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The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s 

Buster McDermott
Updated April 4, 2020 9.5k votes 1.2k voters 26.9k views 53 items

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
Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman
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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added
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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Book of Mormon Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan
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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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Legally Blonde: The Musi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson
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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lol Hi added Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein
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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles
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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added
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Next to Normal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey
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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
vidkx; added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
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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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Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Avenue Q Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez
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Come from Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added
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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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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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Thoroughly Modern Millie... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan
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Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Spamalot Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle
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Matilda the Musical is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
anl added Dennis Kelly , Tim Minchin
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Kinky Boots is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Amy Taipale Canfield added
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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman, Allee Willis