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This year ends with an old Broadway favourites on top - 'The Lion King' and 'Wicked'

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, the Minskoff Theatre and the marquee for "The Lion King" are seen in New York. Broadway’s highest grossing show in 2013 was “The Lion King,” now in its 16th year. Elton John and Tim Rice’s “The Lion King” ruled all other shows during the entire calendar year, ending with $96,983,838. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
December 30, 2013 - 12:31 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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 grey 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 theatres on Broadway.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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