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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
Les Misérables 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
The Phantom of the Opera 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
Wicked 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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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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Rent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Rent 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 Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
The Sound of Music 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) 7 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
The Lion King 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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Chicago 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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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Fiddler on the Roof 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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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 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 Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 11 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 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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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Hairspray 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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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Into the Woods 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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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Cabaret 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) 17 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Little Shop of Horrors 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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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
A Chorus Line 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) 19 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Grease 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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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Guys and Dolls 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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Annie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Annie 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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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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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Avenue Q 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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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
The King and I 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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Cats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Cats 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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Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Jesus Christ Superstar 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Beauty and the Beast 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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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Oklahoma! 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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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Gypsy: A Musical Fable 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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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Pippin 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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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Mamma Mia! 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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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 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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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Miss Saigon 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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Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Spring Awakening 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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Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Anything Goes 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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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
The Producers 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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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
The Music Man 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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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Oliver! 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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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Jersey Boys 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Mary Poppins 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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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Hello, Dolly! 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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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Dreamgirls 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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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Ragtime Terrence McNally , Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. The music includes marches, cakewalks, gospel and ragtime and the production is mostly ...more

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Hair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Hair Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual ...more

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
South Pacific 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

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Peter Pan 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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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Elieli added In the Heights 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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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
AneeshaCasilli added Newsies 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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Matilda the Musical is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Charley Feldman added Matilda the Musical Tim Minchin, Dennis Kelly

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Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked
Company George Furth , Stephen Sondheim Company is a 1970 musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and ...more