Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King

The Nederlander Organization Celebrates Broadway’s Triumphant Return

The Nederlander Organization (James L. Nederlander, President; Nick Scandalios, Executive Vice President) celebrated Broadway’s return with a week of sold-out, full capacity houses at Broadway’s three biggest hits, Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked, all of which are in Nederlander theaters. With each show playing only seven performances, as opposed to the standard eight, the three productions were seen by over 30,000 audience members in their first week back.

“We are thrilled that these three hugely popular musicals have helped bring our industry roaring back to life with a sold-out week of performances following our industry’s 18-month shutdown,” said James L. Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization. “It’s evident from the sold-out houses, all of which were at capacity with full-price ticket buyers, as well as the passionate reactions across all of Broadway that theater lovers have been ready for Broadway shows to resume. We thank them for returning and for adhering to our safety protocols to ensure that the shows can go on safely!”

Among the biggest Broadway hits ever, Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked are consistently the three highest-grossing shows on Broadway and have collectively held the #1 weekly box office position for 651 weeks out of the last 15 years. Combined, the three musicals have played to 183 million audience members across the globe in over 30 countries.

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

Approaching 24 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by nearly 110 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years, with four of those running 20 or more years.

The Broadway sensation Wicked looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”