When Broadway returns, shows may not necessarily report weekly grosses.
In an interview with the podcast “Putting It Together,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said the Broadway League would not publish its traditional weekly grosses — which typically include all running shows — if Broadway does not have a full season upon its return.
“There won’t be a reporting of grosses for any partial season,” St. Martin told host Ollie Southgate. “Until we have a whole season, you won’t be looking at grosses.”
A full Broadway season constitutes 52 weeks and typically runs from the first week of June through the end of May of the following year.
As it stands, Broadway productions are closed through at least May 30, 2021. There is not yet a firm reopening date for the industry, however, St. Martin and other producers have said that September 2021 may be feasible.
Under the traditional guidelines, shows that reopened in September or months later would be returning as part of a partial season, and therefore would not be publicly reporting grosses.
However, there is also the possibility that the League could declare a later start date for the 2021-2022 season, therefore setting the course for a full season and ushering in traditional grosses reporting.
No decisions have yet been made on whether the League will set a new start date for the season, according to a League spokesperson.
The public reporting of grosses is not mandatory for Broadway productions, but is a custom upheld by most shows. “Young Frankenstein,” which ran on Broadway from November 2007 through January 2009, is one of the few shows to have bucked the tradition.