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25 of the Highest-Grossing Broadway Shows Ever

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New York City is home to many amazing landmarks, but for theater fans, nothing compares to Broadway. The 41 active Broadway theaters — i.e., Studio 54, the Hirschfeld Theater, the Ambassador Theatre — have put this part of town on the map as an international performing arts destination.

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Many of the most talented artists of all time have graced Broadway stages, starring in shows like “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys.” Of course, as with all shows, some are much more successful than others.

GOBankingRates conducted a study to find out which Broadway shows of past and present have been the most profitable. Many are still active, so next time you’re in the Big Apple — when theaters reopen post-pandemic — you’ll want to add at least one to your itinerary.

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Think you can guess which shows made the cut? Drumroll, please — here’s a look at the 25 highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time.

Last updated: Oct. 27, 2021

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Stephen Chung/Lnp/Shutterstock

25. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part One and Two’

  • Total Gross: $174.10 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $132

  • Seats Sold: 1.32 million

  • Total Performances: 821

  • Original Broadway Run: April 22, 2018–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Alastair Muir/Shutterstock

24. ‘Come From Away’

  • Total Gross: $174.94 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $129

  • Seats Sold: 1.35 million

  • Total Performances: 1,276

  • Original Broadway Run: March 12, 2017–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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DAN HIMBRECHTS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

23. ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’

  • Total Gross: $183.51 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $102

  • Seats Sold: 1.80 million

  • Total Performances: 1,352

  • Original Broadway Run: Nov. 13, 2008–Jan. 8, 2012

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Dymond/Thames/Syco/Shutterstock

22. ‘Matilda the Musical’

  • Total Gross: $198.20 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $94

  • Seats Sold: 2.10 million

  • Total Performances: 1,591

  • Original Broadway Run: April 11, 2013–Jan. 1, 2017

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Carolyn Contino/BEI/Shutterstock

21. 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’

  • Total Gross: $212.41 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $101

  • Seats Sold: 2.10 million

  • Total Performances: 1,248

  • Original Broadway Run: June 14, 2011–Jan. 4, 2014

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Broadway World/Shutterstock

20. ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

  • Total Gross: $241.10 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $175

  • Seats Sold: 1.40 million

  • Total Performances: 1,384

  • Original Broadway Run: Dec. 4, 2016–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Dymond/Thames/Syco/Shutterstock

19. 'Hairspray’

  • Total Gross: $252.20 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $73

  • Seats Sold: 3.42 million

  • Total Performances: 2,673

  • Original Broadway Run: Aug. 15, 2002–Jan. 4, 2009

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Darren England/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

18. ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

  • Total Gross: $270 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $117

  • Seats Sold: 2.30 million

  • Total Performances: 2,476

  • Original Broadway Run: Jan. 12, 2014–Oct. 27, 2019

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Wally Santana/AP/Shutterstock

17. ‘Rent’

  • Total Gross: $274.25 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $54

  • Seats Sold: 5.03 million

  • Total Performances: 5,139

  • Original Broadway Run: April 29, 1996–Sept. 7, 2008

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/EPA/Shutterstock

16. ‘The Producers’

  • Total Gross: $288.40 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $78

  • Seats Sold: 3.70 million

  • Total Performances: 2,535

  • Original Broadway Run: April 19, 2001–April 22, 2007

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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John Carucci/AP/Shutterstock

15. ‘Mary Poppins’

  • Total Gross: $294.56 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $75

  • Seats Sold: 3.90 million

  • Total Performances: 2,649

  • Original Broadway Run: Nov. 16, 2006–March 3, 2013

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix/Shutterstock

14. ‘Kinky Boots’

  • Total Gross: $319 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $105

  • Seats Sold: 3 million

  • Total Performances: 2,539

  • Original Broadway Run: April 4, 2013–April 7, 2019

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Matt Dunham/AP/Shutterstock

13. ‘Miss Saigon’

  • Total Gross: $322.10 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $28

  • Seats Sold: 6.60 million

  • Total Performances: 4,475

  • Original Broadway Run: April 11, 1991–Jan. 28, 2001

  • Revival Run(s): March 23, 2017–Jan. 14, 2018

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Donald Cooper/Shutterstock

12. ‘Les Misérables’

  • Total Gross: $406.30 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $23

  • Seats Sold: 8.93 million

  • Total Performances: 8,217

  • Original Broadway Run: March 12, 1987–May 18, 2003

  • Revival Run(s): Nov. 9, 2006–Jan. 6, 2008 & March 23, 2014–Sept. 4, 2016

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Carolyn Contino/BEI/Shutterstock

11. ‘Beauty and the Beast’

  • Total Gross: $429.16 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $50

  • Seats Sold: 7.61 million

  • Total Performances: 5,508

  • Original Broadway Run: April 18, 1994–July 29, 2007

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Christophe Ena/AP/Shutterstock

10. ‘Cats’

  • Total Gross: $432 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $20

  • Seats Sold: 9.33 million

  • Total Performances: 8,109

  • Original Broadway Run: Oct. 7, 1982–Sept. 10, 2000

  • Revival Run(s): July 31, 2016–Dec. 30, 2017

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Broadway World/Shutterstock

9. ‘Aladdin’

  • Total Gross: $461.91 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $108

  • Seats Sold: 4.27 million

  • Total Performances: 2,527

  • Original Broadway Run: March 20, 2014-present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Carolyn Contino/BEI/Shutterstock

8. ‘Jersey Boys’

  • Total Gross: $558.42 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $107

  • Seats Sold: 5.20 million

  • Total Performances: 4,680

  • Original Broadway Run: Nov. 6, 2005–Jan. 15, 2017

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Carolyn Contino/BEI/Shutterstock

7. ‘Mamma Mia!’

  • Total Gross: $624.40 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $82

  • Seats Sold: 7.60 million

  • Total Performances: 5,772

  • Original Broadway Run: Oct. 18, 2001–Sept. 15, 2015

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Carlos Giusti/AP/Shutterstock

6. ‘Hamilton’

  • Total Gross: $649.90 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $249

  • Seats Sold: 2.61 million

  • Total Performances: 1,945

  • Original Broadway Run: Aug. 6, 2015–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Andrew H Walker/Shutterstock

5. ‘The Book of Mormon’

  • Total Gross: $659.60 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $160

  • Seats Sold: 4.10 million

  • Total Performances: 3,776

  • Original Broadway Run: March 24, 2011–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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Broadway World/Shutterstock

4. ‘Chicago’

  • Total Gross: $681.10 million

  • Average Ticket Price: $73

  • Seats Sold: 9.50 million

  • Total Performances: 10,676

  • Original Broadway Run: June 3, 1975–Aug. 27, 1977

  • Revival Run(s): Nov. 14, 1996–present

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Joel Ryan/AP/Shutterstock

3. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

  • Total Gross: $1.30 billion

  • Average Ticket Price: $54

  • Seats Sold: 19.33 million

  • Total Performances: 13,386

  • Original Broadway Run: Jan. 26, 1988–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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ITV/Shutterstock

2. ‘Wicked’

  • Total Gross: $1.40 billion

  • Average Ticket Price: $112

  • Seats Sold: 12.20 million

  • Total Performances: 6,861

  • Original Broadway Run: Oct. 20, 2003–present

  • Revival Run(s): N/A

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ITV/Shutterstock

1. ‘The Lion King’

  • Total Gross: $1.68 billion

  • Average Ticket Price: $107

  • Seats Sold: 15.71 million

  • Total Performances: 9,335

  • Original Broadway Run: Nov. 13, 1997–present

Revival Run(s): N/A

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Methodology: For this piece, GOBankingRates used BroadwayWorld.com and the Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) — which both source their data from The Broadway League — to find the top 25 highest-grossing Broadway productions of all time. For each production, GOBankingRates found: (1) show name; (2) total gross for original runs and revivals as of March 15, 2020; (3) average ticket price; (4) seats sold; (5) total performances including previews; as well as (6) the dates of the original run of the productions and any revivals. All data is up to date as of Feb. 17, 2021, and only includes data for the Broadway productions of each show — national tours and other such runs were not included in final data.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: 25 of the Highest-Grossing Broadway Shows Ever