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These are the 94 most popular Broadway musicals in history, listed according to their durations on the stage. The longest running Broadway musicals are part of the American musical canon with familiar songs and stories. What are the most popular Broadway shows? From standards like "Cats" and "Les Miserables" to newer hits like "Wicked," these Broadway shows with the most performances are instant classics that are favorites among generations. And, being a theater nerd myself, I hope to see each and every one of these top plays live on stage in my lifetime. So, what are the most famous Broadway musicals of all time?

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Phantom of the Opera Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber - Opened on January 26, 1988. Featured its 10,000th performance in 2012.

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Cats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Cats Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn - Opened on October 7, 1982. Closed on September 10, 2000. Featured 7485 performances.

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander - Opened on November 14, 1996. Featured 7,349 performances.

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Lion King Mark Mancina , Elton John , Jay Rifkin - Opened on November 13, 1997. Featured 6,943 performances.

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Les Misérables Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer - Opened on March 12, 1987. Closed on May 18, 2003. Featured 6680 performances.

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Oh! Calcutta! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Oh! Calcutta! Kenneth Tynan - Opened on September 24, 1976. Closed on August 6, 1989. Featured 5959 performances.Opened on June 17, 1969. Closed on August 12, 1972. Featured 1314 performances.

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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
A Chorus Line Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch - Opened on July 25, 1975. Closed on April 28, 1990. Featured 6137 performances.

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken ^! Linda Woolverton ^! Howard Ashman ^! Tim Rice - Opened on April 18, 1994. Closed on July 29, 2007. Featured 5461 performances.

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Mamma Mia! Björn Ulvaeus , Catherine Johnson , Benny Andersson - Opened on October 18, 2001. Featured 5,287 performances.

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Rent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Rent Jonathan Larson - Opened on April 29, 1996. Closed on September 7, 2008. Featured 5123 performances.

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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Wicked Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman - Opened on October 30, 2003. Featured 4,470 performances.

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Miss Saigon Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Claude-Michel Schönberg ^! Alain Boublil - Opened on April 11, 1991. Closed on January 28, 2001. Featured 4097 performances.

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman , Rick Elice , Bob Crewe - Opened on November 6, 2005. Featured 3,612 performances.

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42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
42nd Street Mark Bramble ^! Al Dubin ^! Harry Warren ^! Michael Stewart - Opened on August 25, 1980. Closed on January 8, 1989. Featured 3486 performances.Opened on May 2, 2001. Closed on January 2, 2005. Featured 1524 performances.

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Grease Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs - Opened on February 14, 1972. Closed on April 13, 1980. Featured 3388 performances.Opened on May 11, 1994. Closed on January 25, 1998. Featured 1505 performances.

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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Fiddler on the Roof Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock , Joseph Stein - Opened on September 22, 1964. Closed on July 2, 1972. Featured 3242 performances.

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Life with Father is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Life with Father Opened on November 8, 1939. Closed on July 12, 1947. Featured 3224 performances.

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Tobacco Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Tobacco Road Opened on December 4, 1933. Closed on May 31, 1941. Featured 3182 performances.

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Hello, Dolly! Opened on January 16, 1964. Closed on December 27, 1970. Featured 2844 performances.

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner - Opened on March 15, 1956. Closed on September 29, 1962. Featured 2717 performances.

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Hairspray Scott Wittman ^! Marc Shaiman ^! Thomas Meehan ^! Mark O'Donnell - Opened on August 16, 2002. Closed on January 4, 2009. Featured 2642 performances.

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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Avenue Q Jeff Marx , Jeff Whitty , Robert Lopez - Opened on July 31, 2003. Closed on September 13, 2009. Featured 2534 performances.

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Producers Mel Brooks , Thomas Meehan - Opened on April 19, 2001. Closed on April 22, 2007. Featured 2502 performances.

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Cabaret Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joe Masteroff - Opened on March 19, 1998. Closed on January 4, 2004. Featured 2377 performances.Opened on November 20, 1966. Closed on September 6, 1969. Featured 1165 performances.

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Annie Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse - Opened on April 21, 1977. Closed on January 2, 1983. Featured 2377 performances.

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Man of La Mancha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Man of La Mancha Mitch Leigh ^! Joe Darion ^! Dale Wasserman - Opened on November 22, 1965. Closed on June 26, 1971. Featured 2328 performances.

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Abie's Irish Rose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Abie's Irish Rose Opened on May 23, 1922. Closed on October 1, 1927. Featured 2327 performances.

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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Oklahoma! Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II - Opened on March 31, 1943. Closed on May 29, 1948. Featured 2212 performances.

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Smokey Joe's Cafe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Smokey Joe's Cafe Mike Stoller , Jack Viertel , Jerry Leiber - Opened on March 2, 1995. Closed on January 16, 2000. Featured 2036 performances.

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson - Opened on October 23, 1972. Closed on June 12, 1977. Featured 1944 performances.

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
South Pacific Richard Rodgers ^! Joshua Logan ^! Oscar Hammerstein II - Opened on April 7, 1949. Closed on January 16, 1954. Featured 1925 performances.

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The Magic Show is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Magic Show Bob Randall ^! Stephen Schwartz - Opened on May 28, 1974. Closed on December 31, 1978. Featured 1920 performances.

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Aida is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Aida David Henry Hwang ^! Elton John ^! Linda Woolverton ^! Robert Falls ^! Tim Rice - Opened on March 23, 2000. Closed on September 5, 2004. Featured 1852 performances.

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Happy Birthday, Gemini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Happy Birthday, Gemini Opened on May 21, 1977. Closed on September 6, 1981. Featured 1819 performances.

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Deathtrap is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Deathtrap Ira Levin - Opened on February 26, 1978. Closed on June 13, 1982. Featured 1793 performances.

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Harvey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Harvey Mary Chase - Opened on November 1, 1944. Closed on January 15, 1949. Featured 1775 performances.

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Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Dancin' Opened on March 27, 1978. Closed on June 27, 1982. Featured 1774 performances.

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La Cage aux Folles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
La Cage aux Folles Jerry Herman ^! Harvey Fierstein - Opened on August 21, 1983. Closed on November 15, 1987. Featured 1761 performances.

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Hair is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Hair Gerome Ragni ^! Galt MacDermot ^! James Rado - Opened on April 29, 1968. Closed on July 1, 1972. Featured 1750 performances.

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Wiz Charlie Smalls ^! William F. Brown - Opened on January 5, 1975. Closed on January 28, 1979. Featured 1672 performances.

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Born Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Born Yesterday Garson Kanin - Opened on February 4, 1946. Closed on December 31, 1949. Featured 1642 performances.

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Mary Poppins Richard M. Sherman ^! Robert B. Sherman ^! George Stiles ^! Anthony Drew ^! Julian Fellowes - Opened on November 16, 2006. Featured 1637 performances.

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Crazy for You is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Crazy for You George Gershwin ^! Ira Gershwin ^! Ken Ludwig - Opened on February 19, 1992. Closed on January 7, 1996. Featured 1622 performances.

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Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Ain't Misbehavin' Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Murray Horwitz ^! Fats Waller - Opened on May 9, 1978. Closed on February 21, 1982. Featured 1604 performances.

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The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Carol Hall ^! Larry L. King ^! Peter Masterson - Opened on June 19, 1978. Closed on March 27, 1982. Featured 1584 performances.

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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Spamalot Neil Innes , John Du Prez , Eric Idle - Opened on March 17, 2005. Closed on January 11, 2009. Featured 1575 performances.

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Mary, Mary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Mary, Mary Opened on March 8, 1961. Closed on December 12, 1964. Featured 1572 performances.

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Evita is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice - Opened on September 25, 1979. Closed on June 26, 1983. Featured 1567 performances.

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The Voice of the Turtle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Voice of the Turtle Opened on December 8, 1943. Closed on January 3, 1948. Featured 1557 performances.

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Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Jekyll & Hyde Frank Wildhorn ^! Leslie Bricusse ^! Steve Cuden - Opened on April 28, 1997. Closed on January 7, 2001. Featured 1543 performances.