That’s what the Broadway production of Wicked grossed last week. Amazing.
What I find even more amazing is that the second highest grossing show of last week was The Lion King, with just under $1.7 million pulled in for the week. Wicked has been running since 2003. Lion King opened in 1997. These are both major-mega-long-running hits…and they’re still getting it done. I haven’t seen Wicked, somehow, so I can’t comment on its quality, but I can say with confidence that Lion King is one of the better shows on Broadway still, even more than a decade later.
Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, and West Side Story close out the top ten. Those first two shows will run for semi-forever, although I don’t think they’re going to be around quite as long as Simba and them (although Jersey Boys seems to be a unique case — it’s not a kid show like Lion King or a tween show like Wicked, but it has found its boomer audience who will come out and support it for a long, long time.). West Side, sadly, doesn’t strike me as long for this world, even with this big week — I just don’t think folks will stay quite so excited about it for much longer.
A not of interest for me: A Little Night Music is jumping out to a great start in previews at the Walter Kerr. Why is that interesting? I don’t know.