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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

    Mitch Leigh , Joe Darion , Dale Wasserman Opened on November 22, 1965. Closed on June 26, 1971. Featured 2328 performances.

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    Abie's Irish Rose Opened on May 23, 1922. Closed on October 1, 1927. Featured 2327 performances.

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    Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II Opened on March 31, 1943. Closed on May 29, 1948. Featured 2212 performances.

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    Mike Stoller , Jack Viertel , Jerry Leiber , Stephen Helper Opened on March 2, 1995. Closed on January 16, 2000. Featured 2036 performances.

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    Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson Opened on October 23, 1972. Closed on June 12, 1977. Featured 1944 performances.

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    Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II Opened on April 7, 1949. Closed on January 16, 1954. Featured 1925 performances.

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    The Magic Show Bob Randall , Stephen Schwartz Opened on May 28, 1974. Closed on December 31, 1978. Featured 1920 performances.

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    David Henry Hwang , Elton John , Linda Woolverton , Robert Falls , Tim ... Opened on March 23, 2000. Closed on September 5, 2004. Featured 1852 performances.

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    Gemini Opened on May 21, 1977. Closed on September 6, 1981. Featured 1819 performances.

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    Ira Levin Opened on February 26, 1978. Closed on June 13, 1982. Featured 1793 performances.

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    Harvey Mary Chase Opened on November 1, 1944. Closed on January 15, 1949. Featured 1775 performances.

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    Dancin' Opened on March 27, 1978. Closed on June 27, 1982. Featured 1774 performances.

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    Jerry Herman , Harvey Fierstein Opened on August 21, 1983. Closed on November 15, 1987. Featured 1761 performances.

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    Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado Opened on April 29, 1968. Closed on July 1, 1972. Featured 1750 performances.

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    Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown Opened on January 5, 1975. Closed on January 28, 1979. Featured 1672 performances.

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    Born Yesterday Garson Kanin Opened on February 4, 1946. Closed on December 31, 1949. Featured 1642 performances.

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    Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman , George Stiles , Anthony Drew , ... Opened on November 16, 2006. Featured 1637 performances.

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    George Gershwin , Ira Gershwin , Ken Ludwig Opened on February 19, 1992. Closed on January 7, 1996. Featured 1622 performances.

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    Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz , Fats Waller Opened on May 9, 1978. Closed on February 21, 1982. Featured 1604 performances.

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    Carol Hall , Larry L. King , Peter Masterson Opened on June 19, 1978. Closed on March 27, 1982. Featured 1584 performances.

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    Neil Innes , John Du Prez , Eric Idle Opened on March 17, 2005. Closed on January 11, 2009. Featured 1575 performances.

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    Mary, Mary Opened on March 8, 1961. Closed on December 12, 1964. Featured 1572 performances.

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice Opened on September 25, 1979. Closed on June 26, 1983. Featured 1567 performances.

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    The Voice of the Turtle Opened on December 8, 1943. Closed on January 3, 1948. Featured 1557 performances.

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    Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse , Steve Cuden Opened on April 28, 1997. Closed on January 7, 2001. Featured 1543 performances.

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