January 18, 2007


I heard an interesting story on NPR today about how well broadway is doing these days. It seems that New York is getting a much larger influx of visitors now then it was a few years after 9/11. Another catalyst for the boost in Broadway profits has been the invent of the "premium ticket concept" which can be nearly $500 {yup, that's per ticket and doesn't include dinner with the cast}. This ticket is compared to the courtside Nicks tickets for sports fans. With the top-listed ticket price of $115, you can surely understand why the boom!
Here is a list of the ten most popular broadway shows based on 2006 attendance.
  1. Wicked: 751,496
  2. The Color Purple: 652,559
  3. The Lion King: 641,627
  4. Mamma Mia!: 610,614
  5. The Phantom of the Opera: 602,841
  6. Spamalot!: 575,027
  7. Beauty and the Beast: 528,926
  8. Jersey Boys: 504,350
  9. Hairspray: 498,899
  10. The Producers: 477,718

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