Right now, with our current show being so fresh, and getting rave reviews from our guests, I thought I would dig a bit deeper and share some cool facts about the history of the storied theatre district known as Broadway.
– Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway show of all time. It has surpassed an incredible 10,000 performances.
– Since 1975, the list of the other shows with long show-runs on Broadway include, A Chorus Line, Oh! Calcutta!, Les Miserables, Chicago, Rent, Mamma Mia, The Beauty and the Beast, Catsm and The Lion King.
– In all, there are 40 Broadway theatres. Despite the title, only 4 theatres are actually located on Broadway.
– In order to qualify for Broadway theatre status, a theatre must have 500 seats and be located between 40th St. to 54th St., and from West of 6th Ave. to East of Eighth Ave., including Times Square.
– There were 12.4 million tickets sold for Broadway shows in 2012.
– The Jersey Boys has won 4 Tony awards.
– P.T Barnum produced the first Broadway show in 1870.
– The average Broadway ticket is $95.
For more info, check out the infographic, here: http://visual.ly/free-infographic-broadway-numbers
Mike Rathfon is a member of American Music Theatre’s Marketing department. He can be reached on Twitter @MikeRathfon.