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Sunday 19 January 2020

Lion King is top dollar on Broadway

Undated Disney handout photo of Andile Gumbi as Simba in the London production of Disney's The Lion King
Undated Disney handout photo of Andile Gumbi as Simba in the London production of Disney's The Lion King

A new king reigns on Broadway.

Revenue figures indicate that The Lion King has snatched the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from The Phantom Of The Opera.

The cumulative gross for The Lion King is now 853,846,062 dollars (£537,741,000). The total for Phantom is 853,122,847 dollars (£537,285,000).

What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is that The Lion King grabbed the title despite Phantom having almost a full 10 years' head start.

The upstart's victory is due in large part to its higher average ticket prices and a slightly larger theatre.

Phantom, now in its 24th year, is still the longest-running show.

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