Since we’re on the back stretch of the year, let’s take a look at what the top grossing shows on Broadway were in 2019. The numerical information here is informational only and was shown on BroadwayWorld.com and provided by The Broadway League.
Hamilton: Showing at Richard Rogers $111, 490,804
Lion King: Showing at Minskoff $78,948,000
Wicked: Showing at Gershwin $62,490,896
To Kill A Mockingbird: Showing at the Shubert $62,100,280
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2: Showing at the Lyric $59,852,778
Aladdin: Showing at New Amsterdam $51,730,060
Frozen: Showing at St James $45,497,898
Dear Evan Hansen: Showing at the Music Box $45,281,312
Ain’t Too Proud: Showing at Imperial $38,753,669
Mean Girls: Showing at August Wilson $38,492,610
No real surprises here, I guess. However, highest grossing doesn’t mean the most people saw the show. When you look at the actual number of seats sold, there is some slight shifting. Obviously, ticket prices contribute to the figures, but all of these shows performed around the same number of times, which was in the 285-290 range, with the exception of Ain’t Too Proud, which only performed 216 shows.
# Seats Sold
Lion King: 483,021
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2: 462,270
To Kill A Mockingbird: 417,959
Phantom of the Opera: Showing at Majestic 396,857
Mean Girls: 336,557
King Kong: Showing at Broadway 329,206
Interesting that Hamilton was the highest grossing show of the year so far, but they haven’t had the largest audience. Of course, some of this has to do with the fact that Hamilton has been running since 2015 while Harry Potter debuted in 2019. On the flip side, Phantom first debuted in 1988 and still put more fannies in the seats than Hamilton. The classics never get old as evidenced by King Kong having a top 10 attendance figure for the year. Although the musical debuted in 2018, King Kong has been around since 1933. Everyone knows the story, and like I said, the classics never get old.