Broadway Show Facts

Broadway Show Statistics 2018-2019

Broadway shows have always amassed a huge viewing from all corners of the globe. At the end of every year, it is always interesting to see what Broadway was all about. This is helpful for understanding trends, what viewers want, and predicting the future based off of analysis and critiques. Statistics help viewers decide what to watch, and help producers determine what works and what does not. The year of Broadway in 2018 made recorded history in several areas, and also posed interesting topics of conversation. Here are the statistics from 2018.

Ticket Admission Statistics
It is true that the 2017-2018 season saw the highest revenue in Broadway history for musical Broadway shows discount tickets. How did this happen though? Compared with the increase in attendance, which was nine times lower than the increase in revenue, the only way possible for this revenue statistic is due to higher ticket admission prices. In 2016-2017, the average cost of a Broadway ticket was $103. This past year, that average price went up by $20, to become $123. Nevertheless, each week presents different data.

Each year the numbers change, the populations change, and the plays change. For now, ticket prices for this week during 2018 were $127.58. This year (the week of January 20th), however, the viewer sees an average price of $118.46. This is a decrease in average ticket price from last year.

According to Playbill, however, more than half of the total Broadway tickets sold had an average admission cost of less than $101. Then again, 80% of the total tickets that were sold came in at under $130. This basically means that a majority of the tickets sold were priced closer to $115.

Attendance Statistics
For the 2017-2018 season, Broadway performed to 13,793,614 viewers, which was a 3.9% increase in previous years. This made 2018 the best attended season in its recorded history. Arguably, these numbers are not the best in all of Broadway history, as a statistic from the year 1928 puts the 2018 numbers to shame. Nevertheless, to put this year’s Broadway accomplishment in further perspective, Broadway attendance beat that of the top ten New York and New Jersey professional sports teams, combined, by over 3.5 million. This is especially due to the diversity in the choice of plays and musicals, which must have been been more affordable to just about anyone.

Revenue Statistics
This past year’s season saw a gross gross revenue of $1.697 million. This was an increase from the 2016-2017 year season of $1.449 million. Such an increase was also with a decrease in the number of new productions. 2017-2018 had just 33 new productions whereas 2016-2017 came up to 45.

Just this past week, which is the 34th week, as contrasted with last year of this week, we can further compare Broadway’s revenues. The 267,598 viewers during the week of January 20th, 2019 saw 31 shows, and contributed to the gross gross of $31,699,190. On the other hand, the 248,789 viewers during the week of January 14th, 2018 saw 29 shows and contributed to a gross gross of $32,947,325. 2018, while having the highest revenue this far, could possibly be surpassed by the numbers in 2019.

On the other hand, each week’s total grosses, from January 2018 to December 2018, were relatively consistent across the board. Mid to late December saw a spike in sales, while mid September saw a small decline. Overall, total gross gross revenue averaged out to be around $30,000,000 per week’s ending.

Statistics about Broadway Tours and Broadway Gender Ratios
Another statistic regards the number of playing weeks of touring Broadway shows in the United States. In the 2017-2018 season, the number was 1,125. This was the second highest number of playing weeks of touring shows since the 1999-2000 year season. The 2009-2010 season has thus far been the highest, with 1,250 total.

These numbers are incredibly powerful for the overall success of Broadway during the 2017-2018 season, especially in comparison to Broadway’s history. Nevertheless, here is an interesting statistic from the inner workings of Broadway: gender gaps. The 2017-2018 season actually saw a decline in the percentage of women in principal roles. 37% of the 233 principal roles this past year were given to women. From 2013-2015, that percentage was 41.3%. This is a decrease of over 15%. Nevertheless, the arrangement of men and women throughout all of the many employed areas of Broadway is constantly shifting, with women and men outnumbering each other in different categories over time.

Impact of 2018 Statistics
With Broadway attendance and revenue at its highest in 2018, readers and viewers are bound to become more curious and interested in what Broadway is offering, and to whom Broadway is catering. Does this mean that the shows and plays are peaking interests in broader market niches? Is Broadway becoming more affordable to lower-income populations? Are more people becoming interested in drama and the arts? The answers to all of these questions is arguably yes, as the numbers clearly speak for themselves. With ticket prices varying across the board in affordability, from week to week, and the decrease in new productions, it is clear that Broadway is also catering to the interests of more specific viewers within its the population price ranges. As Broadway continues to diversify its performance selection and cater to the budget of its potential audiences, the numbers will continue to reflect the hard work of its performers. These performers and set up crew will also morph according to the demands of Broadway, societal expectations, and the performances on audition.

Conclusion
Broadway is a center of both cultural and educational delight for both Americans and citizens of the globe at large. As a result, the performances that Broadway produces have a way of connecting its audiences while simultaneously showcasing the best of humanity and the arts. The statistics from 2018 show just a fraction of all the hard work of humankind