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
128 33
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Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer

3
75 39
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Jonathan Larson

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48 30
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James Lapine , William Finn

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49 31
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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52 34
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Janet Kagan , Howard Kagan

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25 8
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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35 18
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
anneforever added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

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45 30
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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30 18
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
anneforever added

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40 29
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Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

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37 29
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

13
43 38
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Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn

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27 27
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The Last 5 Years

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16 26
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Don Black , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

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12 21
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Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon

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10 20
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Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

18
9 21
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Marry Me a Little Stephen Sondheim

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11 25
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Repo! The Genetic Opera

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6 18
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Ordinary Days

21
4 15
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Cricket (Hearts and Wickets)

22
4 15
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King David Alan Menken , Tim Rice

23
6 19
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Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

24
5 19
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Art Thief Musical!

25
4 18
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The Human Comedy William Dumaresq , Galt MacDermot

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4 19
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Keating! Casey Bennetto

27
4 19
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Starmania

28
4 20
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The Ten Commandments: The Musical