The Top Longest Running Broadway Musicals of All Time

Several Broadway musicals have been so loved and memorable that they stood the test of time and were enjoyed by multiple generations. These are the fabled musicals that are now choice selections for smaller scale theatres and acting clubs all over the world. Theatre lovers in Georgia are no different, and tickets to renditions quickly sell out. Here are some of the longest running Broadway musicals of all time.

1. The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is a household name, even among those who are not fond of musical theatre. This show currently holds the top spot for longest running musical on Broadway—ever. Audiences began enjoying this masterpiece in 1988, and you can still catch a showing on Broadway to this day. There have been over 10,000 amazing performances of Phantom of the Opera, and theatre lovers look forward to seeing many more in the future.

2. Chicago

The version of Chicago that audiences are enjoying today is a revived rendition of an original that had a short, two-year stint on the Broadway stage. In 1996, a new, jazzy, intoxicating show appeared that wowed audiences and earned a place among the best shows ever seen. In 19 years, it has won a respectable amount of awards and captured the hearts of millions. There have also been several notable guest stars in these showings, including Usher and Jerry Springer.

3. Cats

When Cats first graced the Broadway stage, it was an instant success and thoroughly enjoyed by audience members. Cats was unlike anything that had ever been seen before. The songs and visuals were alluring and intriguing, earning the production a fabulous 18-year lifespan on Broadway before the show was closed in the year 2000.

4. The Lion King

Another household name, The Lion King, also had a very long stay on Broadway. This production began as a Disney show and impressed both adults and children with life-sized recreations of their favorite characters and larger than life performances of their favorite songs. The Lion King can still be enjoyed on Broadway today, and is the highest grossing musical production of all time.

5. Les Miserables

Les Mis is currently seeing its second life on the famed Broadway stage, but it was the first production that earned it a name among the top shows on Broadway. That version showed for an impressive 16 years. This musical was based off a popular novel by Victor Hugo, and is still loved by audiences today.

See a Musical

Musicals are an essential part of theatre that take a lot of time, skill and dedication to create. They are often some of the most beloved showings on the big stage. If you would like to see a good musical in the future, check out the lineup at Lionheart Theatre Company and buy your tickets today.

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