Broadway Theaters Report ‘Best Attended’ Season in History for 2018-2019

The cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish

By Anna Breuer on 2 June 2019
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Broadway theaters reported that attendance at shows in the 2018-2019 season, which ended May 26, soared, making it the best attended and highest grossing season in history.

The Broadway League, the trade association that represents Broadway theater owners and operators as well as show producers, said that Broadway shows had grossed approximately $1.82 billion, and that over 14.77 million people had attended a show. With those figures, Broadway easily eclipsed attendance at all New York-area sporting events combined, by a figure of 4.6 million.

This substantial growth in attendance clearly reflects the large variety of offerings including long running shows, new hit productions and stories relevant to our society today,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the association.

Theatergoers had a choice of 72 different productions, including 38 musicals, 29 plays, and five special engagements. More than half of those – 38 to be exact – opened this season, giving audiences a wide range of offerings from well-known movie titles transformed into musicals such as “Beetlejuice,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tootsie,” to ““Hadestown,” a new musical based on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone.

The two revivals of musicals – “Fiddler on the Roof” (in Yiddish) and “Oklahoma” – won critical acclaim.

The diversity of plays was equally rich, with “The Ferryman,” the story of the family of a former IRA activist living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles,” “Ink,” the story of Rupert Murdoch’s 1969 acquisition of The Sun in London, and “What the Constitution Means to Me,” the story of how 15-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning constitutional debate competitions across the United States.

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