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

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

91 49
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Jonathan Larson

57 25
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
Moshimallow added Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

40 14
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

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James Lapine , William Finn

46 26
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
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56 36
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

51 33
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Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

58 40
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Janet Kagan , Howard Kagan

50 35
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

45 34
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

51 43
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Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn

34 31
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The Last 5 Years

19 30
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Don Black , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

15 25
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Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon

10 21
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Ordinary Days

11 24
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Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

11 24
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Marry Me a Little Stephen Sondheim

6 18
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King David Alan Menken , Tim Rice

12 30
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Repo! The Genetic Opera

7 22
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Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

4 19
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Cricket (Hearts and Wickets)

5 22
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Art Thief Musical!

5 23
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The Ten Commandments: The Musical