(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/23; via Pam Green.)

“Hamilton” brought a boost. “The Lion King” provided ballast. And Broadway, once again, broke a record: The theater season that just ended attracted more people, and more money, than any before.

Broadway seems to be defying the cultural odds: An ancient art form in the digital age, it is strengthening thanks to an ever-increasing influx of tourists and a resurgent enthusiasm for musical theater.

The season that ended on Sunday included 13,317,980 visitors to Broadway shows — a record number, up 1.6 percent over the previous season, according to figures released on Monday by the Broadway League. Theaters grossed $1.373 billion, also a record, up 0.6 percent over the previous season, although the grosses are not adjusted for inflation.


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