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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer

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    Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

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    Leonard Bernstein ^! Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim

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    Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

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    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

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    Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

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    Jonathan Larson

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    Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

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    Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

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    Frederic Loewe ^! Alan Jay Lerner

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    Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, John Kander

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    Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

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

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    Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

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    Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

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    Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

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    James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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    Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs

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    Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

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    Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser

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    Richard Rodgers ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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    Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

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    Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

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    Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals

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    Hamilton

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

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    Arthur Laurents ^! Stephen Sondheim ^! Jule Styne

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

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    Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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    Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

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    Lionel Bart

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    Franklin Lacey ^! Meredith Willson

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    Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Russel Crouse

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    Stephen Schwartz, Roger O. Hirson

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    Richard Rodgers ^! Joshua Logan ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

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

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    Gerome Ragni ^! Galt MacDermot ^! James Rado

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    Jerry Herman ^! Michael Stewart

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    Richard M. Sherman ^! Robert B. Sherman ^! George Stiles ^! Anthony Drew ...

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    Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger

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

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

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    Terrence McNally ^! Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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    Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

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    George Furth, Stephen Sondheim

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    Mark Bramble ^! Al Dubin ^! Harry Warren ^! Michael Stewart

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Charley Feldman
    Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

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