Broadway – additional information
In a survey of cultural consumers in the U.S., participants were asked which cultural venues they attend at least once a year. Of all the venues mentioned, 52 percent of respondents stated they visited musical theatre venues at least once a year and 48 percent of respondents stated they had visited a dramatic theatre venue in the same time frame. For theatre fans in the U.S., a visit to the bright lights of Broadway is always appealing.
The cost of a trip to Broadway is not necessarily cheap as the average paid admission at Broadway shows in New York has increased over the years. For the 2015/16 season, theatre goers paid on average 103.11 U.S. dollars for a ticket to see a Broadway show. By the 2016/17 season however this price had increased and the average price paid for a ticket was 109.21 U.S. dollars. During the same time period, the average price of tickets for plays and musicals on Broadway also experienced a price rise, ticket prices for specials however fluctuate seasonally.
Broadway refers to the theatre district in New York City, although shows which originate on Broadway and are considered to be of merit will often go on tour around the country, making them more widely accessible to theatre fans. The number of playing weeks of touring Broadway shows in the U.S. has been calculated. In the 1999/00 season, there were an estimated 888 playing weeks of touring Broadway shows across the nation. This number peaked during the 2009/10 season where there were 1,250 playing weeks. In recent years, the number has dropped slightly although in the 2016/17 season it remained at an impressive 983 weeks.