League of American Theatres and Producers Releases Statistics for Calendar Year 2004
Since the 2004-2005 theater season began last June, Broadway has attained $419 million in gross box office sales to date for the 2004-05 season, compared to $422 million at the same point for the 2003-04 season. The League attribues this slight decrease to "an unusual number of one-person shows this season," which generally have lower ticket prices. "These shows have replaced a handful of musicals, which were running last fall but have since closed." A total of 18 productions have opened on Broadway since the beginning of the season, compared to 21 for the same period last season. The number of tickets sold has reached 6.32 million for 2004-2005, nearly flat with the 6.34 million sold during the same period in 2003-04.