How Many Shows Did You See?

emilyfaye48
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joined:3/19/09
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 02:35am
Hey all. So this is fun and maybe a little bit scary. I decided to add up how much I spent on Broadway in 2012. eeek Thought it would be fun to share stats!
I spent $1,755 for 61 shows, average price $28.77. Most Expensive Ticket was Newsies at $114 and least expensive was Harvey and Drood at $10.

I have almost exactly doubled my numbers from 2011. And I wonder where the money goes....
Without bread we'd just be hungry but without theatre we'd be dead
LizzieCurry
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joined:3/7/05
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 09:58am
I took a quick glance on Mint.com, which means I couldn't take into account exact amounts for cash, and I did pay for some friends' tickets on my credit card so the individual amounts are on the high side. (Though this probably evens out the unaccounted for cash-only rushes):

Average of $57 for 35 shows, but the show # seems a bit on the low side. There might be a couple where a friend owed me money and bought me a ticket or something, so it wasn't showing up on Mint.

Cheapest ticket was Book of Mormon fan day (free); most expensive was Jersey Boys in Las Vegas at $112.

You're right. This is fun and scary. :)


"Don't patronize me, alright?" - BroadwayStar4
Updated On: 12/17/12 at 09:58 AM
dtzumbrunnen
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joined:6/30/08
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 10:43am
I used the same methodology as Lizzie, so my cash shows are lost, and I think that there were some shows that the boyfriend paid for that aren't in there either.

Average of $67 for 28 shows, and that # of shows is definitely low. Hard to tell what the per ticket average is though, since sometimes I went solo vs. with a pair. I'd guess it would be closer to $40.

Cheapest tickets were any of the Roundabout Hiptix purchases at $22 (Drood, Anything Goes, Harvey, ITIIHFIY) and priciest was Once at $91.

I'm going to take this week off from seeing a show!
Marianne2
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joined:3/28/08
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 11:18am
Mine is really tough. I only got to see 9 shows this year. But, 2 were partially in paid from gift cards I got for Christmas, so I'm not recalling what was added on for service fees online. And I don't know if I should be including that or not. But, most expensive I got was $67 for Evita and cheapest was free for Into The Woods or Magic/Bird if you don't add in service fees.
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allyk
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joined:4/25/05
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 12:52pm
Counting Broadway, tours (in Boston and Providence) and regional theater, I've seen 14 shows so far this year (have tickets to a production of Winter Wonderettes tomorrow night in Rhode Island).

Total spent: $634.25
Top ticket price: $137 for Evita
Lowest ticket price: $0 (comps for the Elf, Fiddler and Memphis tours in Providence)
Breakdown of shows: 9 Broadway, 5 tour, 1 regional (may possibly end up seeing Winter Wonderettes again after Christmas with friends and may end up with tickets to Jekyll and Hyde in Providence, so my total could still not be complete)
allyk
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 12:52pm
Double post, sorry! I was using the mobile app...
Updated On: 12/17/12 at 12:52 PM
emilyfaye48
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joined:3/19/09
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 12:57pm
I have a album on my facebook wherein I've scanned every Playbill I have, most have the ticket so I added up the face value. Not accounting for ticket fees! But the vast majority of my tickets are some kind of rush. I also excluded comped tickets from my lowest prices. Also not including off-Broadway, regional and tours. oy vey!
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frogs_fan85
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joined:12/3/05
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 01:16pm
37 Broadway and 30 Off-Broadway, which is a bit of a change from the 70 Broadway and 13 Off-Broadway I saw in 2011.
darion
Understudy
joined:5/4/12
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 01:38pm



Updated On: 12/17/12 at 01:38 PM
once a month
Broadway Legend
joined:4/16/04
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 01:39pm
This year I saw 20, far fewer than recent seasons. However I've kept track of the productions and dates, and have seen 364 shows since 1970. One more will represent "a year of Broadway", and I would NEVER begin to guess or figure out the costs involved.
AC126748
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joined:7/15/06
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 01:40pm
No idea how much I've spent, but according to my log I've seen 137 productions this year. That number does not include repeat viewings.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
Marianne2
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 02:00pm
My total is really low then, excluding non-broadway, comps, and the service charges. I only saw 4 on Broadway, and 2 I paid out of pocket for.
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JMPlayer6
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joined:2/7/10
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 03:42pm
For 2012, I saw 81 plays. Of these, 48 were in NYC consisting of 30 Broadway shows, 17 off-Broadway shows and one Encores. In other venues, I saw 33 shows. As a footnote, these numbers include only two of four things I saw in Las Vegas, and also excludes "Love Never Dies", seen at a local movie theater.

As for cost: I know exactly how much I spent on all this, even factoring in transportation costs and hotel costs, if the purposes of the transportation and hotel was theatre-related versus seeing a show somewhere I just happened to be for some other reason. But I will keep that detail to myself, thanks.
Shows seen in 2014 (NYC unless otherwise noted): 1/12 Working (Lyric Stage, Boston); 1/18 The Underpants (Hartford Stage); 1/25 The Bridges of Madison County (had seen at Wiiiamstown Theatre Festival); 1/25 Beautiful; 1/26 Machinal; 2/1 Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Ocean State Theatre); 2/2 The Lyons (2nd Story Theatre); 2/8 Outside Mullingar; 2/8 Bronx Bombers; 2/9 Little Me (Encores!); 2/16 Seven Keys to Baldpate (2nd Story Theatre); 2/23 Witness Uganda (ART, Cambridge MA); 3/8 The Happiest Song Plays Last; 3/8 Rocky; 3/9 The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill Playhouse); 3/15 4000 Miles (Long Wharf Theatre) ; 3/23 The Whale (Speakeasy, Boston); 3/29 Mothers and Sons; 3/29 Buyer & Cellar; 3/30 Of Mice and Men; 4/5 Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre, Boston); 4/6 45 Seconds from Broadway (Mansfield Music & Arts Society); 4/12 Bullets Over Broadway; 4/12 A Raisin in the Sun; 4/13 Les Miserables (saw original Broadway run plus recent national tour); 4/19 We Will Rock You (PPAC); 4/23 Veronica Meadows (Trinity Square Rep); 4/26 Aladdin; 4/26 Hedwig and the Angry Inch; 4/27 If/Then; 5/3 Book of Mormon (PPAC, Providence RI; seen twice on Broadway previously); 5/4 42nd Street (Ocean State Theatre; had seen original Broadway production); 5/10 Violet; 5/10 Cabaret; 5/11 The Cripple of Inishmaan; 5/18 Light in the Piazzo (Wilbraham Players); 5/24 Casa Valentina; 5/24 Heathers: The Musical; 5/25 The Realistic Joneses; 6/7 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill; 6/7 Act One; 6/8 Grease (Papermill Playhouse); 6/22 Fingers & Toes (Ivoryton Playhouse); 6/28 Holler If Ya Hear Me; 7/3 Working on a Special Day (Barrington Stage); 7/4 Kiss Me Kate (Barrington Stage); 7/4 The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshie Theatre); 7/5 June Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 7/6 Madagascar (Chester Theatre Company); 7/13 Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre; had seen national tour); 7/19 Guys and Dolls (Ocean State Theatre); 7/20 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (local movie theater); 7/27 Hay Fever (2nd Story Theatre) ... Forthcoming: 8/3 Finding Neverland (A.R.T.); 8/8 Dancing Lessons (Barrington Stage Company); 8/9 Design for Living (Berkshire Theatre); 8/9 The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 8/10 The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company); 8/17 Singin' in the Rain (Reagle Music Theatre; previously seen at Ogunquit Playhouse); 8/23 Newsies (4th time overall); 8/23 Sex with Strangers; 8/24 Run For Your Wife (Granite Theatre; previously seen in London); 8/30 And Then There Were None (2nd Story Theatre); 9/6 It's Only a Play; 9/6 The Money Shot; 9/14 Ether Dome (Hartford Stage); 9/20 Sorcerer (Theater at Monmouth); 9/21 The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse); 9/28 Comedy Is Hard! (Ivoryton Playhouse); 10/11 The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time; 10/11 On the Town; 10/12 Can-Can (Paper Mill Playhouse); 10/18 Holiday Inn (Goodspeed); 10/25 You Can't Take It With You; 10/25 The Last Ship; 10/26 This Is Our Youth; 11/2 Dial 'M' for Murder (Ocean State Theatre); 11/8 The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed); 11/15 The Elephant Man; 11/15 The River; 12/6 Honeymoon in Vegas (had seen at Play Mill Playhouse); 12/20 The Real Thing; 12/20 The Illusionists
ErinDillyFan
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joined:7/14/06
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 04:33pm
CT - Community Theatre
U - University MT program
HS - High School
P - Professional Equity local
NT - National Tour
YT - Youth Theatre
SS - Summer Stock
*Indicates first time seeing the show

1. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever*
Broadway
2. She Loves Me*
CT
3. Einstein on the Beach*
NT
4. Jekyll & Hyde
CT
5. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
CT
6. Spring Awakening
U
7. Next to Normal
U
8. Lucky Stiff*
CT
9. The Wizard of Oz (
Played Pit
10. Grey Gardens (2) both casts
U
11. Godspell
CT
12. Chicago
U
13. High Spirits*
CT
14. Titanic
CT
15. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (World Premiere)*
P - Atlanta
16. The Secret Garden*
CT
17. The Secret Garden
CT- Different group
18. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
CT
19. Pal Joey (world premiere of revised book and added songs)*
SS
20. The Wedding Singer*
SS
21. The Nymph Errant*
SS
22. His Girl Friday*
Shaw Festival
23. Trouble In Tahiti*
Shaw Festival
24. 42nd Street
Stratford Festival
25. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Stratford Festival
26. The Pirates of Penzance
Stratford Festival
27. Henry V
Stratford Festival
28. Legally Blonde
CT
29. Billy Elliot
NT
30. Wanderlust (world premiere)*
Stratford Festival
31. The Fantasticks
CT
32. La Cage aux Folles
NT
33. Sunday in the Park With George
U
34. Chess*
U
35. Sunset Blvd
CT
36. Children of Eden (2)
YT
37. A Christmas Carol: The Musical
HS
38. Bat Boy*
U
39. Ordinary Days*
P
40. Plaid Tidings*
CT-P (equity actors included)
41. A Little Night Music
P
42. I Do! I Do! *
P
43. Les Miserables
YT
44. A Word or Two: Christopher Plummer*
Stratford Festival

I also have tickets to NT "The Grinch who stole christmas" and in Toronto: War Horse, ALW's The Wizard of Oz, Anthony Rapp: Without You, before the end of the year.

I also saw some musical related concerts: Kristin Chenoweth. UofM Senior show case. Young Americans Dinner Theatre, Music to Make it Better charity concert


Updated On: 12/17/12 at 04:33 PM
defyingravity11
Broadway Legend
joined:2/26/06
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 06:50pm
Total shows: 107
Total spent: $1,112

So that's about $10.40 per show. The most I paid was $89 for Carrie and I saw a lot through comps. This has been a much better year than 2011 when I saw 80 shows for $1,156.50 (about $14.50 per show).
"In theater, the process of it is the experience. Everyone goes through the process, and everyone has the experience together. It doesn't last - only in people's memories and in their hearts. That's the beauty and sadness of it. But that's life - beauty and the sadness. And that is why theater is life." - Sherie Rene Scott
followspot
Broadway Star
joined:12/27/11
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 07:12pm
131 shows since Jan 1st — all NYC.

I'll do the math at tax time — why ruin my holidays. :/
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quizking101
Broadway Legend
joined:12/25/09
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 08:37pm
15 Shows (about on par with my usual amount)

Total Expenditure: $639 (not including memorabilia)

Average Per Ticket: $42.60

Most Expensive: EVITA ($137)

Least Expensive: Jesus Christ Superstar ($0 - Comp)

# Full Price - 1
# Discount Code (BroadwayBox/Hiptix/MTC 30 Under 30) - 5
# TDF - 7
# Student/General Rush - 1
# Comps - 1

EDIT: My most recent show, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, was my 50th Broadway show!
Updated On: 12/17/12 at 08:37 PM
wickedfan11
Broadway Star
joined:6/17/06
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 08:47pm
I only saw 3 on Broadway this year (Once, Porgy & Bess, Evita) because of my busy schedule doing shows in my hometown. I also saw 2 regional, 9 community theatre, and 11 high school/college productions.
OperaBwayLover
Broadway Star
joined:5/17/07
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 09:28pm
For tours, I've seen three so far:

The Lion King (twice)
Stomp
Les Miserables (twice)

I say so far because I'll get to see the tour of Mary Poppins in New Orleans this Saturday.

And for regional productions, just two: Anything Goes and Fiddler on the Roof. I got to see all of these for free, thanks to volunteering. :-p

aasjb4ever
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/09
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 09:55pm
I only saw 11 shows this year; my own record-setting 7 on Broadway, 1 off-Broadway, 2 tours, 1 regional.

1. HAIR (Tour, Philadelphia)
2. MEMPHIS (Tour, Philadelphia)
3. ONCE (Broadway)
4. EVITA (Broadway)
5. ANYTHING GOES (Broadway)
6. SISTER ACT (Broadway) *25th Broadway Show
7. ANYTHING GOES (Broadway)
8. ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Broadway)
9. DOGFIGHT (Off-Broadway)
10. CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Broadway) *First walk-out
11. MISERY (Regional)

Total spent: $473.50 (rounded, give or take a few dollars)
Average spent: $43.05 per ticket
Most expensive: EVITA, $67
Least expensive: DOGFIGHT, $30
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
mc1227
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joined:7/29/07
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 09:59pm
By 12/31/12 I will have patronized Broadway 17 times, one Off-Broadway and 2 community theater productions. Probably the most Broadway productions I've seen in a year and the least amount of community productions. My total output for myself was about $1600 with avg ticket price $89 and add a few hundred that I spent on tickets as gifts for others. Kind of a pricey year for shows that were on the average, OK but not outstanding. Favorite show: Nice Work, least favorite, Leap of Faith.
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Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 10:53pm
Saw 35 Broadway shows in 2012. Total cost $516.50. Average ticket is $14.76 (a lot of comps).
faith587
Stand-by
joined:10/27/08
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 11:23pm
I saw 10 Broadway shows this year, along with a dozen or so productions elsewhere (I don't have ticket stubs for those).

Total spending - $1277+
Top ticket - $157.00 (Once)
Lowest ticket - $0 (Godspell, Cougar)

I saw Godspell 9x in 2012, and Annie 3x (twice during previews, and again a few weeks ago).
alliez92092
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 11:41pm
I saw 38 shows, which includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, tours, and regional. A few repeats in there too.
aaronb
Broadway Star
joined:6/3/12
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Posted: 12/17/12 at 11:42pm
Seventy-seven shows, with one left before the New Year (ALL THAT FALL at BAM). Not sure how much I paid--most were comps--but I did spend $500 on DEATH OF A SALESMAN the night before it closed. Totally worth it.
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macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
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Posted: 12/18/12 at 01:00am
A fun question! Now that I arrived at this total, I wish it were tax deductible or something! I envy you guys who get comped a lot. I did join TheaterMania Gold this summer and saw a few shows through that (for $4.50 each). But I bought most of my tickets in 2012 via TDF. I saw both Shakespeare in the Park productions (free) and also Giant for free (after the hurricane). I saw three Roundabout shows using the Access10 code ($10 each). I used BroadwayBox codes for maybe six, and the TKTS booth for five or six.

Total shows in 2012: 57
Average price per ticket: $38

That includes a few repeats. Before this year, I hadn't gone to a Broadway show in maybe 10 years.

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