Broadway The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s  

Buster McDermott
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From Chicago to The Lion King, the '90s saw a number of hit musicals that were popular with theater audiences. While going to the theater has always been (and still is) considered to be pretty high-brow, many 1990s musicals introduced fun, accessible elements like rock music and youthful themes that appealed to a younger generation. Think back– which '90s musicals do you think take the cake for being the best of the decade? This list has been ranked by hundreds of theater fans like you, so don't let them down! Vote for your choices of the best 1990s Broadway musicals. 

By the '90s, musical theater began fading away into obscurity. Though Broadway had once reigned supreme, it was now struggling to remain relevant amidst rapidly changing times, combined with rising ticket costs and low attendance. Still, the 1990s saw its fair share of Broadway hits that stuck out among the loyal theater fans. The shows were modernized and often tackled weighty topics such as in the successful show, Rent, a rock musical about a group of young artists in New York dealing with the realities of HIV/AIDS. Though the show started off-Broadway, it eventually found its place and gained critical acclaim, winning a Tony Award for Best Musical. Rent would continue on Broadway for 12 years, until 2008, after more than 5,000 performances.  

The '90s was also a time of the "corporate musical," elaborate stage efforts produced with a massive amount of money from corporate sponsorship in order to win over the box office. Such shows included Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Though the shows were much loved by audiences, the real magic of musical theater through experimentation, emotion, and true talent was lost to impressive, yet sterile, shows.

What are the top Broadway musicals from the 1990s? But what were the most popular Broadway musicals of the '90s? Cast your votes below and see how your fellow theater fans voted!
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Rent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Jonathan Larson

2
599 208
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Mark Mancina , Elton John , Jay Rifkin

3
551 187
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

4
415 141
Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
jean-a-miller added James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim

5
445 190
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman

6
384 271
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

7
282 196
Victor/Victoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Blake Edwards , Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse

8
252 221
Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Terrence McNally , Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

9
290 266
Grease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
RichardBeecher added Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

10
249 240
Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse , Steve Cuden

11
135 105
Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
john-frederick added George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

12
197 189
The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Marsha Norman , Lucy Simon

13
195 191
Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Christopher Hampton , Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

14
200 210
Footloose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Eric Carmen , Sammy Hagar , Tom Snow

15
134 170
Once on This Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

16
141 182
Fosse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb

17
138 190
The Who's Tommy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Des McAnuff , Pete Townshend

18
106 142
Falsettos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
James Lapine , William Finn

19
130 182
Parade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Jason Robert Brown , Alfred Uhry

20
122 173
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
ian-reynolds added Maury Yeston and Peter Stone - Maury Yeston and Peter Stone

21
128 184
The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Nan Knighton , Frank Wildhorn

22
116 164
City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
David Zippel , Larry Gelbart , Cy Coleman

23
120 182
Crazy for You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
George Gershwin , Ira Gershwin , Ken Ludwig

24
130 200
Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Nan Knighton

25
116 183
Blood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Willy Russell

26
79 152
Putting It Together is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Putting It Together Stephen Sondheim

27
81 159
Aspects of Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Charles Hart , Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

28
86 169
Big: the musical is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
John Weidman , Richard Maltby, Jr.

29
77 152
The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Marsha Norman , Jule Styne , Bob Merrill

30
74 147
Smokey Joe's Cafe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Mike Stoller , Jack Viertel , Jerry Leiber

31
78 156
Passion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim

32
84 170
Jelly's Last Jam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Jelly Roll Morton , Luther Henderson , George C. Wolfe

33
73 149
The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
David Zippel , Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon

34
71 149
The Life is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Cy Coleman , Ira Gasman , David Newman

35
73 158
The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Baroness Emma Orczy

36
65 150
State Fair is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
State Fair Richard Rodgers , Louis Mattioli , Tom Briggs

37
16 48
Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
taylor-griego added Leslie Bricusse

38
62 159
The Will Rogers Follies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Peter Stone , Cy Coleman , Adolph Green

39
51 137
A Grand Night for Singing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
A Grand Night for Singing Richard Rodgers , Walter Bobbie , Oscar Hammerstein II

40
50 150
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in '... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Reg E. Gaines , Zane Mark , George C. Wolfe

41
43 141
Five Guys Named Moe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Clarke Peters , Louis Jordan

42
39 144
My Favorite Year is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
My Favorite Year Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens , Joseph Dougherty

43
40 150
The Civil War is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Civil War Gregory Boyd , Frank Wildhorn , Jack Murphy

44
22 149
Nick & Nora is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Nick & Nora Richard Maltby, Jr. , Arthur Laurents