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. 

Ranked by
  • Hamilton
  • Les Misérables
    Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer
    • Characters: Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, Monsieur Thénardier
  • Wicked
    Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman
    • Characters: Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond
  • Dear Evan Hansen
    Pasek and Paul
    • Characters: Evan Hansen, Heidi Hansen, Cynthia Murphy, Larry Murphy, Connor Murphy
  • The Phantom of the Opera
    Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Characters: Erik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry
  • West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Maria, Tony, Anita, A-rab, Bernardo
  • The Sound of Music
    Richard Rodgers , Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay
    • Characters: Fraulein Maria, Louisa von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp
  • In the Heights
    Lin-Manuel Miranda , Quiara Alegría Hudes
    • Characters: Claudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario, Benny, Kevin Rosario
  • The Lion King
    Mark Mancina , Elton John, Jay Rifkin
    • Characters: Scar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, Nala
  • Chicago
    Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb, John Kander
    • Characters: Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Amos Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton
  • Into the Woods
    James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Big Bad Wolf
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein
    • Characters: Tevye, Chava, Lazar Wolf, Tzeitel, Golde
  • Waitress
  • The Book of Mormon
    Matt Stone , Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
    • Characters: Arnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi, General Butt-Fucking Naked, Elder McKinley
  • Singin' in the Rain
    Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed, Betty Comden Adolph Green
    • Newsies
      Alan Menken , Jack Feldman, Harvey Fierstein
      • Mary Poppins
        Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles
        • Characters: Mary Poppins, Michael Banks, Jane Banks, Bert, George Banks
      • Little Shop of Horrors
        Alan Menken , Howard Ashman
        • Characters: Orin Scrivello, DDS, Seymour Krelborn, Audrey II, Crystal
      • Hairspray
        Scott Wittman , Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan
        • Characters: Velma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth Maybelle
      • Rent
        Jonathan Larson
        • Characters: Mimi Marquez, Angel Dumott Schunard, Joanne Jefferson, Maureen Johnson, Tom Collins
      • The Rocky Horror Show
        Richard O'Brien
        • Characters: Columbia, The Criminologist, Eddie Ex
      • A Chorus Line
        Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch
        • Characters: Zach, Sheila Bryant, Greg Gardner, Mike Costa, Don Kerr
      • The Music Man
        Franklin Lacey , Meredith Willson
        • Characters: Harold Hill, Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, Marcellus Washburn, Mayor George Shinn, Marian Paroo
      • Legally Blonde
        Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
        • Characters: Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire, Paulette Bonafonté, Margot