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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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1,029 621
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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1,276 405
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Wicked Stephen Schwartz ^! Winnie Holzman

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769 471
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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743 445
Rent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Rent Jonathan Larson

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781 420
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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775 419
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Lion King Mark Mancina ^! Elton John ^! Jay Rifkin ^! Hans Zimmer ^! Irene Mecchi ^! Lebo M ^! Julie Taymor ^! Roger Allers ^! Tim Rice

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693 363
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

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525 442
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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581 391
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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1,207 181
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
chris-michael added Hamilton

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658 339
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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619 325
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hairspray Scott Wittman ^! Marc Shaiman ^! Thomas Meehan ^! Mark O'Donnell

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619 374
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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589 255
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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402 277
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Cabaret Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joe Masteroff

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439 309
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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443 264
A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
A Chorus Line Edward Kleban ^! Nicholas Dante ^! Marvin Hamlisch ^! James Kirkwood Jr.

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556 338
Grease is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Grease Warren Casey ^! Jim Jacobs

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375 278
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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497 320
Annie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Annie Martin Charnin ^! Thomas Meehan ^! Charles Strouse

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357 280
Evita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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343 251
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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467 437
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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340 261
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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367 281
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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451 187
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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318 288
Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Oklahoma! Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II

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259 236
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

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242 230
Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Gypsy: A Musical Fable Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim , Jule Styne

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471 318
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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311 265
Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

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247 191
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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284 214
The Producers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
The Producers Mel Brooks ^! Thomas Meehan

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356 278
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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247 167
Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Spring Awakening Steven Sater , Duncan Sheik

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306 203
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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284 215
Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Oliver! Lionel Bart

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241 215
Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman ^! Rick Elice ^! Bob Crewe ^! Bob Gaudio

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381 133
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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238 200
Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman ^! Michael Stewart

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148 186
Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Ragtime Terrence McNally ^! Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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203 206
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Dreamgirls Tom Eyen ^! Henry Krieger

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220 259
Hair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
Hair Gerome Ragni ^! Galt MacDermot ^! James Rado

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225 199
South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
South Pacific Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II

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257 201
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 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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229 57
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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242 84
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals
AneeshaCasilli added Newsies Alan Menken ^! Jack Feldman ^! Harvey Fierstein

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315 174
Camelot is listed (or ranked) 49 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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277 123
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