As CBS News correspondent Bianca Solorzano reports, Broadway is now close to breaking the bank, thanks to some big-name stars.
Even during a recession, The Great White Way is pulling off some dazzling performances. A record $943 million - more than any other season.
"We have 43 new shows opened, which is the most number of shows that we've had since the 1982-83 season," said Charlotte St. Martin, director of The Broadway League.
But just five months ago, it looked like Broadway was going bust.
"By the end of this month, more than a dozen Broadway shows also have closed," said CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric during a Jan. 8, 2009 broadcast.
Even with the average ticket costing between $75 and $120, audiences weren't ready to give up on Broadway.
"People hold on to their affordable luxuries and theater is an affordable luxury," Martin said.
It seems the big-name stars may be drawn to the Broadway stage, which may be helping fill theater seats.
James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Broderick, and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon are just a few of the Hollywood stars onstage right now. And it's about to get even hotter, when Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig step out together.
"You know, Hugh Jackman is a Broadway boy. And then add Daniel Craig, 'Mr. Bond' himself, will be an amazing pairing," Martin said.
An amazing pairing that many think will break all records, even after a record-breaking year.