It was a banner year for Broadway, helped in large part by two of Disney Theatrical’s most exciting musicals – The Lion King and Aladdin. The final week of 2016 brought in a collective $49.53 million for 33 shows, the largest week ever for New York’s 33 shows. The whole year totaled $1.37 billion which is a record annual high for Broadway box office.
Aladdin on Broadway broke the house record at The New Amsterdam Theatre for the week ending January 1, 2017 with a gross of $2,583,344.00 on nine performances, surpassing the previous record of $2,398,010.00. This marks the 12th time the show has broken a New Amsterdam Theatre house record since beginning performances in February 2014. For the year Aladdin brought in $78.2 million.
In its 19th year, The Lion King on Broadway achieved a new milestone, surpassing $3 million in weekly gross for the week ending January 1, 2017. This is the 26th house record the production has set at The Minskoff Theatre, with a gross of $3,098,330.00 on nine performances. For the year the production topped more than $103 million in box office sales.
Internationally, Aladdin in London set new house records at The Prince Edward Theatre two weeks in a row for the weeks ending December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017. Productions of The Lion King in London, Madrid and Scheveningen also set new house records in their respective theatres this holiday season.
Photos courtesy Disney. Photographers are Brinkhoff/Mogenburg (Lion King) and Deen van Meer (Aladdin)