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Eight Broadway shows recently played to over 100 percent capacity, based on data tracked on BuyAnySeat.com. For the week ending October 13, The Book of Mormon, The Glass Menagerie, Pippin, Kinky Boots, Motown, Matilda, Betrayal and The Lion King all scored in triple digits with theatre-goers.

Broadway’s Book of Mormon, Glass Menagerie, Pippin, Kinky Boots, Motown, Matilda, Betrayal and Lion King all played at or over 100 percent capacity this month.

Amidst the dizzying din from fans at the ballpark, football field and ice arena – performances on the Broadway stage are also scoring major league points with theatre-goers.

For the week ending October 13, 2013, eight productions played to at least 100 percent capacity up and down the storied strip.

“Currently, there are 42 productions performing on Broadway and the majority were well above 75 percent capacity for the week,” said Marta Ault at online ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

Theatre tickets are very popular right now.

“That’s why we’re proud to be able to offer theatre-goers the most complete and continuously updated selection of tickets, with a worry-free guarantee to protect their purchase.

“To access the complete inventory of Broadway tickets we now have available, customers can go to BuyAnySeat.com and click on the show they want to see – then select their tickets,” said Ault.

The Book of Mormon ranked at the top with 102.6 percent, and has played to capacity since it opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in 2011. From the creators of "South Park", the irreverent story concerns two mismatched missionaries sent to darkest Africa to spread the good word – with R-rated results.

Critics describe the musical as scandalous yet ultimately satisfying. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the production has received a near perfect 4.9 rating out of five from audiences.

Ranked second for the week at 101.7 percent capacity, The Glass Menagerie is performing at the Booth. New in 2013, it stars Tony-winner Cherry Jones and Emmy-winner Zachary Quinto in a critically-acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams' haunting play.

This production originated at Boston's American Repertory Theatre, where John Tiffany, the Tony-winning director of "Once" and his collaborators created a highly-stylized version hailed by the NY Times' Ben Brantley as "gorgeous and glorious”.

Pippin, playing at the Music Box, scored a 101.1 percent capacity for the period. Running since March 2013, this magical `coming-of-age’ musical features songs by "Wicked" composer Stephen Schwartz and direction by Tony-nominee Diane Paulus.

Back on Broadway for a 40th anniversary revival, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his life. Earlier this year, the play won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Audiences give it another near perfect rating of 4.9 out of five.

Five other productions scored above 100 percent capacity for the week, including Kinky Boots at the Hirschfeld with 100.8 percent capacity, Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne with 100.6, and Matilda at the Shubert with 100.4. Betrayal at the Barrymore and The Lion King at the Minskoff were at 100.0 percent.

Wicked at the Gershwin played to 99.7 percent capacity. The Trip to Bountiful at the Sondheim had 98.7 and Newsies at the Nederlander had 97.0. The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic, Chicago Boys at the Ambassador, Once at the Jacobs, Jersey Boys at the Wilson and A Night with Janis Joplin at the Lyceum all ranked above 90 percent in capacity as well, said Ault.

Broadway is a street in Manhattan, where 40 professional theatres of 500 or more seats are located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center. Along with London's West End, Broadway is considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

The Broadway Theater District is one of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions, ranking at the top with the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. According to The Broadway League, Broadway shows sold approximately $1.081 billion in tickets in calendar year 2012, compared with $1.037 billion for 2010.

Attendance in 2012 stood at 12.13 million, compared to 12.11 million in 2010. The League also reports that about 62 percent of all Broadway tickets were purchased by tourists in the 2010–2011 season.

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