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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. 26

    Abie's Irish Rose

    Opened on May 23, 1922. Closed on October 1, 1927. Featured 2327 performances.
  2. 27
    Ado Annie, Laurey Williams, Ali Hakim More
    Opened on March 31, 1943. Closed on May 29, 1948. Featured 2212 performances.
  3. 28
    Joe Pesci, Tommy DeVito, Norm Waxman More
    Opened on November 6, 2005. Featured 2041 performances.
  4. 29

    Smokey Joe's Cafe

    Opened on March 2, 1995. Closed on January 16, 2000. Featured 2036 performances.
  5. 30
    Pippin, Catherine, Charles More
    Opened on October 23, 1972. Closed on June 12, 1977. Featured 1944 performances.
  6. 31
    Jerome, Luther Billis, Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN More
    Opened on April 7, 1949. Closed on January 16, 1954. Featured 1925 performances.
  7. 32

    The Magic Show

    Opened on May 28, 1974. Closed on December 31, 1978. Featured 1920 performances.
  8. 33
    Amneris, Zoser, Radames More
    Opened on March 23, 2000. Closed on September 5, 2004. Featured 1852 performances.
  9. 34

    Gemini

    Opened on May 21, 1977. Closed on September 6, 1981. Featured 1819 performances.
  10. 35
    Clifford Anderson, Sidney Bruhl, Porter Milgrim More
    Opened on February 26, 1978. Closed on June 13, 1982. Featured 1793 performances.
  11. 36

    Harvey

    E.J. Lofgren, Veta Louise Simmons, Elwood P. Dowd More
    Opened on November 1, 1944. Closed on January 15, 1949. Featured 1775 performances.
  12. 37

    Dancin'

    Opened on March 27, 1978. Closed on June 27, 1982. Featured 1774 performances.
  13. 38
    Albin, Francis, Madame Renaud More
    Opened on August 21, 1983. Closed on November 15, 1987. Featured 1761 performances.
  14. 39
    Woof, Crissy, Hud More
    Opened on April 29, 1968. Closed on July 1, 1972. Featured 1750 performances.
  15. 40
    The Wizard, Tin Man, Scarecrow More
    Opened on January 5, 1975. Closed on January 28, 1979. Featured 1672 performances.
  16. 41

    Born Yesterday

    Paul Verrall, Eddie Brock, Billie Dawn More
    Opened on February 4, 1946. Closed on December 31, 1949. Featured 1642 performances.
  17. 42
    Katie Nanna, Bert, Winifred Banks More
    Opened on November 16, 2006. Featured 1637 performances.
  18. 43
    Lank Hawkins, Mother (Lottie Child), Patricia Fodor More
    Opened on February 19, 1992. Closed on January 7, 1996. Featured 1622 performances.
  19. 44
    Opened on May 9, 1978. Closed on February 21, 1982. Featured 1604 performances.
  20. 45
    Deputy Fred, Sheriff, Miss Mona Stangley More
    Opened on June 19, 1978. Closed on March 27, 1982. Featured 1584 performances.
  21. 46
    Sir Dennis Galahad, The Dashingly Handsome, Sir Bedevere, The Strangely ... More
    Opened on March 17, 2005. Closed on January 11, 2009. Featured 1575 performances.
  22. 47

    Mary, Mary

    Opened on March 8, 1961. Closed on December 12, 1964. Featured 1572 performances.
  23. 48
    Perón's Mistress, Juan Perón, Eva Perón More
    Opened on September 25, 1979. Closed on June 26, 1983. Featured 1567 performances.
  24. 49

    The Voice of the Turtle

    Opened on December 8, 1943. Closed on January 3, 1948. Featured 1557 performances.
  25. 50
    Emma Carew, Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde More
    Opened on April 28, 1997. Closed on January 7, 2001. Featured 1543 performances.

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