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August 17

August 17, 2002 – Aida Celebrates 1,000th Performance

“The gods love Nubia, their glorious creation, its songs roll sweetly across the harvest plain.”

On August 17, 2002, the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida celebrated its milestone 1,000th performance at the evening show. Originally opening on March 23, 2000, the show opened with Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie Rene Scott as Amneris, and Heather Hedley as Aida (who would go on to win the Tony Award for her performance). The 1,000th show featured Pascal alongside Simone as Aida and Felicia Finley as Amneris.


October 22

October 22, 1979 – Walt Disney World Welcomes 100,000,000th Guest

On October 22, 1979, Walt Disney World welcomed Kurt Miller, the park’s 100,000,000th guest. This was not only extraordinary as the park had only been open eight years, but that by 1976, only three years earlier, the 50,000,000th guest had been welcomed. By 1979, only Magic Kingdom; Disney’s River Country, the park’s first Water Park; and Discovery Island, a place where guests could observe wildlife, were the only parks open. The lucky guest received a lifetime pass to the park from Mickey Mouse and then Walt Disney World Vice President Bob Allen.

May 9

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May 9, 2007 – Mary Poppins Celebrates 200th Performance on Broadway

“The hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins marked its 200th performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Wednesday, May 9th at 8pm.”

On May 9, 2007, the 8pm showing of the Broadway musical Mary Poppins celebrated the show’s 200th performance. Premiering at the New Amsterdam Theater on November 16, 2006, the production featured Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins and Gavin Creel as Bert. The cast celebrated the milestone performance with a cake that featured a likeness of the show’s poster. The show would go on to play 2,619 performances before closing on March 3, 2013.

February 21

February 21, 2010 – The Lion King Becomes Eighth Longest-Running Broadway Show

“Let every creature go for broke and sing, let’s hear it in the herd and on the wing.”

On February 21, 2010, the Broadway production of The Lion King hit a milestone 5,125th performance, making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. With this performance, the show surpassed the musical Rent in number of performances. The musical has been highly acclaimed since its debut on November 13, 1997, winning six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and eight Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production alone. As of 2018, the production is the third-longest running Broadway musical, behind Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera.

September 8

September 8, 1991 – Beauty and the Beast Plays 1,000 Performance


“Song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.”

On September 8, 1991, the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast joined the ranks of less than 80 musicals to reach 1,000 performances with its Sunday matinee. The musical reached this milestone after almost two and a half years in the Palace Theatre, with the show opening on April 19, 1994. The musical would continue to run until July 29, 2007, having 5,461 performances overall.

August 28

August 28, 2001 – Beauty and the Beast Celebrates its 3000th Performance


“Tale as old as time…”

On August 28, 2001, the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast celebrated a milestone of 3000 performances, with the musical shortly after being named the 10th longest running musical on Broadway of all time. The production had been through many changes since its first performance on April 18, 1994, including special guest stars playing lead roles (such as Toni Braxton playing Belle), new songs added, and new wardrobe stylings. The musical ran until July 29, 2007, reaching 5,461 performances, and reaching the peak of the 9th longest running musical on the Great White Way, with fellow Disney musical The Lion King surpassing it and standing at 3rd.