Broadway's revenue and attendance figures were both up this season, largely fueled by classics from Harold Pinter and William Shakespeare rather than brash, new musicals.
The Broadway League said Tuesday that box offices reported a record total gross of $1.27 billion — up from $1.13 billion from the previous season. The trade association for theatre owners, operators and producers said attendance was up 5.6 per cent to 12.2 million.
New musicals — "After Midnight," ''Rocky," ''If/Then," ''A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," ''Bullets Over Broadway" and "Violet" — mostly recorded fine but not spectacular business.
A few flopped — "Big Fish" and "The Bridges of Madison County" — and a few have soared, like Neil Patrick Harris in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."