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The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s

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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.
  • Hamilton1
    Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American... more on Wikipedia
  • Dear Evan Hansen2
    Dear Evan Hansen is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven... more on Wikipedia
  • Wicked3


    Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

    CharactersWicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond

    Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen... more on Wikipedia
  • The Book of Mormon4

    The Book of Mormon

    Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    CharactersArnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi, General Butt-Fucking Naked, Elder McKinley

    The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy. First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical... more on Wikipedia
  • Waitress5
    Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson.... more on Wikipedia
  • In the Heights6

    In the Heights

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

    CharactersClaudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario, Benny, Kevin Rosario

    In the Heights is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a book by Quiara... more on Wikipedia
  • Come from Away7
    Come from Away is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It is... more on Wikipedia
  • Newsies8


    Alan Menken , Jack Feldman
    Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film... more on Wikipedia
  • Hairspray9


    Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman

    CharactersVelma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth Maybelle

    Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and... more on Wikipedia
  • Legally Blonde: The Musical10

    Legally Blonde: The Musical

    Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe

    CharactersElle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire, Paulette Bonafonté, Margot

    Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Phantom of the Opera11

    The Phantom of the Opera

    Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe

    CharactersErik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry

    The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles... more on Wikipedia
  • Next to Normal12

    Next to Normal

    Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey

    CharactersGabriel "Gabe" Goodman, Natalie Goodman, Henry, Diana Goodman, Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden

    Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.... more on Wikipedia
  • Mamma Mia!13

    Mamma Mia!

    Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson

    CharactersRosie, Sophie, Harry Bright, Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin

    Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Spring Awakening14

    Spring Awakening

    Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

    CharactersOtto, Martha, Anna, Thea, Wendla Bergmann

    Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mary Poppins15

    Mary Poppins

    Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

    CharactersMary Poppins, Michael Banks, Jane Banks, Bert, George Banks

    Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman... more on Wikipedia
  • Avenue Q16

    Avenue Q

    Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty

    CharactersTrekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat, Christmas Eve, Nicky

    Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who... more on Wikipedia
  • Matilda the Musical17

    Matilda the Musical

    Dennis Kelly , Tim Minchin

    CharactersMatilda Wormwood, Harry Wormwood, Michael Wormwood, Zinnia Wormwood, Amanda Thripp

    Matilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
  • Kinky Boots18
    Kinky Boots is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey... more on Wikipedia
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show19
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Producers20

    The Producers

    Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

    CharactersCarmen Ghia, Roger De Bris, Leo Bloom, Franz Liebkind, Max Bialystock

    The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jersey Boys21

    Jersey Boys

    Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

    CharactersJoe Pesci, Bob Crewe, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Frankie Valli

    Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by... more on Wikipedia
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie22

    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris

    CharactersMiss Dorothy Brown, Mrs. Meers, Oriental #2, Millie Dillmount, Jimmy Smith

    Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan,... more on Wikipedia
  • Billy Elliot the Musical23

    Billy Elliot the Musical

    Elton John, Lee Hall

    CharactersBilly Elliot, Debbie Wilkinson, Tony Elliot, Mr. Braithwaite, George Watson

    Billy Elliot the Musical is a musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The music is by... more on Wikipedia
  • Spamalot24


    Neil Innes, John Du Prez

    CharactersPatsy, Sir Bors, Brother Maynard, Sir Bedevere, The Strangely Flatulent

    Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the... more on Wikipedia


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  • The Color Purple25

    The Color Purple

    Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman

    CharactersCelie, Sofia, Squeak

    The Color Purple is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda... more on Wikipedia