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 famous musicals with the most performances are instant classics that are favorites among generations. Some have even been adapted into live tv events. 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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Opened on September 24, 1976. Closed on August 6, 1989. Featured 5959 performances.Opened on June 17, 1969. Closed on August 12, 1972. Featured 1314 performances.
Oh! Calcutta! is an avant-garde theatrical revue, created by British drama critic Kenneth Tynan. The show, consisting of sketches on sex-related topics, debuted Off-Broadway in 1969 and then in ...more
Opened on August 25, 1980. Closed on January 8, 1989. Featured 3486 performances.Opened on May 2, 2001. Closed on January 2, 2005. Featured 1524 performances.
42nd Street is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, Produced by David Merrick, directed by an ...more
Opened on February 14, 1972. Closed on April 13, 1980. Featured 3388 performances.Opened on May 11, 1994. Closed on January 25, 1998. Featured 1505 performances.
Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High ...more
Opened on March 19, 1998. Closed on January 4, 2004. Featured 2377 performances.Opened on November 20, 1966. Closed on September 6, 1969. Featured 1165 performances.
Cabaret is a musical based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit, inspiring numerous subsequent ...more