When do Broadway shows open? A look at show openings since 1930
Ever wondered why so many Broadway shows open in the spring or when to book tickets to NYC to catch the most new productions? This graphic shows 85 years of show openings and when they opened during the Broadway season (June 1–May 31).
For more analysis on when Broadway shows open and how its placement within the season can affect a show's chances for a Tony Award, check out my piece for FiveThirtyEight.
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Source: PlaybillVault.com and author's calculations
Note: This graphic doesn't display when a show opened during the Tony season — the season that begins and ends with the year's Tony Awards ceremony — but the Broadway and Tony season have mostly aligned since the 1976–1977 season. Prior to 1977, the Tonys were generally held around the end of March or April.