2018 Tony Awards nominations push Broadway to best season ever for attendance and grosses

Broadway did boffo business this season, setting a new box office record with total takings of $1.7 billion. While some of that was spent by theater goers on long-running shows like “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” a big slice of the pie went to fare that was new to the rialto this year. Among the hottest shows in town are the Tony Awards frontrunners “The Band’s Visit” and “My Fair Lady.”

In all, 33 new shows opened on Broadway during the most recent year-long season (May 22, 2016 to May 21, 2017). Among these were seven new musicals and 10 new plays. There were three revivals of timeless tuners and 10 of classical plays. In addition there were three special engagements.

Total attendance was 13.8 million. That up by 50,000 people from last year and with ticket prices increasing, the cumulative gross was up from $1.4 billion.

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In making the announcement, The Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin noted, “Over 80% of the shows on Broadway had an average paid admission of under $130 and more than half of the shows that played this season (60%) had an average paid admission of less than $101.”

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