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

142 38
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Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer

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Jonathan Larson

50 22
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

35 12
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
anneforever added Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim

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James Lapine , William Finn

54 34
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

41 23
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Janet Kagan , Howard Kagan

49 33
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

47 32
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Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

42 32
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

47 41
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Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn

33 29
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The Last 5 Years

18 28
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Don Black , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber

14 23
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Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon

11 22
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Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber

9 20
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Ordinary Days

10 23
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Marry Me a Little Stephen Sondheim

12 28
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Repo! The Genetic Opera

6 21
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Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

4 17
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Cricket (Hearts and Wickets)

4 17
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King David Alan Menken , Tim Rice

5 21
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Art Thief Musical!

5 22
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The Ten Commandments: The Musical