broadway The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s  

Buster McDermott
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What are the best Broadway shows today? This has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the top Broadway musicals from the 2000s to the present. From Wicked to Spring Awakening, today's best Broadway musicals are carrying on the musical theater legacy and drawing in audiences both during their Broadway runs, and on tour as well.

Though revivals and adaptations have been increasing in popularity, such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story and South Pacific, notable new shows such as Wicked and The Book of Mormon continue to draw audiences to Broadway musicals. Today's Broadway shows dazzle with nonstop dancing, music, and energy, as seen in shows like Hairspray and Billy Elliott. The 2000s have also seen a large draw to musical comedies, including the dark satire of Urinetown, a show with an outrageous plot that kept audiences laughing in their seats. 

Though the decade has seen its fair share of criticism that the original musical is dead, Broadway shows are still enjoyed by many who delight in the dazzle of the lights. Broadway today attracts families to shows such as Seussical or Legally Blonde, but treasures such as The Color Purple and Next to Normal continue to keep the Broadway musical alive.

Cast your votes below for the greatest modern Broadway musicals and see where the musicals of the 2000s you think are the best rank.
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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Wicked Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Hairspray Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Book of Mormon Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

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84 34
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Mary Poppins Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Mamma Mia! Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

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77 38
Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Avenue Q Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

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78 39
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Legally Blonde: The Musical Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin

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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

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Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Spring Awakening Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

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Next to Normal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Next to Normal Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey

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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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55 34
Billy Elliot the Musical is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Billy Elliot the Musical Elton John, Lee Hall

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Producers Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Spamalot Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

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Thoroughly Modern Millie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Color Purple Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman, Allee Willis

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Seussical is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Seussical Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

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Rock of Ages is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Rock of Ages Chris D'Arienzo

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Young Frankenstein Irving Berlin, Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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Aida is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Aida David Henry Hwang, Elton John, Linda Woolverton

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American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
AccusedJ added American Idiot Michael Mayer , Billie Joe Armstrong , Mike Dirnt

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[title of show] is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Gypsy: A Musical Fable Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne

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Urinetown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Urinetown Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis

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Tarzan of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Tarzan of the Apes David Henry Hwang, Phil Collins

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Movin' Out is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Movin' Out Twyla Tharp, Billy Joel

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The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Full Monty Terrence McNally, David Yazbek

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Grey Gardens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Grey Gardens Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, Doug Wright

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Curtains is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Curtains Fred Ebb, John Kander, Rupert Holmes

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Jeffrey Lane, David Yazbek

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Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
IsabellaPhilippi added Xanadu Jeff Lynne, John Farrar, Douglas Carter Beane

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Caroline, or Change is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Caroline, or Change Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner

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10 23
The Pirate Queen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Pirate Queen Richard Maltby, Jr., John Dempsey

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Dance of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Dance of the Vampires Michael Kunze, Jim Steinman, David Ives

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Elisabeth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
alex-hettenbach added Elisabeth Michael Kunze ^! Sylvester Levay

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Lestat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lestat Elton John, Linda Woolverton

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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins, David Zippel, Charlotte Jones

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Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Urban Cowboy Aaron Latham, Phillip Oesterman, Jason Robert Brown

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All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
All Shook Up Joe DiPietro

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Bombay Dreams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Bombay Dreams Don Black, A. R. Rahman, Thomas Meehan