List of the longest-running Broadway shows

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The Phantom of the Opera has been running at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway since 1988.

This is a list of Broadway shows with 1,000 or more performances, sorted by number of performances. Eight shows currently running on Broadway have at least 1,000 performances: The Phantom of the Opera, the 1996 revival of Chicago, The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Hamilton, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

List[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, the run count listed is for the original Broadway production of the show. M denotes a musical, P denotes a straight play, R denotes revue, D denotes a dance show, and S denotes a special show or event. Totals current through November 27, 2022.

Rank Title Type Opening date Closing date Performances Awards Additional information
1 The Phantom of the Opera M January 26, 1988 13,821[1]
  • Currently running at the Majestic Theatre (venue since opening); closing set for February 18, 2023[2]
  • Broadway's longest-running show and musical
  • First ever Broadway production with total performances to achieve each additional 1,000 performance increment from 8,000+ through 13,000+
2 Chicago (1996 revival) M November 14, 1996 10,178[3]
  • Currently running at the Ambassador Theatre (venue since 2003)
  • Broadway's longest running revival
  • Original production in 1975 (936 performances)
  • Longest running show to have premiered on Broadway
  • Broadway's longest running American show
3 The Lion King M November 13, 1997 9,795[4]
4 Cats M October 7, 1982 September 10, 2000 7,485[5]
  • First ever Broadway production with 7,000+ performances
  • Revival in 2016 (593 performances)
5 Wicked M October 30, 2003 7,331[6]
6 Les Misérables M March 12, 1987 May 18, 2003 6,680[7]
  • Revivals in 2006 (463 performances) and 2014 (1,024 performances)
7 A Chorus Line M July 25, 1975 April 28, 1990 6,137[8]
  • First ever Broadway production with 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000+ performances
  • Revival in 2006 (759 performances)
8 Oh! Calcutta! (1976 revival) R September 24, 1976 August 6, 1989 5,959[9]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1969 (1,314 performances)
  • First revival to match its original for 1000+ performances
  • Broadway's longest-running revue
9 Mamma Mia! M October 18, 2001 September 12, 2015 5,758[10]
10 Beauty and the Beast M April 18, 1994 July 29, 2007 5,461[11]
11 Rent M April 29, 1996 September 7, 2008 5,123[12]
12 Jersey Boys M November 6, 2005 January 15, 2017 4,642[13]
13 The Book of Mormon M March 24, 2011 4,191[14]
14 Miss Saigon M April 11, 1991 January 28, 2001 4,092[15]
  • Revival in 2017 (340 performances)
15 42nd Street M August 25, 1980 January 8, 1989 3,486[16]
  • Revival in 2001 (1,524 performances)
16 Grease M February 14, 1972 April 13, 1980 3,388[17]
  • Revivals in 1994 (1,505 performances) and 2007 (554 performances)
17 Fiddler on the Roof M September 22, 1964 July 2, 1972 3,242[18]
  • Revivals in 1976 (167 performances), 1981 (53 performances), 1990 (241 performances), 2004 (781 performances), and 2015 (431 performances)
18 Life With Father P November 8, 1939 July 12, 1947 3,224[19]
  • Broadway's longest-running straight play
19 Tobacco Road P December 4, 1933 May 31, 1941 3,182[20]
  • First ever Broadway production with 3,000+ performances
  • Revivals in 1942 (34 performances), 1943 (66 performances), and 1950 (7 performances)
20 Aladdin M March 20, 2014 2,962[21]
21 Hello, Dolly! M January 16, 1964 December 27, 1970 2,844[22]
  • Revivals in 1975 (42 performances), 1978 (147 performances), 1995 (116 performances), and 2017 (550 performances)
22 My Fair Lady M March 15, 1956 September 29, 1962 2,717[23]
  • Revivals in 1976 (377 performances), 1981 (120 performances), 1993 (165 performances), and 2018 (509 performances)
23 Hairspray M August 15, 2002 January 4, 2009 2,642[24]
24 Mary Poppins M November 16, 2006 March 3, 2013 2,619[25]
25 Avenue Q M July 31, 2003 September 13, 2009 2,534[26]
26 Kinky Boots M April 4, 2013 April 7, 2019 2,505[27]
27 The Producers M April 19, 2001 April 22, 2007 2,502[28]
  • Currently holds the record of Broadway production with the most Tony Award wins, winning 12.
28 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical M January 12, 2014 October 27, 2019 2,416[29]
29 Hamilton M August 6, 2015 2,406[30]
30 Annie M April 21, 1977 January 2, 1983 2,377[31]
  • Revivals in 1997 (239 performances) and 2012 (487 performances)
Cabaret (1998 revival) M March 19, 1998 January 4, 2004 2,377[32]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1966 (1,165 performances) and revivals in 1987 (261 performances) and 2014 (388 performances)
32 Man of La Mancha M November 22, 1965 June 26, 1971 2,328[33]
  • Revivals in 1972 (140 performances), 1977 (124 performances), 1992 (108 performances), and 2002 (304 performances)
Rock of Ages M April 7, 2009 January 18, 2015 2,328[34]
34 Abie's Irish Rose P May 23, 1922 October 1, 1927 2,327[35]
  • First ever Broadway production with 2,000+ performances
  • Revivals in 1937 (46 performances) and 1954 (20 performances)
35 Oklahoma! M March 31, 1943 May 29, 1948 2,212[36]
  • Revivals in 1951 (100 performances), 1953 (40 performances), 1979 (293 performances), 2002 (388 performances), and 2019 (328 performances)
36 Smokey Joe's Cafe R March 2, 1995 January 16, 2000 2,036[37]
  • Broadway's longest running original music revue. The longest running musical revue, Oh! Calcutta!, was a revival.
37 Pippin M October 23, 1972 June 12, 1977 1,944[38]
  • Revival in 2013 (709 performances)
38 South Pacific M April 7, 1949 January 16, 1954 1,925[39]
  • Revivals in 1955 (15 performances) and 2008 (996 performances)
  • Held the record of Broadway production with the most Tony Award wins for 51 years with 10 wins, until it was surpassed by The Producers, which won 12.
39 The Magic Show M May 28, 1974 December 31, 1978 1,920[40]
40 Aida M March 23, 2000 September 5, 2004 1,852[41]
41 Gemini P May 21, 1977 September 6, 1981 1,819[42]
42 Deathtrap P February 26, 1978 June 13, 1982 1,793[43]
43 Harvey P November 1, 1944 January 15, 1949 1,775[44]
  • Revival in 1970 (79 performances) and 2012 (62 performances)
44 Dancin' D March 27, 1978 June 27, 1982 1,774[45]
  • Broadway's longest-running dance musical
45 La Cage aux Folles M August 21, 1983 November 15, 1987 1,761[46]
  • Revivals in 2004 (229 performances) and 2010 (433 performances)
46 Hair M April 29, 1968 July 1, 1972 1,750[47]
  • Revivals in 1977 (43 performances), 2004 (1 benefit performance), 2009 (519 performances), and 2011 (67 performances)
47 Dear Evan Hansen M December 4, 2016 September 18, 2022 1,672[48]
The Wiz M January 5, 1975 January 28, 1979 1,672[49]
  • Revival in 1984 (13 performances)
49 Come from Away M March 12, 2017 October 2, 2022 1,669[50]
50 Born Yesterday P February 4, 1946 December 31, 1949 1,642[51]
  • Revivals in 1989 (153 performances) and 2011 (73 performances)
51 Crazy for You M February 19, 1992 January 7, 1996 1,622[52]
52 Ain't Misbehavin' R May 9, 1978 February 21, 1982 1,604[53]
  • Revival in 1988 (176 performances)
53 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas M June 19, 1978 March 27, 1982 1,584[54]
  • Revivals in 1982 (63 performances) and 2006 (1 benefit performance)
54 Spamalot M March 17, 2005 January 11, 2009 1,575[55]
55 Mary, Mary P March 8, 1961 December 12, 1964 1,572[56]
56 Evita M September 25, 1979 June 26, 1983 1,567[57]
  • Revival in 2012 (337 performances)
57 The Voice of the Turtle P December 8, 1943 January 3, 1948 1,557[58]
58 Matilda the Musical M April 11, 2013 January 1, 2017 1,554[59]
59 Waitress M April 24, 2016 January 5, 2020 1,544[60]
  • Revival in 2021 (122 performances)
60 Jekyll & Hyde M April 28, 1997 January 7, 2001 1,543[61]
  • Revival in 2013 (30 performances)
61 Barefoot in the Park P October 23, 1963 June 25, 1967 1,530[62]
  • Revival in 2006 (109 performances)
62 42nd Street (2001 revival) M May 2, 2001 January 2, 2005 1,524[63]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1980 (3,486 performances)
63 Dreamgirls M December 20, 1981 August 11, 1985 1,521[64]
  • Revivals in 1987 (177 performances) and 2001 (1 benefit performance)
64 Mame M May 24, 1966 January 3, 1970 1,508[65]
  • Revival in 1983 (41 performances)
65 Grease (1994 revival) M May 11, 1994 January 25, 1998 1,505[66]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1972 (3,388 performances) and revival in 2007 (554 performances)
66 Same Time, Next Year P March 14, 1975 September 3, 1978 1,453[67]
67 Arsenic and Old Lace P January 10, 1941 June 17, 1944 1,444[68]
  • Revival in 1986 (221 performances)
68 The Sound of Music M November 16, 1959 June 15, 1963 1,443[69]
  • Revival in 1998 (533 performances)
69 Me and My Girl M August 10, 1986 December 31, 1989 1,420[70]
70 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying M October 14, 1961 March 6, 1965 1,417[71]
  • Revivals in 1995 (548 performances) and 2011 (473 performances)
71 Hellzapoppin R September 22, 1938 December 17, 1941 1,404[72]
72 The Music Man M December 19, 1957 April 15, 1961 1,375[73]
  • Revivals in 1980 (21 performances), 2000 (699 performances), and 2022 (317 performances, currently running at the Winter Garden Theatre)
73 Funny Girl M March 26, 1964 July 1, 1967 1,348[74]
  • Revivals in 2002 (1 benefit performance) and 2022 (249 performances, currently running at the August Wilson Theatre)
74 Mummenschanz S March 30, 1977 April 20, 1980 1,326[75]
  • Broadway's longest-running special
75 Oh! Calcutta! R June 17, 1969 August 12, 1972 1,314[76]
  • Original production
  • Revival in 1976 (5,959 performances)
76 Billy Elliot the Musical M November 13, 2008 January 8, 2012 1,312[77]
77 School of Rock M December 6, 2015 January 20, 2019 1,309[78]
78 Movin' Out D October 24, 2002 December 11, 2005 1,303[79]
79 Brighton Beach Memoirs P March 27, 1983 May 11, 1986 1,299[80]
  • Revival in 2009 (9 performances)
80 Angel Street P December 5, 1941 December 30, 1944 1,295[81]
  • Revivals in 1948 (14 performances) and 1975 (52 performances)
81 Lightnin' P August 26, 1918 August 27, 1921 1,291[82]
  • First ever Broadway production with 1,000+ performances
  • Revival in 1938 (54 performances)
82 Promises, Promises M December 1, 1968 January 1, 1972 1,281[83]
  • Revival in 2010 (289 performances)
83 The King and I M March 29, 1951 March 20, 1954 1,246[84]
  • Revivals in 1977 (695 performances), 1985 (191 performances), 1996 (780 performances), and 2015 (499 performances)
84 Cactus Flower P December 8, 1965 November 23, 1968 1,234[85]
85 Sleuth P November 12, 1970 October 13, 1973 1,222[86]
Torch Song Trilogy P June 10, 1982 May 19, 1985 1,222[87]
  • Revival in 2018 (77 performances)
87 1776 M March 16, 1969 February 13, 1972 1,217[88]
88 Equus P October 24, 1974 October 2, 1977 1,209[89]
  • Revival in 2008 (156 performances)
89 Sugar Babies R October 8, 1979 August 28, 1982 1,208[90]
90 Guys and Dolls M November 24, 1950 November 28, 1953 1,200[91]
  • Revivals in 1955 (16 performances), 1965 (15 performances), 1976 (239 performances), 1992 (1,143 performances), and 2009 (121 performances)
91 In the Heights M March 9, 2008 January 9, 2011 1,184[92]
92 Amadeus P December 17, 1980 October 16, 1983 1,181[93] Revival in 1999 (173 performances)
93 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child P April 22, 2018 1,178[94]
94 Once M March 18, 2012 January 4, 2015 1,168[95]
95 Cabaret M November 20, 1966 September 6, 1969 1,165[96]
  • Revivals in 1987 (261 performances), 1998 (2,377 performances), and 2014 (388 performances)
Memphis M October 19, 2009 August 5, 2012 1,165[97]
97 Mister Roberts P February 18, 1948 January 6, 1951 1,157[98]
98 Annie Get Your Gun M May 16, 1946 February 12, 1949 1,147[99]
  • Revivals in 1966 (78 performances) and 1999 (1,045 performances)
  • Oldest 1000+ original to be joined by 1000+ revival
99 Guys and Dolls (1992 revival) M April 14, 1992 January 8, 1995 1,143[100]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1950 (1,200 performances) and revivals in 1955 (16 performances), 1965 (15 performances), 1976 (239 performances), and 2009 (121 performances)
100 The Seven Year Itch P November 20, 1952 August 13, 1955 1,141[101]
101 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee M May 2, 2005 January 20, 2008 1,136[102]
102 Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk D April 25, 1996 January 10, 1999 1,135[103]
103 Butterflies Are Free P October 21, 1969 July 2, 1972 1,128[104]
104 Pins and Needles R November 27, 1937 June 22, 1940 1,108[105]
105 Plaza Suite P February 14, 1968 October 3, 1970 1,097[106]
  • Revival in 2022 (110 performances)
106 Fosse D January 14, 1999 August 25, 2001 1,093[107]
107 They're Playing Our Song M February 11, 1979 September 6, 1981 1,082[108]
108 Kiss Me, Kate M December 30, 1948 July 28, 1951 1,077[109]
  • Revivals in 1952 (8 performances), 1999 (881 performances), and 2019 (125 performances)
  • First show to win the Tony Award for Best Musical, among other Tony awards
109 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark M June 14, 2011 January 4, 2014 1,066[110]
  • Most expensive production in Broadway history
  • Longest preview period in Broadway history (182 previews)
110 Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope R April 19, 1972 October 27, 1974 1,065[111]
111 The Pajama Game M May 13, 1954 November 24, 1956 1,063[112]
  • Revivals in 1973 (65 performances) and 2006 (129 performances)
112 Shenandoah M January 7, 1975 August 7, 1977 1,050[113]
  • Revival in 1989 (32 performances)
113 Annie Get Your Gun (1999 revival) M March 4, 1999 September 1, 2001 1,045[114]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1946 (1,147 performances) and revival in 1966 (78 performances)
114 The Teahouse of the August Moon P October 15, 1953 March 24, 1956 1,027[115]
115 Les Misérables (2014 revival) M March 23, 2014 September 4, 2016 1,024[116]
  • Revival
  • Original production in 1987 (6,680 performances) and revival in 2006 (463 performances)
116 Damn Yankees M May 5, 1955 October 12, 1957 1,019[117]
  • Revival in 1994 (533 performances)
117 Grand Hotel M November 12, 1989 April 25, 1992 1,017[118]
118 Contact D March 30, 2000 September 1, 2002 1,010[119]
119 Never Too Late P November 27, 1962 April 24, 1965 1,007[120]
120 Beatlemania M May 31, 1977 October 17, 1979 1,006[121]
121 Big River M April 25, 1985 September 20, 1987 1,005[122]
  • Revival in 2003 (67 performances)
122 Newsies M March 29, 2012 August 24, 2014 1,004[123]

Timeline of longest-running Broadway shows[edit]

The Black Crook, which ran from 1866 to 1868, was the first Broadway show to run for over one year.[124]

This is a list of shows that have held the record for being the longest-running show (including straight plays and musicals) on Broadway since 1853. A few probable longest-running plays prior to 1853 are also listed.

Not included below is the 1976 revival of the revue Oh! Calcutta!, which briefly overtook A Chorus Line as the Broadway show which had played the most performances, even though A Chorus Line had opened more than a year earlier and was still playing. Oh! Calcutta! achieved this distinction by playing more than the standard eight performances per week.[125] A Chorus Line retook the record for most performances after Oh! Calcutta! closed.

The longest running off-Broadway musical to date is The Fantasticks, which starred Jerry Orbach. When it closed on January 13, 2002, it had run for 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. The current longest-running musical on Broadway is The Phantom of the Opera, which opened in 1988 and played its 10,000th performance in 2012.[126]

M denotes a musical and P denotes a straight play.

Took lead Title Type Opening
date
Closing
date
Performances Comments/Notes
2006-01-09January 9, 2006[127] The Phantom of the Opera M 1988-01-26January 26, 1988 13,821[1]
1997-06-19June 19, 1997[128] Cats M 1982-10-07October 7, 1982 2000-09-09September 10, 2000 7,485[5]
1983-09-29September 29, 1983[129] A Chorus Line M 1975-07-25July 25, 1975 1990-04-28April 28, 1990 6,137[8]
1979-12-08December 8, 1979[130] Grease M 1972-02-14February 14, 1972 1980-04-13April 13, 1980 3,388[17]
  • 2 Drama Desk Awards in 1972
  • Revivals in 1994 (1,505 performances) and 2007 (554 performances)
1972-06-17June 17, 1972[131] Fiddler on the Roof M 1964-09-22September 22, 1964 1972-07-02July 2, 1972 3,242[18]
  • Became longest running musical in July 1971, at 2,845 performances passing 2,844 mark of Hello Dolly!.[132]
  • 9 Tony Awards in 1965, including Best Musical
  • A Special Tony Award in 1972 for becoming Broadway's longest-running musical
  • Revivals in 1976 (167 performances), 1981 (53 performances), 1990, (241 performances), 2004 (781 performances), and 2015 (431 performances)
1947-06-14June 14, 1947[133] Life with Father P 1939-11-08November 8, 1939 1947-07-12July 12, 1947 3,224[19]
1939-06-01June 1939[134] Tobacco Road P 1933-12-04December 4, 1933 1941-05-31May 31, 1941 3,182[20]
  • Revivals in 1942 (34 performances), 1943 (66 performances), and 1950 (7 performances)
1925-05-23May 23, 1925[135] Abie's Irish Rose P 1923-05-23May 23, 1923 1927-10-1October 1, 1927 2,327[35]
  • Revivals in 1937 (46 performances) and 1954 (20 performances)
1920-03-17March 17, 1920[136][137][138] Lightnin' P 1918-08-26August 26, 1918 1921-08-27August 27, 1921 1,291[82]
  • Revival in 1938 (54 performances)
1893-06-22June 22, 1893[139] A Trip to Chinatown M 1891-11-09November 9, 1891 1893-08-07August 7, 1893 657[140]
1885-12-01December 1885[141] Adonis M 1884-09-04September 4, 1884 1886-04-17April 17, 1886 603[142]
1881-05-01May 1881 Hazel Kirke P 1880-02-04February 4, 1880 1881-05-31May 31, 1881 486[143][144]
  • 250th performance programme claimed play had exceeded number of consecutive performances of any "similar play" in the country on its 238th performance,[145] which is no doubt a reference to Pique (1875) which ran for 237 performances.[146]
1867-08-05August 5, 1867[147] The Black Crook M 1866-09-12September 12, 1866 1868-01-04January 4, 1868 474[148]
  • First Broadway show to run for over one year.[124] In terms of a "musical", The Seven Sisters (1860–61, 253 perf.), was probably the longest running show closest to a "musical" prior to this.[149]
1853-10-011853[150] Uncle Tom's Cabin (Aiken version) P 1853-08-23August 8, 1853 1854-05-13May 13, 1854 325[151]
1850-01-011850 The Drunkard P 1850-01-011850 1850-10-07October 7, 1850? 100[155]
1844-09-24September 24, 1844 Putnam, the Iron Son of '76 P 1844-08-05August 5, 1844 1844-11-02November 2, 1844 78[157][158]
  • At the Bowery Theatre. If Mazeppa ran 43 nights in 1833 and was previous record, Putnam became most performed on its 44th performance on September 24, 1844.
1833-08-091833 Mazeppa, Or, The Wild Horse of Ukraine P 1833-06-22July 22, 1833 1833-09-09September 9, 1833 43[159]
1831-01-281831 The Elephant of Siam and the Fire Fiend by Samuel Beazley P 1831-01-10January 10, 1831 1831? 18[162]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "The Phantom of the Opera". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (2022-09-16). "Andrew Lloyd Webber's History-Making The Phantom of the Opera Sets Closing Date on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  3. ^ "Chicago". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  4. ^ "The Lion King". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  5. ^ a b "Cats". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  6. ^ "Wicked". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  7. ^ "Les Misérables". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  8. ^ a b "A Chorus Line". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  9. ^ "Oh! Calcutta". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  10. ^ "Mamma Mia!". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  11. ^ "Beauty and the Beast". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  12. ^ "Rent". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  13. ^ "Jersey Boys". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  14. ^ "The Book of Mormon". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  15. ^ "Miss Saigon". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  16. ^ "42nd Street". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  17. ^ a b "Grease". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  18. ^ a b "Fiddler on the Roof". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  19. ^ a b "Life with Father". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  20. ^ a b "Tobacco Road". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  21. ^ "Aladdin". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  22. ^ "Hello, Dolly!". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  23. ^ "My Fair Lady". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  24. ^ "Hairspray". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  25. ^ "Mary Poppins". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  26. ^ "Avenue Q". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  27. ^ "Kinky Boots". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  28. ^ "The Producers". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  29. ^ "Beautiful The Carole King Musical". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  30. ^ "Hamilton". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  31. ^ "Annie". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  32. ^ "Cabaret". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  33. ^ "Man of La Mancha". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  34. ^ "Rock of Ages". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  35. ^ a b "Abie's Irish Rose". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  36. ^ "Oklahoma!". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  37. ^ "Smokey Joe's Cafe". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  38. ^ "Pippin". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  39. ^ "South Pacific". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  40. ^ "The Magic Show". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  41. ^ "Aida". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  42. ^ "Gemini". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  43. ^ "Deathtrap". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  44. ^ "Harvey". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  45. ^ "Dancin'". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  46. ^ "La Cage aux Folles". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  47. ^ "Hair". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  48. ^ "Dear Evan Hansen". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  49. ^ "The Wiz". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  50. ^ "Come From Away". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  51. ^ "Born Yesterday". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  52. ^ "Crazy for You". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  53. ^ "Ain't Misbehavin'". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  54. ^ "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  55. ^ "Spamalot". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  56. ^ "Mary, Mary". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  57. ^ "Evita". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  58. ^ "The Voice of the Turtle". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  59. ^ "Matilda The Musical". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  60. ^ "Waitress". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  61. ^ "Jekyll & Hyde". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  62. ^ "Barefoot in the Park". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  63. ^ "42nd Street". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  64. ^ "Dreamgirls". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  65. ^ "Mame". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  66. ^ "Grease". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  67. ^ "Same Time, Next Year". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  68. ^ "Arsenic and Old Lace". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  69. ^ "The Sound of Music". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  70. ^ "Me and My Girl". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  71. ^ "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  72. ^ "Hellzapoppin'". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  73. ^ "The Music Man". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  74. ^ "Funny Girl". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  75. ^ "Mummenschanz". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  76. ^ "Oh! Calcutta!". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  77. ^ "Billy Elliot the Musical". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  78. ^ "School of Rock – The Musical". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  79. ^ "Movin' Out". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  80. ^ "Brighton Beach Memoirs". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  81. ^ "Angel Street". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  82. ^ a b "Lightnin'". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  83. ^ "Promises, Promises". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  84. ^ "The King and I". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  85. ^ "Cactus Flower". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  86. ^ "Sleuth". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  87. ^ "Torch Song Trilogy". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  88. ^ "1776". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  89. ^ "Equus". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  90. ^ "Sugar Babies". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  91. ^ "Guys and Dolls". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  92. ^ "In the Heights". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  93. ^ "Amadeus". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  94. ^ "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  95. ^ "Once". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  96. ^ "Cabaret". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  97. ^ "Memphis". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  98. ^ "Mister Roberts". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  99. ^ "Annie Get Your Gun". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  100. ^ "Guys and Dolls". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  101. ^ "The Seven Year Itch". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  102. ^ "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  103. ^ "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  104. ^ "Butterflies Are Free". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  105. ^ "Pins and Needles". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
  106. ^ "Plaza Suite". IBDB.com. Internet Broadway Database.
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  153. ^ (February 23, 1854). Uncle Tom's Cabin, The New York Times (reported that 230th performance would be that evening)
  154. ^ (June 19, 1854). Uncle Tom's Cabin (advertisement), The New York Times (announcing revival of play "as performed at the National Theatre 325 consecutive times")
  155. ^ The Drunkard as a Drama of the Temperance Movement, p. 3 (1995)
  156. ^ Culture, Genre, and Literary Vocation: Selected Essays on American Literature, p. 108 (2001)
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  158. ^ Ireland, Joseph, Records of the New York stage, from 1750 to 1860, pp. 417, 438
  159. ^ Granqvist, Raoul. Imitation as Resistance: Appropriations of English Literature in Nineteenth Century America, p. 170 (stating that Mazeppa ran at the Bowery Theatre for 48 consecutive nights)
  160. ^ (August 31, 1833). Amusements, New York Evening Post, p. 3, col. 5 (advertisement stating that evening will be 35th presentation of Mazeppa)
  161. ^ (September 9, 1833). Amusements, p. 3, col. 5 (announcing that Mazeppa will be performed that night "For the Benefit of Mr. Gale", appears to have been final consecutive performance)
  162. ^ a b c Shank, Theodore J. (1959). "Theatre for the Majority: Its Influence on a Nineteenth Century American Theatre". Educational Theatre Journal. 11 (3): 188–199. doi:10.2307/3204801. JSTOR 3204801. See p. 196, noting that Mazeppa had 43 performances; Elephant of Siam and the Water Witch in 1831 had 18 each.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Laufe, Abe. Anatomy of a Hit: Long-Run Plays on Broadway from 1900 to the Present Day. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1966.
  • Schildcrout, Jordan. In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway's Hit Plays. New York and London: Routledge, 2019.
  • Sheward, David. It's a Hit!: The Back Stage Book of Longest-Running Broadway Shows, 1884 to the Present. New York: Back Stage Books, 1994