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2013 ends with 2 old Broadway favorites on top

December 31, 2013
The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Broadway's highest grossing show in 2013 wasn't a new strutting musical or a bawdy one or even one with a big star. The crown goes to a regal but mature performer - "The Lion King," now in its 16th year. And another veteran turned heads when "Wicked" recorded Broadway's highest single-week gross ever. The old-timers are going just fine, end-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday showed. The 10-year-old "Wicked" earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Sunday, the first time a show has ever crossed the $3 million mark in a single week. Another pro, Elton John and Tim Rice's "The Lion King," ruled all other shows during the entire calendar year, ending with nearly $97 million, despite the fact that there are five bigger theaters on Broadway. For good measure, the show pulled in $2.8 million over nine performances last week, a theater record. Several other shows - including current Tony winner "Kinky Boots," the 2011 Tony winner "The Book of Mormon," the new acrobatic revival of "Pippin," the sizzling "Betrayal" and the veteran "Chicago" - all finished 2013 with box office records.

 
 
 

 

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