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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 Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer
Les Misérables, colloquially known as Les Mis or Les Miz is a sung-through musical based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. It has music by ...more

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3,009 1,994
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book ...more

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2,174 1,498
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim
West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, libretto/lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was ...more

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3,519 1,485
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life ...more

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4,691 1,047
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
chris-michael added
Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by ...more

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2,272 1,193
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Mark Mancina , Elton John , Jay Rifkin
The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral ...more

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2,210 1,361
Rent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Jonathan Larson
Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling ...more

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2,093 1,194
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard Rodgers , Russel Crouse , Howard Lindsay
The Sound of Music is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria ...more

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2,113 1,238
The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Matt Stone , Trey Parker , Robert Lopez
The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and ...more

10
1,511 1,114
Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock , Joseph Stein
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and ...more

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1,835 961
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander
Chicago is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by ...more

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1,699 817
Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim
Into the Woods is a musical that includes lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway on November 5, ...more

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1,578 1,104
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, ...more

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1,083 756
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joe Masteroff
Cabaret is a musical based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit, inspiring numerous subsequent ...more

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1,597 899
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Scott Wittman , Marc Shaiman , Thomas Meehan
Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs ...more

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1,139 656
A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch
A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centred on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for ...more

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1,204 807
Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Alan Menken , Howard Ashman
Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and ...more

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1,342 816
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower ...more

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1,393 908
Grease is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs
Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High ...more

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1,834 362
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
danman082200 added Pasek and Paul
Dear Evan Hansen is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven Levenson. The title character, Evan Hansen, is a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder who ...more

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902 684
Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Jo Swerling , Abe Burrows , Frank Loesser
Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood ...more

22
1,210 573
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman
Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn ...more

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914 672
Evita is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president ...more

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1,021 698
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera or rock musical, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its first staging ...more

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1,147 787
Annie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse
Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The ...more