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What is the show with the largest cast?

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bigrab1018
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What is the show with the largest cast?

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Posted: 1/24/06 at 6:00pm
Is it the Lion King with 52? And how many did chitty have?
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Well, if you look pre-1960, it was common for shows to have 70+ performers. In recent years, I think 42nd Street had the biggest cast with 54 plus 4 swings and a standby (which is the main reason the show ran 4 years and still never broke even).

Lion King is 38 plus 6 swings.

Chitty was 46 plus 5 swings.
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Updated On: 1/24/06 at 06:27 PM
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"I think 42nd Street had the biggest cast with 54 plus 4 swings and a standby (which is the main reason the show ran 4 years and never broke even)"

Shame because it was spectacular in every sense of the word. Loved the MAGNITUDE of that show, the sound of all those tapping feet was like heaven!
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Not recent..

but BYE BYE BIRDIE had 51 including Swings and Standbys.

That's quite a lot.
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The Hal Prince revival of Show Boat initially had over 60 members in the cast.
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The new Lord of the Rings musical has 55 people!
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Updated On: 1/24/06 at 07:14 PM
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Just throwing out another musical...
What about Bombay Dreams?
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France: Le Roi Lion, Cabaret
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Holland: Tarzan & Les Mis