2013 ends with 2 old Broadway favorites on top
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 gray performer -- "The Lion King," now in its 16th year.
And another veteran turned heads when "Wicked" recorded Broadway's highest single-week gross ever.
End-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday shows that the old-timers are going just fine. The 10-year-old "Wicked" earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Sunday. It's the first time a show has ever crossed the $3 million mark in a single week.
Another pro, "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.