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The Best Musical Theatre Groups/Artists

Updated October 13, 2018 97 votes 21 voters 6.1k views8 items

Musical theatre artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good musical theatre bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top musical theatre bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Musical theatre groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all musical theatre bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest musical theatre bands of all time, since the most famous musical theatre artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best musical theatre music.

You can click on the musical theatre band names to see more information about that particular notable musical theatre group. If they're near the top of the best musical theatre artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top musical theatre bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the musical theatre band names themselves.

List ranges from Sheryl Crow to Leonard Bernstein and more. Rank the best ones to see them rise to the top. The best artists on this list are the ones with the most votes, so show things like Paul Robeson and John Barrowman some love.

All important, significant and iconic names in musical theatre music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new musical theatre bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of musical theatre, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into musical theatre music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good musical theatre bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent musical theatre bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best musical theatre bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest musical theatre musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular musical theatre bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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  • Kathryn Grayson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Theatre Groups/Artists
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    Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick (February 9, 1922 – February 17, 2010) was an American actress and coloratura soprano.From the age of twelve, Grayson trained as an opera singer. She was under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by the early 1940s, soon establishing a career principally through her work in musicals. After several supporting roles, she was a lead performer in such films as Thousands Cheer (1943), Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953), both with Howard Keel.When film musical production declined, she worked in theatre, appearing in Camelot (1962–1964). Later in the decade she performed in several operas, including La... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Opera, Musical theatre
    • Nationality: United States of America
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  • Amina Figarova (born 1964) is an Azerbaijani jazz pianist and composer who is now based in Manhattan. Trained as a classical pianist in Baku, she became interested in the local folk music, later specializing in jazz. Since the late 1980s, together with her husband, the flutist Bart Platteau, she has performed in jazz festivals around the globe.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Musical theatre, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Funk
    • Albums: Come Escape With Me, Above the Clouds, Firewind, Another Me, September Suite
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Azerbaijan
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  • Michael Ashley Ball, OBE (born 27 June 1962) is an English actor, singer and broadcaster. He made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius Pontmercy in the original London production of Les Misérables, and went on to star in 1987 as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In 1989, he reached number two in the UK Singles Chart with "Love Changes Everything", a song taken from the musical Aspects of Love, where he played Alex. He played the role in London and on Broadway. In 1992, Ball represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing second with the song "One Step Out of Time". In 1995, he reprised the role of Marius in Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert. His other... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Musical theatre, Comedy
    • Albums: The Movies, The Best of Michael Ball, This Time ... It's Personal, Both Sides Now, Stage and Screen
    • Nationality: England
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    Anza Ohyama (Japanese: 大山 アンザ, Hepburn: Ōyama Anza, born May 4, 1976), also known as simply Anza (stylized as ANZA), is a Japanese singer and actress. She is best known as vocalist of the heavy metal band Head Phones President and for playing Sailor Moon in thirteen separate musical productions.... more on Wikipedia
    • Genres (Music): Nu metal, Pop music, Rock music, J-pop, Music of Japan
    • Albums: Dream, 扉をあけて
    • Nationality: Japan
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