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Most Performances of a Lead Character?

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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#1
Posted: 5/23/12 at 2:33am
by one actor

Some I can think of include:
Carol Channing, Hello Dolly
Yul Brenner, The King and I
Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady
Topol, Fiddler on the Roof (???)
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#2
Posted: 5/23/12 at 2:41am
Linda Eder - Lucy in Jekyll & HYDE, over 900 times (Houston, National Tour and 2 years on Broadway!)

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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#2
Posted: 5/23/12 at 2:47am
Ted Neeley in JCS MUST be way up there...

ETA: A quick google search says it is somewhere in the 3000s.
Updated On: 5/23/12 at 02:47 AM
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#3
Posted: 5/23/12 at 3:01am
Steve Blanchard as the Beast.

According to a Playbill article, he played the Beast for 11 years, on Broadway and on tour. Don't know how many performances that adds up to.

However, I do remember him being Beast the three times I saw the show.
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#4
Posted: 5/23/12 at 4:03am
George Lee Andrews in Phantom. The end.
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#5
Posted: 5/23/12 at 4:20am
Catherine Russell has done 8,000 shows of Perfeect Crime why I don't know!
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#6
Posted: 5/23/12 at 5:31am
I would say Philip Griffiths in Phantom but he's not a lead.

Michael Crawford in The Phantom of the Opera.
Colm Wilkinson in Les MisÚrables.
John Owen-Jones in The Phantom of the Opera (has played the role almost 2,000 times).
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#7
Posted: 5/23/12 at 6:40am
Maybe not a lead, but Lon Satton - Mr Starlight Express
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#8
Posted: 5/23/12 at 7:32am
Marian Seldes did all 1809 performances of DEATHTRAP, considered a featured role, but just to mention.

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Posted: 5/23/12 at 8:01am
J. Mark McVey as Jean Valjean in LES MIZ. Over 3000 times Most Performances of a Lead Character?
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#10
Posted: 5/23/12 at 8:04am
George Lee Andrews in Phantom. The end.

Would he count? I know he played multiple roles throughout his time in PHANTOM.
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#11
Posted: 5/23/12 at 1:13pm
Gavin Lee has played Bert in Mary Poppins for almost 9 years now, he was the original in london, i think he also did the UK tour, the opened broadway, then two years latter went on the US tour for a year, then returned to and has remained with the Broadway production ever since.
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Most Performances of a Lead Character?#12
Posted: 5/23/12 at 1:46pm
Tony Sheldon as Bernadette in Priscilla (Australia, London, Toronto, New York, and possibly tour)
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