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'Phantom' to become the longest-running Broadway show

Posted Sunday, January 8, 2006

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New York, NY - On Monday evening, Jan. 9, 2006, Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera will become the longest-running show in Broadway history.

The performance will be number 7,486 -- surpassing the current champion Cats, which held at 7,485 shows and was also written by Webber.

The special night will begin with an early 6:30 p.m. performance at The Majestic Theatre, 247 West 44th St., the musical's home for its entire run. The performance will be followed by a one-night-only onstage presentation being secretly devised by the musical's creators. Guests will then attend a masked ball in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria.

The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway on January 26, 1988 and has been seen by almost 11 million people. Since premiering the musical, which won seven 1988 Tony Awards including best musical, has grossed nearly $600 million, making it the highest grossing show in Broadway history.

On January 26, 2006 the musical will become the first Broadway production to celebrate its 18th anniversary.

Longest Running Broadway Shows in History
as of January 9th, 2006

1. The Phantom of the Opera* 7,486
2. Cats 7,485
3. Les Miserables 6,680
4. A Chorus Line 6,137
5. Oh! Calcutta (1976 Revival) 5,959
6. Beauty and the Beast* 4,812
7. Miss Saigon 4,092
8. Rent* 4,033
9. Chicago (1996 Revival)* 3,811
10. 42nd Street 3,486
11. The Lion King* 3,403
12. Grease 3,388
13. Fiddler on the Roof 3,242
14. Life with Father^ 3,224
15. Tobacco Road^ 3,182
16. Hello, Dolly! 2,844
17. My Fair Lady 2,717
18. Cabaret (1998 Revivial) 2,378
19. Annie 2,377
20. Man of La Mancha 2,328
21. Abie's Irish Rose^ 2,327
22. Oklahoma! 2,212
23. Smokey Joe's Cafe 2,037
24. The Producers* 1,966
25. Pippin 1,944
26. South Pacific 1,925
27. The Magic Show 1,920
28. Aida 1,857
29. Gemini^ 1,819
30. Deathtrap^ 1,793
31. Harvey^ 1,775
32. Dancin' 1,774
33. La Cage aux Folles 1,761
34. Mamma Mia!* 1,758
35. Hair 1,750
36. The Wiz 1,672
37. Born Yesterday^ 1,642
38. Crazy For You 1,638
39. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1,584
40. Mary, Mary^ 1,572
41. Evita 1,567
42. Ain't Misbehavin' 1,565
43. The Voice of the Turtle^ 1,557
44. Jekyll & Hyde 1,543
45. Barefoot in the Park^ 1,530
46. 42nd Street (2001 Revival) 1,524
47. Dreamgirls 1,521
48. Mame 1,508
49. Grease (1994 Revival) 1,505
50. Same Time, Next Year^ 1,453
51. Arsenic and Old Lace^ 1,444
52. The Sound of Music 1,443
53. Me and My Girl 1,420
54. How to Succeed in Business... 1,417
55. Hairspray* 1,416
56. Hellzapoppin 1,404
57. The Music Man 1,375
58. Funny Girl 1,348
59. Mummenschanz^ 1,326
60. Oh! Calcutta! 1,314
61. Movin' Out 1,303
62. Brighton Beach Memoirs^ 1,299
63. Angel Street^ 1,295
64. Lightnin'^ 1,291
65. Promises, Promises 1,281
66. The King and I 1,246
67. Cactus Flower^ 1,234
68. Sleuth^ 1,222
69. Torch Song Trilogy^ 1,222
70. 1776 1,217
71. Equus^ 1,209
72. Sugar Babies 1,208
73. Guys and Dolls 1,200
74. Amadeus^ 1,181
75. Cabaret 1,165
76. Mister Roberts^ 1,157
77. Annie Get Your Gun 1,147
78. Guys and Dolls (1992 Revival) 1,143
79. The Seven Year Itch^ 1,141
80. Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk 1,135
81. Butterflies are Free^ 1,128
82. Pins and Needles 1,108
83. Plaza Suite^ 1,097
84. Fosse 1,093
85. They're Playing Our Song 1,082
86. Kiss Me, Kate 1,077
87. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope 1,065
88. The Pajama Game 1,063
89. Shenandoah 1,050
90. Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Revival) 1,045
91. The Teahouse of August Moon^ 1,027
92. Avenue Q* 1,020
93. Damn Yankees 1,019
94. Grand Hotel 1,017
95. Contact 1,010
96. Never Too Late^ 1,007
97. Beatlemania 1,006
98. Big River 1,005
99. Any Wednesday^ 983
100. The Will Rogers Follies 981
101. Sunset Boulevard 977
102. The Odd Couple^ 966
103. Urinetown 965
104. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 964
105. Anna Lucasta^ 957
106. Kiss and Tell^ 956
107. Show Boat (1994 Revival) 947
108. Chicago 936
109. Dracula (1977 Revival) 925
110. Bells are Ringing 924
111. The Moon is Blue^ 924
112. Proof^ 917
113. The Elephant Man^ 916
114. Wicked* 915
115. Kiss of the Spider Woman 904
116. Thoroughly Modern Millie 903
117. Luv^ 901
118. The Who's Tommy 899
119. Applause 896
120. Can-Can 892
121. I'm Not Rappaport^ 891
122. Carousel 890
123. Hats Off to Ice 889
124. Fanny 888
125. Children of a Lesser God^ 887

* denotes shows that are currently playing
^ denotes a non-musical

 
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