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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
    Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny More
    Opened on January 26, 1988. Featured 9451 performances.
  2. 2
    Jemima, Demeter, Griddlebone More
    Opened on October 7, 1982. Closed on September 10, 2000. Featured 7485 performances.
  3. 3
    Éponine, Jean Valjean, Javert More
    Opened on March 12, 1987. Closed on May 18, 2003. Featured 6680 performances.
  4. 4
    Zach, Mike Costa, Connie Wong More
    Opened on July 25, 1975. Closed on April 28, 1990. Featured 6137 performances.
  5. 5
    Performers, "The Open Window" Performers More
    Opened on September 24, 1976. Closed on August 6, 1989. Featured 5959 performances.Opened on ... more
  6. 6
    Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Mary Sunshine More
    Opened on November 14, 1996. Featured 5780 performances.
  7. 7
    Maurice, Gaston, Mrs. Potts More
    Opened on April 18, 1994. Closed on July 29, 2007. Featured 5461 performances.
  8. 8
    Ed the Hyena, Shenzi, Timon More
    Opened on November 13, 1997. Featured 5365 performances.
  9. 9
    Angel Dumott Schunard, Mimi Marquez, Mark Cohen More
    Opened on April 29, 1996. Closed on September 7, 2008. Featured 5123 performances.
  10. 10
    Ellen, The Engineer, Christopher Scott More
    Opened on April 11, 1991. Closed on January 28, 2001. Featured 4097 performances.
  11. 11
    Tanya, Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin More
    Opened on October 18, 2001. Featured 3728 performances.
  12. 12
    Julian Marsh, Dorothy Brock, Mac More
    Opened on August 25, 1980. Closed on January 8, 1989. Featured 3486 performances.Opened on May ... more
  13. 13
    Frenchy, Doody, Principal McGee More
    Opened on February 14, 1972. Closed on April 13, 1980. Featured 3388 performances.Opened on ... more
  14. 14
    Fyedka, Motel, Tevye More
    Opened on September 22, 1964. Closed on July 2, 1972. Featured 3242 performances.
  15. 15

    Life with Father

    Opened on November 8, 1939. Closed on July 12, 1947. Featured 3224 performances.
  16. 16

    Tobacco Road

    Opened on December 4, 1933. Closed on May 31, 1941. Featured 3182 performances.
  17. 17
    The Wizard, Fiyero, Madame Morrible More
    Opened on October 30, 2003. Featured 2886 performances.
  18. 18

    Hello, Dolly!

    Opened on January 16, 1964. Closed on December 27, 1970. Featured 2844 performances.
  19. 19
    Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Professor Henry Higgins, Mrs. Pearce More
    Opened on March 15, 1956. Closed on September 29, 1962. Featured 2717 performances.
  20. 20
    Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy Turnblad, Edna Turnblad More
    Opened on August 16, 2002. Closed on January 4, 2009. Featured 2642 performances.
  21. 21
    The Bad Idea Bears, Brian, Kate Monster More
    Opened on July 31, 2003. Closed on September 13, 2009. Featured 2534 performances.
  22. 22
    Roger De Bris, Leo Bloom, Carmen Ghia More
    Opened on April 19, 2001. Closed on April 22, 2007. Featured 2502 performances.
  23. 23
    Ernst Ludwig, Fraulein Kost, Clifford Bradshaw More
    Opened on March 19, 1998. Closed on January 4, 2004. Featured 2377 performances.Opened on ... more
  24. 24
    Franklin Roosevelt, Molly, Sandy More
    Opened on April 21, 1977. Closed on January 2, 1983. Featured 2377 performances.
  25. 25
    Dulcinea, Sancho Panza, Don Quixote More
    Opened on November 22, 1965. Closed on June 26, 1971. Featured 2328 performances.

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