The Broadway League is the clearinghouse for information on the business, demographics, and economic impact of Broadway theatre throughout North America.
The League compiles various statistics and publishes extensive reports on a number of topics. For brief excerpts from recently published reports, click on the links below.
Printed and PDF versions of the reports are available for purchase. Order copies here.
The Demographics of the Broadway Audience
The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2016-2017 is a profile of the audience at Broadway shows from June 2016 through June 2017. It is the twentieth annual report in our series, analyzing the composition of the audience today in comparison to past years and attempting to note trends for the future. The report includes information regarding the demographics, ticket purchasing habits, and consumer preferences of the Broadway theatregoer.
46 pages, illustrated with color charts, graphs, and photos. Published January, 2018.
Broadway's Economic Contribution to New York City
This biennial report analyzes the economic impact of money spent in New York specifically because of Broadway - including dollars spent on mounting and running Broadway productions and maintenance of theatres; as well as monies spent by visitors to New York on Broadway related ancillary spending.
During the 2016-2017 season, the Broadway industry contributed $12.63 billion to the economy of New York City and supported 87,100 jobs.
This amount consisted of direct spending in three areas: spending by producers to produce and run shows; spending by theatre owners to maintain and renovate venues; and ancillary purchases by "Broadway Tourists" (defined as non-NYC residents who said that Broadway was a very important reason for their coming to New York City). The money that was directly spent in these areas was then re-spent in multiple subsequent rounds, until the original sums left New York City. The sum of the subsequent rounds and the original spending total the full contribution of $12.63 billion.
45 pages, illustrated with color with charts, graphs, and photos.
The Audience for Touring Broadway
65 pages, illustrated with color charts and graphs, published March 2017.
The Economic Impact of Touring Broadway
Touring Broadway venues are not only critical to their cities as cultural institutions, but also have a huge economic impact on their wider metropolitan areas. Specifically, producers, venue owners, and presenters spend money in the local economy to present shows and maintain venues. Moreover, the shows attract audiences whose ancillary spending supports other related businesses such as restaurants, parking, and transportation. The goal of this analysis is to quantify the annual impact of Broadway Tours to those areas and overall.
27 pages, illustrated with color with charts, graphs, and photos.
Published May 2015