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Top Ten Longest Running Broadway Musicals

Which Musicals Does Broadway Love?Musicals come and go, but some stick around longer than others. But which shows have really captured the imagination of the theatre going public? Here's the list of the top ten longest running Broadway Musicals of all time (as of April 2012).

1, The Phantom of the Opera

Penned by the king of musical theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera is based on the French novel Le Fantome de l'Opera by Gaston Leroux. With a book by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe and lyrics by Charles Hart, the musical tells the story of a deformed musical obsessive who is in love with the bewitching young soprano, Christine Daae.

It won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and its leading man, Michael Crawford, won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical.

A sequel called Love Never Dies hit the West End in 2010, but had a relatively short run of just over a year, and never made it to Broadway.

The Phantom of the Opera is still running at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. In January 2012 it celebrated its 24th anniversary and became the first Broadway musical to run for over 10,000 performances. It surpasses its nearest competitor for longest running show by over 2,500 performances. The show is based more on ideas, characters and themes than story and was recognised by critics as being highly innovative in terms of design, music and choreography.

Cats won numerous awards when it opened on Broadway in 1983 including the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical.

In the original West End production, Judi Dench was booked to play the role of Grizabella, but snapped her achilles tendon during rehearsals. Musical theatre legend Elaine Paige took over and rehearsed the role in just three days.

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Cats opened on October 7, 1982 and closed on September 10, 2000 running for 7,485 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre.

3, Les Miserables

The music for Les Miserables was composed by Claude Michel Schonberg and the lyrics were written by Alain Boublil. The musical is based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo and tells the story of an escaped convict called Jean Valjean.

Originally a French concept album, the musical was the brain child of producer extraordinaire Cameron Mackintosh. The original Royal Shakespeare Company production in London was not well received by critics, but proved a hit with the public and is still running in the West End (as of April 2012).

On Broadway, it bagged 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Frances Ruffelle.

A film of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter is due to be released in 2013.

It ran for 6691 performances from March 12, 1987 until May 18, 2003 at The Broadway Theatre.

4, Chicago

Chicago is the brain child of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. It is the story of celebrity murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly and strongly satirises the criminal justice system of prohibition era Chicago.

The 1996 production was nominated for 8 Tony Awards and won 6 of earrings bulgari imitation them as well as 5 Drama Desk Awards.

It has enjoyed great success and attracted a plethora of big names in the leading roles all over the world, including Jerry Springer, Usher, Brooke Shields, Melanie Griffith, Ashlee Simpson, Christie Brinkley, Denise Van Outen, Claire Sweeney, Marti Pellow, David Hasselhoff, John Barrowman, Tony Hadley, Ian Kelsey, Jill Halfpenny, Bonnie Langford, Ruthie Henshall, Ute Lemper, Michelle Williams and Jennifer Ellison.

The Academy Award winning movie version starred Rene Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere, John fake bvlgari women earrings C. Reilly, and Queen Latifah.

The original Broadway production opened in 1975. Although it was critically acclaimed, it failed to really capture the public's imagination and ran for a comparatively short run of 936 performances. It was the 1996 revival that proved the true brilliance of the show.

Chicago is currently playing at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway having played nearly 6,300 performances (as of April 2012).

A Chorus Line was written by James Kirkwood, Jr and imitation bvlgari women earrings Nicholas Dante (book), Edward Kleban (lyrics) and Marvin Hamlisch (music).

It is the story of 19 Broadway dancers auditioning for a musical. It shines a light on the trials and tribulations of a challenging, sometimes cruel, career.

The show's creation came about from a collection of taped workshop sessions with real Broadway dancers, lovingly referred to as 'gypsies'. Eight of those dancers eventually went on to star in the Broadway production.

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