1. GREAT WHITE WAY

    2012 Best Year in Broadway History

    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09:  In this handout photo provided by Elf the Musical on Broadway, Jordan Gelber as Buddy performs in "Elf" on Broadway November 9, 2012 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.  The production runs from November 9, 2012 through January 6, 2013 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.  (Photo by Joan Marcus/Elf the Musical on Broadway via Getty Images)

    Joan Marcus / Elf the Musical on Broadway via Getty Images

    That’s showbiz? 2012 was the best year in Broadway history, with record numbers of attendance and grosses, the Broadway League announced on Monday. The Broadway box office came in at just under $1.14 billion for the year, the strongest 52-week season in history, according to Charlotte St. Martin, the League’s executive director. Tourists accounted for 63.4 percent of all ticket sales, with international tourists accounting for 18.4 percent of all admission to Broadway shows. Playgoers tended to be more frequent theatergoers than those who attended musicals, and 67 percent of all attendees were female.

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