Broadway musicals have made a huge leap in 2016. One musical, in particular, has become a mega hit this year alone. That musical is Hamilton: An American Musical, the story of the great Alexander Hamilton.
In 2016, Hamilton: An American Musical has become the top of the box office, knocking Disney’s musical The Lion King down to number two after a three-year run on top. Hamilton earned $105.5 million, just beating The Lion King, which earned $103.2 million. The high success of the show comes as no surprise to anyone; with prices hikes and the demand of tickets, it was bound to make it to the top of the box office charts. Over Thanksgiving alone, Hamilton raised over three million in a single performance -- a Broadway record!
Box office stats are measured in weekly increments that run Monday through Sunday. The Broadway League counts the number of sales on a 52-week basis. Christmas Day ended the 2016 Broadway season, with this week being the start of the 2017 calendar run.
Hamilton and The Lion King were the only two shows to earn more than $100 million in 2016. Rounding out the top five includes the hit musical Wicked ($89 Million), Disney’s Aladdin ($78.2 million), and The Book of Mormon ($70.6 million).
Two of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals -- The School of Rock ($53.6 Million) and The Phantom of The Opera ($42.2 million) -- made the top 10. Webber’s third musical on Broadway, Cats, has also made an impressive $22.2 million since the start of performances this summer.
Among plays, the Tony Award-winning show The Human has earned $22.2 million, while the revival of The Front Page earned 16.5 million.
Overall, Broadway rang in a total of 1.37 billion dollars this year, which tops both 2014 (1.36 billion) and 2015 (1.35 million). Attendance alone hit record numbers of over 13.3 million people.
It seems like Broadway will be even bigger and brighter in 2017. We can’t wait to see what will become of Hamilton and which new shows the Big White Way has in store for us.