After some back and forth for the past few weeks, Wicked managed to stay ahead of The Lion King during the month of August, according to end-of-the-month box office totals. Fans of the Wizard of Oz will brake for all-things Oz, even if it’s from the wildly different but fascinating perspective of Galinda (a.k.a. Glinda the Good Witch) and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who, spoiler alert, don’t actually hate each other. Wicked has it all—a love triangle, a questionably run government by the not-so-wonderful Wizard and the whole story behind Elphaba’s downfall. What’s not to love?
2.) The Lion King
The Lion King slid into second place last month, but that’s still a pretty ace spot to be on Broadway. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, the musical has adults and kids alike singing along to the hits that the movie popularized back in 1994, before the story hit the stage three years later at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Now filling seats at Minskoff Theatre, The Lion King remains the third longest-running show in Broadway history, not to mention the highest-grossing Broadway production ever.
Aladdin the Musical, at No. 3, has brought wonder to the eyes and imaginations of children since its Broadway debut in 2014, 22 years after the Disney film became a household name. While you can get your fix in Manhattan, there’s also a North American Aladdin tour this year and into 2018, making stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco.
4.) Hello, Dolly!
Sitting pretty at No. 4, Hello, Dolly! has been going strong since it first debuted on Broadway back in 1964, with its soundtrack even reaching Billboard success at No. 1 the same year. In its most recent revival this year, its first on Broadway since 1995, Bette Midler took on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, which was certainly a factor in the classic’s overwhelming 2017 reception.
Considering Hamilton: An American Musical is so new to Broadway—arriving officially in 2015—sitting at No. 5 on the best of August box office sales is quite a feat. Its accolades are many, and deserving, with the musical’s diverse music of hip-hop, R&B, pop and show tunes, in addition to its carefully chosen cast of non-white actors portraying the founding fathers of the U.S. It’s been the hardest-to-find ticket on Broadway, with waiting lists exceedingly long. But no fear: The curious who can’t make it to Manhattan will get their fix when the film adaptation hits theaters sometime in the next year or two.
Here’s the rest of the top 10 musical list for the month of August:
The Phantom of the Opera
School of Rock
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
The Book of Mormon
What’s your favorite show on Broadway?