Culture 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
170 45
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Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer
98 55
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Jonathan Larson
60 30
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
Moshimallow added
44 17
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
Moshimallow added Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim
60 32
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
Moshimallow added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
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James Lapine , William Finn
56 34
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Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg
59 38
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
60 41
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Janet Kagan , Howard Kagan
51 36
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
48 35
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
56 47
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Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn
35 33
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The Last 5 Years
19 32
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Don Black , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
15 26
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Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon
12 22
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Ordinary Days
13 25
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Marry Me a Little Stephen Sondheim
12 26
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Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber
8 24
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Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem
6 21
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King David Alan Menken , Tim Rice
12 32
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Repo! The Genetic Opera
5 24
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Art Thief Musical!
4 21
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Cricket (Hearts and Wickets)
5 25
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The Ten Commandments: The Musical