How much does Broadway impact the New York City economy?


That sound you heard was the massive amount of monetary impact Broadway has on the New York City economy.

The latest financial ramification report was released last week by the Broadway League, and the numbers are good.  Broadway as a biz was responsible for adding $11.9 billion dollars to the city’s kitty.  And that’s right, I said 11.9 b-b-billion dollars . . . along with 87,000 jobs and $500 million in taxes.

The overall impact number is up 2% from last year and a whopping 11% from 2008 (the year of the great recession), and 97% of the money generated by the pro theater bill is “new money.”

What does all this mean?

It means we’re important.

Super important.

Not just because we help create theater history by launching plays and musicals that will subsequently be produced around the world, thanks to their Broadway pedigree, and making audiences think all sorts of different things as a result.  Nope, we’re also super important because, well, because we make money.

And when things make money, like a good employee, or a great stock, they deserve attention and respect from the people they earn money for.

So yeah, NYC government, I’m talking to you.  All city politicians, from the bottom of the bottom to the tippity tippity top should be seeing theater, talking about theater, and helping to ensure that we’re around for a very, very long time.  And that means making sure that the artists, technicians, and yeah, the Producers, are a happy, happy bunch.  Sure we love what we do, and we all want to do it for a long time.  But it’s getting a little tougher with each passing year, and I’m afraid we’re going to lose some great folks to other entertainment industries if we don’t offer economic encouragement for them to stay.

Congratulations to the city and all of the businesses surrounding Broadway.  You’re eating well.  Now please do what you can do to return the favor.  Because we want to eat well too for a long, long time to come.

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  • Ashley says:

    Amen Brother!

  • Keni says:

    Write on!
    (would prefer a less harsh image though, never crazy about a-bombs; rather an explosion of dollar bills, balloons, confetti…celebration!)

  • George says:

    Yes… but it’s quite a bit more complex than that (and that is why NY City/State politicians will continue to turn a deaf ear to these pleas until…)

    The simple fact is that the ONLY thing that is keeping NYC going is Wall Street and Tourism…

    The Federal Government prints the money (doesn’t even have to even “print” it anymore… today’s $$$ are just digitized) and they “launder it” thru Wall Street – in EVERY sense of that word – and the Financial Institution only buy it because they can turn around and sell it – back – the the Federal Government… which accumulates it as Debt that everyone owns (even though we don’t really know that… yet…) It’s called QE-2ing

    Without that – the disposable income to the city would dry to a trickle… and most everything else produced in NYC (not just theatre) is completely dependent of that Wall Street money trickling down to “entertainments” – that – in turn – bring in the Tourists… and stave off the Union Catastrophe as there are now more people – retired – living off the Tax Payers than actually working… so that it too is a massive ponzi scheme waiting to pop.

    And the politicians ain’t dumb… they know that that is the engine the keeps the whole Titanic moving forward… so THAT is where they are going to keep concentrating their efforts (essentially to line their own pockets in order to get outta Dodge before the Sheriff of Reality sweeps into town.)

    That’s why Broadway has got to keep its powder dry… YES keep producing quality work… but it would not be a bad idea to start hoarding some of that cash right about now… now that the times are – unbelievable (and unsustainably) GREAT!

    Because there will ALWAYS be Live Theatre in NYC… but it’s going to be the theatre companies with capital that are gonna be producing… while all the other hand-to-mouth outfits… and govt subsidized orgs and unions will be swept away… which will be a – good – thing because the cost of doing business will drop affordably… once we all stop trying to steal from everyone else (by having the govt do it for us)

    That is how it is going to play out… it’s just pure raw economics.


  • senorvoce says:

    League numbers about League performance are clearly suspect. Is there any audit process at work here? Leaving surveys on theater seats is a messy and non-scientific data collection methodology.

    Curious that the NY TImes doesn’t seem to have seen fit to mention the report.

  • Yes, of course Broadway is one of NYC’s most identifiable “products” and creates tremendous revenue… but be specific, Ken, what are you looking for from NYC government? Tax breaks, affordable housing for theater employees? Just curious.

  • Larry says:

    I agree with you Ken, and also agree with Joanne, above. I’m curious Ken, what specifically should NYC government be doing for our theatre community? And how do you propose we get the NYC government to pay attention to us and give us this “respect”, we so greatly deserve?

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