The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

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What are the best Broadway shows today? This has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the top Broadway musicals from the 2000s to the present. From Wicked to Spring Awakening, today's best Broadway musicals are carrying on the musical theater legacy and drawing in audiences both during their Broadway runs, and on tour as well.

Though revivals and adaptations have been increasing in popularity, such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story and South Pacific, notable new shows such as Wicked and The Book of Mormon continue to draw audiences to Broadway musicals. Today's Broadway shows dazzle with nonstop dancing, music, and energy, as seen in shows like Hairspray and Billy Elliott. The 2000s have also seen a large draw to musical comedies, including the dark satire of Urinetown, a show with an outrageous plot that kept audiences laughing in their seats. 

Though the decade has seen its fair share of criticism that the original musical is dead, Broadway shows are still enjoyed by many who delight in the dazzle of the lights. Broadway today attracts families to shows such as Seussical or Legally Blonde, but treasures such as The Color Purple and Next to Normal continue to keep the Broadway musical alive.

Cast your votes below for the greatest modern Broadway musicals and see where the musicals of the 2000s you think are the best rank.
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    Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

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    Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

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    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles

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    Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

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    Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

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    Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin

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    Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

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    Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

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    Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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    Elton John, Lee Hall

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    Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

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    Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

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    Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey

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    Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

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    Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

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    Irving Berlin, Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

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    Chris D'Arienzo

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    Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman, Allee Willis

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    Michael Mayer ^! Billie Joe Armstrong ^! Mike Dirnt ^! Tré Cool

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    David Henry Hwang, Elton John, Linda Woolverton

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    David Henry Hwang, Phil Collins

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    [title of show] is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

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    [title of show]

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    Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne

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    Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis

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    Twyla Tharp, Billy Joel

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    Terrence McNally, David Yazbek

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    Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

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    Xanadu Jeff Lynne, John Farrar, Douglas Carter Beane

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    Jeffrey Lane, David Yazbek

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    Michael Kunze, Sylvester Levay

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    Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, Doug Wright

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    Richard Maltby, Jr., John Dempsey

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    Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner

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    Elton John, Linda Woolverton

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    Michael Kunze, Jim Steinman, David Ives

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    Curtains is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

    Curtains Fred Ebb, John Kander, Rupert Holmes

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    Wilkie Collins, David Zippel, Charlotte Jones

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    Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

    Urban Cowboy Aaron Latham, Phillip Oesterman, Jason Robert Brown

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    All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

    All Shook Up Joe DiPietro

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    Bombay Dreams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

    Bombay Dreams Don Black, A. R. Rahman, Thomas Meehan

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