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Still Playing at a Theater Near You

A Chorus Line is back. Les Miz is back. The Fantasticks is back. But what about the shows that never left?


1. Perfect Crime (Opened on Apr. 18, 1987)
Snapple Theater, 1627 Broadway, nr. 50th St.; 212-921-7862
While the final "shocking" twist will elicit shrugs from today's jaded audiences, this Off Broadway thriller's longevity qualifies it as a true New York mystery.

2. The Phantom of the Opera (Opened on Jan. 26, 1988)
Majestic Theater, 247 W. 44th St., nr. Broadway; 212-239-2974
Andrew Lloyd Webber's behemoth of a musical heads into its umpteenth year of cheesily synth-heavy Broadway glory.

3. Tony n' Tina's Wedding (Opened on Feb. 14, 1988)
The Edison Theatre at the Edison Hotel, 221 W. 46th St., nr. Broadway; 212-354-0161
Interactive dinner theater that has unfortunately inspired a myriad of similarly themed, stereotype-pushing copycats.

4. Blue Man Group (Opened on Nov. 17, 1991)
Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-254-4370
If making paintings by slamming an upside-down audience member (soaked in blue) into a giant canvas sounds silly, well, it is.

5. Stomp (Opened on Feb. 27, 1994) Recommended
Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave., nr. St. Marks Pl.; 212-477-2477
A wordless percussion and dance extravaganza that still feels surprisingly fresh and inventive more than a decade later.

6. Rent (Opened on Apr. 29, 1996) Recommended
Nederlander Theater, 208 W. 41st St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-921-8000
Jonathan Larson's wildly successful pop-rock update of La Boheme has the same enduring appeal as its operatic predecessor.

7. I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Opened on Aug. 1, 1996)
Westside Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-239-6200
More cabaret act than bona fide musical, this bare-bones revue continues to serve up clichéd ditties on the ups and downs of dating.

8. Chicago (Opened on Nov. 14, 1996) Recommended
Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., nr. Broadway; 212-239-6200
The Bob Fosse musical about fame-hungry murderesses has continually refreshed its revival with celebrity guest stars like Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields, and more recently, Usher.

9. The Lion King (Opened on Nov. 13, 1997) Recommended
New Amsterdam Theater, 214 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-282-2900
Julie Taymor's beautiful reimagining of the Disney animated movie remains a breathtaking spectacle.

10. Naked Boys Singing (Opened on Jul. 22, 1999)
New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St, nr. Eighth Ave.; 646-871-1730
This "stripped-down" take on the musical revue still serves up full-frontal entertainment for lusty gay men and giddy bachelorette parties.

Off-Off Broadway:
Israel Horovitz's one-act Line, a poor man's Waiting for Godot, has played continuously at the 13th Street Repertory Theater since January 1974.

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