Broadway’s 1st Quarter Results: And we are off! With a bang!

Hey-yo, what the heck is happening?!?

The results for the first 13 weeks of the 2012-13 Broadway Season are in, and boy oh boy oh, are we off to a boffo start.

  • So far this season, we’ve grossed $302,393,343.
  • Last season’s first quarter grossed $268,362,100.
  • That’s an increase of 12.7%

Attendance figures are up as well, just not as dramatically (they never are).

  • 3,103,913 people have seen a Broadway show over the first quarter of this season.
  • 2,968,372 saw shows during the first quarter last season.
  • That’s an increase of 4.6%

Why the increase?  We had a couple of big summer openings (Bring it On, Chaplin) and there were more shows than usual.  In fact . . .

  • First quarter of last year had 348 playing weeks
  • First quarter of this year had 379 playing weeks
  • That’s an increase of 8.9%

So we’ve jumped out of the gate and are racing down towards the first turn. Hopefully this trend will continue . . . and hopefully show profitability will increase along with it.

See you at the end of Quarter #2!


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