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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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Barefoot in the Park is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon - Opened on October 23, 1963. Closed on June 25, 1967. Featured 1530 performances.

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Dreamgirls Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger - Opened on December 20, 1981. Closed on August 11, 1985. Featured 1521 performances.

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Mame is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Mame Jerry Herman , Robert Edwin Lee , Jerome Lawrence - Opened on May 24, 1966. Closed on January 3, 1970. Featured 1508 performances.

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Same Time, Next Year is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Same Time, Next Year Opened on March 14, 1975. Closed on September 3, 1978. Featured 1453 performances.

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Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring - Opened on January 10, 1941. Closed on June 17, 1944. Featured 1444 performances.

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers , Russel Crouse , Howard Lindsay - Opened on November 16, 1959. Closed on June 15, 1963. Featured 1443 performances.

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Me and My Girl is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Me and My Girl Noel Gay ^! Douglas Furber ^! L. Arthur Rose - Opened on August 10, 1986. Closed on December 31, 1989. Featured 1420 performances.

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How to Succeed in Business Wit... is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Jack Weinstock , Willie Gilbert , Abe Burrows - Opened on October 14, 1961. Closed on March 6, 1965. Featured 1417 performances.

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Hellzapoppin' is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Hellzapoppin' Sammy Fain - Opened on September 22, 1938. Closed on December 17, 1941. Featured 1404 performances.

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Music Man Franklin Lacey , Meredith Willson - Opened on December 19, 1957. Closed on April 15, 1961. Featured 1375 performances.

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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Funny Girl Opened on March 26, 1964. Closed on July 1, 1967. Featured 1348 performances.

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Mummenschanz is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Mummenschanz Opened on March 30, 1977. Closed on April 20, 1980. Featured 1326 performances.

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Movin' Out is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Movin' Out Twyla Tharp , Billy Joel - Opened on October 24, 2002. Closed on December 11, 2005. Featured 1303 performances.

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Brighton Beach Memoirs is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Brighton Beach Memoirs Neil Simon - Opened on March 27, 1983. Closed on May 11, 1986. Featured 1299 performances.

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Angel Street is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Angel Street Opened on December 5, 1941. Closed on December 30, 1944. Featured 1295 performances.

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Lightnin' is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Lightnin' Opened on August 26, 1918. Closed on August 27, 1921. Featured 1291 performances.

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Promises, Promises is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Promises, Promises Opened on December 1, 1968. Closed on January 1, 1972. Featured 1281 performances.

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The King and I Opened on March 29, 1951. Closed on March 20, 1954. Featured 1246 performances.

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Cactus Flower is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Cactus Flower Abe Burrows - Opened on December 8, 1965. Closed on November 23, 1968. Featured 1234 performances.

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Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Sleuth Anthony Shaffer - Opened on November 12, 1970. Closed on October 13, 1973. Featured 1222 performances.

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Torch Song Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Torch Song Trilogy Harvey Fierstein - Opened on June 10, 1982. Closed on May 19, 1985. Featured 1222 performances.

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1776 is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
1776 Sherman Edwards , Peter Stone - Opened on March 16, 1969. Closed on February 13, 1972. Featured 1217 performances.

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Equus is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Equus Peter Shaffer - Opened on October 24, 1974. Closed on October 2, 1977. Featured 1209 performances.

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Sugar Babies is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Sugar Babies Opened on October 8, 1979. Closed on August 28, 1982. Featured 1208 performances.

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Guys and Dolls Jo Swerling , Abe Burrows , Frank Loesser - Opened on November 24, 1950. Closed on November 28, 1953. Featured 1200 performances.Opened on April 14, 1992. Closed on January 8, 1995. Featured 1143 performances.

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Amadeus Peter Shaffer - Opened on December 17, 1980. Closed on October 16, 1983. Featured 1181 performances.

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Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Mister Roberts Opened on February 18, 1948. Closed on January 6, 1951. Featured 1157 performances.

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Annie Get Your Gun is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Annie Get Your Gun Irving Berlin ^! Dorothy Fields ^! Herbert Fields - Opened on May 16, 1946. Closed on February 12, 1949. Featured 1147 performances.Opened on March 4, 1999. Closed on September 1, 2001. Featured 1045 performances.

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The Seven Year Itch is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Seven Year Itch Opened on November 20, 1952. Closed on August 13, 1955. Featured 1141 performances.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County ... is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee William Finn ^! Rachel Sheinkin - Opened on May 2, 2005. Closed on January 20, 2008. Featured 1136 performances.

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Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in '... is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk Opened on April 25, 1996. Closed on January 10, 1999. Featured 1135 performances.

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Butterflies Are Free is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Butterflies Are Free Opened on October 21, 1969. Closed on July 2, 1972. Featured 1128 performances.

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Pins and Needles is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Pins and Needles Marc Blitzstein ^! Harold Jacob Rome - Opened on November 27, 1937. Closed on June 22, 1940. Featured 1108 performances.

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Plaza Suite is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Plaza Suite Neil Simon - Opened on February 14, 1968. Closed on October 3, 1970. Featured 1097 performances.

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Fosse is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Fosse Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb - Opened on January 14, 1999. Closed on August 25, 2001. Featured 1093 performances.

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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda , Quiara Alegría Hudes - Opened on March 30, 2008. Featured 1088 performances.

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They're Playing Our Song is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
They're Playing Our Song Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon , Carole Bayer Sager - Opened on February 11, 1979. Closed on September 6, 1981. Featured 1082 performances.

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Kiss Me, Kate is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Kiss Me, Kate Opened on December 30, 1948. Closed on July 28, 1951. Featured 1077 performances.

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Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope Opened on April 19, 1972. Closed on October 27, 1974. Featured 1065 performances.

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The Pajama Game is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Pajama Game George Abbott , Richard Pike Bissell , Jerry Ross - Opened on May 13, 1954. Closed on November 24, 1956. Featured 1063 performances.

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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Shenandoah Philip Rose ^! James Lee Barrett ^! Gary Geld ^! Peter Udell - Opened on January 7, 1975. Closed on August 7, 1977. Featured 1050 performances.

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The Teahouse of the August Moo... is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
The Teahouse of the August Moon Opened on October 15, 1953. Closed on March 24, 1956. Featured 1027 performances.

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Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Damn Yankees George Abbott , Jerry Ross , Richard Adler - Opened on May 5, 1955. Closed on October 12, 1957. Featured 1019 performances.

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Grand Hotel is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever
Grand Hotel George Forrest ^! Maury Yeston ^! Robert Wright ^! Luther Davis - Opened on November 12, 1989. Closed on April 25, 1992. Featured 1017 performances.