Top Ten Broadway Shows by Attendance – Broadway is a business marked by triumphs and tragedies. It is anticipated that only 20 to 30 percent of Broadway shows turn out a profit, but the ones that do can mean big money for producers and investors. According to the industries, The Broadway Group, Broadway grossed more than $1 billion in the 2009-2010 seasons. The company reached nearly 12 million, topping that of the ten specialized New York and New Jersey sports teams put jointly. So which Broadway productions have been the biggest moneymakers of all time? CNBC got the help of the Broadway League to find out. Its rankings are based on cumulative gross from gap night to either the time of its close or the end of the 2009-2010 seasons.
List of Top Ten Broadway Shows by Attendance 2016 Ranking
10. Miss Saigon
“Miss Saigon,” based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly,” is about a doomed story, involving an Asian woman deserted by her American lover, “Miss Saigon” has played in 25 countries and 246 cities.
9. The Producers
Winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, “The Producers” tells the story of two theatrical producers who system to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. The show was adapted from a 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name.
“Cats,” the second longest-running musical on Broadway, is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by the writer T.S. Eliot.
7. Chicago (revival)
Winner of six 1996 Tony Awards, “Chicago” is set in the 1920s and tells the tale of two rival murderesses, who cross paths in the region jail. The main parts are modeled after real-life murderesses Beulah Annan and Bella Gartner.
6. Les Miserable’s (original)
Winner of eight 1987 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Les Miserable’s” is set in 19th -century France and focuses on the struggles of an ex-convict and his search for salvation. Les Miss, as it became known, has played in 42 countries and 291 cities.
5. Mamma Mia!
“Mamma Mia!” uses the melody of Swedish 70s pop group ABBA to tell the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father. The Broadway musical fired a 2008 movie of the same name.
4. Beauty and the Beast
Based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” was the first Disney melodic to arrive on Broadway.
“Wicked” is the untold musical tale of “The Wizard of Oz’s” Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Good Witch, before the Dorothy years. The melodic is loosely based on the best-selling novel ” Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by Gregory Maguire.
2. The Lion King
Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, “The Lion King” is the story of a young lion prince in Africa, who is sent into exile after his evil uncle sabotages his father. The Broadway show won six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
1. Phantom of the Opera
Champion of seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Phantom of the Opera” is the story of a disfigured musical genius, who becomes obsessed with a beautiful soprano at a Paris opera home. In 2006, it surpassed “Cats” as the longest-running musical in Broadway history.