrillers to fables of everlasting life, this has been a truly extraordinary season on Broadway and the talent is exhilarating. This season’s stories have been enhanced on stage with dancing the conga, playing the fiddle, banjo picking, tapping, rapping and verse. Whether seeing stories about the human experience or happily being entertained, there is nothing in the world like live theatre and I’m thrilled that audiences agree.”
Broadway attendance in the 2015 – 2016 season topped those of the ten professional New York and New Jersey sports teams combined. Broadway surpassed the combined sports teams by over 2.7 million attendances.
The show tally is based on the final Tony Awards determinations of categories. The final numbers in accordance with the 2016 Tony Awards determinations are as follows:
39 productions opened during the 2015-2016 season which included 16 musicals (11 new, 5 revivals), 20 plays (9 new, 11 revivals), and 3 specials.
We’re looking forward to making the 2016-2017 season the biggest yet! Come join us on the Great White Way!