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The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals

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Vote up the best sung-through musicals.

You may consider yourself a fan of musical theater, or musicals in general, but are you truly? While many of the most popular musicals of the day - like Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Sunset Boulevard - are musicals, they’re not on this list. Why? Because this is a list of sung through musicals. 

Sung through musicals are exactly what they seem – they are musicals with no spoken dialogue at all. The musicals are all singing. And if a musical is on this sung-through musical list, it is only singing.

Some of the most popular Broadway smash hits have been all song musicals. Les Miserables is a shining example, and arguably one of the greatest musicals of all time. Rent is another outstanding all singing musical, as is Evita and Miss Saigon. These shows all had incredibly long runs on Broadway, and in London’s West End (many are still running today).

But in August 2015, one of the greatest sung-through musicals hit the Great White Way: Hamilton. Since it hit the stage, it’s been an ongoing phenomenon – a musical juggernaut that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

What do you believe is the best musical with no spoken dialogue? Is it Hamilton? Les Mis? Vote up your favorites below. 

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  • Les Misérables
    1
    Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer
    • Characters: Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, Monsieur Thénardier
  • Hamilton
    2
    Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • The Phantom of the Opera
      3
      Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber
      • Characters: Erik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry
    • West Side Story
      4
      Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim
      • Characters: Maria, Tony, Anita, A-rab, Bernardo
    • Miss Saigon
      5
      Richard Maltby, Jr., Claude-Michel Schönberg
      • Characters: Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas, Tam, Gigi Van Tranh
    • Falsettos
      6
      James Lapine , William Finn
      • Characters: Marvin, Trina, Whizzer Brown, Mendel, Jason
    • Jesus Christ Superstar
      7
      Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
      • Characters: Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Judas Iscariot, Apostle Peter, Mary Magdalene
    • Evita
      8
      Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
      • Characters: Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín Magaldi
    • Rent
      9
      Jonathan Larson
      • Characters: Mimi Marquez, Angel Dumott Schunard, Joanne Jefferson, Maureen Johnson, Tom Collins
    • Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
      10
      • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
        11
        Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
        • Characters: Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph, Pharaoh, Reuben
      • The Last 5 Years
        13

        The Last 5 Years

      • Cats
        14
        Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn
        • Characters: Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher Jones
      • Aida
        15
        David Henry Hwang , Elton John, Linda Woolverton
        • Characters: Aida, Amneris, Amonasro, Radames, The King of Egypt
      • Notre-Dame de Paris
        16
        Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon
        • Characters: Claude Frollo, Esméralda, Quasimodo, Clopin Trouillefou, Captain Phoebus
      • Marry Me a Little
        17
        Stephen Sondheim
        • Repo! The Genetic Opera
          18

          Repo! The Genetic Opera

        • Starlight Express
          19
          Don Black , Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber
          • Characters: Pearl the Observation Car, Ashley the Smoking Car, Flat-Top the Brick Truck, Dustin the Big Hopper, Buffy the Buffet Car
        • Ordinary Days
          20

          Ordinary Days

        • Tell Me on a Sunday
          21
          Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber
          • Characters: Sheldon Bloom, Emma
        • King David
          22
          Alan Menken , Tim Rice
          • Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem
            23

            Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

          • The Ten Commandments: The Musical
            24

            The Ten Commandments: The Musical

          • The Human Comedy
            25
            William Dumaresq , Galt MacDermot