The Best Broadway Musicals

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List Criteria: Only staged musicals.

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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    Leonard Bernstein ^! Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim

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    Charles Hart ^! Richard Stilgoe ^! Andrew Lloyd Webber

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    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

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    Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner

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    Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

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    Jonathan Larson

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    Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, John Kander

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    Hugh Wheeler ^! Stephen Sondheim

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    Scott Wittman ^! Marc Shaiman ^! Thomas Meehan ^! Mark O'Donnell

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    James Lapine ^! Stephen Sondheim

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    Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

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    Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

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    Martin Charnin ^! Thomas Meehan ^! Charles Strouse

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    Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

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    Warren Casey ^! Jim Jacobs

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    Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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    Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals

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    Hamilton

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    Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser

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    Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Alan Menken ^! Linda Woolverton ^! Howard Ashman ^! Tim Rice

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    Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

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    Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

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    Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, Featuring Julie Andrews

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    Lionel Bart

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    Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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    Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

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    Franklin Lacey ^! Meredith Willson

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

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    Guy Bolton ^! P. G. Wodehouse ^! Russel Crouse ^! Cole Porter ^! Howard ...

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    Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim ^! Jule Styne

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    Richard Rodgers ^! Joshua Logan ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Stephen Schwartz ^! Roger O. Hirson

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    Jerry Herman ^! Michael Stewart

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    Marshall Brickman ^! Rick Elice ^! Bob Crewe ^! Bob Gaudio

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    Carolyn Leigh ^! Adolph Green ^! Mark Charlap ^! Betty Comden ^! Jule ...

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    Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Claude-Michel Schönberg ^! Alain Boublil

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    Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger

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    Blake Edwards ^! Frank Wildhorn ^! Leslie Bricusse

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    Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals

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    Singin' in the Rain Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed, Betty Comden Adolph Green

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals

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    Cinderella Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Terrence McNally ^! Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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    Neil Innes ^! John Du Prez ^! Eric Idle

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