(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/26; via the Drudge Report.)

Buoyed by a rising stream of tourists, the unexpected popularity of an adolescent with Asperger’s syndrome, the star power of Larry David and Helen Mirren, and the enduring appeal of a lion named Simba, the Broadway season that just ended was the highest-grossing ever.

The Broadway League, a trade organization that represents producers, said on Tuesday that the 40 Broadway theaters had sold a record $1.365 billion worth of tickets in the year that ended Sunday.


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