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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1
199 65
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

2
92 19
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jacob De Geus added

3
149 62
The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

4
155 67
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

5
91 37
In the Heights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

6
113 53
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin

7
120 60
Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Björn Ulvaeus, Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson

8
101 49
Avenue Q is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

9
82 35
Spring Awakening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

10
103 52
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

11
78 40
Next to Normal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey

12
25 3
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added

13
29 7
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Lol Hi added Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

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

15
65 47
Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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
Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

17
24 7
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
vidkx; added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

18
61 45
Spamalot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

19
64 50
Billy Elliot the Musical is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Elton John, Lee Hall

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

21
42 30
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Bray, Marsha Norman, Allee Willis

22
50 43
Seussical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

23
40 36
Aida is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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
Chris D'Arienzo

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

26
11 6
Waitress is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
drberry2002 added

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

28
27 31
American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
AccusedJ added 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
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
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
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
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
Terrence McNally, David Yazbek

36
15 32
Grey Gardens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 2000s
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Joe DiPietro

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