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Broadway’s top grossing shows of 2023 revealed

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford

The biggest shows of Broadway in 2023 have been revealed in a record-breaking year.

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Leading the charge is The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre, grossing a staggering $120,308,159. With an average gross of $2,269,965 and the highest average top ticket price at $599, this show has clearly resonated with audiences, selling 96.66% of its total seats across 429 performances.

Not far behind is the perennial favourite, Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, amassing $101,996,254 with a remarkable 100.55% seat occupancy. This indicates that the show not only sold out its entire seating capacity but also additional standing tickets. Hamilton also boasted a high average top ticket price of $549.

Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre also made a strong showing, generating $101,004,714 in gross revenue. With an average ticket price of $131, the show has proven to be both accessible and immensely popular, selling 96.14% of its seats.

The Neil Simon Theatre’s MJ The Musical followed with an impressive $87,438,804 gross, while Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre delighted audiences, grossing $77,867,087 with 95.65% of its seats sold.

A notable entry in the list is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, which garnered $75,205,872 in grosses having only opened part-way through the year.

Other top performers included Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre, Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, and & Juliet at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, each pulling in strong figures both in total gross and average ticket prices.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre completes the top 15, grossing a total of $44,063,716 in the lead up to its closing in April.

Biggest Broadway shows of 2023

  1. The Lion King (Minskoff) – Total Gross: $120,308,159
  2. Hamilton (Richard Rodgers) – Total Gross: $101,996,254
  3. Wicked (Gershwin) – Total Gross: $101,004,714
  4. MJ The Musical (Neil Simon) – Total Gross: $87,438,804
  5. Aladdin (New Amsterdam) – Total Gross: $77,867,087
  6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Lunt-Fontanne) – Total Gross: $75,205,872
  7. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Lyric) – Total Gross: $73,673,730
  8. Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Al Hirschfeld) – Total Gross: $70,699,268
  9. & Juliet (Stephen Sondheim) – Total Gross: $61,445,732
  10. Funny Girl (August Wilson) – Total Gross: $59,001,707
  11. The Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill) – Total Gross: $53,767,485
  12. Six (Lena Horne) – Total Gross: $53,429,231
  13. A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical (Broadhurst) – Total Gross: $48,957,110
  14. Some Like It Hot (Shubert) – Total Gross: $46,910,371
  15. The Phantom of The Opera (Majestic) – Total Gross: $44,063,716

Broadway's top grossing shows of 2023

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About the author: Rachel Wise

UK based freelancer journalist Rachel contributes regularly to Stageberry with features and interviews from the hottest new shows and stage stars.