What makes Broadway a little better than Hollywood is that the shows can last a long time and with an ever-changing cast, the original production is always on view. Sometimes a play can take years, but here are some of the longest-running shows on Broadway today, from the best to the worst.
The Book of Mormon (3,748)
This story of two LDS elders premiered on March 24, 2011, and runs until March 31, 2012. It is also one of the longest-running plays on Broadway today, with a total run time of more than three and a half years.
The Mormon book has earned some serious recognition, with a staggering nine Tony Awards at the 2011 ceremony, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Director. The rest of Wicked, which has been on Broadway since June 10, 2003, now appears on the list of longest-running shows on Broadway, with a total run time of over three and a half years.
That means the show will come of age next year and we certainly don’t want it to go away. The show celebrated its 18th birthday on June 10, 2012, and ended its run at the Broadway Theatre Company in New York City.
Unfortunately, the show only won three Tony Awards, but it managed to add a Grammy to its original album.
The Lion King (9,302)
On July 8, 1997, it celebrated its 23rd birthday and its premiere at the Broadway Theatre Company in New York City.
The Lion King’s accolades include six Tony Awards and several Emmys, which have made it into mainstream culture during his stay. It is the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time, and you can buy a beer from Simba, but it is also the most successful musical in Broadway history.
Velma, Roxie, and Billy Amos have been on Broadway for more than 30 years, making it the longest-running revival of all time. The original is eclipsed by the revival, which is so successful that it dwarfs the original by just over 10,000 points in the score. Come on, we have the most successful musical in Broadway history, and it’s just under the 10,000-point mark!
Chicago’s revival has won seven Tony Awards, including best revival musical, and it has been quite successful when it comes to critical reception and audience awards. Only the good die young and the bad seem to live forever, but they are not the only ones.
The Phantom of the Opera (13,370)
The Phantom of the Opera is the foundation of modern Broadway shows and celebrated its 30th anniversary on stage two years ago, in 2018. The Phantom has everything you could possibly want, but it has the longest run of any Broadway musical today, averaging eight performances a week. When I asked the technical crew who had made it to the stage for the premiere of Phantom at the Opera, they replied that they would build the stages to handle eight weeks of performance over the next 20 years.
This longevity might explain why, after 30 years on stage, it is still one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.
The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in the history of New York Broadway, is still the most successful show on Broadway with 7,485 performances.
The competition is still fierce and we have to thank Cats for its 7,485, but it is still the longest-running show on Broadway, which bears the title of the most successful show in the history of New York Broadway. She didn’t make the list today because she’s off-Broadway at the moment, and she deserves credit for that.