The end-of-season statistics for the 2013-14 Broadway season have been released. And while celebrity casting may not have been a guarantee for a nomination come awards season, it sure helped drive a whole lot of you into the theater.
According to the Broadway League, total attendance for the season, which which began May 27, 2013 and ended May 25, reached 12.21 million -- a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year. Grosses followed suit -- up 11.4 percent from last season and yielding $1.27 billion.
A total of 44 productions opened during the 2013-14 season, which included 16 musicals (12 new, 4 revivals), 25 plays (10 new, 14 revivals, 1 return engagement) and three special engagements. Playing weeks increased by 4.6 percent, with all productions running a total of 1,496 weeks.
The season also ended on a high, with Broadway coming off its highest grossing and best attended memorial day week in recorded history. The top ticket price last week sold for $477 (“The Book of Mormon”), while the highest grossing show (“The Lion King”) took in $2,006,651. “All the Way” had the highest attendance, filling the Neil Simon Theatre at 109.6% capacity.
With numbers like that, it seems the 2014-15 season is already off to a good start.