Long Runs on Broadway

By Jennifer Nason-Brownand
14 Dec 2014

Several current Broadway shows are in the process of breaking records on the all time long-run list. Here are the standings for number of performances of current and former Broadway shows as of December 14, 2014. The list includes all Broadway shows that have run more than 800 performances. All totals are for the original Broadway run, except where otherwise noted. Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are still running.

* The Phantom of the Opera 11183
* Chicago (Revival) 7509
Cats 7485
* The Lion King 7118
Les Misérables 6680
A Chorus Line 6137
Oh! Calcutta! (Revival) 5959
Beauty and the Beast 5461
* Mamma Mia! 5447
Rent 5123
* Wicked 4633
Miss Saigon 4092
*Jersey Boys 3772
42nd Street 3486
Grease 3388
Fiddler on the Roof 3242
Life with Father 3224
Tobacco Road 3182
Hello, Dolly! 2844
My Fair Lady 2717
Hairspray 2642
Mary Poppins 2619
Avenue Q 2534
The Producers 2502
Cabaret (Revival) 2377
Annie 2377
Man of La Mancha 2328
Abie's Irish Rose 2327
* Rock of Ages 2288
Oklahoma! 2212
Smokey Joe's Cafe 2036
Pippin 1944
South Pacific 1925
The Magic Rose 1920
Aida 1852
Gemini 1819
Deathrap 1793
Harvey 1775
Dancin' 1774
La Cage aux Folles 1761
Hair 1750
The Wiz 1672
Born Yesterday 1642
Crazy For You 1622
Ain't Misbehavin' 1604
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1584
Spamalot 1575
Mary, Mary 1572
Evita 1567
The Voice of the Turtle 1557
* The Book of Mormon 1557
Jekyll & Hyde 1543
Barefoot in the Park 1532
42nd Street (Revival) 1524
Dreamgirls 1521
Mame 1508
Grease (Revival) 1505
Same Time, Next Year 1453
Arsenic and Old Lace 1444
The Sound of Music 1443
Me and My Girl 1420
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1417
Hellzapoppin 1404
The Music Man 1375
Funny Girl 1348
Mummenschanz 1326
Oh! Calcutta! 1316
Billy Elliot: The Musical 1312
Movin' Out 1303
Brighton Beach Memoirs 1299
Angel Street 1295
Lightnin' 1291
Promises, Promises 1281
The King and I 1246
Cactus Flower 1234
Sleuth 1222
Torch Song Trilogy 1222
1776 1217
Equus 1209
Sugar Babies 1208
Guys and Dolls 1200
In the Heights 1185
Amadeus 1181
Cabaret 1165
Memphis 1166
Mister Roberts 1157
Annie Get Your Gun 1147
* Once 1144
Guys and Dolls 1143
The Seven Year Itch 1141
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 1136
Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk 1135
Butterflies Are Free 1128
Pins and Needles 1108
Plaza Suite 1097
Fosse 1093
They're Playing Our Song 1082
Kiss Me, Kate 1077
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope 1065
The Pajama Game 1063
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark 1066
Shenandoah 1050
Annie Get Your Gun (Revival) 1045
The Teahouse of the August Moon 1027
Damn Yankees 1019
Grand Hotel 1017
Contact 1010
Never Too Late 1007
Beatlemania 1006
Big River 1005
Newsies 1004
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 (Revival) 947
Chicago 936
Dracula (Revival) 925
Bells Are Ringing 924
The Moon Is Blue 924
Proof 917
The Elephant Man 916
The Color Purple 910
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 (Revival) 881
City of Angels 879
Camelot 873
The Bat 867
My Sister Eileen 864
No, No, Nanette (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
The King and I (Revival) 807
Inherit the Wind 806
Anything Goes (1989 Revival) 804
Titanic 804

 

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. The totals for number of performances do not include previews. For comparison, Broadway shows generally play eight performances a week, or about 416 performances per year.

LONG RUNS OFF-BROADWAY (as of Jan. 11, 2007 unless noted)
*The Fantasticks 20,251 (as of April 23, 2014)
*Perfect Crime 10,000 (as of February 16, 2014)
*Blue Man Group 12,402 (as of April 23, 2014)
*Stomp 8,496 (as of May 1, 2014)
Tony n' Tina's Wedding 4,905 (as of May 1, 2004)
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change 4,345
Nunsense 3,672
Threepenny Opera 2,611
De La Guarda 2,475
Forbidden Broadway (1982-87) 2,332
Little Shop of Horrors 2,209



LONG RUNS IN OTHER CITIES

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

BOSTON: Shear Madness; Opened January 29, 1980 at the Charles Playhouse, 14,185 performances as of Jan. 1, 2014.

CHICAGO: 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.)

LONDON: The Mousetrap; Opened Nov. 25, 1952 at the Ambassadors Theatre. Now at St. Martin's Theatre, 25,707 performances as of July 26, 2014.

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; Opened Aug. 12, 1987 at the Theater Lab Cabaret/JFK Center for the Performing Arts, 11,720 performances as of Jan. 1, 2014.