May 31, 2012 - General, Musicals    1 Comment

The Top 15 Highest Grossing Broadway Musicals

15 – Billy Elliot: The Musical

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $184 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $101.88
  • Top Ticket: $300.00
  • Seats Sold: 1,787,108
  • Total # of Performances: 1,312
  • Broadway Run: 2005 – 2009

BILLY ELLIOT is the spectacular show with the heart, humour and passion to be called “THE BEST SHOW YOU’LL EVER SEE” by the New York Post and honoured with ten 2009 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL.

 

14 – Hairspray

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $252.2 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $73.00
  • Top Ticket: $360.00
  • Seats Sold: 3,418,653
  • Total # of Performances: 2,642
  • Broadway Run: 2002 – 2009

Set in Baltimore in 1962, “Hairspray” tells the story of a plump teen, whose only desire is to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. The musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name.

 

13 – Mary Poppins

  • Gross: $261 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $75.36
  • Top Ticket: $250.00
  • Seats Sold: 3,438,473
  • Total # of Performances: 2,302
  • Broadway Run: 2006 – Present

“Mary Poppins,” based on a series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, marks the first collaboration between Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, legendary producer of “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Les Miserables.”

 

12 – Rent

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $274 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $54.12
  • Top Ticket: $200.00
  • Seats Sold: 5,026,616
  • Total # of Performances: 5,123
  • Broadway Run: 1996 – 2008

“Rent,” a rock opera based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” concerns struggling young artists and musicians in New York’s East Village. “Rent” won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four 1996 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

 

11 – Miss Saigon

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $286 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $23.40
  • Top Ticket: $90.00
  • Seats Sold: 6,161,098
  • Total # of Performances: 4,092
  • Broadway Run: 1991 – 2001

“Miss Saigon,” based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly,” is about a doomed romance, involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. “Miss Saigon” has played in 25 countries and 246 cities.

 

10 – The Producers

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $288 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $77.60
  • Top Ticket: $600.00
  • Seats Sold: 3,672,795
  • Total # of Performances: 2,502
  • Broadway Run: 2001 – 2007

Winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, “The Producers” tells the tale of two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. The musical was adapted from a 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name.

 

9 – Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $366 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $13.61
  • Top Ticket: $75.00
  • Seats Sold: 8,642,030
  • Total # of Performances: 6,792
  • Broadway Run: 1982 – 2000

“Cats,” the second longest-running musical on Broadway, is based on “Old Possum’s Book on Practical Cats” by the poet T.S. Eliot.

 

8 – Jersey Boys

  • Gross: $368 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $112.08
  • Top Ticket: $351.50
  • Seats Sold: 3,271,535
  • Total # of Performances: 2,710
  • Broadway Run: 2005 – Present

Based on the true story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, “Jersey Boys” is a rags-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark, N.J., to the heights of stardom.

7 – Les Miserables

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $406 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $22.65
  • Top Ticket: $104.68
  • Seats Sold: 8,925,169
  • Total # of Performances: 6,680
  • Broadway Run: 1987 – 2003

Winner of eight 1987 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Les Miserables” is set in 19th -century France and focuses on the struggles of an ex-convict and his search for redemption. Les Mis, as it became known, has played in 42 countries and 291 cities.

6 – Beauty and the Beast

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $429 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $49.92
  • Top Ticket: $175.00
  • Seats Sold: 7,609,397
  • Total # of Performances: 5,461
  • Broadway Run: 1994 – 2007

Based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” was the first Disney musical to arrive on Broadway.

5 – Chicago

  • Gross: $433 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $66.63
  • Top Ticket: $251.25
  • Seats Sold: 6,596,960
  • Total # of Performances: 6,448
  • Broadway Run: 1996 – Present

Winner of six 1996 Tony Awards, “Chicago” is set in the 1920s and tells the story of two rival murderesses, who cross paths in county jail. The main characters are modeled after real-life murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner.

4 – Mamma Mia!

  • Gross: $500 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $81.48
  • Top Ticket: $251.25
  • Seats Sold: 6,119,161
  • Total # of Performances: 4,398
  • Broadway Run: 2001 – Present

“Mamma Mia!” uses the music of Swedish 70s pop group ABBA to tell the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father. The Broadway musical inspired a 2008 movie of the same name.

 

3 – Wicked

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $645 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $100.66
  • Top Ticket: $300
  • Seats Sold: 6,398,350
  • Total performances: 3,556
  • Broadway Run: 2003 – Present

“Wicked” is the untold musical story of “The Wizard of Oz’s” Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, prior to the Dorothy years. The musical is loosely based on the best-selling novel ” Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by Gregory Maguire.

 

2 – The Phantom of the Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $859 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $42.60
  • Top Ticket: $201.25
  • Seats Sold: 14,894,751
  • Total Performances: 10,123
  • Broadway Run: 1988 – Present

Winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Phantom of the Opera” is the tale of a disfigured musical genius, who becomes obsessed with a beautiful soprano at a Paris opera house. In 2006, it surpassed “Cats” as the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

 

1 – The Lion King

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gross: $867 million
  • Average Paid Admission: $85.27
  • Top Ticket: $251.25
  • Seats Sold: 10,252,005
  • Total Performances: 6,068
  • Broadway Run: 1997 – Present

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, “The Lion King” is the story of a young lion prince in Africa, who is sent into exile after his father is sabotaged by his evil uncle. The Broadway show won six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

1 Comment

  • Lion King making some Gross considering its nearly 10 years younger than Phantom…

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