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This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Total grosses for the 2013-14 season. Attendance was 12.2 million, more than the combined turnout for the 10 major professional sports teams in New York and New Jersey. Broadway contributed an estimated $11.9 billion to New York City’s economy during the 2012-13 season.
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Proportion of shows that break even. On average, it takes a hit show two years to recoup production costs, as opposed to six months 25 years ago. The Book of Mormon took less than nine months to recoup its $11.4 million investment in 2011.
Budget for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Broadway’s most expensive musical to date had record losses of $60 million when its three-year run closed Jan. 4.
Top ticket price for The Book of Mormon.
Scarlett Johansson‘s weekly pay for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2012-13. The minimum weekly Actors’ Equity salary for a Broadway actor is $1,861.
Proportion of 2012-13 Broadway-goers who were Caucasian; 68 percent were female, with an average age of 42.5 and a household income of $186,500.
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