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2015-16 Broadway End-of-Season-Statistics

The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2015 – 2016 season, which began week ending May 31, 2015 and ended May 22, 2016.  For the 2015 – 2016 season, total attendance reached 13,317,980 and Broadway shows yielded $1,373,253,725  in grosses, the best attended and highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history! All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,648 playing weeks, a record that shows this was Broadway’s healthiest season!

Average paid admission for the season was $103.11, which represents a decrease for the first time in recorded history.  Last season’s average paid admission was $104.18.

The 2015 – 2016 Broadway season concluded with attendance up 1.6%, grosses up 0.6%, and playing weeks up 1.4%.

“The upward trend in audience growth continues for the third year in a row, and it’s no surprise. With the diversity of shows on stage, we are giving theatregoers what they want. The variety of musicals and plays – revivals and new shows – reiterates that there is something playing for everyone,” says Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “From fighting duels to baking pies, from blood-curdling thrillers to fables of everlasting life, this has been a truly extraordinary season on Broadway and the talent is exhilarating. This season’s stories have been enhanced on stage with dancing the conga, playing the fiddle, banjo picking, tapping, rapping and verse. Whether seeing stories about the human experience or happily being entertained, there is nothing in the world like live theatre and I’m thrilled that audiences agree.”

Broadway attendance in the 2015 – 2016 season topped those of the ten professional New York and New Jersey sports teams combined. Broadway surpassed the combined sports teams by over 2.7 million attendances.

The show tally is based on the final Tony Awardsâ determinations of categories. The final numbers in accordance with the 2016 Tony Awards determinations are as follows:

39 productions opened during the 2015-2016 season which included 16 musicals (11 new, 5 revivals), 20 plays (9 new, 11 revivals), and 3 specials. 


Season                                  Total Attendance                                    Broadway Grosses                       


13.32 million

$1.37  billion


13.10 million

$1.37 billion


12.21 million

$1.27 billion


11.57 million

$1.14 billion



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THE BROADWAY LEAGUE (Charlotte St. Martin, President), founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. The Broadway League annually co-presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry. Key League programs and resources include: Kids’ Night on Broadway®, The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmys), Stars in the Alley®, Internet Broadway Database® (ibdb.com), Broadway.org, SpotlightonBroadway.com, Commercial Theater Institute (with Theatre Development Fund), as well as numerous conferences and forums for our members. TheatreAccessNYC (co-produced with TDF) is the one-stop website of accessible Broadway performances for theatregoers with disabilities. Broadway.org is the League’s official on-line headquarters for Broadway in NYC, on tour, and internationally. For more information visit BroadwayLeague.com, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter @TheBwayLeague and on Facebook at Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague. Download the free Broadway.org and IBDB mobile apps from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience. Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. It's always the perfect time to see a show. Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.