Top Ten Best Broadway Musicals

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1Wicked

It kills me to choose between Wicked and Les Mis, as they are undoubtedly my top two. I think Wicked takes the cake because it combines raw emotion with an incredible display of vocal virtuosity in a way which, I believe, slightly surpasses Les Mis. Additionally, the set and, especially, lighting are an incredible piece of art; it is simple an amazing visual spectacle from start to finish. There a lots of good musicals in the world and find that some theatre geeks write Wicked off because of its "newness" or mainstream popularity, but I really believe that it deserves to be ranked among the best of all time.

Wicked is everything I could ever ask for in a musical. It has the most beautiful score, which accompanies an absolutely perfect story of life, love, and friendship that has you laughing, crying, and standing up and cheering at the end. The heart of Wicked, along with its many lessons about life, will bring you back time and time again.

It's so amazing! The vocals are absolutely phenomenal and the music is do empowering! I love the storyline! The scenery and the costumes are even awesomely executed! It's truly fabulous, and its something you have to see more than once. I love it! It's definitely my favorite!

I am singing Defying Gravity for my school talent show. I have not seen this show but I have the soundtrack and the songs are awesome, especially when sung by the great Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth!

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2Les Misérables

Les Mis is so great! It's gives you perfect mix of different emotions... happiness, triumph, sadness, anger etc. There are so many great musicals: the lion king, matilda, rent, mamma mia, annie, wicked... but Les Mis beats them all, I'm sorry. There are so many great songs: my personal favourite, the emotional On my Own, the upbeat Master of the House, the desperate I Dreamed a dream, the sad Castle on a Cloud, the glorious Red or Black and so on. There is a whole great cast of characters who bring out different feelings in you and this play is humorous and heart-wrenching at the same time. Overall, I love Les Mis! - samoodle

I absolutely adore Les Mis. As well as taking place in one of the most interesting periods of recent history, the entire story is captivating. This is one of the few things that's made me cry HARD. If you've never seen the play or movie, I urge you not to see the movie, but a live play! While the movie has a wonderful performance by some including Anne Hathaway, it falls short in some aspects. Seeing it live is the only way to see it. - higgsboson2142

Have not seen live but I have the 25 anniversary DVD at home. Everyone (except Nick Jonas-sorry! ) was amazing. The characters in this story are amazing. My favorite is Eponine and it is my dream to play her. I can't even pick a favorite song, I guess it's a tie between One Day More, On My Own, I Dreamed a Dream, Stars, Do You Hear the People Sing, Bring Him Home (the first song I heard from this musical, sung by the amazing Josh Groban), Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, and A Little Fall of Rain.

Yes, sure Wicked is great. I agree completely. But for anything to beat Les Mis? That's INSANITY, people. Les Miserables is without question, the greatest musical of all time.

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3Phantom of the Opera

It was so emotional! It made me cry. But, I absolutely loved it. :) It's about a man with a scarred face who wears a mask all the time to hide it. He "haunts" this opera house. Nobody knows who he really is, but they fear him. He falls in love with one of the singers, and tries to take her for himself. It's very sad, kind of scary (murders), and beautiful. Just all around wonderful. If you like Sweeney Todd, you'll like this.

My favorite show of all time. Saw it live for my 12th birthday a couple months ago. It will make you cry. I will not spoil the plot for those of you who have not seen it, but it features souring ballads, gorgeous scenery and costumes, and a complicated antihero! What more could you ask for? Listen to the music of the night, everyone!

How did Tarzan honestly get past the longest running musical on Broadway EVER? This is one show that actually is all that it is cracked up to be. It's not even in the same league as most of these.

I'd like to see this some day it sounds really interesting. - Anonymousxcxc

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4West Side Story

Boys, Boys, crazy boys... Get real boys.

Beautiful. What else can describe WSS? The score is legendary, the dancing is (almost) always great, and the ending may just make you shed a tear or two. If not that, than just listen to 'I have a love' with OBC Carol Lawrence. I think you will get what I mean.

5Rent

Definitely one of the best musicals of all time! A full Rock Musical, focused arounds AIDS, and gay people! What a show! The writer Johnathon Larson passed away before the show debuted. RIP John Larson. Your legacy will not be forgotton.

I love Wicked, I really do. But RENT is better than Wicked and deserves the top spot. It deserved a better movie. Thank you John.

Easily the best musical of all time. So revolutionary, so inspiring. Watch it! I'm sure it will change your life.

Thanks to rent I now know there are 525,600 minutes in a year.

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6The Sound of Music

Even though I'm into more complex stuff like Phantom and Les Mis now, this was my first musical and I will always love it.

I love this musical it is very touching it's a story recovery life song and love

This is such a delicate, sweet and beautiful musical with a score to match. - Britgirl

7Lion King

I haven't seen many musicals (I think I would also enjoy Wicked a lot if I had watched it), I've only watched children's plays as a kid and The Phantom of the Opera, but I LOVED The Lion King. You can't go wrong with a great movie and a fantastic musical

Lion king is the best! It should totally be up there on this list? And where is Aladdin? - Remihorse

I saw the lion King and loved it would definitely go again - mew28221

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8Newsies

Love newsies it's so inspiring to so many people this show deserves to be in the top 5 at least there's not one bad thing to say about it

I agree this should be higher along with Matilda. But Wicked is forever my favorite.

This should definitely be higher

Now is the time to seize the day

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9Into The Woods

I only saw the movie and liked it. I'd like to see the musical, though you do have to admit that into the woods is said A LOT. My favorite song from there is agony (probably because the two prince dudes were singing this while doing that hilarious scene at the waterfall when they ripped their shirts off). - Anonymousxcxc

Not the best, but there are some pretty awesome songs in it, like Children Will Listen and On the Steps of the Palace. And Little Red is awesome!

I loved this movie but they definitely said into the woods to many times

It's not my favorite but it's okay.

"Into the woods" is said at least 60 times in this movie.

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10Chicago

This is absolutely amazing. Come on, the cell block tango and all that jazz were the best songs ever

Saw it, loved it, still love it- and all that jazz.

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11Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

'Have a little priest'... It's bloody (pun intended) amazing.

I sing "worst pies in London" when I make a really bad pie

One of, if not the best shows ever created. Every song is a work of art that fuses the story together. Watch the 1982 World Tour recording with George Hearn and Angela Lansbury, or listen to the original soundtrack from 1979. There's nothing about this show that isn't amazing.

Why so low? Heh...

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12The Book of Mormon

Why is this not higher? This was written by the greatest comedians of all time, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It took them seven years just to finish it, and the end result is just fantastic. This musical deserves number 1 in my opinion.

Just saw this show and it was absolutely amazing. - dureckl

This Play. Listening to a song of it right now. - MoldySock

This should be way higher - YOUnique253

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13Mamma Mia

This is an excellent play. The idea to use such great songs by the group ABBA, in order to create this bazaar story, was wonderful. The songs used already told their own stories, and putting them together ended up working great. It is also a good way to remember and appreciate ABBA's work.

This super fun musical based on ABBA songs opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 18th 2001 and is currently still running.

Mamma Mia is the best sing-along musical ever. All (well most) of the songs just make you want to get up and dance! - samoodle

14Grease

Grease is the best musical. It's timeless. I wasn't even born when it was first shown, but when I watched it several years ago, I loved it!

I don't really like the story (Rizzo is the only character who actually took more than a few minutes to develop) but the songs are awesome.

It's not an accurate representation of high shool life

I hate Grease, there's too much drama and the songs do get kind of annoying. (I don't like movies or books with wayyyyy too much drama over mundane things). - Anonymousxcxc

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15Matilda

I saw it in September, really good

I wanted to see this, but probably won't any time soon. - Anonymousxcxc

Really want to see it, Naughty is an awesome song

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16Fiddler on the Roof

It tells a sad tale of how hard it is to let go of traditions. It also has great music that moves the story along which is why it should be higher.

An awesome iconic musical I can't believe it's not higher on the list, it's a sad true story with wonderful music. I know I was tevye in a version of it

I only saw the movie, but I loved it. - Anonymousxcxc

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17Guys & Dolls

This is truly an awesome, classic show in every way.

I can't believe it's not in the top 10. It needs a revival

18Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

This is a very creative and Biblical musical. It accurately depicts a story from the Bible, but with goofy twists and bazaar music styles for each song.

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19My Fair LadyV2 Comments
20OklahomaV1 Comment
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