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Mamma Mia! Overtakes Beauty and the Beast as 8th Longest-Running Show on Broadway

ABBA defeats the Disney beast.

Mamma Mia! becomes the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history.
(© Joan Marcus)

The popular ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia! has become the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Created by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the Swedish musical group ABBA, Mamma Mia! opened October 18, 2001, at the Winter Garden Theatre, and earned seven Tony nominations. Now in its 13th year, the musical has played over 5,400 Broadway performances and is currently running at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the show features a collection of ABBA's greatest hits including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," and the title song, "Mamma Mia." In 2008, the stage play was made in a film starring Meryl Streep that grossed over $600 million worldwide.

The production is now fewer than 500 performances away from overtaking Oh! Calcutta! for the No. 7 slot on the roster. For the moment, however, the ten longest-running Broadway shows rank as follows:

1. The Phantom of the Opera
2. Chicago
3. Cats
4. The Lion King
5. Les Misérables
6. A Chorus Line
7. Oh! Calcutta!
8. Mamma Mia!
9. Beauty and the Beast
10. Rent

For tickets to Mamma Mia!, click here.

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