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The Lion King Surpasses Phantom of the Opera as Broadway's All-Time Highest Grossing Show

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A scene from The Lion King
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Disney's The Lion King, currently playing at the Minskoff Theatre, has become Broadway's all-time highest grossing show, with a cumulative gross of $853,846,062 following the week ending Sunday, April 8, a spokesperson from Disney has confirmed.

The musical surpasses long-time champion The Phantom of the Opera, which performs at the Majestic Theatre, and has a current cumulative total is $853,122,847.

The Lion King is adapted from the Disney film of the same name. Director Julie Taymor and designer Michael Curry have created hundreds of masks and puppets for the show, which depict the anthropomorphic animal characters. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice.

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