Long Runs on Broadway


15 Oct 1996

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 among the longest-running shows as of Oct. 11, 1996. All totals are for the original Broadway run, except where otherwise noted. Shows marked with an asterisk are still running.



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 among the longest-running shows as of Oct. 11, 1996. All totals are for the original Broadway run, except where otherwise noted. Shows marked with an asterisk are still running.

"A Chorus Line" 6137
"Oh! Calcutta" (Revival) 5959
*"Cats" 5849
*"Les Miserables" 3934
*"The Phantom of the Opera" 3658
"42nd Street" 3486
"Grease" (Original production) 3388
"Fiddler on the Roof" 3242
"Life With Father" 3224
"Tobacco Road" 3182

"Hello, Dolly!" 2844
"My Fair Lady" 2717
"Annie" 2377
"Man of La Mancha" 2328
"Abie's Irish Rose" 2327
*"Miss Saigon" 2274
"Oklahoma!" 2212
"Pippin" 1944
"South Pacific" 1925
"The Magic Show" 1920

"Deathtrap" 1793
"Gemini" 1788
"Harvey" 1775
"Dancin'" 1774
"La Cage Aux Folles" 1761
"Hair" 1750
"The Wiz" 1672
"Born Yesterday" 1642
"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" 1639
"Crazy for You" 1622
"Ain't Misbehavin'" 1604
"Mary, Mary" 1572
"Evita" 1567
"The Voice of the Turtle" 1557
"Barefoot in the Park" 1530
"Brighton Beach Memoirs" 1530
"Dreamgirls" 1522
"Mame" (musical) 1508
"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" (Original production) 1417
"Hellzapoppin" 1404
"The Music Man" 1375
"Funny Girl" 1348
"Mummenschanz" 1326
"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" (Original production) 1200
"Amadeus" 1181
"Cabaret" 1165
"Mister Roberts" 1157
"Annie Get Your Gun" 1147
"Guys and Dolls" (Revival) 1144
"The Seven Year Itch" 1141
"Butterflies Are Free" 1128
"Pins and Needles" 1108
"Plaza Suite" 1097
"They're Playing Our Song" 1082
"Grand Hotel" 1077
"Kiss Me, Kate" 1070
"Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" 1065
"The Pajama Game" 1063
"Shenandoah" 1050
* "Beauty and the Beast" 1037
"The Teahouse of the August Moon" 1027
"Damn Yankees" (Original production) 1019
* "Grease!" (Revival) 1010
"Never Too Late" 1007
"Big River" 1005
"The Will Rogers Follies" 983
"Any Wednesday" 982
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (Original production) 964
"The Odd Couple" 964
"Anna Lucasta" 957
"Kiss and Tell" 956
"Dracula" (Revival) 925
"Bells Are Ringing" 924
"The Moon Is Blue" 924
"Beatlemania" 920
"The Elephant Man" 916
"Luv" 901

SOME OTHER CURRENT BROADWAY SHOWS
* "Show Boat" (Revival) 845
* "Sunset Boulevard" 801
* "Smokey Joe's Cafe" 676
* "Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman" 477
* "Victor/Victoria" 403
* "Master Class" 344
* "The King and I: (Revival) 210
* "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (Revival) 203
* "Rent" 191
* "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" 186
* "An Ideal Husband" (Revival) 181
* "Love Thy Neighbor" 179

These figures come from "The Otis Guernsey/Burns Mantle Theatre Yearbook: The Best Plays of 1994-95," edited by Otis L. Guernsey Jr. and Jeffrey Sweet, as updated by Playbill On-Line. 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. Exceptions: "Master Class" and "Love Thy Neighbor" give seven performances a week; "Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman" gives six.