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Musicals vs. Plays: How the 2023-2024 Broadway season measures up to those past

Broadway News examines the total number of openings in the 2023-2024 Broadway season compared to years past.

(Clockwise from top left) Images from “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Prayer for the French Republic,” ”Here Lies Love,” “Appropriate,” “The Who’s Tommy” and “Purlie Victorious”

The 2023-2024 Broadway season will conclude on May 19, encompassing another 52-week cycle of show openings and closings. The 2023-2024 season tallies 39 new productions. Of those new offerings, 21 were musicals, 16 were plays and two were classified as specials. Are any of these figures record-breaking?

Twenty-one new musical productions (including original shows and revivals) is indeed an increase from the 2022-2023 and 2021-2022 seasons, in which 15 and 14 new musicals opened, respectively. Looking at the previous 10 full Broadway seasons (excluding the abbreviated 2019-2020 season and non-existent 2020-2021 season), an average of 14.9 new musicals opened; during the previous 20 full seasons, the average was 14.4. The 2023-2024 season proves above average. 


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