Top Ten Best Broadway Musicals

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The Top Ten

1
Wicked
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!
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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 love les miserables so much. It's hard to chose between les mis and The phantom of the opera but when it comes down to it Les Miserables' story is so much deeper and better. The music in les mis is so beautiful I want to cry after almost every song. Les mis is one of the best parts of my life.
Its rich text and riveting story based on the 1862 novel by victor hugo, with an excellent music selection and performances with heart make Les Miserables 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.
This was an amazing Broadway, by far the best I have seen. There was so much emotion, and the actors and actresses had amazing ranges, as it was about the opera. The suspense, scariness, emotion, and romance, are spun together to create a truly worthwhile experience.
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.
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The best of the best
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4Rent
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.
Easily the best musical of all time. So revolutionary, so inspiring. Watch it! I'm sure it will change your life.
525600 minutes, 525000 moments oh dear, 525600 minutes. how do you messure... messure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in stride. 525600 minutes how do you messure a year in the light, how about love. love. love. messure of love.

5Mamma 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

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6West Side Story
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.
Boys, Boys, crazy boys... Get real boys.

7The 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.
Matt Stone ^^ Trey Parker, 2 of the most smartest, free spirit, funny, genius comedians ever...
Just saw this show and it was absolutely amazing.

dureckl

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8The Sound of Music
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


9Chicago
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.

10Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
'Have a little priest'... It's bloody (pun intended) amazing.
Why so low? Heh...
Absolutely fabulous. Sondheim at his very best ever. Stunning.

The Contenders

11Grease
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!
Grease is just seriously filled with awesome music... It makes you feel good.

12Matilda

13Ragtime

14Legally Blonde: The Musical
How can you not love this show? It defies the stereotypes of blondes and gives young girls a role model; Elle Woods. She teaches young girls to be/believe in yourself, stick up for what you believe in, and follow your heart, no matter what anyone says.

ElleWoods

I always look at this musical as a perfect example of character development. Elle woods starts up as one person and ends pup as someone completely different.

15Lion 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

16Spring Awakening

17Anything Goes

18Hair

19Miss Saigon

20Oklahoma

21Annie

22Pippin
If you saw the most modern version of this, you'd be blown away. The story is great, the actors are amazing, and the acrobatics are stunning! The show in itself is just so impressive. Deserves a top ten.

23Dreamgirls

24Shrek the Musical

25Cats
This is the second longest-running musical all-time and it is at #26!? IT is so fun to watch and perform and it has fantastic songs and dance.
Every dance, every song, and every character sparkles with something that cannot be anything else but pure, wonderful genius and beauty. The memory WILL live forever.
Amazing. The choreography looks amazing. Love the songs
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26Newsies
This should definitely be higher

27We Will Rock You

2813

29Little Shop of Horrors

30Tarzan

31Cinderella

32Footloose

33Saturday Night Fever

34Catch Me If You Can
This musical is absolutely BRILLIANT! Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz have INCREDIBLE chemistry making the show so much enjoyable. The music is FANTASTIC, it's funny and simply amazing

35Jesus Christ Superstar
Why so low?! I still like les mis and wicked better but this deserves at least the top five

36Chess

37Joseph 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.

38The Producers

39Billy Elliot
It's full of electricity

40Company

4142nd Street

42My Fair Lady

43Mary Poppins

44Evita

45Once More With Feeling

46The Wizard of Oz
I love it so badly. Definitely my favourite musical.

47Urinetown

48Fiddler on the Roof

49Next to Normal

50American Idiot
Doesn't come compete with musicals like Les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera, but definitely one of my favorite shows. Deserves a top 20.

51Funny Girl
I love Barbra Streisand! So DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE!

Prettygirl2005


52Sunshine on Leith
If you know anything about The Proclaimers, you could go ok someone will go to America to send back a letter (Letter from America), there will be a character called (Oh) Jean who probably should have been loved, someone will be on a journey from misery to happiness, the's going to be a big proposal of marraige (Let's get Married) and someone will promise to walk 500 miles.

But all that doesn't matter as you will be entertained.
Sunshine on Leith does for The Proclaimers songbook what Mamma Mia! Did for the ABBA songbook.

And I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more
Technically a Dundee Reps production but It can hit big on Broadway nonetheless.
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53Hairspray

54The Music Man

55Aida

56Sister Act

57Merrily We Roll Along

58Jekyll & Hyde

59Forward

60Fame

61Little Mermaid

62Joe

63Blood Brothers

64South Pacific
Only 61 for South Pacific? Seriously? Do you people have any taste in musicals? It should at least be in the top 20.

65Beauty and the Beast

66Avenue Q
Hilarious. Not much else needs to be said. Genius? Yes- but still hilarious.

6725th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

68Once Upon a Mattress
This show is so fun to perform!

69Oliver! (1961)
Have you ever watched it? It's the best musical ever, Ice age even used their song, Food Glorious Food

70The Hunchback of Notre Dame

71Rock of Ages

72Godspell

73Guys & Dolls

74Into The Woods

75Show Boat
Not a favorite of mine but it is what every musical since is based on so it gets credit for that.

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76Mikado

77Elisabeth

78Enchanted

79The Wiz

80High School Musical

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