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
611 213
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
564 192
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

4
423 145
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
452 196
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
393 273
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

7
284 199
Victor/Victoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Blake Edwards , Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse

8
259 223
Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Terrence McNally , Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

9
298 271
Grease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
RichardBeecher added Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

10
142 107
Company is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
john-frederick added George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

11
254 244
Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse , Steve Cuden

12
203 191
The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Marsha Norman , Lucy Simon

13
199 194
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
201 212
Footloose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Eric Carmen , Sammy Hagar , Tom Snow

15
138 172
Once on This Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

16
142 183
Fosse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb

17
111 144
Falsettos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
James Lapine , William Finn

18
133 183
Parade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Jason Robert Brown , Alfred Uhry

19
138 193
The Who's Tommy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Des McAnuff , Pete Townshend

20
124 175
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
130 185
The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Nan Knighton , Frank Wildhorn

22
117 165
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
121 183
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
131 202
Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Nan Knighton

25
116 184
Blood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Willy Russell