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.
- 467131Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the... more
Characters: Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, Monsieur ThénardierLes Misérables, colloquially known as Les Mis or Les Miz is a sung-through musical based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg,... more
Characters: Mimi Marquez, Angel Dumott Schunard, Joanne Jefferson, Maureen Johnson, Tom CollinsRent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive... more
Characters: Erik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame GiryThe Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber wrote the musical's book together. Stilgoe also provided... more
West Side StoryLeonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents
Characters: Maria, Tony, Anita, A-rab, BernardoWest Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, libretto/lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was... more
Characters: Marvin, Trina, Whizzer Brown, Mendel, JasonFalsettos is a musical with a book by James Lapine and William Finn and music and lyrics by Finn. The musical consists of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, the last two in a trio of one-act... more
Characters: Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas, Tam, Gigi Van TranhMiss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the... more
Characters: Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Judas Iscariot, Apostle Peter, Mary MagdaleneJesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera or rock musical, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its first staging on... more
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Janet Kagan , Howard KaganNatasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is a 2012 theater production of the musical by Dave Malloy....
EvitaAndrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Characters: Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín MagaldiEvita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón.... more
- 142103Dear Evan Hansen is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven Levenson. The title character, Evan Hansen, is a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder who... more
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatAndrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Characters: Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph, Pharaoh, ReubenJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical or operetta with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from... more
The Last 5 Years
Characters: Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher JonesCats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats... more
Characters: Aida, Amneris, Amonasro, Radames, The King of EgyptAida (also known as Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida) is a musical based on the opera of the same name written by Antonio Ghislanzoni with music by Giuseppe Verdi. It has music by Elton John, lyrics by... more
Characters: Claude Frollo, Esméralda, Quasimodo, Clopin Trouillefou, Captain PhoebusNotre-Dame de Paris is a sung-through French musical which debuted on 16 September 1998 in Paris. It is based upon the novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) by the French novelist... more
Repo! The Genetic Opera
Marry Me a LittleStephen SondheimMarry Me a Little is a musical with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René. The revue sets songs cut from Sondheim's better-known musicals, as well as songs... more
Characters: Pearl the Observation Car, Ashley the Smoking Car, Flat-Top the Brick Truck, Dustin the Big Hopper, Buffy the Buffet CarStarlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Arlene Phillips, with revisions by Don Black, David Yazbek and Alistair Lloyd Webber & Nick Coler. The story follows a... more
Characters: Gareth Evans, Paul Keating, John Howard, Alexander Downer, Bob HawkeKeating! is a sung-through musical which portrays the political career of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Keating was Prime Minister between 1991 and 1996; the musical follows him... more
Art Thief Musical!
Characters: Sheldon Bloom, EmmaTell Me on a Sunday is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black. A one-act song cycle, it tells the story of an ordinary English girl from Muswell Hill, who journeys to the... more
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