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Wicked to Surpass Cats to Become Fourth Longest-Running Broadway Show in History

After the April 11 evening performance of Wicked, the musical about the witches of Oz will supplant Cats to become the fourth longest-running Broadway show in history. Wicked is set to play its 7,486 performance, beating out Cats total of 7,485. Wicked began previews at the Gershwin Theatre on Oct. 8, 2003, before it officially opened on Oct. 30.

Directed by Joe Mantello and based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. 

With Wicked replacing Cats, the top four longest-running Broadway productions in history will all be currently running shows — until the No. 1 Phantom of the Opera plays its final performance on April 16. Chicago ranks second ahead of The Lion King in third.

Because these second, third and fourth place shows are set to continue to run, they are in contention to surpass the record...READ MORE

Author: Caitlin Hornik