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List: Top Ten Longest Running Broadway Plays

Date: May 2005

Source: League of American Theaters and Producers, Inc.

Base: Number of performances.

Notes: Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The musical first opened in London in 1981. The show made its debut on Broadway on October 7, 1982, at the Winter Garden Theatre. On June 19, 1997, Cats became the longest-running musical in Broadway history with 6,138 performances. It played a total of 7,485 performances in New York. Its New York record was surpassed on January 9, 2006, by The Phantom of the Opera, which was also composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cats' final performance on Broadway was on September 10, 2000.

Rank

Show

Performances

1.

Cats

7,485

2.

The Phantom of the Opera

7,221

3.

Les Misérables

6,680

4.

A Chorus Line

6,137

5.

Oh! Calcutta

5,959

6.

Beauty and the Beast

4,548

7.

Miss Saigon

4,092

8.

Rent

3,776

9.

Chicago (revival)

3,547

10.

42nd Street

3,486


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