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Broadway League stats reveal 2022-2023 season is third-highest grossing in history

Looking back at years prior paints a fuller picture of the industry’s growth during the last two decades; plus how long-runners boosted this season.

(Clockwise from upper left) Bradley Gibson in “The Lion King,” The company of “& Juliet,” Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban in “Sweeney Tood,” Myles Frost in “MJ” and Ben Crawford in “The Phantom of th Opera” (Credit: Deen van Meer, Matthew Murphy, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman, Matthew Murphy and Matthew Murphy)

The 2022-2023 Broadway season marked the first full calendar of productions following the pandemic and the industry shutdown it caused.

The Broadway League recently released its end-of-season statistics, revealing that this season — which began on May 23, 2022, and ended on May 21, 2023 — was the Main Stem’s third-highest grossing in history and also included the third-highest-earning individual week in the industry’s history.

The 2022-2023 season cumulatively grossed $1,577,586,897. That total sits behind the second-highest grossing 2017-2018 season, which earned $1,697,458,795; and the 2018-2019 season, which holds the industry record of $1,829,312,140.

In terms of attendance, the 2022-2023 season boasted a total attendance of 12.2 million. When compared to the previous 12 seasons, this most recent ranks eighth. Looking farther back, in comparison to the last 22 seasons, it ranks ninth.

Ten of the shows that opened during the 2022-2023 season broke the $1 million weekly gross mark at least once: “A Beautiful Noise,” “Almost Famous,” “& Juliet,” “Into the Woods,” “Leopoldstadt,” “New York, New York,” “Parade,” “Some Like It Hot,” “Sweeney Todd” and “The Piano Lesson.”

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