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Longest-Running Musicals

Learn all about Broadway's most popular and longest-running musicals!
a data set by PopCultureFan
created June 6, 2017
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PosterTitleOpening DateClosing DateNotable SongBasisMain CharactersOriginal CastMusicLyricsBook
The Phantom of the OperaJanuary 26, 1988"The Phantom Of The Opera"Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, novel by Gaston LerouxThe Phantom of the Opera, Christine DaaéMichael Crawford, Sarah BrightmanAndrew Lloyd WebberCharles HartAndrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe
ChicagoNovember 14, 1996"All That Jazz"Chicago, play by Maurine Dallas WatkinsVelma Kelly, Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn, Amos HartChita Rivera, Gwen Verdon, Jerry Orbach, Barney MartinJohn KanderFred EbbFred Ebb, Bob Fosse
The Lion KingNovember 13, 1997"The Circle Of Life"The Lion King, film by Walt Disney Animation StudiosSimba, Scar, Mufasa, NalaJason Raize, John Vickery, Samuel E. Wright, Heather HeadleyElton JohnTim RiceRoger Allers, Irene Mecchi
CatsOctober 7, 1982September 10, 2000"Memories"Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, book by T. S. EliotAdmetus, Alonzo, Mr. MistoffeleesTerrence Mann, Hector Jamie Mercado, Timothy ScottAndrew Lloyd WebberT.S. EliotT.S. Eliot
Les MisérablesMarch 12, 1987May 18, 2003"I Dreamed A Dream"Les Misérables, novel by Victor HugoJean Valjean, Javert, FantineColm Wilkinson, Terrence Mann, Randy GraffClaude-Michel SchönbergHerbert KretzmerTrevor Nunn, John Caird
A Chorus LineJuly 25, 1975April 28, 1990"What I Did For Love"Zach, Diana, Cassia, Paul, SheilaRobert LuPone, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, Sammy Williams, Kelly BishopMarvin HamlischEdward KlebanJames Kirkwood, Jr., Nicholas Dante
Mamma Mia!October 18, 2001September 12, 2015"Mamma Mia!"Songs by ABBADonna, Rosie, TanyaLouise Pitre, Judy Kaye, Karen MasonBenny Andersson, Björn UlvaeusBenny Andersson, Björn UlvaeusCatherine Johnson
WickedOctober 30, 2003"Defying Gravity"Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, novel by Gregory MaguireElphaba, GlindaIdina Menzel, Kristen ChenowethStephen SchwartzStephen SchwartzWinnie Holzman
Beauty and the BeastApril 18, 1994July 29, 2007"Beauty And The Beast"Beauty and the Beast, film by Walt Disney Animation StudiosBeast, BelleTerrance Mann, Susan EganAlan MenkenHoward Ashman, Tim RiceLinda Woolverton
RentApril 29, 1996September 7, 2008"Seasons of Love"La Bohème, opera by Giacomo PucciniMark Cohen, Roger Davis, Mimi MarquézAnthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-VegaJonathan LarsonJonathan LarsonJonathan Larson
Jersey BoysNovember 6, 2005January 15, 2017"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"Songs by The Four SeasonsFrankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick MassiJohn Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert SpencerBob GaudioBob GaudioMarshall Brickman, Rick Elice
Miss SaigonApril 11, 1991January 28, 2001"The Last Night Of The World"Madame Butterfly, opera by Giacomo PucciniKim, The Engineer, ChrisLea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce, Simon BowmanClaude-Michel SchönbergAlain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr.Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
42nd StreetAugust 25, 1980January 8, 1989"Fourty-Second Street"42nd Street, novel by Bradford RopesPeggy Sawyer, Billy Lawlor, Dorothy Brock, Julian MarshWanda Richert, Lee Roy Reams, Tammy Grimes, Jerry OrbachHarry WarrenAl Dubin, Johnny MercerMichael Stewart, Mark Bramble
GreaseFebruary 14, 1972April 13, 1980"Summer Nights"Sandy Dumbrowski, Danny ZukoCarole Demas, Barry BostwickJim Jacobs, Warren Casey, John FarrarJim Jacobs, Warren Casey, John FarrarJim Jacobs, Warren Casey
Fiddler on the RoofSeptember 22, 1964July 2, 1972"If I Were A Rich Man"Tevye and His Daughters, short stories by Sholem AleichemTevye, Golde, HodelZero Mostel, Maria Karnilova, Julia MigenesJerry BockSheldon HarnickJoseph Stein
Hello, Dolly!January 16, 1964December 27, 1970"Hello, Dolly!"The Matchmaker, play by Thornton WilderDolly Levi, Horace Vandergelder, Cornelius HacklCarol Channing, David Burns, Charles Nelson ReillyJerry HermanJerry HermanMichael Stewart
My Fair LadyMarch 15, 1956September 29, 1962"Get Me To The Church"Pygmalion, play by George Bernard ShawHenry Higgins, Eliza DoolittleRex Harrison, Julie AndrewsFrederick LoeweAlan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner
HairsprayAugust 15, 2002January 4, 2009"You Can't Stop The Beat"Hairspray, film by John WatersTracy Turnblad, Edna Turnblad, Velma Von Tussle, Link LarkinMarissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Linda Hart, Matthew MorrisonMarc ShaimanScott Wittman, Marc ShaimanMark O'Donnell, Thomas Meehan
Mary PoppinsNovember 16, 2006March 3, 2013"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"Mary Poppins, books by P.L. TraversMary Poppins, Bert, Winifred BanksAshley Brown, Gavin Lee, Rebecca LukerThe Sherman BrothersThe Sherman Brothers, Anthony DreweJulian Fellowes
The Book of MormonMarch 24, 2011"I Believe"Elder Price, Elder Cunningham, NabulungiAndrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Nikki M. JamesRobert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt StoneRobert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt StoneRobert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Avenue QJuly 31, 2003September 13, 2009"Mix Tape"Princeton/Rod, Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, Nicky/Trekkie/Bad Idea BearJohn Tartaglia, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Rick LyonRobert Lopez, Jeff MarxRobert Lopez, Jeff MarxJeff Whitty
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