What did you do this Memorial Day weekend? Apparently, for a lot of people, that answer was “see a Broadway show.”
In addition to this week being both the highest grossing and best attended Memorial Day on record, The Broadway League has just released its end-of-the-season statistics for 2013-2014 (the 2013 Broadway season officially began May 27, 2013.) According to a press release, Broadway productions brought in a gross total of $1.27 billion (up by 11.4 percent) with total attendance numbers reaching 12.21 million, up 5.6 percent. Additionally, the number of playing weeks also increased by 4.6 percent, with all productions running a total of 1496 playing weeks.
“Broadway is healthy and vibrant,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League, said in a statement. “With over a 5 percent 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 matinee days make seeing a show convenient for every schedule.”
A total of 44 productions opened during the season, including 16 musicals, 25 plays, and 3 “special” engagements.