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All-Time
Top Broadway Shows

Here are the Top Ten Longest-Running Broadway shows of all time, the number of performances, and the date the play closed.
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All-Time
Longest-Running Shows

Name of Play
# of
Performances
Date
Closed

The Fantasticks
(OFF Broadway - Sullivan Playhouse)

17,162
1-13-2002

1

Phantom of the Opera

7,767 +

Running

2

Cats

7,485
9-10-2000

3

Les Miserables

6,680
  5-18-2003

4

A Chorus Line

6,137

  4-28-1990

5

Oh, Calcutta!

5,959

  8-06-1989

6

Beauty and the Beast

5,093 +

 Running

7

Rent

4,315 +

Running

8

Chicago (1996 revival)

4,093

Running

9

Miss Saigon

4,092
  1-28-2001

10

Lion King

3,676

Running

11

42nd Street

3,486

  1-08-1989

12

Grease

3,388

  4-13-1980

Source: http://theater.about.com/od/broadway/a/longrun.htm


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Popular 2006
Broadway Shows

Name of Play
.
Seating

Name of Theater

1

A Chorus Line

1,079

Schoenfeld Plymouth Theatre

2

Avenue Q

805

John Golden Theatre

3

Beauty and the Beast

1,475

Lunt-Fontaine Theatre

4

Butley

785

Booth Theatre

5

Chicago

1,125

Ambassador Theatre

6

Company

1,096

Ethyl Barrymore

7

Dark

1,018

Belasco Theatre

8

Grey Gardens

947

Walter Kerr Theatre

9

Hairspray

1,297

Neil Simon Theatre

10

High Fidelity

1,421

Imperial Theatre

11

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

1,813

Hilton Theatre

12

Jersey Boys

1,275

August Wilson Theatre

13

Joaquin Cortes: Mi Soledad

1,784

Palace Theatre

14

Les Miserables

1,186

Broadhurst Theatre

15

Mamma Mia

1,482

Cadillac Winter Garden

16

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me

1,078

Jacobs Theatre

17

Mary Poppins

1,747

New Amsterdam Theatre

18

Monty Python's Spamalot

1,521

Shubert Theatre

19

Rent

1,203

Nederlander Theatre

20

Spring Awakening

1,108

Eugene O'Neill Theatre

21

Talk Radio

1,096

Longacre Theatre

22

Tarzan

1,368

Richard Rogers Theatre

23

The Coast of Utopia

1,080

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

24

The Color Purple

1,752

Broadway Theatre

25

The Drowsy Chaperone

1,604

Marquis Theatre

26

The Lion King

1,710

Minskoff Theatre

27

The Little Dog Laughed

1,084

Cort Theatre

28

The Phantom of the Opera

1,655

Majestic Theatre

29

The Producers

1,623

St. James Theatre

30

The Times They Are A-Chingin'

1,044

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

31

The Vertical Hour

1,010

Music Box Theatre

32

The Wedding Singer

1,437

Al Hirshfeld Theatre

33

Wicked

1,933

Gershwin Theatre

30

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