The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage, 1940-1950

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Appendix 9
Seasonal Statistics
This appendix provides annual statistics concerning the total number of productions covered by this volume. It should be remembered that the figures given in the Introduction on page xxi refer to Broadway alone, while those presented here cover both Broadway and Off Broadway. Shows that moved from one venue to another during the same season are not counted twice. (Season=S)
1. Straight plays (P): Full-length (more than one act) comedies, dramas, and comedy-dramas written after 1920 and given their initial production in New York; this applies to foreign-language productions as well as English versions.
2. Musicals (M): Operettas, musical comedies, and comic operas produced in the legitimate theatre (generally, on Broadway) as opposed to those produced by opera companies.
3. Revues (RV): Nonbook musicals, extravaganzas, and ice shows; included are shows centered around a famous musical performer, such as Maurice Chevalier.
4. Dramatic Revivals (DR): Straight plays that had previously been produced in New York or plays never before produced in New York, provided that they were written before 1920.
5. Musical Revivals (MR): Same as no. 4, except for musicals, operettas, and the like.
6. Miscellaneous (MS): Presentations that do not fit in the previous categories, including solo performances.
7. Return Engagements (RE): See the explanation in appendix 9 of the previous volume.
8. Foreign Language (FL): Productions given in foreign languages. The number of foreign language productions are not included in the final totals, although the productions themselves are subsumed under the other categories.
9. One-Act (OA): Programs made up of or including one-act plays.
S P M RV DR MR MS RE FL OA Total
1940-1941 68 8 7 12 2 2 7 1 93
1941-1942 73 8 8 9 8 1 1 2 1 109
1942-1943 60 9 12 9 7 3 2 5 3 109
1943-1944 63 15 5 16 15 5 4 2 120
1944-1945 75 14 9 12 1 3 4 118
1945-1946 58 15 4 21 4 1 4 103
1946-1947 61 13 5 26 3 1 2 5 111
1947-1948 64 9 7 26 9 1 1 6 3 120
1948-1949 69 10 7 28 1 5 5 1 121
1949-1950 55 13 9 29 4 3 4 2 116

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