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Broadway 2022-2023 Box Office Hits $1.6 Billion; Industry shows signs of recovery – Deadline

Broadway box office for the 2022-23 season – the first full season since the industry’s return from the Covid shutdown – reached $1,577,586,897, a big increase over the past two hard-hit seasons, but still down about 14% than the high level before the pandemic. 1.8 billion dollars.

Figures released today by the Broadway League show total attendance for the season that ended just two days ago was 12,283,399, about 17% off the pre-pandemic 2018-19 season, the highest-grossing and best-attended season in Broadway history.

Box office numbers show a slow and steady comeback from the darkest days of the Covid pandemic. The 2019-20 season, shortened a few months by the March 2020 Covid shutdown, recorded a total gross of $1.4 billion and an attendance of 11 million. The 2021-22 season, which saw Broadway reopen after a dark 2020-21 season, took in just $845 million (6.7 million in attendance), a reflection of the 10-week delay in opening and multiple cancellations.

“Broadway is making a strong comeback as audiences return to New York City to experience incredible live theater,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, in a statement, adding that the 2022-2023 numbers show “an upward trajectory.” in gross and attendance.

During the 2022-2023 season, 88.4% of available places were filled, a percentage figure comparable to pre-pandemic levels.

In total, the most recent season, which began on May 23, 2022 and ended on May 21, 2023, Broadway saw a total of 40 new productions and 35 ongoing productions. The 40 productions that opened during the season included 15 musicals (9 originals, 6 revivals), 24 plays (18 originals, 5 revivals, one return engagement) and one special (original) engagement.

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