Broadway is booming! Maybe it was the tremendous number of celebrities hitting the stage, or a uniquely fantastic slate of new and revived plays and musicals, but a new report released by the Broadway League revealed that 2012 was the best year in Broadway history.
“This was our strongest 52-week season in history in terms of attendance and grosses with over 12.3 million admissions,” announced Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League, in a press release.
Yes, in 2012 alone, the Broadway box office reached almost $1.14 billion (up from $1.08 billion last year). For comparison’s sake, the box office ten years ago in the 2001-02 season was a slim-looking $666 million.
With 41 new productions opening this year, it’s no wonder that both grosses and attendance are up. Even the long-running shows are thriving, with Wicked recently having its best week ever and shows like The Book of Mormon and The Lion King continuing to smash box office records.
Ready for some statistics on this record-breaking year? They’re coming at you fast: