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The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked 

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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 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. Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber wrote the musical's book together. Stilgoe also provided ...more
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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
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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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
West Side Story
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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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander
Chicago (Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville) is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Jazz-age Chicago, the musical is based on a ...more
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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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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 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Roger Allers and ...more
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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
The Book of Mormon
Matt Stone , Trey Parker , Robert Lopez
The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy. First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical examination of Mormon beliefs and practices that ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service. ...more
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon ... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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 with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, ...more
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Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
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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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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 an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same ...more
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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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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joe Masteroff
Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel ...more
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Little Shop of Horrors ... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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 after 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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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
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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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
My Fair Lady
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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Evita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Evita
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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Jesus Christ Superstar ... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
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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