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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 More
    Opened on November 22, 1965. Closed on June 26, 1971. Featured 2328 performances.
  2. 27

    Abie's Irish Rose

    Opened on May 23, 1922. Closed on October 1, 1927. Featured 2327 performances.
  3. 28
    Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II More
    Opened on March 31, 1943. Closed on May 29, 1948. Featured 2212 performances.
  4. 29
    Mike Stoller , Jack Viertel , Jerry Leiber , Stephen Helper More
    Opened on March 2, 1995. Closed on January 16, 2000. Featured 2036 performances.
  5. 30
    Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson More
    Opened on October 23, 1972. Closed on June 12, 1977. Featured 1944 performances.
  6. 31
    Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II More
    Opened on April 7, 1949. Closed on January 16, 1954. Featured 1925 performances.
  7. 32

    The Magic Show

    Bob Randall , Stephen Schwartz More
    Opened on May 28, 1974. Closed on December 31, 1978. Featured 1920 performances.
  8. 33
    David Henry Hwang , Elton John , Linda Woolverton , Robert Falls , Tim ... 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
    Ira Levin More
    Opened on February 26, 1978. Closed on June 13, 1982. Featured 1793 performances.
  11. 36

    Harvey

    Mary Chase 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
    Jerry Herman , Harvey Fierstein More
    Opened on August 21, 1983. Closed on November 15, 1987. Featured 1761 performances.
  14. 39
    Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado More
    Opened on April 29, 1968. Closed on July 1, 1972. Featured 1750 performances.
  15. 40
    Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown More
    Opened on January 5, 1975. Closed on January 28, 1979. Featured 1672 performances.
  16. 41

    Born Yesterday

    Garson Kanin More
    Opened on February 4, 1946. Closed on December 31, 1949. Featured 1642 performances.
  17. 42
    Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman , George Stiles , Anthony Drew , ... More
    Opened on November 16, 2006. Featured 1637 performances.
  18. 43
    George Gershwin , Ira Gershwin , Ken Ludwig More
    Opened on February 19, 1992. Closed on January 7, 1996. Featured 1622 performances.
  19. 44
    Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz , Fats Waller More
    Opened on May 9, 1978. Closed on February 21, 1982. Featured 1604 performances.
  20. 45
    Carol Hall , Larry L. King , Peter Masterson More
    Opened on June 19, 1978. Closed on March 27, 1982. Featured 1584 performances.
  21. 46
    Neil Innes , John Du Prez , Eric Idle 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
    Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice 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
    Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse , Steve Cuden More
    Opened on April 28, 1997. Closed on January 7, 2001. Featured 1543 performances.

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