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Earlier this month, eight shows played to 100 percent capacity or higher, wrapping a wild run on Broadway as per data tracked by buyanyseat.com. For the week ending August 11, Kinky Boots, Matilda, Motown, Newsies, Pippin, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera all scored in triple digits.

Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Matilda, Motown, Newsies, Pippin, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera all played to over 100 percent last week.

Theatre-goers are on their traditional late-summer Broadway binge, besieging box offices up and down the storied theatrical street. For the week ending August 11, eight plays performed to 100 percent capacity or higher.

“Typically, three or four productions hit triple digits each week, but eight shows is well above the norm,” said Felina Martinez at online ticket marketplace buyanyseat.com.

The top percentage (102.6) was recorded by The Book of Mormon, which has played to capacity since it opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in 2011.

From the creators of "South Park", this scandalous yet ultimately satisfying musical tells of two missionaries sent to darkest Africa to spread the good word – with R-rated results. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the play has a near perfect audience rating of 4.9 out of five.

Pippin, playing at the Music Box, scored a 101.3 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 is 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.

“Broadway tickets have been trending extremely high as the end of summer approaches,” said Felina Martinez at online ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. “Although many of the performances begin to sell out closer to show time, we still have a great inventory of tickets available.”

“In fact, we’re proud to be able to offer theatre-goers the most comprehensive and continuously refreshed selection of tickets, with a worry-free guarantee to protect their purchase,” said Martinez.

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

At the Majestic, The Phantom of the Opera hit 101.0 percent capacity for the week. Running since January of 1988, it won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is the longest running play in Broadway history. The classic production concerns a hideously deformed man who lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera and takes a stunningly beautiful soprano as a student. Audiences rate it high at 4.6 out of five.

Five other productions scored at or above 100 percent capacity for the week, including Kinky Boots at the Hirschfeld with 100.8 percent capacity, Matilda at the Shubert with 100.7, Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne with 100.6, Newsies at the Nederlander with 100.2 and The Lion King at the Minskoff with 100.0 percent.

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. (Source: wikipedia.org)

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