Top 10 Best Musicals

The Top Ten

1 Les Misérables

Out of all the musicals it has the most powerful message and music. Watching it live is so powerful

Not only is Les Miserables entierly sung through, but it has some of the hardest songs for any male singer to sing. While Phantom has three interesting characters whom we actually care about, Les Miserables manages to make every member of the lead cast compelling and interesting, even if they recieve little stage time.

It's the best stage musical. The score is powerful and uplifting. It gets into your heart and soothes your soul. For musical films it has to be Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly...*sigh* - Britgirl

2 The Phantom of the Opera

Yes. Very deserving of first place. Away from the classic, all-singing, all-dancing colourful Hollywood musicals (which I adore), this is my favourite "serious" musical. Dark, brooding, romantic and with a touch of humour thrown in. A powerful story with an equally powerful score. The overture and the opening of the duet The Phantom Of The Opera makes my heart thud. Quite simply fantastic. - Britgirl

Of course. The best musical, stunning to watch on stage, on film and to even just listen to the soundtracks.

THIS MUSICAL SHOULD BE ABOVE THE OTHERS ITS WAY BETTER - DarkAngelxox

Awesome movie! They picked amazing singers and it really made the musical!

3 Wicked
4 The Wizard of Oz

This is the best movie, let alone musical of all time

I'm going to be honest here: I really hate musicals Because most of them have songs that don't add anything to the film just there to waste time most musicals in my opinion would be better if well they weren't musicals some musicals have some of the best plots I have ever seen yet they are ruined by pointless 5 minutes songs that slow the film down.
That being said The Wizard of Oz is defintley the best musical - christangrant

5 Grease

Grease is my favorite musical, and it would be my favorite movie if not for "American Graffiti". I like the original Broadway performance better than the movie and it irks me when people say Sandy has to be a blonde Australian onstage... When in the original, she's an all-American brunette. :) But, all that aside, Grease is definitely a classic. It might be a bit mature for some audiences though.

Lion King is the greatest movie with an incredible score and great songs. But unless you're talking about the west end show, the film doesn't really count as a musical. Because the story is so great. Grease will always be the greatest musical

A litle bit inappropriate for kids but great move

6 Hamilton

I call it The King Of Musicals. Though I've never seen the musical yet, Hamilton sure is becoming the #1 musical on the planet. Why isn't it number one here on the list? I don't know, but the musical inspires students from around the globe to learn about one of our founding fathers of America. It won more Tony awards than any other musical in theatre history, and it has unique hip hop edition of the history of America, which I can garauntee it would make everyone sing along to more than any other theatre production in history, and they even preformed at the white house which is a very rare opportunity for a theatre cast ever. It is possible that it may win the world record for the highest box office production sometime in the not too distant future because of that, but the best thing to do is to wait and see. Our founding fathers of America in this musical is more like the founding fathers of a golden musical trophy!

I love hamilton and everything in it lin manuel miranda is a genius hope I see it someday it's my favorite piece of art of all time and why is it number 15? Why did you put hamilton the king of musicals in the number fifteen spot?

How is this not in the top ten. I mean it's new but by far one of the best musicals of all time. It incorporates different races and styles of music. How is it so far down this list?!

I think Hamilton should be number on here.
Hamilton is one of the main reason I LOVE History right now. It helps students around the world learn while listening to rapping, R&B, Hip-Hop and some other popular genres. I never thought Rapping could be in a Musical until Lin came along and blew us all away (please don't kill me). All beats are very catchy too. History is now taught in the funnest ways possible. No one can not certainly, say no to this King of Musicals

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8 West Side Story

My favorite movie ever. If you voted for anything else, you probably haven't seen this movie, or musical. Pure perfection

I've seen this movie to many times. I don't have positive memories of it, but I don't know why.

This is a great movie!

9 Mary Poppins
10 The Lion King

The Contenders

11 Hairspray
12 Singin' In The Rain

This is my favorite movie of all time!

13 Music Man

Do you know the territory?

Wait, maybe I should have voted for Les miserables...
Nah

The best!

14 The Sound of Music

It's a musical that my entire family loved growing up and they showed it in school a lot too.

Mary poppins, the sound of music and les miserables are awesome

15 Into The Woods

I love Rapunzal and Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods

I love Rapunzal here

16 Burlesque
17 Billy Elliot

Absolutely fantastic music, story, characters, everything. This musical literally changed my life - it inspired me to be who I want to be despite how my peers or parents felt about it. It talks about a deep societal issue that is still ongoing and often not spoken about. While gender barriers are much less strict than they used to be, it's still more acceptable for a girl to embrace masculinity than for a boy to embrace femininity and Billy Elliot demonstrates that issue in a way that had me laughing and crying throughout the show.

18 Cats

Absolutely incredible. The score superb (Memory, Macavity: The Mystery Cat... look it up, they're all amazing), the dances are awesome (yay for Gillian Lynn! ), and the costumes and set design simply cannot be beaten (They're cats dancing in an oversized junkyard! It's so cool! ). And although we're talking about the stage show, the movie was absolutely phenomenal- finally, a movie-musical from the last 20 years that casts people because they're actually good instead of famous! Pure brilliance.

It is one of my personal favorite shows, especially the music!

19 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A timeless classic

20 South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
21 My Fair Lady

My favourite musical changes depending on my mood (tomorrow it could be Singin' In The Rain, Guys And Dolls, Oliver! or more serious musicals such as Les Mis or The Phantom of the Opera; it's too difficult to choose an all-out favourite. But my mood at the moment is willing me to give my vote to this pretty, elegant, enchanting and oh-so-charming musical. - Britgirl

22 Pink Floyd: The Wall
23 Mamma Mia!
24 Funny Girl

One of the most interesting Broadway musicals I know. Barbra Streisand is amazing.

25 Hair

Great music, fine acting, important issues and brilliant film director.

26 Carousel
27 Saturday Night Fever
28 Miss Saigon

This should be higher on the list...

29 Heathers

Heathers is a masterpiece. It's darkly hilarious, but it gets pretty heavy at times, especially during Act 2. But it's definitely not for everyone. - Absolite

30 Jesus Christ Superstar

Who the heck forgets THIS classic?! "Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ/Who are you? What have you sacrificed? "

Less known fact: Ian Gillan of Deep Purple was the first singer for the role of Jesus Christ. - Metal_Treasure

But Ted Neely was much much better, than Ian Gillan.

31 The Blues Brothers
32 The Little Mermaid
33 Matilda

I love Matilda it is one of my best musical

34 Little Shop Of Horrors

My favourite musical (except possibly Les Mis), how is this not on the list? Ellen Greene was amazing, and the movie actually improved on the stage production with the song Mean Green Mother From Outer Space!

Hilarious! Feed me Seymour! I watched the musical at a local theater, ha the end all of the people are little dancing flowers!

Answer my questions: 1. How the hell is the below Matilda? 2. How is this only at 33? 3. Why is this movie/musical so underrated?

This is incredible one of the best musicals and songs like
Feed me Seymour (git it)
Meen green mother
And a lot more and 2 endings the original and darker one and the theatrical and brighter one

35 Bye Bye Birdie
36 Spring Awakening
37 High School Musical

How is this higher than little shop of horror, South Park, Hamilton, Book of Mormon, The King and I, Sweeney Todd, and Willy Wonka, and Rocky horror picture Show - germshep24

38 Legally Blonde

I started in this musical THIS YEAR! Elle was played by Emily (not saying last name) She was amazing! And guess what, she hates pink!

39 Chicago
40 Oliver!

I starred in Oliver, it was my first musical! And it was AMAZING! It's just so captivating, and it looks and sounds even better offstage.

41 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
42 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
43 Shrek The Musical

I love Shrek

44 The Book of Mormon
45 Rocky Horror Picture Show
46 Avenue Q
47 Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

The greatest film in the world

48 Across the Universe
49 Sunshine on Leith

If Les Miserables was the big sweeping epic, Sunshine on Leith is the plucky indie darling.

Cynics might refer to Sunshine on Leith as McMamma Mia but at least it doen't have Pierce Brosnan's dying buffalo vocals.

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1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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