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Broadway ends its highest grossing season

40 Broadway theatres sell record US$1.365b worth of tickets in year that ended on Sunday

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"I came to New York City to visit the town, but I have to be on Broadway," said Paola Ruggiero, 39, of Lima, Peru. Ms Ruggiero, interviewed on Tuesday while waiting to buy discounted seats at TKTS, was partway through her first trip to New York; she had already seen Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show on Broadway, and was angling to visit two lesser-known musicals that had opened this past season, Finding Neverland and On the Twentieth Century. "My eyes shine when I'm at a show," she said.

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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.

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