musicals / plays 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
Rent Jonathan Larson

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539 181
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Lion King Mark Mancina ^! Elton John ^! Jay Rifkin ^! Hans Zimmer ^! Irene Mecchi ^! Lebo M ^! Julie Taymor ^! Roger Allers ^! Tim Rice

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500 164
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

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369 128
Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
jean-a-miller added Into the Woods James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim

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402 177
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken ^! Linda Woolverton ^! Howard Ashman ^! Tim Rice

6
270 172
Victor/Victoria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Victor/Victoria Blake Edwards , Frank Wildhorn , Leslie Bricusse

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341 255
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Miss Saigon Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Claude-Michel Schönberg ^! Alain Boublil

8
258 241
Grease is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
RichardBeecher added Grease Warren Casey ^! Jim Jacobs

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224 208
Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Ragtime Terrence McNally ^! Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

10
233 226
Jekyll & Hyde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Jekyll & Hyde Frank Wildhorn ^! Leslie Bricusse ^! Steve Cuden

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186 176
Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Sunset Boulevard Christopher Hampton , Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

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116 89
Company is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
john-frederick added Company George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

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180 179
The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Secret Garden Marsha Norman ^! Lucy Simon

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175 197
Footloose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Footloose Eric Carmen ^! Sammy Hagar ^! Tom Snow ^! Walter Bobbie ^! Jim Steinman ^! Kenny Loggins ^! Dean Pitchford

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133 170
Fosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Fosse Bob Fosse ^! Fred Ebb

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131 176
The Who's Tommy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Who's Tommy Des McAnuff ^! Pete Townshend

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117 161
Once On This Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Once On This Island Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens

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112 153
City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
City of Angels David Zippel ^! Larry Gelbart ^! Cy Coleman

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122 170
Parade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Parade Jason Robert Brown ^! Alfred Uhry

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122 171
The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Scarlet Pimpernel Nan Knighton , Frank Wildhorn

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110 162
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
ian-reynolds added Titanic Maury Yeston and Peter Stone - Maury Yeston and Peter Stone

22
112 168
Blood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Blood Brothers Willy Russell

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121 187
Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Saturday Night Fever Nan Knighton

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107 171
Crazy for You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Crazy for You George Gershwin ^! Ira Gershwin ^! Ken Ludwig

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76 135
Falsettos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Falsettos James Lapine ^! William Finn

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84 155
Big: the musical is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Big: The Musical John Weidman ^! Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! David Shire

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72 138
The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Goodbye Girl David Zippel ^! Marvin Hamlisch ^! Neil Simon

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74 143
Putting It Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Putting It Together Stephen Sondheim

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73 143
The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Red Shoes Marsha Norman , Jule Styne , Bob Merrill

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76 149
Aspects of Love is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Aspects of Love Charles Hart ^! Don Black ^! Andrew Lloyd Webber

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81 159
Jelly's Last Jam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Jelly's Last Jam Jelly Roll Morton ^! Luther Henderson ^! George C. Wolfe ^! Susan Birkenhead

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69 137
The Life is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Life Cy Coleman ^! Ira Gasman ^! David Newman

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71 145
Passion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Passion James Lapine ^! Stephen Sondheim

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68 139
Smokey Joe's Cafe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Smokey Joe's Cafe Mike Stoller ^! Jack Viertel ^! Jerry Leiber ^! Stephen Helper

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69 150
The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Emma Orczy

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62 141
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

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13 39
Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
taylor-griego added Scrooge Leslie Bricusse

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62 148
The Will Rogers Follies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Will Rogers Follies Peter Stone ^! Cy Coleman ^! Adolph Green ^! Betty Comden

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48 130
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

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49 141
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in '... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk Reg E. Gaines ^! Zane Mark ^! George C. Wolfe ^! Daryl Waters ^! Ann Duquesnay

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39 135
Five Guys Named Moe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Five Guys Named Moe Clarke Peters , Louis Jordan

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39 140
The Civil War is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
The Civil War Gregory Boyd , Frank Wildhorn , Jack Murphy

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37 136
My Favorite Year is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
My Favorite Year Stephen Flaherty ^! Lynn Ahrens ^! Joseph Dougherty

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20 141
Nick & Nora is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the 90s
Nick & Nora Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Arthur Laurents ^! Charles Strouse