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January 3, 2014

2013 ends with 2 Broadway favorites on top

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s highest grossing show in 2013 wasn’t a new strutting musical or a bawdy one or even one with a big star. The crown goes to a regal but mature performer — “The Lion King,” now in its 16th year. And another veteran turned heads when “Wicked” recorded Broadway’s highest single-week gross ever.

The old-timers are going just fine, end-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday showed. The 10-year-old “Wicked” earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Sunday, the first time a show has ever crossed the $3 million mark in a single week.

Another pro, Elton John and Tim Rice’s “The Lion King,” ruled all other shows during the entire calendar year, ending with nearly $97 million, despite the fact that there are five bigger theaters on Broadway. For good measure, the show pulled in $2.8 million over nine performances last week, a theater record.

Several other shows — including current Tony winner “Kinky Boots,” the 2011 Tony winner “The Book of Mormon,” the new acrobatic revival of “Pippin,” the sizzling “Betrayal” and the veteran “Chicago” — all finished 2013 with box office records.

“Kinky Boots,” with songs by Cyndi Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein, earned a whopping $2.2 million over its nine-performance week, smashing the Al Hirschfeld Theatre record. The revival of “Pippin” also ended the year with a bang: It earned $1.2 million for its eight-show week ending Sunday, a house record for the Music Box Theatre.

“The Book of Mormon,” which took in $90.4 million for the year, set a weekly haul record with $2.1 million over nine shows at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre ending Sunday, and that old murderously wicked “Chicago” showed lots of life by pulling in $1 million over eight shows, a record at the Ambassador Theatre for a show in its 18th year.

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