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Long Runs on Broadway

The list includes all Broadway shows that have run 800 or more performances as of November 30, 2016, except where otherwise noted. All totals are for the original Broadway run, except where otherwise noted. Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are still running. Totals do not include preview performances.

* The Phantom of the Opera 12,003
* Chicago (1996 Revival) 8,326
* The Lion King 7,939
Cats 7,485
Les Misérables 6,680
A Chorus Line 6,137
Oh! Calcutta! (1976 Revival) 5,959
Mamma Mia! 5,773
Beauty and the Beast 5,461
* Wicked 5,457
Rent 5,123
* Jersey Boys 4,588 (closing January 15, 2017)
Miss Saigon 4,092
42nd Street 3,486
Grease 3,388
Fiddler on the Roof 3,242
Life with Father 3,224
Tobacco Road 3,182
Hello, Dolly! 2,844
My Fair Lady 2,717
Hairspray 2,642
Mary Poppins 2,619
Avenue Q 2,534
The Producers 2,502
Cabaret (1998 Revival) 2,377
Annie 2,377
* The Book of Mormon 2,374
Man of La Mancha 2,328
Rock of Ages 2,328
Abie's Irish Rose 2,327
Oklahoma! 2,212
Smokey Joe's Cafe 2,036
Pippin 1,944
South Pacific 1,925
The Magic Show 1,920
Aida 1,852
Gemini 1,819
Deathtrap 1,793
Harvey 1,775
Dancin' 1,774
La Cage aux Folles 1,761
Hair 1,750
The Wiz 1,672
Born Yesterday 1,642
Crazy For You 1,622
Ain't Misbehavin’ 1,604
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1,584
Monty Python's Spamalot 1,575
Mary, Mary 1,572
Evita 1,567
The Voice of the Turtle 1,557
Jekyll & Hyde 1,543
Barefoot in the Park 1,532
42nd Street (2001 Revival) 1,524
Dreamgirls 1,521
* Kinky Boots 1,518
* Matilda The Musical 1,509 (Closing January 1, 2017)
Mame 1,508
Grease (1994 Revival) 1,505
Same Time, Next Year 1,453
Arsenic and Old Lace 1,444
The Sound of Music 1,443
Me and My Girl 1,420
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1,417
Hellzapoppin 1,404
The Music Man 1,375
Funny Girl 1,348
Mummenschanz 1,326
Oh! Calcutta! 1,316
Billy Elliot: The Musical 1,312
Movin' Out 1,303
Brighton Beach Memoirs 1,299
Angel Street 1,295
Lightnin' 1,291
Promises, Promises 1,281
The King and I 1,246
Cactus Flower 1,234
Sleuth 1,222
Torch Song Trilogy 1,222
1776 1,217
Equus 1,209
Sugar Babies 1,208
Guys and Dolls 1,200
* Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 1,193
In the Heights 1,185
Amadeus 1,181
Once 1,168
Memphis 1,166
Cabaret 1,165
Mister Roberts 1,157
Annie Get Your Gun 1,147
Guys and Dolls (1992 Revival) 1,143
The Seven Year Itch 1,141
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 1,136
Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk 1,135
* Aladdin 1,132
Butterflies Are Free 1,128
Pins and Needles 1,108
Plaza Suite 1,097
Fosse 1,093
They’re Playing Our Song 1,082
Kiss Me, Kate 1,077
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark 1,066
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope 1,065
The Pajama Game 1,063
Shenandoah 1,050
Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Revival) 1,045
The Teahouse of the August Moon 1,027
Les Misérables (2014 revival) 1,026 (closed September 4, 2016)
Damn Yankees 1,019
Grand Hotel 1,017
Contact 1,010
Never Too Late 1,007
Beatlemania 1,006
Big River 1,005
Newsies 1,004
South Pacific (2009 Revival) 996
Any Wednesday 983
The Will Rogers Follies 981
Sunset Boulevard 977
Urinetown 965
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 964
The Odd Couple 966
Anna Lucasta 957
Kiss and Tell 956
Show Boat (1994 Revival) 947
Chicago 936
Dracula (1977 Revival) 925
Bells Are Ringing 924
The Moon Is Blue 924
Proof 917
The Elephant Man 916
The Color Purple 910
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder 905
Kiss of the Spider Woman 904
Thoroughly Modern Millie 903
Luv 901
The Who’s Tommy 899
Applause 896
Can-Can 892
I'm Not Rappaport 891
Carousel 890
Hats Off to Ice 889
Follow the Girls 888
Fanny 888
Children of a Lesser God 887
Kiss Me, Kate (1999 Revival) 881
City of Angels 879
Camelot 873
The Bat 867
My Sister Eileen 864
No, No, Nanette (1971 Revival) 861
Song of Norway 860
Spring Awakening 859
I Love My Wife 857
Chapter Two 857
A Streetcar Named Desire 855
Barnum 854
Comedy in Music 849
Raisin 847
Blood Brothers 840
You Can't Take It With You 838
La Plume de Ma Tante 835
Three Men on a Horse 835
Ragtime 834
The Subject Was Roses 832
Black and Blue 829
Inherit the Wind 806
Anything Goes (1989 Revival) 804
Titanic 804
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 800


These figures come from The Broadway League and The Otis Guernsey/Burns Mantle Theatre Yearbook: The Best Plays of 2000-2001, edited by Otis L. Guernsey Jr., as updated by Playbill.com. Broadway shows generally play eight performances a week, or about 416 performances per year.


LONG RUNS OFF-BROADWAY
(1,800 performances or more, as of July 31, 2016, unless otherwise noted.)

The Fantasticks 17,162 (original run)
* Blue Man Group: Tubes 13,803
* Perfect Crime 12,017
* Stomp 9,439
Tony n' Tina's Wedding 5,798 (as of May 31, 2009)
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change 5,003
* The Fantasticks 4,033 (2006 revival)
Nunsense 3,672
* The Gazillion Bubble Show 3,497 (as of January 1, 2016)
Fuerza Bruta, 3,005
* Naked Boys Singing 2,794 (as of May 31, 2009)
The Threepenny Opera 2,611
* Avenue Q (Off-Broadway transfer) 2,828
De La Guarda 2,475
Forbidden Broadway (1982-87) 2,332
* NEWSical 2,252
Little Shop of Horrors 2,209
Godspell 2,124
Altar Boyz 2,032
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom 2,024
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 1,847
Forever Plaid 1,811
* Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind 1,176 (two performances per week since April 2, 2004)

 

LONG RUNS IN OTHER CITIES

Here are the long-run records in selected other cities. Performance schedules vary:

BOSTON: Shear Madness, 15,246 performances as of August 4, 2016.

CHICAGO: Blue Man Group; 9890 performances as of July 31, 2016. Shear Madness; Opened Sept. 22, 1982 at the Mayfair Theatre, closed, after 7,232 performances, Nov. 11, 1999 when the hotel that housed the theatre closed down. (The show returned to play at the Chicago Theatre Downstairs Sept. 19, 2006.)

LAS VEGAS: Blue Man Group at Luxor Las Vegas; 10,000 performances of August 9, 2016.

LONDON: The Mousetrap; Opened Nov. 25, 1952 at the Ambassadors Theatre. Now at St. Martin's Theatre, 26,554 performances as of July 31, 2016.

TORONTO: The Mousetrap; Opened Aug. 19, 1977 at the Toronto Truck Theatre, over 9000 performances (closed Jan. 18, 2004) according to a production spokesperson.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Shear Madness, 12,869 performances as of August 4, 2016.