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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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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jacob De Geus added
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Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added
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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman
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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lol Hi added Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein
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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added
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In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes
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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan
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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
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Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
vidkx; added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Next to Normal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles
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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson
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Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik
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Come from Away is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added
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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez
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Thoroughly Modern Millie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan
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Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe
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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan
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Billy Elliot the Musical is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Elton John, Lee Hall
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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman, Allee Willis
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Seussical is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens
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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Irving Berlin, Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan