The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

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From Chicago to The Lion King, the '90s saw a number of hit musicals that were popular with theater audiences. While going to the theater has always been (and still is) considered to be pretty high-brow, many 1990s musicals introduced fun, accessible elements like rock music and youthful themes that appealed to a younger generation. Think back– which '90s musicals do you think take the cake for being the best of the decade? This list has been ranked by hundreds of theater fans like you, so don't let them down! Vote for your choices of the best 1990s Broadway musicals. 

By the '90s, musical theater began fading away into obscurity. Though Broadway had once reigned supreme, it was now struggling to remain relevant amidst rapidly changing times, combined with rising ticket costs and low attendance. Still, the 1990s saw its fair share of Broadway hits that stuck out among the loyal theater fans. The shows were modernized and often tackled weighty topics such as in the successful show, Rent, a rock musical about a group of young artists in New York dealing with the realities of HIV/AIDS. Though the show started off-Broadway, it eventually found its place and gained critical acclaim, winning a Tony Award for Best Musical. Rent would continue on Broadway for 12 years, until 2008, after more than 5,000 performances.  

The '90s was also a time of the "corporate musical," elaborate stage efforts produced with a massive amount of money from corporate sponsorship in order to win over the box office. Such shows included Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Though the shows were much loved by audiences, the real magic of musical theater through experimentation, emotion, and true talent was lost to impressive, yet sterile, shows.

What are the top Broadway musicals from the 1990s? But what were the most popular Broadway musicals of the '90s? Cast your votes below and see how your fellow theater fans voted!
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    Jonathan Larson

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    Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

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    Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, John Kander

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

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    Blake Edwards ^! Frank Wildhorn ^! Leslie Bricusse

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

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    Terrence McNally ^! Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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    Christopher Hampton ^! Don Black ^! Andrew Lloyd Webber

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    Eric Carmen ^! Sammy Hagar ^! Tom Snow ^! Walter Bobbie ^! Jim Steinman ^!

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    Bob Fosse ^! Fred Ebb

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    Des McAnuff ^! Pete Townshend

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    Nan Knighton, Frank Wildhorn

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    Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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    Parade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    Parade Jason Robert Brown ^! Alfred Uhry

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    Willy Russell

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    David Zippel ^! Larry Gelbart ^! Cy Coleman

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    George Gershwin ^! Ira Gershwin ^! Ken Ludwig

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

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    Titanic Maury Yeston and Peter Stone Maury Yeston and Peter Stone

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    John Weidman, Richard Maltby, Jr.

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    Jelly Roll Morton, Luther Henderson, George C. Wolfe

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    Marsha Norman ^! Jule Styne ^! Bob Merrill

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    Putting It Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    Putting It Together Stephen Sondheim

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    David Zippel ^! Marvin Hamlisch ^! Neil Simon

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    Cy Coleman ^! Ira Gasman ^! David Newman

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    James Lapine ^! William Finn

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    Charles Hart ^! Don Black ^! Andrew Lloyd Webber

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    James Lapine ^! Stephen Sondheim

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    Mike Stoller, Jack Viertel, Jerry Leiber

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    State Fair is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    State Fair Richard Rodgers ^! Louis Mattioli ^! Tom Briggs ^! Oscar Hammerstein II ...

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    Baroness Emma Orczy

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    Leslie Bricusse

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    Peter Stone ^! Cy Coleman ^! Adolph Green ^! Betty Comden

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    A Grand Night for Singing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    A Grand Night for Singing Richard Rodgers ^! Walter Bobbie ^! Oscar Hammerstein II

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    Reg E. Gaines ^! Zane Mark ^! George C. Wolfe ^! Daryl Waters ^! Ann ...

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    Clarke Peters, Louis Jordan

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    My Favorite Year is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    My Favorite Year Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens ^! Joseph Dougherty

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    The Civil War is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    The Civil War Gregory Boyd ^! Frank Wildhorn ^! Jack Murphy

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    Nick & Nora is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s

    Nick & Nora Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Arthur Laurents ^! Charles Strouse

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