Broadway musicals are a guilty and not so guilty pleasure for many people and that’s why they bring in the big bucks. Some musicals that grace the theaters of New York’s most musical street can earn more than a million dollars at the box office in one week.
This is why we feel the need to bring you this week’s highest grossing Broadway musicals for the week of July 4th, 2016. What can be more American than apple pie, the fourth of July, and the obscenity of earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in a week.
So, without further ado, here are the top … highest grossing Broadway musicals for this week.
The first Broadway musical to make it on our list of high earners for the week ending on July 3, 2016 is Chicago. With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, this American musical first debuted on Broadway in 1975.
The story is set in the windy city during prohibition based on a 1926 play with the same title. This tale is satirical in its telling of exploitation in the management of criminal justice and plays with the notion of the “celebrity criminal.”
Chicago’s Broadway revival still is recorded as the longest-running musical revival in the history of Broadway. Next to The Phantom of the Opera this musical is the longest-running American musical on Broadway as well.
The weekly earnings ending on July 3, 2016 at the box office for Chicago total $628,426.00
9. Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland is an original production composed by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Like a good deal of musicals on this list Finding Neverland was also inspired by a film with the same name.
The world premiere was held at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2012. Two years later a reworked edition opened at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In March of 2015 the production made its way to Broadway and it sits on our list of top ten earners at the box office for the week. Kelsey Grammer was the original cast member to play Charles Frohman/Captain Hook on Broadway and Matthew Morrison of Glee fame as J. M. Barrie.
Finding Neverland was nominated for two 2015 Drama Desk Awards. One was for outstanding actor in a Musical for actor Matthew Morrison and the other for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Carolee Carmello.
This week’s gross box office revenue for Finding Neverland is $662,985.00
8. Kinky Boots
This Broadway musical is written by none other than Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. This piece is based on the 2005 film of the same name that tells the tale of Charlie Price, a man who is left a shoe factory from his father. When business is bad Charlie gets help from local drag queen and cabaret singer Lola. Together they devise a plot to make their own brand of high-heeled boots.
Originally produced at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago, Kinky Boots debuted at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on April 4, 2013.
Nominated for thirteen Tony Awards in 2013 Kinky Boots won nine including Best Musical and Best Score. Even though it was considered an underdog Lauper and Kinky Boots came out on top.
The weekly gross box office earnings ending on July 3, 2016 for Kinky Boots are $682,678.00
7. An American in Paris
Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winner of the same moniker, An American in Paris, premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theater April 12, 2015. This followed its run in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
This Broadway production is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with an ensemble of twenty-five singers, actors, and dancers. Notable performers are Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz, and Max von Essen.
An American in Paris integrates songs from George and Ira Gershwin, orchestral music and a title song. Tony Award winning Bob Crowley designed the sets while fellow Tony winner Natasha Katz creating the lighting.
Slotted to close on January 1, 2017 this Broadway musical is the seventh top earner in gross box office revenue at a whopping $699,977.00
Dubbed a “jukebox musical”, which is a musical that uses previously published popular songs, Beautiful is the true story of acclaimed female singer-songwriter Carole King. It documents her amazing climb to musical recognition.
It covers her time as a songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, her friendships with writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and finales with her triumphant success in pop music.
Original premiering at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco Beautiful debuted on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theater on January 12, 2014. Carole King herself showed up at the April 3, 2014 show and joined the cast on stage during the curtain call to sing “You’ve Got a Friend.”
The gross box office earnings for the week of July 3, 2016 are $805,532.00
5. Fiddler on the Roof
This musical written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein, based on the tale by Sholem Aleichem Tevye and his Daughters.
The father of five girls, Tevye wants to keep his Jewish, religious and cultural customs alive. Still, external forces infringe upon his family and their lives.
Fiddler on the Roof first appeared on Broadway in 1964 and was the first musical theater production to have a run that transcended three thousand performances. Until Grease came along, Fiddler on the Roof was recorded as the longest-running Broadway musical ten years running.
To date it is the sixteenth longest-running show in history and has won nine Tony Awards. These include Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, and Best Choreography. It has had five Broadway revivals with the latest one in 2015.
It is this run at the Broadway Theater has a gross box office earning for the week of July 3, 2016 of $808,911.00.
4. Les Misérables
Also known as Les Mis this Broadway musical has been gracing New York’s most musical street since March 12, 1987. Although, the box office earnings we are going to discuss are for the revival that debuted in 2014.
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is set in early nineteenth century France and tells the story of convict Jean Valjean. Valjean vows to become a new man and nearly succeeds. Yet his true identity as a convict is found out and tragedy abounds.
Les Misérables is the longest-running musical in the West End with the London production running uninterrupted since October of 1985.
In 2014 Les Misérables was resurrected on Broadway at the Imperial Theater and has been running ever since. Notable artists working on the revival include Laurence Connor, James Powell, Matt Kinley, Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowlands.
This revival production was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical, and Best Sound Design.
The gross box office earnings for Les Misérables, week ending July 3, 2016 are $917,109.00.
This Broadway musical that hit heavy in the box office this week is an adaptation of the children’s novel by the same name written by Roald Dahl. The music and lyrics were written by Tim Minchin while the modifications of the novel were written by Dennis Kelly.
This story revolves around a clever girl who is gifted with telekinesis. Matilda loves to read but has many a complication to conquer. These obstacles are mostly triggered by her own family and school.
This musical had a twelve-week run at the Royal Shakespeare Company from November 2010 to January 2011. Matilda premiered on the West End November 24, 2011 at the Cambridge Theatre.
In 2012 Matilda won seven Olivier Awards, the most won by a single show. One of the awards was for Best New Musical.
Matilda found a home on Broadway on April 11, 2013 in the Shubert Theatre.
The weekly earnings of Matilda for the week ending July 3, 2016 are $946,216.00
Based on the 1992 Disney animated move by the same name the Broadway musical Aladdin was adapted for stage with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin.
The musical story doesn’t deviate far from the original tale of an underprivileged man who finds a genie in a lamp. Aladdin uses his first wish to become a prince so he can marry princess Jasmine. He promises the genie he will use his third and final wish to set the genie free from the lamp. Still, Aladdin finds his own needs becoming more important that the promise he made to the genie.
This production premiered at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle in 2011. Performances were held regionally and internationally in 2012 before moving to Toronto in 2013. On March 20, 2014 Aladdin moved to Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre and was nominated for five Tony Awards.
Last week’s gross box office earnings for Aladdin for the week ending on Sunday, July 3rd are $1,564,928.00, making it the second highest earning Broadway musical for the week.
This musical, which is based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, an American composer and rapper.
Garnering critical acclaim, it wasn’t long before Hamilton moved from its original home off-Broadway at The Public Theater to its standing Broadway location at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
Once settled on Broadway this musical of Hamilton’s climb form orphan in the Caribbean to Founding Father and chief state aid to General George Washington, it has sold more advanced tickets than any other show.
Hamilton has been nominated for sixteen Tony Awards winning eleven including Best Musical for 2016. It is also the winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The most recent weekly earnings at the box office for Hamilton, ending on July 3, 2016 are $2,022,790.00.