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Which shows have dominated the Broadway box office post-pandemic and what does that mean for the industry?

In this box office analysis, Broadway News tracks Broadway’s top grossers from reopening 2021 to today.

(L-R) Miguel Cervantes in “Hamilton,” Bradley Gibson in “The Lion King” and Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in “The Music Man” (Credit: Joan Marcus, Deen van Meer and Julieta Cervantes)

It’s been nearly two years since Sept. 14, 2021, the date when — after 18 months of closure — multiple Broadway shows reopened following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then-Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the September date as the day Broadway would reopen at 100 percent capacity with vaccinated audiences, which prompted several long-running productions to claim that date for their first return performance. (Though some smaller shows like “Springsteen on Broadway” and “Pass Over” chose to open sooner).

While many productions have come to and left Broadway in the 102 weeks between that September 2021 reopening and Aug. 27, 2023, three shows have emerged as box office leaders, consistently landing in the top-three highest-grossing shows week after week: “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and the now-closed revival of “The Music Man.”

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