VIDEO: Jordan Roth Talks Broadway Box Office on "Morning Joe"

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Jordan Roth, Broadway producer and president of Jujamcyn Theaters, was a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday morning to talk about Broadway's box office success this season. A record high $12.5 million tickets were sold in the 2010-11 season, and growth continues this season as grosses are up 6.7 percent over last year.

He talked about the importance of theater in providing escapist entertainment during the recession, why a hit like "The Book of Mormon" helps sell tickets to other Broadway shows, and how television shows like "Glee" and "Smash" are introducing the "vocabulary" of theater to a new audience.

"Coming to the theater is a magical experience," Roth said, "and once you come, once you experience it, you'll want it again. It's like a drug."

And who knew that Michael Steele was a Broadway fan? The former Republican National Committee chairman revealed on the show that he was a member of his high school glee club for four years, which led to a love of theater.

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