HIT PLAY The Lion King [TLK] has taken the title of Broadway’s all-time highest grossing show from The Phantom of the Opera.
The total gross for the production so far has been a massive $853,846,062, and TLK managed to net over $2 million at the box office for the week ending Sunday, while Phantom pulled in about $1.2 million, reports the Associated Press [AP].
The play's victory is said to be due to its higher average ticket prices and a slightly larger venue, with an average admission of $155.09.
Cary Ginell, a music historian and biographer who edited the seventh edition of Broadway Musicals: Show By Show told AP: “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s a spectacle that satisfies on many different sensory elements – audio, visually, emotionally. It’s also good for all ages – just like Disneyland is."
He added: "For the kids, it’s the visual elements – the colors, the costumes and the puppetry. For the adults, it’s 'Hamlet', basically. And the music is not geared to one age or gender or race. It’s as universal a show can get.”
Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions, also gave credit to Julie Taymor, the director, costume and mask maker of the show.
She aid: “Her vision, continued commitment to the show and uncommon artistry account for this extraordinary success."
“This accomplishment belongs to our audiences, millions of whom are experiencing their first Broadway show at The Lion King,” Schumacher added.