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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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980 586
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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1,202 388
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Wicked Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

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736 453
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
West Side Story Leonard Bernstein ^! Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim

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712 420
Rent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Rent Jonathan Larson

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745 398
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers , Russel Crouse , Howard Lindsay

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737 399
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Lion King Mark Mancina , Elton John , Jay Rifkin

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659 348
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

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508 418
Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Fiddler on the Roof Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock , Joseph Stein

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559 369
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

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1,081 170
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
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615 327
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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597 310
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hairspray Scott Wittman , Marc Shaiman , Thomas Meehan

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604 358
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner

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565 242
Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Into the Woods James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim

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390 265
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Cabaret Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joe Masteroff

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423 297
Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Little Shop of Horrors Alan Menken , Howard Ashman

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427 254
A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
A Chorus Line Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch

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539 322
Grease is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Grease Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

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362 265
Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Guys and Dolls Jo Swerling , Abe Burrows , Frank Loesser

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481 305
Annie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Annie Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse

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346 269
Evita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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329 241
Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Avenue Q Jeff Marx , Jeff Whitty , Robert Lopez

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453 421
Cats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Cats Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn

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331 252
The King and I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The King and I Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II

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355 269
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Jesus Christ Superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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437 177
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken ^! Linda Woolverton ^! Howard Ashman ^! Tim Rice

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311 278
Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Oklahoma! Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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254 226
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

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302 255
Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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455 307
Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Mamma Mia! Björn Ulvaeus , Catherine Johnson , Benny Andersson

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231 222
Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Gypsy: A Musical Fable Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim ^! Jule Styne

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238 181
Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Anything Goes Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse

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272 203
The Producers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Producers Mel Brooks , Thomas Meehan

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344 268
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Miss Saigon Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Claude-Michel Schönberg ^! Alain Boublil

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232 159
Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Spring Awakening Steven Sater , Duncan Sheik

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296 193
The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Music Man Franklin Lacey , Meredith Willson

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278 204
Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Oliver! Lionel Bart

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232 208
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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363 127
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 40 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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229 195
Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman , Michael Stewart

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141 178
Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Ragtime Terrence McNally , Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

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211 249
Hair is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hair Gerome Ragni ^! Galt MacDermot ^! James Rado

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196 200
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Dreamgirls Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger

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253 194
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 45 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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217 192
South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
South Pacific Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II

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207 50
In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Elieli added In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda , Quiara Alegría Hudes

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311 168
Camelot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Republican Jew added Camelot Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner - Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, Featuring Julie Andrews

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219 76
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
AneeshaCasilli added Newsies Alan Menken ^! Jack Feldman ^! Harvey Fierstein

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263 116
Matilda the Musical is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Charley Feldman added Matilda the Musical Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly