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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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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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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 3 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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1,752 1,176
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 8 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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1,750 1,115
Rent is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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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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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 14 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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870 615
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 16 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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908 543
A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Grease is listed (or ranked) 18 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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 19 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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736 567
Evita is listed (or ranked) 20 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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818 581
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 23 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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968 667
Annie is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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729 542
Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Jeff Marx , Jeff Whitty , Robert Lopez Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. The book was written by Jeff Whitty and the show was directed by Jason ...more

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697 415
Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Steven Sater , Duncan Sheik Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century ...more

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Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 27 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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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II The King and I is a musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, ...more

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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in ...more

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655 386
The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Franklin Lacey , Meredith Willson The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band ...more

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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
AneeshaCasilli added Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. The ...more

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Cats is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats ...more

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Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The original book was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and ...more

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Björn Ulvaeus , Catherine Johnson , Benny Andersson Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman , George Stiles Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers and a script by Julian Fellowes. The musical is based on the similarly titled series of children's ...more

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson Pippin is a Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the ...more

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Mel Brooks , Thomas Meehan The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly ...more

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly ...more

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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim , Jule Styne Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease ...more

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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Elieli added Lin-Manuel Miranda , Quiara Alegría Hudes In the Heights is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story is set over the course of three days, involving an ensemble cast of ...more

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical or operetta with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of ...more

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Next to Normal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Tom Kitt , Brian Yorkey Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her ...more

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Matilda the Musical is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Charley Feldman added Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly Matilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The musical's narrative ...more

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
LauraZaetz added Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed, Betty Comden Adolph Green Singin' in the Rain is a musical with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Arthur Freed, and music by Nacio Herb Brown. Adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name, the plot ...more

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Marshall Brickman , Rick Elice , Bob Crewe Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the ...more

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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Lionel Bart Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long ...more

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Jerry Herman , Michael Stewart Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled ...more

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Carolyn Leigh , Adolph Green , Mark Charlap Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy. The music is mostly by Mark "Moose" Charlap, with ...more

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The ...more

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate ...more