11 Apr 2012

Disney musical now Broadway's top earner

2:56 pm on 11 April 2012

The stage version of the Disney musical The Lion King is now the all-time highest earning show on Broadway.

The musical has earned $US853.8 million since opening in 1997 overtaking The Phantom of the Opera.

The Phantom of the Opera opened in 1988 and is the longest-running production in New York.

The BBC reports The Lion King's success is due in part to higher ticket prices and the fact it plays in a larger theatre.

The show took more than $US2 million over Easter, while The

Phantom made $US1.2 million.

The Phantom is still the longest-running show in Broadway history, with more than 10,000 performances and 14.8 million tickets sold.

The Lion King has had 5900 performances and sold 10 million tickets.