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New York's Theatre Community Celebrates the 2009-2010 Season

June 2, 2010 - Throughout the year, Broadway has proven to be a huge asset to the economy of New York City, and the people who made it possible have been recognized at various recent award ceremonies.

The Broadway League released the 2008-2009 Broadway’s Economic Contribution to New York City report on May 13. In this report, it was announced that Broadway contributed $9.8 billion to New York City through spending by production companies, theatre operators and those visitors drawn to NYC.

The full contribution of Broadway tourists totaled $7.7 billion; show expenses contributed $2 billion; and theatre expenses totaled $51 million. The total direct spending was $6,175.9 billion, making the total economic impact $9,800.1 billion. The Broadway League claimed that Broadway supports 84,400 jobs and generates $477.7 million in NYC taxes.

Executive Director of The Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin, states “With over 82% of Broadway's tickets purchased by theatergoers coming from outside New York City, it is especially meaningful to our city that during times of economic crisis, Broadway continues to deliver."

Some of those who “delivered” were recently honored at the 76th Annual Drama League Awards and the 55th Annual Drama Desk awards. The 2010 New York theatre awards season is well underway with the Tony Awards on June 13th capping off the celebrations.

The 76th Annual Drama League Awards took place on May 21 and was co-hosted by Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie. Red won for Distinguished Production of a Play and its star, Alfred Molina won the Distinguished Performance Award. Distinguished Production of a Musical went to the acclaimed revue Sondheim on Sondheim. La Cage aux Folles and A View from the Bridge won for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Revival of a Play, respectively.

Just a few days later, on May 23, the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Patti LuPone, took place at Lincoln Center. Red was named Outstanding Play, and Memphis won the Drama Desk for Outstanding Musical. Outstanding Revival of a Musical went to La Cage Aux Folles and Outstanding Revival of a Play went to A View from the Bridge and Fences. The new musical Memphis, won four Drama Desk Awards, which was the most of any production this season.

The 64th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will air live on CBS from 8-11pm EST on June 13.

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