Melbourne’s The Age newspaper reported yesterday figures released by the annual Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey, stating attendance to musical theatre shows in Australia grew 6.3% in 2010 over the previous year. 2.46 million tickets were sold for musical theatre shows last year, accompanied by a 13% rise at the box office to almost $243 million.
Broadway figures in a 53-week 2010-11 season from 24 May 2010 through to 29 May 2011, saw a 5.4% increase in attendance over the 2009-10 season to 12.5 million tickets sold for both plays and musicals combined. Box office figures during the same period were up 5.9% to $1.08 billion.
Who said the state of the economy is hurting our leisure spending?