The Never-Ending Musical

There are 116 Broadway shows that have run for more than 1,000 performances. But the longest running Broadway show by far is The Phantom Of The Opera.

longest running Broadway show

The Longest Running Broadway Show


With 12,422 performances as of December 3rd, 2017, according to IBDB, which is the best tracker for Broadway shows. You should check out their site, it’s pretty cool!

The next closest show is Chicago, with 8,747 performances as of December 3rd, 2017. That means that if Phantom closed today and Chicago was performed once a day, it would take ten years for Chicago to overtake the record!

The top ten are:

  • The Phantom of the Opera – 12,442
  • Chicago – 8,747
  • The Lion King – 8,348
  • Cats – 7,485
  • Les Miserables – 6,880
  • A Chorus Line – 6,137
  • Oh! Calcutta! – 5,959
  • Wicked – 5,883
  • Mamma Mia! – 5,758
  • Beauty and the Beast – 5,461

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