The delightful misadventures of a group of junkies have been bested by dancing queens.
Mamma Mia!, the perennially peppy ABBA jukebox musical about an inquisitive young girl whose mother slept around on the Greek Isles, has officially ousted the cult classic musical Rent as Broadway’s ninth longest-running show. With the success of Mamma Mia!, it’s easy to see why the girl on the poster has been laughing for fifteen years.
Rent isn’t the first landmark musical that Mamma Mia! has conquered. The Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus smash has also surpassed such legendary shows as Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, Annie, and Cabaret.
With the newest line-up shift, here’s the current rundown of Broadway’s longest-running shows, as of the March 6 performances:
10. Rent – 5,123
9. Mamma Mia! – 5,123
8. Beauty and the Beast – 5,461
7. Oh! Calcutta! – 5,959
6. A Chorus Line – 6,137
5. Les Miserables – 6,680
4. The Lion King – 6,791
3. Chicago – 7,185
2. Cats – 7,485
1. The Phantom of the Opera – 10,860
Only four of the top ten shows are still running, so the next big list shifts will happen once Mamma Mia! passes Beauty and the Beast, and when Chicago eventually surpasses Cats. Off of the top ten, expect to see the currently running Wicked (#11) to crack the list in 2016.
And, just because, here’s Pierce Brosnan singing: