The witches of Oz have cast their spell, sending the enchanting show Wicked back to first place this week. Based on box office receipts, here are this week’s five best-selling Broadway shows.
The tug of war between Wicked and other top-sellers is on again as Wicked sneaks into the No. 1 spot this week. With its home at the Gershwin Theatre since the show opened in the summer of 2003, Wicked has audiences hooked on its companion storyline to The Wizard of Oz, told from the witches’ perspective. Who knew that the good witch and bad witch could be friends?
As Aladdin claims second place on Broadway this week, audiences prove that they still believe in magic. The Walt Disney classic sees poor Aladdin struggle to survive on the streets of Agrabah, when Jasmine, a beautiful Arabian princess, wanders into his path and everything changes. What follows is the heart of the story: the Cave of Wonders, the genie, the fateful lamp and adventure galore.
The Lion King
The Lion King is kicked off its throne this week, from first to third place, but Simba’s not upset at all. He’s been on top of the world ever since his story warmed the hearts of kids and adults alike with the film’s release in 1994, followed by its Broadway debut in 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Now at the Minskoff Theatre, only time will tell if the circle of life brings the King back to No. 1 next week.
Phantom of the Opera
Landing in the top four this week is only one of the most widely known Broadway hits of all time, Phantom of the Opera. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlie Hart and Richard Stilgoe created the masterpiece based on a book by French novelist, Gaston Leroux. It debuted first in London (1986) before landing on Broadway in 1988 at the Majestic Theatre, making Phantom the longest-running Broadway show in history.
School of Rock
Jack Black made the 2003 film so popular that Broadway just had to have it too. By 2015, the musical adaptation made its way there, thanks to—here he is again—creator Andrew Lloyd Webber. School of Rock has climbed its way to the top ever since, taking the No. 5 spot this week as audiences continue to flock to the Winter Garden Theatre for a musical comedy for the ages.