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The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever

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 live on stage in my lifetime. So, what are the most famous broadway musicals of all time?

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  1. 1
    Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber More
    Opened on January 26, 1988. Featured its 10,000th performance in 2012.
  2. 2
    Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn , T. S. Eliot More
    Opened on October 7, 1982. Closed on September 10, 2000. Featured 7485 performances.
  3. 3
    Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander More
    Opened on November 14, 1996. Featured 7,349 performances.
  4. 4
    Mark Mancina , Elton John , Jay Rifkin , Hans Zimmer , Irene Mecchi , Lebo ... More
    Opened on November 13, 1997. Featured 6,943 performances.
  5. 5
    Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer , Alain ... More
    Opened on March 12, 1987. Closed on May 18, 2003. Featured 6680 performances.
  6. 6
    Kenneth Tynan More
    Opened on September 24, 1976. Closed on August 6, 1989. Featured 5959 performances.Opened on ... more
  7. 7
    Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch , James Kirkwood Jr. More
    Opened on July 25, 1975. Closed on April 28, 1990. Featured 6137 performances.
  8. 8
    Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman , Tim Rice More
    Opened on April 18, 1994. Closed on July 29, 2007. Featured 5461 performances.
  9. 9
    Björn Ulvaeus , Catherine Johnson , Benny Andersson More
    Opened on October 18, 2001. Featured 5,287 performances.
  10. 10
    Jonathan Larson More
    Opened on April 29, 1996. Closed on September 7, 2008. Featured 5123 performances.
  11. 11
    Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman More
    Opened on October 30, 2003. Featured 4,470 performances.
  12. 12
    Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg , Alain Boublil More
    Opened on April 11, 1991. Closed on January 28, 2001. Featured 4097 performances.
  13. 13
    Marshall Brickman , Rick Elice , Bob Crewe , Bob Gaudio More
    Opened on November 6, 2005. Featured 3,612 performances.
  14. 14
    Mark Bramble , Al Dubin , Harry Warren , Michael Stewart More
    Opened on August 25, 1980. Closed on January 8, 1989. Featured 3486 performances.Opened on May ... more
  15. 15
    Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs More
    Opened on February 14, 1972. Closed on April 13, 1980. Featured 3388 performances.Opened on ... more
  16. 16
    Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock , Joseph Stein More
    Opened on September 22, 1964. Closed on July 2, 1972. Featured 3242 performances.
  17. 17

    Life with Father

    Opened on November 8, 1939. Closed on July 12, 1947. Featured 3224 performances.
  18. 18

    Tobacco Road

    Opened on December 4, 1933. Closed on May 31, 1941. Featured 3182 performances.
  19. 19

    Hello, Dolly!

    Opened on January 16, 1964. Closed on December 27, 1970. Featured 2844 performances.
  20. 20
    Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner More
    Opened on March 15, 1956. Closed on September 29, 1962. Featured 2717 performances.
  21. 21
    Scott Wittman , Marc Shaiman , Thomas Meehan , Mark O'Donnell More
    Opened on August 16, 2002. Closed on January 4, 2009. Featured 2642 performances.
  22. 22
    Jeff Marx , Jeff Whitty , Robert Lopez More
    Opened on July 31, 2003. Closed on September 13, 2009. Featured 2534 performances.
  23. 23
    Mel Brooks , Thomas Meehan More
    Opened on April 19, 2001. Closed on April 22, 2007. Featured 2502 performances.
  24. 24
    Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joe Masteroff More
    Opened on March 19, 1998. Closed on January 4, 2004. Featured 2377 performances.Opened on ... more
  25. 25
    Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse More
    Opened on April 21, 1977. Closed on January 2, 1983. Featured 2377 performances.

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