Peter Gelb has reported that, across the season that ended this weekend, the box office reached 69 percent of its capacity.
That’s up from 67% in the past two seasons and 66%, a record low, in 2015-16.
‘To me that that’s encouraging news. It provides us with some cautious optimism,’ Gelb told AP. ‘If we haven’t entirely turned the corner, we’re at least moving in the right direction.’
He admitted, however, that many tickets were being sold at discount, and went on to spin that statistic to maintain that 75 percent of actual seats were sold.
Botom line: the Met is still playing one-quarter to one-third empty.