musicals / plays The Best Broadway Musicals

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List of the best musicals to ever run on stage, whether on Broadway, the West End, or in smaller fringe theaters around the world. The greatest musicals combine music, dancing, amazing stories, and top casts to take the viewer out of a theatre and into a world they never imagined.

The best Broadway musicals are a cross-section of classic musicals like Les Miserables (now an Oscar winning movie) and Cats as well as new favorites like The Book of Mormon and Wicked. Their casts feature some of the best stars on Broadway from throughout the years, and they are all worthy of more than one viewing. The best thing about musical theater, of course, is that it's never the same show twice.

What are the top Broadway musicals? What are the best musical theater shows? Which shows are the greatest musicals ever to be on stage? That's for all you musical theater fans to decide!

Vote on your favorite musicals and if your favorite Broadway musical show isn't on the list, add it so others can discover a best new Broadway musical to see.

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Les Misérables Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel Herbert Kretzmer

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Phantom of the Opera Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe Andrew Lloyd Webber

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
West Side Story Leonard Bernstein ^! Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim

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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Wicked Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers , Russel Crouse Howard Lindsay

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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Fiddler on the Roof Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock Joseph Stein

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Rent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Rent Jonathan Larson

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Lion King Mark Mancina , Elton John Jay Rifkin

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb John Kander

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner

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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Book of Mormon Matt Stone , Trey Parker Robert Lopez

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hairspray Scott Wittman ^! Marc Shaiman ^! Thomas Meehan ^! Mark O'Donnell

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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
A Chorus Line Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante Marvin Hamlisch

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Cabaret Fred Ebb , John Kander Joe Masteroff

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Little Shop of Horrors Alan Menken , Howard Ashman

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Into the Woods James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim

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Evita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Grease Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Annie Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan Charles Strouse

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The King and I Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Guys and Dolls Jo Swerling , Abe Burrows Frank Loesser

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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Oklahoma! Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Jesus Christ Superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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Cats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Cats Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber Trevor Nunn

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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hamilton

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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Avenue Q Jeff Marx , Jeff Whitty Robert Lopez

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken ^! Linda Woolverton ^! Howard Ashman ^! Tim Rice

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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Gypsy: A Musical Fable Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim ^! Jule Styne

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Producers Mel Brooks , Thomas Meehan

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Mamma Mia! Björn Ulvaeus , Catherine Johnson Benny Andersson

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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Oliver! Lionel Bart

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Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Anything Goes Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse Russel Crouse

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Music Man Franklin Lacey ^! Meredith Willson

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
South Pacific Richard Rodgers ^! Joshua Logan ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Miss Saigon Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Claude-Michel Schönberg ^! Alain Boublil

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman , Rick Elice Bob Crewe

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman ^! Michael Stewart

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Hair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hair Gerome Ragni ^! Galt MacDermot ^! James Rado

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Mary Poppins Richard M. Sherman ^! Robert B. Sherman ^! George Stiles ^! Anthony Drew ^! Julian Fellowes

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Dreamgirls Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Peter Pan Carolyn Leigh ^! Adolph Green ^! Mark Charlap ^! Betty Comden ^! Jule Styne ^! J. M. Barrie

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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Camelot Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner - Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, Featuring Julie Andrews

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Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Spring Awakening Steven Sater , Duncan Sheik

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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Ragtime Terrence McNally ^! Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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Company is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Company George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

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42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
42nd Street Mark Bramble ^! Al Dubin ^! Harry Warren ^! Michael Stewart

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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Spamalot Neil Innes , John Du Prez Eric Idle