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Best Selling Broadway Shows

Last updated June 14, 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 9, 2024. 

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

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 9, 2024. 

  SHOW
1 The Lion King
2 Wicked
3 Hamilton
4 Cabaret
5 Merrily We Roll Along
6 Hell's Kitchen
7 The Wiz
8 Aladdin
9 MJ The Musical
10 The Great Gatsby
11 The Outsiders
12 Back to the Future
13 Water For Elephants
14 Moulin Rouge! The Musical
15 A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
16 The Book of Mormon
17 Hadestown
18 & Juliet
19 Suffs
20 Six
21 The Who's Tommy
22 The Notebook
23 Illinoise
24 Chicago
25 The 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 9, 2024. 

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

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 9, 2024. 

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