Top Ten Best Broadway Musicals

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What is the best musical ever to hit the stage in New York

The Top Ten

1 Hamilton

I have bad taste when it comes to musicals. I (yes, really) HATE Annie, so you get my point. But this is the best ' musical in the world. I love how they are talking about something that happened over a hundred years ago, but it makes it look like it's present day. Also the placement of the songs are amazing (The calm song Hurricane is between We Know and The Reynolds Pamphlet, so it really is the eye of the hurricane). Definitely the best song is "Wait For It". My favorite character is Aaron Burr (,Sir. Sorry, I had to). Deserves more the #1 spot, and musicals like Annie just need to accept they suck and move on.

Anyone who disagrees that this is not the best shall be forced to court and forced to read "The Reynolds Pamphlet." When you agree, I will be watching you in the "Room Where it Happens," out of sight. And if you disagree, I will not "Throw Away my Shot." When I shoot you in the eye. I WILL RELISH THE MOMENT!

Has such a great story! Great songs! Great everything! The experience of going to the theater is magical!

I just like it

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2 Wicked

Because I saw you, I have been changed

The songs give me chills

I'm "looking at things another way" - Wickednerd

THIS IS CRAP. HAMILTON IS WAY BETTER!

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3 Les Misérables

Best of the list here.

This is the most classic musical of all time, based on one of the best books of all time, with the most famous songs of all time. I do love modern musicals, but Les Mis will be remembered forever.

This musical is absolutely incredible! Amazing songs, amazing story, fantastic characters!

The best.

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4 Phantom of the Opera

The one and only

This is still the only musical that made me come back four times to watch it again!

I went to this musical but I did it for my mom.

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.

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5 West Side Story

WHY IS THIS NOT number 1!

I love the 1966 movie!

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.

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6 Rent

Kswljde my dad was so close to becoming the main role, but he didn't really like acting as much as singing. arghh I could have lived in NYC lol - ItsAShipDad

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.

RENT is the first musical I ve ever watched and definitely my favorite! all songs in it are sooo amazing and the stories about every single character are sooo touching! love Angel and Roger and Mimi and Collins! to watch it in the theater is on my bucket list now!

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.

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7 Into The Woods

Absolutely LOVE this musical! I love all the music, storyline, and more. I was lucky enough to be in this show and I would do anything to be in it again!

How is this #10? Are you kidding? Into the Woods is quite possibly the best musical EVER. I had watched the movie before, then when I was eleven I listened to the original cast recording and I fell in LOVE WITH IT. Listening to Into the Woods is what got me into musical theater. I'd say that personally, this should at least be in the top five. I suggest that you watch or listen to Into the Woods (not the movie, it's pretty bad compared to the original)

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 we're talking about movie musicals, then sure, Into the Woods would probably sit somewhere around Number 10, as the movie version was okay, but still not that great. In terms of the original stage version, however, this should be right up there at Number 2, only after Les Mis.

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8 Newsies

All the characters in Newsies are amazing! Crutchie is my personal favorite though!

Yes that's way with if I sse you in New York city

Best musical I have ever seen

Newsies on the surface might seem like 20 boys doing impressive dance moves and not much else. But it's much more than that. Jack Kelly is one of the most fascinating and best-written characters in the modern Broadway era. His love story with Katherine is definitely not forced, and he himself matches a wonderfully funny and snarky personality with true compassion for the other boys. The score is phenomenal, from rousing anthems like "Carrying the Banner", "World Will Know", "Once and for All", "Brooklyn's Here", "King of New York" and of course "Seize the Day" to beautiful songs like "Something to Believe in", "Letter from the Refuge" and "I Never Planned on You". It was wonderfully written, also features great villains like Pulitzer and Snyder, and is perfectly funny and inspiring. And who can resist good looking guys doing flips for 2 1/2 hours? - alexcousins

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9 Lion King

awesome

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

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10 The Sound of Music

Was this a Broadway show? - SassyEquine

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

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The Contenders

11 The Book of Mormon

This is the best musical I've seen in awhile. It has a great story with amazing songs and and even better plot. I recommend everyone to see this, this is the best musical in my opinion.

The Book of Mormon is too long running, award winning, and great to be at the top ten...

I love this so muchhh! Can't wait to see it live!

This is hilarious, and the songs are amazing. One of my favorite musicals

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12 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Yes

My second favorite musical. The characters are amazing (well except for the Judge, he's a creepy old twerp but then again he's supposed to be so...), I love the plot, the music is fantastic, the humor is on point (especially whenever Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney are on stage together), and most importantly I love the gore and violence. I'd go see it over and over again if I could. - Anonymousxcxc

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

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

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13 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

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

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14 Chicago

One of the best musicals ever! How can it be #12?

so sexy

My 3rd favorite musical (behind Wicked and Sweeney Todd). Really funny characters, great songs, interesting plot, and all the inappropriate lingerie clothing for that one creepy pervert in the audience (if you're into that). I'd definitely recommend it, just keep it away from children under the age of 13 (ESPECIALLY little boys). - Anonymousxcxc

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

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15 Matilda

Great songs, plot and Characters!

The songs are really catchy, especially "Revolting Children"; It shows that kids have lives, too, and they're not just slaves. Matilda is also so smart and the characters are so charismatic, and it goes into one beautiful and enlightening Broadway musical.

Why is this not higher?!?!? It deserves #1! My fave musical of all time! Definitely gets my vote!

I saw it in September, really good

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16 Dear Evan Hansen

Personal fave

My favorite musical of all time, made me tear up during "Words Fail" and "So Big/So Small) (which were back to back, so bring your tissues) "Sincerely, Me" had great humor and is my favorite song because it's so catchy. If you like musicals like "The Greatest Showman" and "La La Land" or teen dramas like "13 Reasons Why" then give this show a chance. Also the soundtrack isn't that explicit though the show is, so if you're a kid I'd reccomend you this show.

Um, why is this 18? This is an amazing musical that I can't wait to go see in march. I'll add another review after I see it!

BEST MUSICAL BY FAR

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17 Ragtime

I just saw this the most heart wrenching and beautiful play I’ve ever seen

18 Legally Blonde: The Musical

I love it

Best story ever

The songs are a amazing and the storyline is great and the whole musical is absolutely hilarious

It's so funny and amazing love this show - Froglamb

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19 Annie

This is the BEST family musical, hands down. (Let alone, a classic musical). Annie is NOT annoying, but it is powerful. From the trumpet solo at the beginning of the overture, to the dance breaks during Easy Street and Smile, and even the cuteness of the orphans, everything about this show is amazing!

And of course, we all know the song Tomorrow.

Well this one I haven't seen it on Broadway or really much, but it's an okay musical. It's not my favorite, but it's not bad. - Anonymousxcxc

I don't hate it, but God Annie is so annoying.

Favorite musical ever

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20 Hairspray

Best. Musical. Ever.

How is this not in the top 10

It is the best musicall I have ever seen the Music is emotional for example ''I know where I've been'' ist About black and fat People how they are not as well treated and it Shows that everyone can fine love, Dance ist the BEST

Terrible musical

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21 Cats

This musical could have been a disaster turning a book of poems into songs and then adding choreography but it turned out beautiful, they even added some songs that weren't in old possums book of practical cats. By far this musical is my favorite. HAVE YOU PEOPLE EVEN SEEN CATS! Cats is the whole reason I started acting, dancing, and joining in choirs. (Hopefully see you while I'm someday performing this epic musical)

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.

I love Cats. It may not have dialogue but the music is great. I especially love Victoria because she is nice and she is also a great dancer

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22 Next to Normal

This show deserves to be in the top 20, at least, but for me it's number 1. The chemistry between the actors and the characters they play is so real, the emotions are so raw. Each song is beautiful and special. It's like nothing I've ever seen before. I only have to hear or see 10 seconds of some songs/scenes and I'm tearing up. This musical is beautiful, it discusses real issues, and doesn't follow any..cliche formula.

How is this not higher? I had to scroll all the way down to the bottom to find my favorite musical! What? Next to Normal is so heart-wrenching, and has AMAZING music! (I'm Alive, I Am The One, and so many other songs)

23 Little Shop of Horrors

Why is this not number 1?!?!?!

FEED ME! This is an AWESOME story! I love this one!

Feed me Seymour!

This is perpostersters. Little Shop of Horrors is amazing. It should be in the top ten!

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24 Beauty and the Beast
25 The Music Man

It's THE BEST

26 Spring Awakening

THE BEST. I adore this musical with all my heart - pjo

This musical is honestly amazing. It has a great soundtrack and sends a controversial message.

The Deaf West production of this made me fall in love with the musical as a whole

Not only is it filled with incredible music, but it’s an old story that people can still relate to the day. This musical is filled with controversial topics such as sexual frustration, abuse, abortion, and teen suicide. It pushes boundaries and really makes you think. Definitely my favorite musical. Amazing!

27 Spamalot

This is my favorite musical. It's amazing.

It's hilarious!

28 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

THE BEST

29 Shrek the Musical

Shrek The Musical is my favorite musical and my dream show to perform in. It is so funny, the plot is phenomenal, and the music covers almost all genres and is BEAUTIFUL. Listen to Who I'd Be for a goosebumps ballad or Morning Person for a fun upbeat song. It is such a good show.

It isn't the best, but it's still quite entertaining. Also, it has a couple of really epic songs, such as I Know It's Today and Who I'd Be.

This was my first Broadway musical I ever saw! I saw it when I was 7 I still love it to this day! Also John Tartaglia made the BEST Pinocchio! But this is one of my favorite musicals.

I love this musical

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30 Jersey Boys

As an italian actor trying to get somewhere. This is honestly such motivation. So sad its almost over. Best show I've ever seen!

How is this not in the top ten? It is better than most on this list. - markleo

Definitely better than Hamilton. - markleo

This is the best show I have ever seen! It was absoultely amazing! The crowd stands up and dances, how is this not higher!

31 Assassins

I really like this show. It's my favorite. - Galactic

An interesting take on the tragic stories of the deaths of presidents and somehow pulls it off

32 Waitress
33 Guys & Dolls

Love this musical. Especially the instrumentation, but I am extremely biased towards jazz.

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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34 Pippin

I loved this! - Zero-X86

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.

35 Fiddler on the Roof

Great acting, dancing, story, meaning, characters, setting and did I mention actors?

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.

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36 We Will Rock You
37 Jekyll & Hyde

The songs are amazing, people! If u like Phantom, you'll love this.

38 A Chorus Line

ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY KIDDING ME?! A Chorus Line is a classic, and a PULITZER PRIZE WINNER! Being thirteen, I heard my mom talk about it all the time, so I decided to watch a video of the show. It's incredible! The actors portray their characters perfectly and the dancing is spot on. The musical numbers are a classic as well. definitely should be in the top twenty, if not higher.

39 Little Mermaid

Amaze show!

40 Dreamgirls

One of the best, brilliant powerful songs and great acting!

41 Anything Goes

The fact that I had to add this to the list is sad beyond compare, and it should be way up at the top at least 20-25. It is a classic, and no matter which version you listen to, Patto LuPone and Sutton Foster, or whoever, are all amazing. CLASSIC!

42 Cinderella

This is a really good show and deserves so much more credit

Impossible things are happening everyday! - punyraisin

The music in this is so good. I love In my Own Little Corner.

43 Aladdin

The performance of Aladdin I saw was SUPERB, so much so that I saw it again. The guy who played the Genie was absolutely INCREDIBLE, the costumes were GLORIOUS & the stage settings were SPECTACULAR! Can't rave enough about this AMAZING musical.

Huge disappointment and the music is absolutely awful. The musical is also very uninspired and one that I highly suggest you do not see. Just stick with the movie. Even Aladdin, Jr. Is better than this crappy pile of poop for a musical. - punyraisin

Aladdin is the best! IT SHOULD BE 1st

44 My Fair Lady

This musical proves that you don't need a lot of special effects or over-the-top dance numbers to make a good musical. You just need talented performers who can bring the characters to life and bring out the humor in the script. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are great foils to each other, and when they're played by the right actors, the scene interactions are hilarious.

Everything about it is awesome. Great in all aspects!

Anyone who doesn't think My Fair Lady is the greatest musical of all time hasn't seen it

I could have danced all night

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45 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Simply amazing!

46 Footloose
47 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

A true unique work of art

The music is really beautiful. Also JOSH GROBAN, so you know it will be good. - PianoQueen

A masterpiece - gucci

A masterpiece! best show i’ve ever seen!

48 Finding Neverland

Absolutely brilliant! I was fortunate enough to see the Original Broadway Cast, and I've seen it on tour multiple times. No matter how much I watch it, I still laugh and cry every time. The music is gorgeous, and the dancing is incredible. This show needs to go back to Broadway after the tour!

This is hands down the best. Sucks that the first time I saw it was the week it closed.

Beautiful singing, dancing and storyline! Truly perfect!

Listen to the Finale and What you Mean to me. So good.

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49 Miss Saigon

Best show ever

Love it! Music is great!

The ending was so unexpected! - listotaku17

My mom's favorite - Absolite

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50 The Wizard of Oz

This is the best musical ever with lots of singing and dancing

I love it so badly. Definitely my favourite musical.

I love this musical

I like the musical. - Anonymousxcxc

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