Musicals / Plays The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules 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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Lin-Manuel Miranda

2
119 29
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Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer

3
71 35
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Jonathan Larson

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33 14
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
anneforever added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Janet Kagan , Howard Kagan

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46 29
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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22 6
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
anneforever added Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim

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43 27
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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45 29
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James Lapine , William Finn

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38 26
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Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

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26 14
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
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36 27
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

13
39 37
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Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn

14
25 24
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The Last 5 Years

15
12 18
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Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon

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14 24
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Don Black , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

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9 18
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Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

18
9 19
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Marry Me a Little Stephen Sondheim

19
11 24
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Repo! The Genetic Opera

20
6 17
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Ordinary Days

21
6 18
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Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

22
4 15
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King David Alan Menken , Tim Rice

23
4 15
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Cricket (Hearts and Wickets)

24
5 18
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Art Thief Musical!

25
4 17
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The Human Comedy William Dumaresq , Galt MacDermot

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4 18
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Keating! Casey Bennetto

27
4 18
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Starmania

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3 19
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The Ten Commandments: The Musical