‘Mean Girls’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)
The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2017-2018 season, which began May 22, 2017, and ended May 27, 2018. For the 2017–2018 season, which was a 53-week season, total attendance reached 13,792,614 and Broadway shows yielded $1,697,458,795 in grosses, making it the best attended and highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history. All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,624 playing weeks.
The season concluded with attendance up 3.9 percent, grosses up 17.1 percent, and playing weeks up 2.8 percent.
As a point of reference, attendance through week 52 was 13.48 million, which was up 1.6 percent over last year’s 52-week season, and still the best attended of any season on record. Grosses as of last week totaled $1.658 billion, also a record, and up 14.4 percent over last season.
“It’s been a remarkably diverse season with a wide variety of outstanding musicals and plays on Broadway that have attracted a record number of theatergoers proving once again that there really is something for everyone on Broadway in a wide range of price points. Over 80 percent 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 percent) had an average paid admission of less than $101,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Since our last 53 week season, our attendance has grown 10% or 1.26 million theatergoers. It’s not surprising that so many have been coming to experience the best of live theatre.”
Broadway attendance in the 2017-2018 season topped those of the ten professional New York and New Jersey sports teams combined. Broadway surpassed the combined sports teams by over 3.5 million in attendance.