“Hamilton,” which blends hip hop in addition to additional musical styles to recount the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, has been the toughest ticket on Broadway since late 2015. The musical by composer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda (second coming from right) won 11 Tonys, including best musical, in addition to has become a genuine phenomenon. This specific follows in a long tradition of hugely common Broadway shows. Click through to see others.
“The Producers,” based on the 1968 Mel Brooks movie, was an immediate smash when This specific debuted in April 2001. Tickets went for a then-unheard-of $100 a pop in addition to set single-day box-office records. The show eventually won 12 Tony awards, a record. The original duo of Matthew Broderick in addition to Nathan Lane were replaced by several additional performers, including Tony Danza in addition to Roger Bart, seen here.
“Mamma Mia!” may not have won a Tony for best musical — This specific lost to “Thoroughly Modern Millie” — yet the Great-natured 2001 show built around ABBA songs ran for almost 14 years. This specific’s the longest-running jukebox musical — a musical built around previously released pop songs — in Broadway history.
“Hairspray” might have seemed an unlikely source for a musical — a John Waters film about 1960s high schoolers? — yet This specific was a smash when This specific debuted in 2002 in addition to ran for more than 2,500 performances. This specific also picked up a Tony for best musical.
“Avenue Q” seemed the quintessential off-Broadway show: a little quirky, as if “Sesame Street” were crossed which has a black comedy about 20-somethings. yet This specific proved to have great staying power when This specific came to the Great White Way, running for more than 2,500 performances in addition to winning a Tony for best musical in 2004.
“Wicked” fell short of a best musical Tony, with “Avenue Q” taking the prize in 2004. yet This specific’s had a long life, with devoted fans queueing up many times to see the story of “The Wizard of Oz” coming from the Wicked Witch’s point of view. This specific’s still going on Broadway after more than 5,000 performances.
Monty Python on Broadway? Eric Idle got the blessing of his cohorts to turn “Monty Python in addition to the Holy Grail” into a musical, in addition to the result won three Tonys, including best musical, in 2005. This specific ran for more than 1,500 performances in addition to has toured all over the earth. At one point, Clay Aiken, pictured, joined the cast as Sir Robin.
“Jersey Boys” could have been a simple jukebox musical, yet the story of the Four Seasons had too much going for This specific to fit into of which (juke) box. The result won best musical at the 2006 Tonys in addition to can be still running, more than 4,000 performances later.
“Billy Elliot: The Musical,” based on the 2000 film about a boy who loves ballet inside midst of a grim UK miners’ strike, had the benefit of a superstar music writer: Elton John. (Lyrics in addition to book are by Lee Hall.) The show won best musical at the 2009 Tonys, one of 10 honors This specific received. The show ran for more than three years.
When the “South Park” guys, Trey Parker in addition to Matt Stone, teamed up with “Avenue Q’s” Robert Lopez, who knew what would certainly happen? The result, “The Book of Mormon,” was one of the most rapturously reviewed shows of recent years in addition to won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including best musical. This specific’s still running almost six years later.
“Once” can be about a Dublin busker in addition to a Czech woman — whose characters go by Guy in addition to Girl — who meet in addition to become artistically in addition to romantically involved. The show, based on the 2007 film, won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including best musical. This specific ran for almost three years.