Broadway’s attendance up, but box office doesn’t keep pace
Broadway's attendance figures hit a record high this season, but box office revenue ticked upward only slightly.
The Broadway League said Monday that box offices reported a record total gross of $1.37 billion -- up 0.6 percent from the previous season. The trade association for theater owners, operators and producers said attendance was up 1.6 percent to 13.3 million ticket buyers.
The number of playing weeks -- Broadway's occupancy rate -- was up 1.4 percent from last season's to end at 1,648. There is a total of 2,080 total playing weeks available each year.
A total of 39 shows opened during the season, which began May 31, 2015, and ended Sunday. There were 16 musicals, 20 plays and three special events.
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