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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
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Jonathan Larson
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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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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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Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg
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Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
Moshimallow added
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Janet Kagan , Howard Kagan
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
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Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
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Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn
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The Last 5 Years
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Aida is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals
DeborahTragasz added David Henry Hwang , Elton John , Linda Woolverton
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Don Black , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Riccardo Cocciante , Luc Plamondon
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Marry Me a Little Stephen Sondheim
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Ordinary Days
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Don Black , Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Repo! The Genetic Opera
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Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem
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King David Alan Menken , Tim Rice
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The Ten Commandments: The Musical
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Keating! Casey Bennetto