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.

I got tickets to this on my birthday last year and I love this musical. I love the characters and the songs are amazing. It is good to see the true story of why she become The wicked witch. She is my favourite character of the musical. My favourite song is defying gravity. If you haven't see this, you need to book some tickets now because this is spectacular. BEST MUSICAL EVER!

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.

WICKED is amazing! Best songs, best actors and actresses, and the best imagery! I loved seeing it in Tampa and New York City!

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2 Les 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.

This should be number one, from silly songs like Master of the House to the Do you hear the people sing reprise, it has you at its mercy in tears, laughing, etc.

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3 Phantom 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!

I love this opera so much, it started my love for theatre and is such an incredible production, all the sets are still manually moved there's no machine power at all (even the chandelier is pulled by the crew) not to mention the amazing soundtrack and heart wrenching plot

It is by far the best! Tear jerking, classic, great soundtrack, and the most humorous of any musical on this list!

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4 Hamilton

ARE YOU SERIOUS, 39? This musical turns the story about an dead old guy into an amazing musical. This musical makes you laugh (You'll Be Back), cry (It's Quiet Uptown), and scream into excitement( ALL OF THEM! ) This should be 1, 2, or 3. The music, story, acting, lighting, and choreography is amazing. Lin-Manuel Miranda is amazing. If you haven't heard of this musical yet, you should definitely listen to it.

Hamilton is the King Of Musicals and one of the voices of theater's angelic trumpets. Everyone around the world sings the songs and do all sorts of skits from the musical. The blockbuster theater song My shot to me tells everyone to be confident in yourself and never give up, and of course especially at schools, the excelling confidence in schools, many people past their history tests or exams. It's spectacular music and art is every piece of a musical you expect. Hamilton is the #1 musical in the world and deserves to be on the top spot.

I remember when Lin-Manuel Miranda performed "The Hamilton Mixtape" at the White House Poetry Slam. I was intrigued and shared the YouTube clip with my 8th grade Social Studies students. The loved it. When the play came out I was curious, but was never that into Broadway musicals. When I bought the soundtrack I changed my mine and desperately wanted to see Hamilton. The soundtrack alone deeply affected me. Finally seeing the play was truly an experience. I can't believe Hamilton is not even on the top three on this list. Hopefully that will change.

The creator of this list definitely threw away his shot - opinionated4

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5 West 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.

6 Rent

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 enjoy the soundtrack so much, and I've watched the movie and 2008 filmed version a total of almost 10 times in the past few months. It was one of the first broadway musicals I really enjoyed, after Book of Mormon. I can't wait for the 20th anniversary tour.

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.

Seven words. Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, and Anthony Rapp.

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7 The Sound of Music

This is a classic- can't be beat. I mean, I do admit that Wicked and The Phantom of The Opera were amazing, but The Sound of Music is simply brilliant. Beautiful music known all over the world, fantastic actors and whimsical fun! Unforgettable characters like Liesl, Gretel, and Maria- characters that any child can relate to. If any musical deserves to be Number 1, it's the 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

8 Lion 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

I've seen plenty of musicals in time, and I adore Wicked, Hamilton, and Les Mis. But Lion King is hands down my favorite, and the musical I think deserves the most praise. The sets, the masks, the props, the costumes, the puppets, everything about the show is beautiful and incredible. Every character is amazing too. My personal favorite characters were Rafiki and Simba. They are both such unique and interesting characters. Plus their voices gave me chills.

Lion King is probably the most amazing shows I've EVER seen hands down. And the music is gorgeous and compelling. - punyraisin

Went to see this play last year in New York.

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9 Newsies

Newsies was one of the first Broadway shows that I truly remember enjoying. To this day, it is definitely on my top five list of favorite musicals. The dancing is incredible, the storyline is portrayed extremely well by the actors, and it really proves that guys can dance and sing with perfect harmony. It's not just for girls anymore. Wish it could stay a bit longer on Broadway!

Newsies is awesome! Haven't seen it, but I have the soundtrack and I love all of the songs! One of the awesome things about this show is that the heroine, Katherine Plummer, is ambitious and smart, unlike many other musical women, so Newsies is feminist! And Jeremy Jordan is amazing too!

Newsies is by far my favorite show. I saw it three times and I was very upset when it closed. It should definitely be higher. It's based on a true story and is simply amazing.

Now is the time to seize the day

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10 Into 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

If you've only seen the movie I feel bad for you. The movie sucks compared to the play. Luckily, the play with the ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST has been PROFESSIONALLY FILMED and put on YouTube. Bernadette Peters is a gem

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!

Amazing and very iconic and moving. The movie is also very well done. - punyraisin

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The Contenders

11 Chicago

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

Its such a great musical with great characters, I love the whole idea that the numbers are in Roxie's head, and how everything is a show to her

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

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12 Sweeney 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.

Very sophisticated music

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13 The 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.

The Book of Mormon is hilarious and adds humor to serious subjects. It has been one of my favorites for years. It may not be the best, but it deserves to be higher.

I have never seen the show, but it is sometimes ranked as more successful than hamilton in terms of ticket sales. That has GOT to mean something. The soundtrack is electric and hillarious, the Tony performances were amazing, everything you want in a perfect musical is there.

TURN THIS LIST OFF LIKE A LIGHT SWITCH BECAUSE THIS IS NOT HIGHER

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14 Grease

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 wayy too much drama over mundane things). - Anonymousxcxc

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15 Matilda

I saw it in September, really good

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

Listen to miracle, please

Really wanted to see it but it's no longer on broadway 😭 - punyraisin

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16 Fiddler 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

Undoubtedly the best musical of all time.

I love it, should be higher

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17 Guys & Dolls

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

I love this musical. Very deserving to be on this list.

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

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18 Joseph 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.

Anybody else just listen to this musical for Pharaoh's Song? It's the best song in the show.

Any dream will do

19 Ragtime
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