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.

1
195 62
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Wicked Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

2
82 19
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jacob De Geus added Hamilton

3
146 61
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

4
151 66
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Hairspray Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

5
112 53
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Legally Blonde: The Musical Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin

6
88 37
In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

7
118 60
Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Mamma Mia! Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

8
100 49
Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Avenue Q Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

9
81 35
Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Spring Awakening Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

10
103 52
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Mary Poppins Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles

11
75 40
Next to Normal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Next to Normal Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey

12
29 6
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lol Hi added Newsies Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

13
21 3
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added Dear Evan Hansen

14
65 46
The Producers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Producers Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

15
65 47
Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

16
49 32
Thoroughly Modern Millie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

17
61 45
Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Spamalot Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

18
64 50
Billy Elliot the Musical is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Billy Elliot the Musical Elton John, Lee Hall

19
22 7
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
vidkx; added The Phantom of the Opera Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

20
62 49
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

21
41 30
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Color Purple Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman, Allee Willis

22
49 43
Seussical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Seussical Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

23
40 36
Aida is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Aida David Henry Hwang, Elton John, Linda Woolverton

24
37 37
Rock of Ages is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Rock of Ages Chris D'Arienzo

25
37 37
Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Young Frankenstein Irving Berlin, Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

26
9 6
Waitress is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added Waitress

27
7 4
Come from Away is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added Come from Away

28
27 31
American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
AccusedJ added American Idiot Michael Mayer , Billie Joe Armstrong , Mike Dirnt

29
28 34
Gypsy: A Musical Fable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Gypsy: A Musical Fable Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne

30
28 38
Urinetown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Urinetown Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis

31
12 17
[title of show] is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
[title of show]

32
19 31
Movin' Out is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Movin' Out Twyla Tharp, Billy Joel

33
6 12
Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lol Hi added Tuck Everlasting

34
27 45
Tarzan of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Tarzan of the Apes David Henry Hwang, Phil Collins

35
16 32
The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Full Monty Terrence McNally, David Yazbek

36
15 32
Grey Gardens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Grey Gardens Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, Doug Wright

37
12 28
Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
IsabellaPhilippi added Xanadu Jeff Lynne, John Farrar, Douglas Carter Beane

38
15 33
Curtains is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Curtains Fred Ebb, John Kander, Rupert Holmes

39
10 27
Caroline, or Change is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Caroline, or Change Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner

40
14 34
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Jeffrey Lane, David Yazbek

41
11 36
The Pirate Queen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Pirate Queen Richard Maltby, Jr., John Dempsey

42
10 36
Dance of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Dance of the Vampires Michael Kunze, Jim Steinman, David Ives

43
7 33
Lestat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lestat Elton John, Linda Woolverton

44
7 36
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins, David Zippel, Charlotte Jones

45
7 38
Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Urban Cowboy Aaron Latham, Phillip Oesterman, Jason Robert Brown

46
6 37
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
All Shook Up Joe DiPietro

47
2 23
Elisabeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
alex-hettenbach added Elisabeth Michael Kunze , Sylvester Levay

48
4 37
Bombay Dreams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Bombay Dreams Don Black, A. R. Rahman, Thomas Meehan