The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever

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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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  1. 51

    Neil Simon Opened on October 23, 1963. Closed on June 25, 1967. Featured 1530 performances.

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  2. 52

    Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger Opened on December 20, 1981. Closed on August 11, 1985. Featured 1521 performances.

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  3. 53

    Jerry Herman ^! Robert Edwin Lee ^! Jerome Lawrence Opened on May 24, 1966. Closed on January 3, 1970. Featured 1508 performances.

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  4. 54
    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.

  5. 55

    Joseph Kesselring Opened on January 10, 1941. Closed on June 17, 1944. Featured 1444 performances.

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  6. 56

    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay Opened on November 16, 1959. Closed on June 15, 1963. Featured 1443 performances.

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  7. 57

    Noel Gay ^! Douglas Furber ^! L. Arthur Rose Opened on August 10, 1986. Closed on December 31, 1989. Featured 1420 performances.

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  8. 58

    Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, Abe Burrows Opened on October 14, 1961. Closed on March 6, 1965. Featured 1417 performances.

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  9. 59

    Sammy Fain Opened on September 22, 1938. Closed on December 17, 1941. Featured 1404 performances.

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  10. 60

    Franklin Lacey ^! Meredith Willson Opened on December 19, 1957. Closed on April 15, 1961. Featured 1375 performances.

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  11. 61

    Opened on March 26, 1964. Closed on July 1, 1967. Featured 1348 performances.

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  12. 62
    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.

  13. 63

    Twyla Tharp, Billy Joel Opened on October 24, 2002. Closed on December 11, 2005. Featured 1303 performances.

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  14. 64

    Neil Simon Opened on March 27, 1983. Closed on May 11, 1986. Featured 1299 performances.

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  15. 65
    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.

  16. 66
    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.

  17. 67
    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.

  20. 70
    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.

  21. 71

    Harvey Fierstein Opened on June 10, 1982. Closed on May 19, 1985. Featured 1222 performances.

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  22. 72

    Sherman Edwards, Peter Stone Opened on March 16, 1969. Closed on February 13, 1972. Featured 1217 performances.

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  23. 73

    Peter Shaffer Opened on October 24, 1974. Closed on October 2, 1977. Featured 1209 performances.

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  24. 74
    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.

  25. 75

    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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  26. 76

    Peter Shaffer Opened on December 17, 1980. Closed on October 16, 1983. Featured 1181 performances.

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  27. 77

    Opened on February 18, 1948. Closed on January 6, 1951. Featured 1157 performances.

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  28. 78

    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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    William Finn ^! Rachel Sheinkin Opened on May 2, 2005. Closed on January 20, 2008. Featured 1136 performances.

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  31. 81
    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.

  32. 82

    Opened on October 21, 1969. Closed on July 2, 1972. Featured 1128 performances.

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  33. 83

    Marc Blitzstein ^! Harold Jacob Rome Opened on November 27, 1937. Closed on June 22, 1940. Featured 1108 performances.

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  34. 84

    Neil Simon Opened on February 14, 1968. Closed on October 3, 1970. Featured 1097 performances.

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  35. 85

    Bob Fosse ^! Fred Ebb Opened on January 14, 1999. Closed on August 25, 2001. Featured 1093 performances.

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  36. 86

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes Opened on March 30, 2008. Featured 1088 performances.

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  37. 87

    Marvin Hamlisch ^! Neil Simon ^! Carole Bayer Sager Opened on February 11, 1979. Closed on September 6, 1981. Featured 1082 performances.

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  38. 88
    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.

  40. 90

    George Abbott ^! Richard Pike Bissell ^! Jerry Ross ^! Richard Adler Opened on May 13, 1954. Closed on November 24, 1956. Featured 1063 performances.

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  41. 91

    Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett, Gary Geld Opened on January 7, 1975. Closed on August 7, 1977. Featured 1050 performances.

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  42. 92

    Opened on October 15, 1953. Closed on March 24, 1956. Featured 1027 performances.

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  43. 93

    George Abbott ^! Jerry Ross ^! Richard Adler ^! Douglass Wallop Opened on May 5, 1955. Closed on October 12, 1957. Featured 1019 performances.

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    George Forrest ^! Maury Yeston ^! Robert Wright ^! Luther Davis Opened on November 12, 1989. Closed on April 25, 1992. Featured 1017 performances.

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