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Longest Running Broadway Theater Productions

List the longest-running Broadway productions, based on the # of performances.
As of January 24, 2018
Includes revivals. Separate productions of the same play are listed separately
Could be a musical, drama, or something else
Quiz by tengland
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First submittedMay 2, 2012
Last updatedJanuary 25, 2018
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Production
12,478
active
The Phantom of the Opera
8,803
active
Chicago
7,609
active
The Lion King
7,485
2000
Cats
6,680
2003
Les Misérables
6,137
1990
A Chorus Line
5,959
1989
Oh! Calcutta!
5,940
active
Wicked
5,758
2015
Mamma Mia!
5,461
2007
Beauty and the Beast
5,123
2008
Rent
4,642
2017
Jersey Boys
4,092
2001
Miss Saigon
3,486
1989
42nd Street
3,388
1989
Grease
3,242
1972
Fiddler on the Roof
3,224
1947
Life with Father
3,182
1941
Tobacco Road
2,859
active
The Book of Mormon
2,844
1970
Hello, Dolly!
2,717
1962
My Fair Lady
2,642
2009
Hairspray
2,619
2013
Mary Poppins
2,534
2009
Avenue Q
2,502
2007
The Producers
2,377
1983
Annie
2,377
2004
Cabaret
2,328
1971
Man of La Mancha
2,328
2015
Rock of Ages
2,327
1927
Abie's Irish Rose
2,212
1948
Oklahoma!
2,036
2000
Smokey Joe's Cafe
2,002
active
Kinky Boots
1,944
1977
Pippin
1,925
1954
South Pacific
1,920
1978
The Magic Show
1,852
2004
Aida
1,819
1981
Gemini
1,793
1982
Deathtrap
1,775
1949
Harvey
1,774
1982
Dancin'
1,761
1987
La Cage aux Folles
1,750
1972
Hair
1,690
active
Beautiful: The Carole
King Musical
1,672
1979
The Wiz
1,642
1949
Born Yesterday
1,622
1996
Crazy for You
1,610
active
Aladdin
1,604
1982
Ain't Misbehavin'
1,584
1982`
The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas
1,575
2009
Spamalot
1,572
1964
Mary, Mary
1,567
1983
Evita
1,557
1948
The Voice of the Turtle
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Production
1,544
2017
Matilda
1,543
2001
Jekyll & Hyde
1,530
1967
Barefoot in the Park
1,524
2005
42nd Street
1,521
1985
Dreamgirls
1,508
1970
Mame
1,505
1998
Grease
1,453
1978
Same Time, Next Year
1,444
1944
Arsenic and Old Lace
1,443
1963
The Sound of Music
1,420
1989
Me and My Girl
1,417
1965
How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying
1,404
1941
Hellzapoppin'
1,375
1961
The Music Man
1,348
1967
Funny Girl
1,326
1980
Mummenschanz
1,314
1972
Oh! Calcutta!
1,312
2012
Billy Elliot the Musical
1,303
2005
Movin' Out
1,299
1986
Brighton Beach Memoirs
1,295
1944
Angel Street
1,291
1921
Lightnin'
1,281
1972
Promises, Promises
1,246
1954
The King and I
1,234
1968
Cactus Flower
1,222
1973
Sleuth
1,222
1985
Torch Song Trilogy
1,217
1972
1776
1,209
1977
Equus
1,208
1982
Sugar Babies
1,200
1953
Guys and Dolls
1,184
2011
In the Heights
1,181
1983
Amadeus
1,168
2015
Once
1,165
1969
Cabaret
1,165
2012
Memphis
1,157
1951
Mister Roberts
1,147
1949
Annie Get Your Gun
1,143
1995
Guys and Dolls
1,141
1955
The Seven Year Itch
1,136
2008
The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee
1,135
1999
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk
1,128
1972
Butterflies are Free
1,108
1940
Pins and Needles
1,097
1970
Plaza Suite
1,093
2001
Fosse
1,082
1981
They're Playing Our Song
1,077
1951
Kiss Me, Kate
1,066
2014
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
1,065
1974
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
1,063
1956
The Pajama Game
1,050
1977
Shenandoah
1,045
2001
Annie Get Your Gun
1,029
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Hamilton
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level 46
May 2, 2012
LOVE this quiz! 27/100, but i forgot some of the obvious ones, like grease
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level 76
Mar 2, 2016
I missed obvious ones, too, and only got 31% but it beat 90% of quiz takers. I saw several of these at the outdoor Muny in St. Louis. Never been to Broadway, but maybe someday.
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level 15
May 2, 2012
why are a lot of stuff on here twice?
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level ∞
Mar 28, 2014
Two separate productions of the same play.
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level 71
Aug 21, 2012
Great quiz. Could use a bit more time as I was typing full out from the beginning, but just couldn't type that fast. Nice that you included both musicals and non-musicals - and revivals as well as first run (Chicago barely ran at all in its' first incarnation, but has run "forever" as we say in the biz here since it was revived. One thing I'm glad about is that you didn't try to do "cumulative" performances on Broadway - considering the number of times "West Side Story", "Hello Dolly", "Oklahoma!" and the like have been revived, that would get really confusing! Awesome, and thanks for remembering us here on the G.W.W.!
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level 77
Feb 2, 2013
Lots of these I've never heard of before. The one I got that nobody else apparently has heard of was Avenue Q, which is definitely worth going to see.
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level 83
Mar 3, 2014
Feel like 'longest running' is perhaps not the best title, seems to be about most performances. Also, since the last time this quiz was updated, The Book of Mormon has climbed onto the ranks (it'd be about #75 as of this writing).
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level 77
Mar 10, 2014
I got it because I ended up just guessing every show I'd heard of, but it's only been out a couple years, right? I saw it on Broadway when it was still new, I think that was a couple years ago. Yet it's already higher than many older productions and some famous ones like West Side Story?
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level 83
Mar 10, 2014
Exactly. In my mind 'longest running' implies passage of time, not simply show count.
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level 77
Mar 10, 2014
There weren't many that I guessed that were not on here. But I don't know Broadway that well. I tried Little Shop of Horrors, Jerusalem, and a few others that I know have been around a lot longer than Book of Mormon. Agree with plattitude.
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level 83
Mar 1, 2016
There were a few I guessed this time around that weren't on there... Newsies, Shenandoah, Damn Yankees, and Grand Hotel.
Interestingly, The Book of Mormon climbed some 40 + spaces on the list in the last 2 years though, now at #31, but elapsed time from debut also puts it at 31... looking at the whole list, the order by elapsed time stays very close to the order by show count, with only a couple being more than 3 spaces different, so I'll withdraw my objection.
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2014
The quiz has been updated with the latest data!
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level 30
Mar 10, 2014
Some appear twice because they are revival productions.
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level 76
Mar 10, 2014
More time needed for sure.
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level 23
Mar 28, 2014
You put guys and dolls twice. I was in a prodution of it once
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level 76
May 19, 2014
Cage aux folles doesn't work with out "La". English words always work without "The".
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level 46
Dec 29, 2014
I like quizzes you can complete. That obviously isn't the goal here, but I enjoyed it anyway.
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level 58
May 28, 2015
Smokey Joe's used to be next to Abie's Irish Rose (and I used that to key off each other) but now Oklahoma is in between them. I'm curious how that happened since if Oklahoma had more performances it would be a revival and not change the original count. I figure one of the figures got updated but am curious which changed and why. BTW in case you didn't realize, I love this quiz and take it a lot to see if I can still remember them all.
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level 33
Sep 24, 2015
I'm surprised West Side Story is not here!
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level 61
Jul 29, 2019
same, I tries it like 4 times haha, not sure if I had spelled it correctly (or perhaps written west coast or something haha)
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level 66
Nov 15, 2015
for 100 productions, you should really give more time.
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level ∞
Feb 29, 2016
Increased the time to 10:00
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level 59
Mar 2, 2016
I think the quiz would be more interesting if it simply asked for the top ten.
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level 59
Mar 2, 2016
A tough quiz, I only managed 22. Was only trying to think of musicals, and didn't even consider plays, dance productions or masked theater troupes (aka Mummenschanz). Was surprised some of my guesses didn't make the top 100, but after checking discovered their runs just weren't long enough - Jesus Christ Superstar (711); Camelot (873); Godspell (527); and West Side Story (732 + 253 a couple of years later).
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level 65
Mar 2, 2016
I guessed all of those also and was surprised not to see them.
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level 61
Jul 29, 2019
Yea I was surprised by the west side story and jesus christ superstar. I only got 20 (17 without automatic "doubles"). But those were one of the ones strongest in my memory (along with lion king, cats, miss saingon and les mis)
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level 38
Mar 6, 2016
doing the lights at broadway really helps. 83. believe me I ran out of time.you see im not a fast typer cuz I spend 13 hrs at broadway doing lights makeup and 2 hours I have my phone and all I do Is jetpunkjetpunkjetpunk. hey you should check out my quiz cast of Hamilton. watch wicked or matilda or BOTH they are the bombs. oh and when augustus eats the cake, it was a holographic projection. I relly shoudnt be saying this tho.. nvm they'll never fire me cuz I am the BEST at lights and makeup.
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level 32
Mar 10, 2016
strange that Dreamgirls was guessed only by 9%, since it was made into a successful movie
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level 24
Aug 15, 2016
You need to update this
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level 70
Jan 29, 2018
A friend of mine (coincidentally, who I'd seen Spamalot with - yet I failed to get it!) just saw Avenue Q less than a month ago - did the original run close and now it's back? I see the posters for all the current runs all the time so I kind of forget. Odd that I didn't get more correct, since it was only a year ago that I last worked in midtown - I literally had to walk right past probably half a dozen of these shows every day. Yet I still missed many!!
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level 51
Feb 20, 2018
I know the song Shenandoah very well - yet I never knew that there is a musical also called this. I am now going to investigate whether the song is from the musical...
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level 67
Feb 21, 2018
I'm amazed that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat didn't make the list, given that I remember there being approximately 50 billion ads for it on TV when it was running, for what seemed like decades.
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level 63
Feb 21, 2018
Holy crap this was hard! Managed 29 somehow, but forgot so many major shows.
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level 63
Feb 21, 2018
Annie Get Your Gun is listed twice but counted once. Granted when I typed in "Annie" I was thinking about the orphan girl so maybe the 1 out of 2 was a token gesture.
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level 73
Feb 21, 2018
I just can't believe that Spiderman is on the list . I'm sure it's correct, but it was a running joke for two Tony shows in a row it was that awful. If there was a Razzie for Broadway shows, it would have won hands down.
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level 71
Mar 30, 2019
Same here! It had so many problems that I was under the impression it never even got out of previews!
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level 65
Feb 21, 2018
I just tried to think of all those plays that it seems like every middle school / high school is always putting on, and that covers a lot of the classics. I mostly missed on some of the newer ones, or some of the really old ones. Even of the 60 I did not get, as soon as I read the name, I was like, oh yeah! Ironically the number of these that I've actually seen is probably not that high but I guess the names of plays and musicals are so often short, memorable, and find their way into popular language usage.
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level 54
Feb 28, 2018
I could only think of 10 Broadway shows. I'm probably the least-qualified homosexual you will ever encounter on JetPunk.
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level 71
Mar 30, 2019
LOL! Soon they'll be coming to revoke your gay card! Let me guess, you're probably terrible at interior decorating too :-D
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level 62
Sep 22, 2018
I got one "Annie Get Your Gun" by typing "Annie" but not the other one. Also, I think it would be very helpful to have the opening year. The closing year doesn't really help at all.
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