The Broadway League Announces 2016-2017 Season as Highest Grossing in History
The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2016 – 2017 season, which began week ending May 29, 2016 and ended May 21, 2017. For the 2016 – 2017 season, total attendance reached 13,270,343 and Broadway shows yielded $1,449,321,564.64 in grosses, making it the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history and second-best attended season on record. All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,580 playing weeks.
The 2016 – 2017 Broadway season concluded with attendance remaining stable,grosses up 5.5%, and playing weeks down 4.1%.
“The wide variety of outstanding musicals and plays on Broadway has continued to attract enthusiastic audiences. It’s been a season filled with creativity, innovation and magical moments. We’ve seen exciting debuts and thrilling comebacks. With so many choices for both kids and adults, it’s not surprising that theatre-goers keep coming to experience it all,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “There’s nothing like live theatre and no better way to see it than on Broadway.”
Broadway attendance in the 2016 – 2017 season topped those of the ten professional New York and New Jersey sports teams combined. Broadway surpassed the combined sports teams by over 2.6 million in attendance.
During the 2016-2017 season 45 productions opened which included: 20 musicals (13 original, 6 revivals, 1 return engagement), 20 plays (10 original, 9 revivals, 1 return engagement) and 5 specials. Of these productions, 8 were not Tony Awards eligible.