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From left: Anthony Heald, Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson during the Broadway opening-night-performance curtain call for The Elephant Man on Dec. 7, 2014, in New York City
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Broadway grossed more and had more attendees than ever before in 2014, with 13.1 million people attending shows last year and netting a record $1.36 billion.

The unprecedented figures represent a 13% bump in attendance and a 14% increase in grosses from 2013, reports Reuters, citing the Broadway League, the trade association that represents the New York City theater district.

Meanwhile, the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, was the best-attended and highest-grossing Christmas week ever recorded on Broadway with 36 shows. The figures owe a lot to Wicked, The Lion King and Book of Mormon, which each brought in more than $2.2 million, as well as star-studded top sellers, including The Elephant Man, which stars Bradley Cooper and reaped more than $1 million.

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