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The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

Updated April 22, 2021 306.7k votes 27.4k voters 405.4k views185 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American...  more
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    Les Misérables

    Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel
    Les Misérables, colloquially known as Les Mis or Les Miz is a sung-through musical based on...  more
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    7,612
    3,222

    Wicked

    Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman
    Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen...  more
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    1,779

    Dear Evan Hansen

    Pasek and Paul
    Dear Evan Hansen is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven...  more
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe
    The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles...  more

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    The Sound of Music

    Richard Rodgers , Russel Crouse
    The Sound of Music is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by...  more
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    West Side Story

    Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents
    West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard...  more
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    Newsies

    Alan Menken , Jack Feldman
    Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film...  more
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    2,210

    Chicago

    Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb
    Chicago (Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville) is an American musical with music by John Kander,...  more

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    The Lion King

    Mark Mancina , Elton John
    The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature...  more
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
    Singin' in the Rain is a musical with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by...  more
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    2,483
    1,048

    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...  more
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    Into the Woods

    James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim
    Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James...  more

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    #3 of 33 The Best Broadway Musicals of the 80s#17 of 45 The Greatest Musicals That Started Off-Broadway

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    Mary Poppins

    Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman
    Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman...  more

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    #6 of 9 All The Broadway Musicals Based On Disney Movies, Ranked#6 of 39 The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

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    Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson....  more
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    The Book of Mormon

    Matt Stone , Trey Parker
    The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy. First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical...  more

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    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...  more

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    #7 of 15 The Best Stage Monologues For Men#3 of 15 The Best Short Stage Monologues

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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Alan Menken , Howard Ashman
    Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer...  more
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    Fiddler on the Roof

    Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock
    Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book...  more
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    A Chorus Line

    Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante
    A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book...  more
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    Heathers

    Scott Benson , Bernard Abrams
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    3,183
    1,801

    Hairspray

    Scott Wittman , Marc Shaiman
    Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and...  more
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    1,992
    1,060

    Miss Saigon

    Richard Maltby, Jr.
    Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil...  more
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    Legally Blonde

    Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe
    Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and...  more
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    Rent

    Jonathan Larson
    Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson loosely based on Giacomo...  more

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