In the 2018–2019 season, Broadway shows welcomed 14.8 million theatergoers, an all-time high. Nearly 11.9 million, over 80%, were people who did not live in New York City. The theater district is one of the most popular tourist attractions, contributing over $14.7 billion to the economy of New York City during the 2018-2019 season. As theaters begin to reopen after closing their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, Broadway fans all over the world are eager to fill the seats and enjoy live entertainment once again.
Opening in the Summer of 2022, the Museum of Broadway in Times Square will be the first permanent museum dedicated to Broadway and will feature interactive and experiential exhibits that celebrate the industry’s rich history and iconic shows. With the intention to display the visualizations created for this project at the Museum of Broadway, this project gathers and presents data and information to educate the museum visitors on the accomplishments of the casts and crews of Broadway shows, both past, and present. The data analyzed and visualized will take a look as far back as 1949, when the first Tony Award for Best Musical was presented, up to March 12, 2020, when the casts and crews on Broadway received news that they were to close their theaters due to COVID-19. The goals for this data visualization project include identifying the longest-running shows on Broadway, recognizing Tony Award winners, acknowledging key milestones in the industry, and educating people on the history of Broadway.