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Over the years, right from the time theater came into existence as the center of the world theater, there have been many shows that were popular beyond expectations. The content, the song and dance, the performances, the extravaganza put on stage, all combined to make the shows popular. There have been shows that have performed on the stages for years at a stretch, and are still running even after 10 years!

The Popular Shows

Of course, popular shows are those which attract their audiences again and again. A look at some of the shows deemed to have been popular:

The Phantom of the Opera – This is the longest currently running show on Broadway, and as on March 4, 2007 has completed 7,965 performances. With its 7,486th performance on January 9, 2006, it surpassed Cats to become the longest running show in the history of Broadway. It is the most financially successful show in the history of Broadway and has performed in more than a hundred cities in over 22 countries, and has been seen by more than 100 million people, grossing over US $3.3 billion. On Broadway alone, this fantastic musical has grossed over $600 million, with more than 11 million people attending its performances.

Wicked, The Musical – It has completed more than three years of continuous run, and the tickets for this popular show are available until October 2007. Its tickets are always sold out, and you need to book months in advance at the Box Office for your tickets.

A Chorus Line – The revival of this show opened on October 4, 2006 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. It originally opened at the Shubert Theater on July 25, 1975 and closed 6,137 performances later, after nearly 15 years, on April 28, 1990. It was the longest running show of its time until Cats surpassed it in 1997, and The Phantom of the Opera in 2006. Today, A Chorus Line is the fourth longest running show in the history of Broadway, after The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Les Miserables.

Beauty and the Beast – This is the second longest currently running show and has completed 5,297 performances. This is another great musical from the production house of Disney, and is based on the timeless story passed down from generations to generations. It is a lavish musical adaptation of the Walt Disney’s 1991 animated film by the same name. This popular musical debuted on Broadway by previewing at the Palace Theater on March 9,1994 and premiering on April 18, 1994. It began its performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 12, 1999, and has been running there ever since.

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