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How Many Shows Did You See?
Posted by emilyfaye48 2012-12-17 02:35:37

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....

How Many Shows Did You See?
Posted by LizzieCurry 2012-12-17 09:58:38

I took a quick glance on, 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. :)

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Posted by dtzumbrunnen 2012-12-17 10:43:20

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!

How Many Shows Did You See?
Posted by Marianne2 2012-12-17 11:18:24

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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Posted by allyk 2012-12-17 12:52:53

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)

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Posted by allyk 2012-12-17 12:52:54

Double post, sorry! I was using the mobile app...

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Posted by emilyfaye48 2012-12-17 12:57:32

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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Posted by frogs_fan85 2012-12-17 13:16:46

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.

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Posted by darion 2012-12-17 13:38:58

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Posted by once a month 2012-12-17 13:39:07

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.

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Posted by AC126748 2012-12-17 13:40:14

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.

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Posted by Marianne2 2012-12-17 14:00:05

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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Posted by JMPlayer6 2012-12-17 15:42:51

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.

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Posted by ErinDillyFan 2012-12-17 16:33:37

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*
2. She Loves Me*
3. Einstein on the Beach*
4. Jekyll & Hyde
5. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
6. Spring Awakening
7. Next to Normal
8. Lucky Stiff*
9. The Wizard of Oz (
Played Pit
10. Grey Gardens (2) both casts
11. Godspell
12. Chicago
13. High Spirits*
14. Titanic
15. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (World Premiere)*
P - Atlanta
16. The Secret Garden*
17. The Secret Garden
CT- Different group
18. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
19. Pal Joey (world premiere of revised book and added songs)*
20. The Wedding Singer*
21. The Nymph Errant*
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
29. Billy Elliot
30. Wanderlust (world premiere)*
Stratford Festival
31. The Fantasticks
32. La Cage aux Folles
33. Sunday in the Park With George
34. Chess*
35. Sunset Blvd
36. Children of Eden (2)
37. A Christmas Carol: The Musical
38. Bat Boy*
39. Ordinary Days*
40. Plaid Tidings*
CT-P (equity actors included)
41. A Little Night Music
42. I Do! I Do! *
43. Les Miserables
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

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Posted by defyingravity11 2012-12-17 18:50:50

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).

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Posted by followspot 2012-12-17 19:12:06

131 shows since Jan 1st — all NYC.

I'll do the math at tax time — why ruin my holidays. :/

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Posted by quizking101 2012-12-17 20:37:28

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!

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Posted by wickedfan11 2012-12-17 20:47:25

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.

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Posted by OperaBwayLover 2012-12-17 21:28:39

For tours, I've seen three so far:

The Lion King (twice)
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

How Many Shows Did You See?
Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-17 21:55:33

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

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Posted by mc1227 2012-12-17 21:59:29

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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Posted by Pammylicious 2012-12-17 22:53:12

Saw 35 Broadway shows in 2012. Total cost $516.50. Average ticket is $14.76 (a lot of comps).

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Posted by faith587 2012-12-17 23:23:36

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).

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Posted by alliez92092 2012-12-17 23:41:45

I saw 38 shows, which includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, tours, and regional. A few repeats in there too.

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Posted by aaronb 2012-12-17 23:42:25

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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Posted by macnyc 2012-12-18 01:00:55

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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Posted by Baiseur82 2012-12-18 01:48:33

This year I saw 17 shows at a total of $701 for an average ticket price of $41.24
Most expensive was Evita at $96
Cheapest was Into The woods at free or Carrie at $20 if you want don't want to count free shows.

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Posted by Someone in a Tree2 2012-12-18 02:05:31

Lousy record of the Theater-going this year--

Sleep No More
Porgy & Bess
Other Desert Cities
Death of a Salesman
One Man Two Governors
Peter and the Starcatcher

Paid full price for most shows. (I know, loser, right?)

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Posted by MarkBearSF 2012-12-18 02:19:40

31 shows total.
21 in NY - 16 of them Broadway (Of those, 9 plays & 7 musicals)

Averaged about $100/ticket in NY (need to purch in advance & with bad knees I need orch seats) and about $50 in SF.

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Posted by Cape Twirl of Doom 2012-12-18 15:27:48

I saw a total of 80 shows this year, 21 of those on Broadway, the rest Off-Broadway.
Total money spent = $437 for an average of $5.46 per show.

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Posted by ChanceEncounter 2012-12-18 16:24:40

Stuck (NYMF)
Trouble (NYMF)
The Last Smoker in America
Into the Woods
Cyrano de Bergerac
An Enemy of the People
The Whale
House for Sale
Emotional Creature
The Outgoing Tide
My Name is Asher Lev
Peter and the Starcatcher
A staged reading of a new play

Total Spent $63
Average $4.50

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Posted by GilmoreGirlO2 2012-12-18 16:39:39

I know I am forgetting a few regional Chicago shows, but, from what I can remember I have seen 26 shows this year (7 Chicago regional, 5 tours, 1 St. Louis Regional, 4 Off-Broadway, and 9 Broadway).

Total of $1330, however, 3 of the shows I got comps for. Average of $51 a show. Most expensive was “Into the Woods” in the park (did a member donation for guaranteed tickets) and least expensive (not counting the freebies) was “Good People” at Steppenwolf ($15 student tickets).

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Posted by FindingNamo 2012-12-18 18:05:19

My heart goes out to the $137 Evita Ticket Community.