Off-Broadway’s Golden Age Faces Financial Hurdles

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Off-Broadway’s Golden Age Faces Financial Hurdles

Producers and theatrical artists who try to make their living off-Broadway in New York City say this is a golden age for their small-scale brand of theater. But that doesn’t mean they are reaping financial rewards.

Off-Broadway is home to nearly 40 theaters, which, by definition, must have 100 to 499 seats, according to the Off-Broadway Alliance, an industry group. In recent years, the off-Broadway theaters have welcomed a plethora of new shows—up to 130 a season, says Peter Breger, the alliance’s chairman.

“Is there another city in the world where you have 130 shows in small theaters?” he asks. . .

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