There’s nothing like landing tickets to the hottest shows on Broadway. Being at not just any event, but the event, is a thrill you can’t beat. It’s like being at the World Series, except that instead of happening once a year, the best Broadway musicals play every day – and sometimes twice a day.
To help you know which musicals are the must-see hits, we compile the top-selling shows every week. Based on ticket sales, these are the productions that theater lovers are clamoring to see.
Wicked takes the number one spot this week, a position it has held for most of 2017. A spinoff of Wizard of Oz, Wicked is set to music by Stephen Schwartz. The Broadway version stars Jennifer Dinoia as Elphaba and Kara Lindsay as Glinda. Wicked plays in Broadway’s legendary Gershwin Theater. Prior to hosting Wicked starting in 2003, the Gershwin was home to Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I.
The Lion King
Musicals based on hit movies are a recurring theme among the top shows on Broadway. The Lion King is no different, making its Broadway premiere in 1997. Like the movie, its music comes from Elton John, but includes songs you didn’t hear on the big screen. The Lion King has played on every continent except Antarctica and in multiple languages. On Broadway, it plays in the Minskoff Theatre.
The second Disney-inspired musical in the top five, Aladdin has been wowing fans around the world since 2011. Thanks to music by Alan Menken and Tim Rice (Rice also worked on The Lion King) it quickly took its place among the most awe-inspiring productions in all of theater. Fans of the movie will notice a few subtle differences in the Broadway version, which plays in the New Amsterdam Theatre. Aladdin’s second wish, for example, does not involve saving himself from drowning. We could tell you what he wishes for instead, but that would be a #spoileralert.
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is, of course, based on Roald Dahl’s timeless children’s book. It actually ran in London for nearly four years before opening in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre earlier this spring. Music for Charlie is written by Marc Shaiman, the man behind the Broadway versions of Hairspray, The Odd Couple and Catch Me If You Can.
Depending on how you look at it, this is either the oldest or the youngest musical on the list. The original Hello, Dolly! premiered on Broadway in 1964; the current revival starring Bette Midler began its run in the Shubert Theatre in April of 2017. Fans won’t have long to catch it – Hello, Dolly! is scheduled to close in January 2018. Midler won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, so sales will surely be strong for as long as the revival runs.
What else is hot right now?
The theater section on EventTicketsCenter.com can give you a full list of the hottest, most-searched plays and musicals – check it out!