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Best Selling Broadway Shows

Last updated June 18, 2024 by Broadway.com Staff
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Our customer service team is often asked, "What are the most popular shows playing?" Our answer is "it depends"; popularity can change over time as new shows emerge and audience tastes evolve. Some people enjoy musicals, some prefer plays, and some are looking for the best kid-friendly shows.

However, Broadway does have a long-standing tradition of reporting just how much each show sells every week. Below is a list of the "literal" best-selling shows by category.

Pro tip: Shows play in small, medium, and large Broadway theaters that physically hold different amounts of patrons. Consider that when comparing a large musical playing in an 1,800-seat theater to a small play housed in an 850-seat theater.

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Overall Best Selling Shows on Broadway

Broadway's best-selling productions have attracted large global audiences due to their high-quality performances and production values. When we refer to "best-selling" Broadway shows, we mean those productions that have sold the highest number of tickets, indicating their immense popularity and appeal. Below are the results based on gross sales for the performance week ending June 16, 2024. 

SHOW
1The Lion King
2Wicked
3Hamilton
4Cabaret
5Merrily We Roll Along
6Hell's Kitchen
7The Wiz
8Aladdin
9An Enemy of the People
10MJ The Musical
11Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
12The Great Gatsby
13Back to the Future
14Uncle Vanya
15The Outsiders
16Water For Elephants
17Moulin Rouge! The Musical
18Six
19A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
20Hadestown
21Appropriate
22Suffs
23The Book of Mormon
24& Juliet
25Ben Platt: Live at The Palace
26Stereophonic
27The Who's Tommy
28Illinoise
29Mother Play
30The Notebook
31Chicago
32Mary Jane
33Patriots
34The Heart of Rock and Roll
35Home

Best Selling Musicals on Broadway

"Best-selling" Broadway musicals refer to those shows that have achieved the highest ticket sales, showcasing their widespread popularity and the enduring appeal of their music and storytelling. Below are the results based on gross sales for the performance week ending June 16, 2024. 

SHOW
1The Lion King
2Wicked
3Hamilton
4Cabaret
5Merrily We Roll Along
6Hell's Kitchen
7The Wiz
8Aladdin
9MJ The Musical
10The Great Gatsby
11Back to the Future
12The Outsiders
13Water For Elephants
14Moulin Rouge! The Musical
15Six
16A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
17Hadestown
18Suffs
19The Book of Mormon
20& Juliet
21The Who's Tommy
22Illinoise
23The Notebook
24Chicago
25The Heart of Rock and Roll

Best Selling Plays on Broadway

"Best-selling" Broadway plays, refers to those shows whose dramatic productions that have drawn the largest audiences, as evidenced by their highest ticket sales, reflecting their widespread acclaim and popularity. Below are results based on gross sales for the performance week ending June 16, 2024. 

SHOW
1An Enemy of the People
2Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
3Uncle Vanya
4Appropriate
5Stereophonic
6Mary Jane
7Patriots
8Home

Best Selling Kid-Friendly Shows on Broadway

"Best-selling" kid-friendly Broadway shows are those productions that have sold the most tickets in this category, indicating their success in capturing the imaginations of children and their families, and reinforcing Broadway's broad appeal to audiences of all ages. Below are the results based on gross sales for the performance week ending June 16, 2024. 

SHOW
1The Lion King
2Wicked
3The Wiz
4Aladdin
5MJ The Musical
6Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
7Back to the Future
8Six
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