The 1996 revival of Chicago has just become the 6th longest running show in Broadway history.
Understandably, there’s barely a theatre enthusiast on the planet who wouldn’t recognise most or all of the show titles on Broadway’s Top 10 list.
Such is the timeless appeal of the Broadway musical, there are no plays on the list. Yet, they’re not all musicals, either. Nine of Broadway’s longest running shows may well be musicals, but Oh, Calcutta! was a revue.
The black sheep on Broadway’s biggest list, Oh, Calcutta! originally opened off-Broadway in 1969. But it was the revival on Broadway some years later that show stomped it into becoming one of the longest running productions in history. From 1976 to 1989, the Oh, Calcutta! revival ran for nearly 6,000 performances at the Edison Theatre. The show also holds claim to fame as the only risque theatrical production on the list, as it’s plot involved several extended nude scenes. The rest of the shows on the list are definitely more tame than Oh, Calcutta!
1. * The Phantom of the Opera (9,133 perf)
2. Cats (7,485 perf)
3. Les Miserables (6,680 perf)
4. A Chorus Line (6,137 perf)
5. Oh! Calcutta (5,959 perf)
6. * CHICAGO (5,462 perf)
7. Beauty and the Beast (5,461 perf)
8. Rent (5,124 perf)
9. * The Lion King (5,078 perf)
10. Miss Saigon (4,097 perf)
* still running. Source: broadwayworld.com.