Average paid admission at Broadway shows in New York 2007-2019, by category

In the legendary Theater District in New York, prices paid for Broadway musical tickets averaged 122.73 U.S. dollars during the 2018/19 season, down from 125.70 U.S. dollars in the previous season.

Musicals continue to break records

The Broadway district in Manhattan, New York City is vital to the theater industry in the U.S. and is a global tourism magnet. Around 40 theatres operate within this area, each of them with more than 500 seats. In 2018/19, 38 new productions were performed on Broadway, including 21 new theatrical plays. The average paid admission for a play at Broadway shows was a little over 116 U.S. dollars in the 2018/19 season. With musical tickets on Broadway costing more than plays and specials, this may have contributed to musical performances being the top revenue source during the 2018/19 season, with the figure amounting to around 1.44 billion U.S. dollars.

“Conventional” theatres vs. movie theatres

Going to the theatre is a popular leisure time activity for many people in the United States. While the average ticket price at North American movie theatres was significantly lower than that for a musical performance at around 9 U.S. dollars, the number of people attending Broadway shows is increasing every year, just as the prices for its show’s tickets are.

Average paid admission at Broadway shows in New York from 2007 to 2019, by category

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Release date

June 2019


United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*To account for variances in the calendar year, a 53rd week is added to the season every seven years. The 2010-11 season was a 53-week year. The 2017-18 season was a 53-week season.
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