The 41 Longest-Running Shows in Each Broadway Theatre

Lists   The 41 Longest-Running Shows in Each Broadway Theatre
 
With Waitress now officially the Brooks Atkinson Theatre's longest-running tenant, we look back at the other theatres' long runs.
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Everybody knows that The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway, but you might be surprised to learn the longest-running show at each of our 41 currently operating individual Broadway theatres. The winners range from the expected Broadway mega hits to some true surprises.

Broadway’s third-longest running show, The Lion King, holds the house record at both venues it has played: the New Amsterdam and the Minskoff. Beauty and the Beast similarly holds records at both the Palace and the Lunt-Fontanne. The Hudson Theatre holds the distinction of having the shortest-running winner, with State of the Union’s 765 performances.

The full list is below!

(A few caveats: Because of incomplete data in limited cases—specifically when a production that ran before 1998 played its run in multiple venues—we’ve had to approximate performance counts in some instances as marked. This approximation was derived by taking the total number of weeks the production played the venue and multiplying that by eight. It’s also important to note that if a production played multiple venues, we have only listed the dates and performance counts that pertain to the production’s time in that venue.)

Billy Porter in <i>Kinky Boots</i>
Billy Porter in Kinky Boots Matthew Murphy

Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Currently home to: Moulin Rouge! (July 25, 2019–Currently running)
Longest run: Kinky Boots (April 4, 2013–April 7, 2019, 2,505 performances)

Ambassador Theatre
Currently home to: Chicago (January 29, 2003—Currently running)
Longest run: Chicago (6,208 performances as of January 14, 2018)

American Airlines Theatre
Currently home to: The Rose Tattoo
Longest run: The Royal Family (December 28, 1927–October 20, 1928: 345 performances)

August Wilson Theatre
Currently home to: Mean Girls (April 8, 2018–Currently running)
Longest run: Jersey Boys (October 4, 2005–January 15, 2017: 4,642 performances)

Belasco Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Dead End (October 28, 1935–June 12, 1937: 687 performances)

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Currently home to:
Longest run: Grease (November 21, 1972–January 27, 1980: approx. 3,000 performances)

Lea Salonga in Miss Saigon.
Lea Salonga in Miss Saigon. Joan Marcus

Booth Theatre
Currently home to: Freestyle Love Supreme
Longest run: Butterflies Are Free (October 21, 1969—July 2, 1972: 1,128 performances)

Broadhurst Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Amadeus (December 11, 1980—October 16, 1983: 1,181 performances)

Broadway Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Miss Saigon (March 23, 1991—January 28, 2001: 4,092 performances)

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Currently home to: Waitress (March 25, 2016—Currently running)
Longest run: Waitress, 1,337 performances as of July 7, 2019

Circle in the Square Theatre
Currently home to: Oklahoma! (Opened April 7, 2019)
Longest run: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (April 15, 2005—January 20, 2008: 1,136 performances)

Cort Theatre
Currently home to: Derren Brown: Secret
Longest run: The Magic Show (May 16, 1974—December 31, 1978: 1,920 performances)

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: I Love My Wife (April 13, 1977—May 20, 1979: 857 performances)

Andrew Rannells and company
Andrew Rannells and company Joan Marcus

Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Currently home to: The Book of Mormon (February 24, 2011—Currently running)
Longest run: The Book of Mormon (3,467 performances as of July 7, 2019)

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Currently home to: Come From Away (February 18, 2017—Currently running)
Longest run: Jekyll & Hyde (March 21, 1997—January 7, 2001: 1,543 performances)

Gershwin Theatre
Currently home to: Wicked (October 8, 2003—Currently running)
Longest run: Wicked (6,552 performances as of July 7, 2019)

Helen Hayes Theatre
Currently home to: Linda Vista
Longest run: Gemini (May 21, 1977—September 6, 1981: 1,819 performances)

Hudson Theatre
Currently home to: Sea Wall/A Life
Longest run: State of the Union (November 14, 1945—September 13, 1947: 765 performances)

Imperial Theatre
Currently home to: Ain't Too Proud (March 21, 2019—Currently running)
Longest run: Les Misérables (October 17, 1990—May 18, 2003: approx. 5,256 performances)

John Golden Theatre
Currently home to: Slave Play
Longest run: Avenue Q (July 10, 2003—September 13, 2009: 2,534 performances)

Longacre Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Children of a Lesser God (March 22, 1980—May 16, 1982: 887 performances)

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Terrence Mann and Susan Egan Joan Marcus/Walt Disney Theatrical Productions

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Beauty and the Beast (November 12, 1999—July 29, 2007: approx. 3,265 performances)

Lyceum Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Born Yesterday (February 4, 1946—November 6, 1948: approx. 1,152 performances)

Lyric Theatre
Currently home to: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Opened April 22, 2018)
Longest run: 42nd Street (May 2, 2001—January 2, 2005: 1,524 performances)

Majestic Theatre
Currently home to: The Phantom of the Opera (January 9, 1988—Currently running)
Longest run: The Phantom of the Opera (13,087 performances as of July 7, 2019)

Marquis Theatre
Currently home to: Tootsie (April 23, 2019—Currently running)
Longest run: Me and My Girl (August 1, 1986—December 31, 1989: 1,420 performances)

Minskoff Theatre
Currently home to: The Lion King (June 13, 2006—Currently running)
Longest run: The Lion King

Music Box Theatre
Currently home to: Dear Evan Hansen (November 14, 2016—Currently running)
Longest run: Deathtrap (February 26, 1978—January 5, 1982: approx. 1,610 performances)

The original Broadway cast of Rent.
The original Broadway cast of Rent. Joan Marcus

Nederlander Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Rent (April 16, 1996—September 7, 2008: 5,123 performances)

Neil Simon Theatre
Currently home to: Dark
Longest run: Hairspray (July 18, 2002—January 4, 2009: 2,642 performances)

New Amsterdam Theatre
Currently home to: Aladdin (February 26, 2014—Currently running)
Longest run: The Lion King (November 13, 1997—June 4, 2006: 3,563 performances)

Palace Theatre
Currently dark
Longest run: Beauty and the Beast (April 18, 1994—September 5, 1999: approx. 2,196 performances)

Richard Rodgers Theatre
Currently home to: Hamilton (July 13, 2015—Currently running)
Longest run: Hamilton, 1,637 performances as of July 7, 2019

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Currently home to: The Height of the Storm
Longest run: Hair (April 29, 1968—July 1, 1972: 1,750 performances)

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Donna McKechnie Martha Swope/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

Shubert Theatre
Currently home to: To Kill a Mockingbird (December 13, 2018—Currently running)
Longest run: A Chorus Line (July 25, 1975—April 28, 1990: 6,137 performances)

Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Currently home to: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Closes October 27)
Longest run: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2,288 performances as of July 7, 2019)

St. James Theatre
Currently home to: Frozen (February 22—Currently running)
Longest run: Hello, Dolly! (January 15, 1964—December 27, 1970: 2,844 performances)

Studio 54
Currently home to: The Sound Inside
Longest run: Cabaret (November 12, 1998—January 4, 2004: 2,144 performances)

Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Currently home to: The Great Society
Longest run: Contact (March 2, 2000—September 1, 2002: 1,010 performances)

Walter Kerr Theatre
Currently home to: Hadestown (April 17, 2019—Currently running)
Longest run: Proof (October 24, 2000—January 5, 2003: 917 performances)

Winter Garden Theatre
Currently home to: Beetlejuice (April 25, 2019—Currently running)
Longest run: Cats (September 23, 1982—September 10, 2000: 7,485 performances)

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