2013 ends with 2 old Broadway favorites on top


NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway's highest-grossing show in 2013 wasn't a new strutting musical or a bawdy one or even one with a big star. The crown goes to a regal but gray performer — "The Lion King," now in its 16th year.

And another veteran turned heads when "Wicked" recorded Broadway's highest single-week gross ever.

End-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday shows that the old-timers are going just fine. The 10-year-old "Wicked" earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Sunday. It's the first time a show has ever crossed the $3 million mark in a single week.

Another pro, "The Lion King," ruled all other shows during the entire calendar year, ending with nearly $97 million, despite the fact that there are five bigger theaters on Broadway.

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