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Best Selling Broadway Shows

Last updated Feb. 20, 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 February 18, 2024. 

SHOW
1The Lion King
2Hamilton
3Wicked
4Merrily We Roll Along
5MJ The Musical
6Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
7Moulin Rouge! The Musical
8Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
9Aladdin
10Back to the Future
11& Juliet
12The Book of Mormon
13Hadestown
14Chicago
15The Notebook
16Six
17Spamalot
18A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
19Kimberly Akimbo
20Appropriate
21Prayer for the French Republic
22Doubt: A Parable
23Days of Wine and Roses

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 February 18, 2024. 

SHOW
1The Lion King
2Hamilton
3Wicked
4Merrily We Roll Along
5MJ The Musical
6Moulin Rouge! The Musical
7Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8Aladdin
9Back to the Future
10& Juliet
11The Book of Mormon
12Hadestown
13Chicago
14The Notebook
15Six
16Spamalot
17A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
18Kimberly Akimbo
19Days of Wine and Roses

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 February 18, 2024. 

SHOW
1Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
2Appropriate
3Prayer for the French Republic
4Doubt: A Parable

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 February 18, 2024. 

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