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Records are made to be broken, and these three long-running shows on and off Broadway keep doing so, year after year after year.

 

COMING OF AGE 

Chicago,” the musical, has legs. And not just because two-time Tony Award nominee and dancer extraordinaire Charlotte d’Amboise heads the cast as femme fatale Roxie Hart. With 8,699 performances and counting (as of Oct. 22, 2017), the show already holds the record as Broadway’s longest-running American musical—ever. On Nov. 14, it hits another milestone and blows out the candles on its 21st-birthday cake. To put the anniversary in perspective, “Chicago” has reached the legal drinking age in New York—no small irony for a show set in Prohibition-era Chi-Town, where drinking at any age was anything but legal.  |  “Chicago,” Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., 212.362.6000

 

BUILT TO LAST

The Lion King” chalks up 20 years on Broadway on Nov. 13, and so does Kjeld Andersen. As Production Costume Supervisor since 1997, he makes sure all costumes are, in his words, “up to standard.” Some last six to nine months, others one to four years. “But I do believe we may have a Broadway record onstage,” he says. “[Ensemble member] Lindiwe Dlamini is still wearing her original lioness corset and necklace. That’s 20 years on Broadway worn by the same performer.”    |  “The Lion King,” Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., 866.870.2717

 

MIX MASTER

Ask Steve Cohen, aka the “Millionaires’ Magician,” what his favorite trick in “Chamber Magic” is, and he’ll say ”Any Drink Called For.” That’s when he takes requests from the audience and conjures up their favorite libations in a tea kettle. We won’t give away any secrets of Cohen’s trade, but the Lotte New York Palace, the host venue, has created the Think-a-Drink cocktail in honor of the show’s 5,000th performance. You can imbibe at the hotel’s Trouble’s Trust bar afterward or make it at home (Bulleit bourbon, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Earl Grey syrup, lemon juice, crème de violette, blackberries and a dash of angostura bitters). The essential ingredient? A pinch of magic.  |  “Chamber Magic,” Lotte New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., 866.811.4111