The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

List Rules
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 up your favorite musicals, and vote down the ones that were disappointing. 

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  • My Fair Lady
    Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
    • Characters: Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Alfred Doolittle, Mrs Higgins, Mrs. Pearce
  • Miss Saigon
    Richard Maltby, Jr., Claude-Michel Schönberg
    • Characters: Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas, Tam, Gigi Van Tranh
  • Mamma Mia!
    Björn Ulvaeus , Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson
    • Characters: Rosie, Sophie, Harry Bright, Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin
  • Hello, Dolly!
    Jerry Herman , Michael Stewart
    • Characters: Dolly Levi, Minnie Fay, Barnaby Tucker, Horace Vandergelder, Irene Molloy
  • Beauty and the Beast
    Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton, Howard Ashman
    • Characters: Belle, Gaston, Beast, Babette, Wardrobe
  • Funny Girl
  • Cabaret
    Fred Ebb , John Kander, Joe Masteroff
    • Characters: Fräulein Schneider, Sally Bowles, Fraulein Kost, Emcee, Clifford Bradshaw
  • The Producers
    Mel Brooks , Thomas Meehan
    • Characters: Carmen Ghia, Roger De Bris, Leo Bloom, Franz Liebkind, Max Bialystock
  • Beetlejuice


    Eddie Perfect
    • Characters: Beetlejuice is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect and book by Scott Brown and Anthony King. It is based on the 1988 film of the same name, about a deceased couple who try to haunt the new inhabitants of their former home and call for help from a devious bio-exorcist ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced "Beetlejuice"), who is summoned by saying his name three times.
  • Matilda
    Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly
    • Characters: Matilda Wormwood, Harry Wormwood, Michael Wormwood, Zinnia Wormwood, Amanda Thripp
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, Adolfo Pirelli, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias Ragg
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
    Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
    • Characters: Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Judas Iscariot, Apostle Peter, Mary Magdalene
  • oklahoma
    Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II
    • Characters: Curly McLain, Laurey Williams, Ali Hakim, Aunt Eller, Will Parker
  • South Pacific
    Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II
    • Characters: Emile De Becque, Liat, Luther Billis, Bloody Mary, Capt. Brackett
  • Evita
    Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
    • Characters: Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín Magaldi
  • Grease
    Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs
    • Characters: Sandy Olsson, Betty Rizzo, Danny Zuko, Frenchy, Principal McGee
  • Aladdin
  • Annie
    Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse
    • Characters: Annie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Miss Agatha Hannigan, Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan, Lily St. Regis
  • Oliver!
    Lionel Bart
    • Characters: Oliver Twist, Artful Dodger, Bill Sikes, Fagin, Nancy
  • Kinky Boots
    Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein
    • Guys and Dolls
      Jo Swerling , Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser
      • Characters: Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Miss Adelaide
    • The King and I
      Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II
      • Characters: King Mongkut, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Tuptim, The Kralahome
    • Anything Goes
      Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse, Russel Crouse
      • Characters: Billy Crocker, Reno Sweeney, Elisha J. Whitney, Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Hope Harcourt
    • The Little Mermaid
      Alan Menken , Howard Ashman, Doug Wright
      • Characters: Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Flounder, Sebastian