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Best Broadway Musicals of All Time

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Rated 175 points - posted 5 years ago by BrendaKaye in category Music.
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top 100, not top 1
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SO clever and SO real. What a smart show!
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Sondheim's best!!
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one of sondheims best shows but my favourite is into the woods
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you have your own opinion, Sweeney Todd was greater - a Sondheim masterpiece
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Who keeps knocking the greats? This is Sondheim's best and Sondheim has been America's best for a half century.
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music and lyrics will stand the test of time, the book was so-so, was bobby gay?
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cynical, biting at the time, great music and lyrics, immoritilzed elaine stritch
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A Chorus Line Report Abuse
This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical dazzled more than 6 million people during its record-breaking 15-year run on Broadway
1191 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 14 comments
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Love this show, especially the music.
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AMEN brother!!
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i love a chorus line but the movie is crap
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Just so y'all know, Les Miserables is not technically a Broadway musical so that may be why it isn't here.
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WHAT!!! Les Miserables is the most amazing play that I have ever seen and been a part of in my entire life. It changed my life.
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Man, this show is so acclaimed, but honestly, I HATED IT! Sweeney Todd is the best show ever! Sondheim forever!
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You needed to see this show on Broadway or at least the official road show. The final scene was worth the price of admission. Actors in rehersal the curtain comes down then goes up a minute later and everyone is on stage in full show dress. It was the single best scene I have ever seen. Since the choreography is copy righted most presentations must use another approach.
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Um, I like this show, but how in the world did it get to #1?!
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how the hell did it get all the way up here?!?! that is not just over-rated, thats absurd!!
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Just Did The Production. Only had 10 rehearsals, Fantastic Production. Played Paul.... Favorite Part of all time!!!!! I Really Connected with him, for the days I was him in and out of the show
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The cheorography in ACL was outstanding, a lasting tribute to Michael Bennett's genius and work with dancers; the original was better than the last revival and had more heart, Donna McKechnie was great as the original Cassie!
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Huh? Every song was a showstopper! The revival was great! The movie changed the show too much, but this is about Broadway musicals and this one is amazing.
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the movie did not do well even with michael douglas in it, besides what I did for love and one, the songs were so-so, the revival a few years ago was just ok
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damn
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The Pirates of Penzance Report Abuse
Gilbert and Sullivan are the British fathers of the American Theatre and this Pirates might be there best.
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Classic!
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I am sorry if I have got to say this but it would not be fair to treat the G&S operettas as Broadway musicals. Yes I know these operettas influenced American musical theatre. However it would be reductionist to place the origins of American musical theatre squarely at the feet of the G&S operetta corpus. Other operettas such as The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus influenced musical theatre today. And let's not forget zarazuelas.
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good but definitely not top ten worthy especially #2!
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Penzance was great, but I personally preferred The Mikado. The music was more memorable, the plot more enthralling, and the characters more sentimental.
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For over 100 years, no one has come up with a better musical.
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A great musical that laid the foundation for most musicals that have come after it. The story is straightforward but interesting and the music is beautiful and memorable.
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Very difficult to undetstand... music is interesting, but there's too much of it. Disappointing.
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My Fair Lady Report Abuse
1179 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 8 comments
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Some great songs, yes. But there are also long, slow drawn out scenes.
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Besides a great book and characters has nothing but hit after hit after hit. . . .count them all
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That would be so wonderful if Eliza was Julie Andrews. I bought cd with with her and Rex Harrison. i listen it every night before I go to bed:)
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witty, moving, funny... just brilliant (with or without julie andrews)
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Funny, bitingly ironic, and yet somehow also quite romantically moving. The music is beautiful, the lyrics masterfully witty. On top of all that, the original characterization by Rex Harrison was one of the greatest in theater history.
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PYGMALIAN wow that was a fantastic movie and Broadway show. Even the book was fantastic. LOVED this SHOW!
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With Julie Andrews: NUMBER ONE. Without Julie Andrews: down there in the 30-something.. ^^
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Too many slow scenes for my taste.
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The Fantasticks Report Abuse
The longest running musical ever in New York, it is an Off-Broadway legend
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Such a unique show!! The music is great and quite difficult to perform. Lots of symbolism.
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Wow, that does sum it up - bizarre and beautiful. I didn't think I'd like it and I loved it.
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Bizarre and beautiful all rolled into one.
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Gypsy Report Abuse
Perhaps one of the best broadway scores ever, brassy (Styne) with Sondheim lyrics to boot. Each Mama Rose has carved out her own mark in the lead role (Merman, Lansbury, Daly, Peters and LuPone).
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gypsy makes me think of Chris Colfer because his character Kurt Hummel on Glee has sung several songs from this musical. :)
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absolutely love it sooo much Patti LuPone best mama rose ever
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this musical always works in revivals even with Bette Midler doing Mama Rose on tv, even though it did not quite match up to Gypsy Rose Lee's real life
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Wicked Report Abuse
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This is definitely one of the most overrated musicals of all time. It didn't even win the best musical Tony award. Granted, its a good show, but so many shows are better. Every single live performance I watched of Idina Menzel performing for this show, she was flat at some point or she warbled. She is a great actress, and I think that's why she won a Tony. Rent kind of ruined her voice in my opinion. Wicked has such a cult following that nobody will ever listen...but it truly does not deserve to be this high...in my opinion, Pippin was a much more sophisticated and entertaining Stephen Schwartz musical than Wicked.
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While this musical is definately overated, it has a good reason for its strong backng. It's usually a starter musical, and its what gets people into musical theatre in the first place. It has two great lead singers, and a deeply moving plot. I don't think it deserves number one, but it does deserve o be and stay in the top ten.
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I think this is an emotional and compelling musical that deserves a lot of credit. To al those who posted negative comments about it if you haven't seen it live on Broadway then you really shouldn't have an opinion. I think it should have been higher on the list and it not important that it line s up with the Oz movie it is an almost an independent story by itself and deserves all the credit you can give it
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I recently had the pleasure of seeing Wicked for the first time live, and it is definitely my favorite show ever. Granted it was my first broadway calaber show Ive seen, but it stregthened my desire to become a member of the theater community :) . Regardless of whether that makes it the best musical of all time, here's what I saw. I saw a cast that was spectacular, sets and costumes that were amazing, a book that made cry, think, and laugh, and a score that, imo, will stand the test of time. All this adds up to a musical that truly defies gravity, no pun intended ;) .
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Really overrated. A good musical in its own right, but it really does not deserve a placing this high.
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Wicked truly is one of the greatest to grace the Broadway stage and decades after it opened it will still be reverierd as one of the best. A great deal of that praise should go to the chemistry and vocal abities of Idina Menzel and Christin Chenowith. And, if nothing else it was truly the first vehicle to showcase the great talent of Idena Menzel. Not since Strieand has there been such star quality and a voice to raise the rafters in quite the same way as Idena Menzel. She is a unique just as Steisand was on Broadway and still is today off Broadway. Idena Menzel is Musical Theater manna from heaven. Michael .
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Truly a phenomenal show to behold on broadway! It may sound horribly cliched, but Wicked truly shows the meaning of the phrase that was Wicked!
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I AM NOT SAYING ITS A BAD SHOW... BUT. It is not one of the best musicals of all time. Wicked has done nothing sugnificant for the world of theater but giving some new found interest in musicals to novice theater goers. It is a great starter musical but other than that it is not as significant as a show like the Producers and Oklahoma.
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Omg omg omg omg favourite show Of ALL time!
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Wicked is soooooo good. If you are looking at this list for a suggestion of a show to see this is the first one you should see. It is so good and full of amazing music!
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wicked was like the best thing ever
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best show ever!!!!!!!!!!!
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To the guy that said "The Hunchback of Notre Dame sucked"... Yeah the disney movie did but try watching Notre Dame De Paris, there are english versions of it on youtube.
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I have tomention the AMAZING costumes and character portrayal. And who could forget song like "no one morns the wicked" "defying gravity" and "one short day". Overall this deserves to be up there with the lion king, phantom, les miserables and my fair lady.
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I love this musical. It's true that it is a little over hyped, but it is still pretty great, and the songs are fantastic! Especially when done by the original cast featuring Chenoweth and Menzel. I've only ever seen it once, but I've listened to the soundtrack a thousand times.
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Looking at how much a show grossed is not a good measure. When I saw Chorus Line on Broadway the top ticket was $25. Today it would be $125 and in ten years it will be $200.
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So to you, the Hunchback of Notre Dame sucked, The prince of Egypt sucked, Godspell sucked, Pocahontas sucked, and Pippin sucked? Just checking. All i know is that Wicked is the 3rd highest grossing musical ever, behind Lion King and Phantom, and its run isnt even over yet. Also Wicked is one of the top 15 longest running musicals of all time and again, its run on Broadway isnt even close to being over.
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Everything that Schwartz ever touched has been terrible. Wicked is no exception.
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This musical should be NUMBER 1! Because of it I'm now kind of obsessed with Idina Menzel and I 'm listening defying gravity like every day. I wished ticket for Wicked for my birthday :)
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This musical should be in top ten on this list! It has a good story and very memorable songs .
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Mediocre music? All you need to do is mention defying gravity and people go nuts! Not to mention For Good, No Good Deed, As long as your Mine, and No one mourns the Wicked! And in my opinion, Wicked has one of the most compeling story lines of any musical. Its one tht make you think, makes you ponder what is good and what is evil.
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Should be so much higher! More directed for younger girls, but still a great one!
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Mediocre music. Week story line that has many errors in trying to go match with Wizard of Oz. After being down around #50 where it belongs for years, it has had a mediocre rise, as if one person is spending all of their time voting for it. This is by far the most overrated musical on the list.
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This is most certainly more interesting than number 14. Wicked should be in the top 10 at least, along with the Lion King, Phantom, Rent, and Les Miserables.
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Wicked is truly a sepectical to behold. The costumes, scene design, score, and story makes it the worldwide bestseller it is today. It has also had one of the biggest turnarounds in theatre history. When it first came out, no critic believd in it. now 7 years later, wicked has become one of the best musicals in history and is now getting the reviews it deserved. example being the recent "musical of the decade" bestowed by Entertainment Weekly
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It's my favorite musical of all time, should be higher on the list. Maybe #3? And Phantom should be up there too.
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Very pop musical-like, but not a quality music overall. It will never be a classic.
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What are you talking about! It is an Amazing! It has an amazing score tht makes you laugh, cry, and amazes you with inspirational power! In short everything about this musical amkes it a top ten player. If it wasn't it wouldn't bee CURRENTly running its 8th year on Broadway!
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Dreadful musical. Cool sets and all - but that's it. Horrible songs, confused book, icky orchestrations. OK if you are a 14 year old girl, I guess.
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way overrated, it did not do well in SF when it opened, really can not hum or remember the songs
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This musical was amazing it was funny, creative, and it almost made me cry. this should be #1 on this list
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best show i've ever seen in my life. the graphics were amazing, such an amazing show, and you can compare it with the wizard of oz and it just all makes sense.
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very entertaining & great casts
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The Phantom Of The Opera Report Abuse
Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, this Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webberis is the winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards.
1098 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 22 comments
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This musical was what got me into musicals. I can't get the songs out of my head. It's become a staple in musical theatre history, and is deserving of all its fans. Each number is so well done, and the visuals and voices and story and everything fit together ggreatly. It isn't just one thing carrying this musical; each element combines with all the others to create a truly austounding expirience.
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Great musicals first and foremost should have great songs. No musicals have more great songs than South Pacific and Mamma Mia. Phantom is a close third. Where is Showboat? Not even in the top 100. Half the world is tone deaf and too many of them are voting for this list.
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The best musical ever. I would love to see it over and over again. It will always be my number one.
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Saw it on Broadway and on tour. Yawn. Overblown and doesn't hold up well. Time to close this mess.
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NO WAY!!
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Okay, so some musical like Kiss me Kate is beating out The Phantom of the Opera? I'd take Christine over Kate or any other female lead. I cry when I see this musical and I shiver when the Phantom comes on. How is a musical so flawless so badly rated? This is a crime to the musical genre! How could anyone give such an insult to this glimmering star in the space of musicals? How come this is not number 1?
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You're honestly going to tell me that Wicked beat out both Les Miserables /and/ Phantom of the Opera, and other renowned musicals besides? ... ... Are you actually being serious right now? I hate the public.
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should be in the top 3 one of the best shows ever
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Best. Musical. Ever. I always enjoy it. BUT IT SHOULD BE NUMBER 1. This musical desribes BROADWAY. It has everything. You obviously have not heard music of the night, that song changes everyone. This has a great production, music, characters, monolouge, EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. I CRY EVERYTIME I SEE IT BECAUSE IT IS SOOO GOOD. It has touched my heart and changed me forever
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Really?? 34?!? This deserves number 1 then Les Mis then Lion King and then go on with the list. Phantom is the best show i have ever seen and has lasted since 1988 and still going strong. BOOO YOU, WRITER!!!!
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IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I CRIED!!!!
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The phantom of the opera was beautiful, this should be number 1 and Les Miserables number 2.
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Should be at the top 5, one of the most moving musicals. One of Andrew's best musicals and one of the best the world has ever seen.
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I love phantom. I read the book, an original screnplay, I bought souvenir book when I was in London, I watched the show, the film for like hundred times and listened cd. I only have to buy the mask now :) Seriously, I'm obsessed.
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This should be NUMBER 1! Because of phantom I started to love musicals. I saw the show in London with Tabitha Web and David Shannon and it was AMAZING! I also loved the film. I just can't understan why is it at 122 !?! This musical will be popular forever.
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I agree that this should be ALOT higher (personally this is my second favortie musical behind wicked) but what people dont seem to get is thtNO One person made this list, you did. the red and green arrows are for you to click to move this up. if half the people who complain tht should be higher clicked the little green arrow by the name, this would be in the top 50 by now! :)
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Some people have no god dam taste. It a fantastic musical reguardless of your obviously biased opinion of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Please move it up!
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Yes, the longest running Broadway musical is 400th on a list behind things like 'We Will Rock You', 'Jumbo' and 'The Life'. Who paid you to make this list and/or are your ears broken?
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this is one of my favorite musicals and the first one i saw. Why is it way down at 400
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This should be in the top 5. the person who made this is an IDIOT.
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Why the hell is it at 399? Wow...
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LOVED IT!!!
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West Side Story Report Abuse
Romeo and Juliet put to the timeless score of Leonard Bernstein, the pointed lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and the energetic choreography of Jerome Robbins. With all due respect to other musicals, this is simply the best of all time.
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Gives me goosebumps.
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BEST MUSICAL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WSS is the best musical ever. Case closed end of story!
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The music is not only the greatest score in Broadway history but some of the greatest music of all time in any genre. That only puts it in an category by itself.
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LOVED IT and Jerome Robbins was from Weehawken just like me.
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This is by far the most spectacular musical ever made!! Bernstein's finest contribution to music world!
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love it sooooo much best music from any broadway show ever
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I thought this was a bit boring. I mean, I appreaciate it, for the work put in and music written, but the classical ballet street thugs was.. cheesy. I was also surprised (not in a good way) at the ending which was different from Romeo and Juliet (the play it is based off).
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i LOVE this play :) i played Maria when my school did a production of it, first time acting and best experience of my life, but it was nothing compared to seeing Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer on the big screen :D
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This is sooo beautiful musical! I love Tonight and I feel preety. The first time I saw it I was shocked when Chino shot Tony so I started to hate Chino :)
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Why does it say best of all time, when it's ranked 9?
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Leonard Bernstein is truely one of the greatest composers of Musical Theatre of all time. One of teh best scores there is (joint first with Les mis).
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I loved this movie since the age of 7. ( even though I didn't know much what it was about though..) It is AMAZING!!!!!!
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i remember watching my 1st musical when i was a kid, had a crush on natalie (though I read later that she really didn't sing there), remember crying in the end as i found the story so tragic. best of all time? have to agree
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Love this show. Dark and beautiful all rolled into one! In my top 5 musicals of all time!!
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This one is halarious! It feels so random, but there are really deep-rooted feelings and morals in the story. Liza Minelli is uniquely incredible!! This musical definately deserves it's place on this list!
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I love Liza Minelli. She is so... great. :)
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This is amazing musical . I love all the songs!
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great score by kander and ebb and great book
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great musical! will be remain great over time
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Based on a novel by the same name by Victor Hugo, this musical has had the longest innings in the history of theatre.
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This musical ceratinly has one of the best storylines a musical could ever offer. It deserves to be in the top five. It's popular for a very good reason.
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WHAT??????? i think you got 7 mixed up with 1!!! its so powerful! everyones entiteld to their own opinion but really?? seven??????
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Overrated.
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Love it and the new staging is amazing!
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top three Les Mis, Phantom, Westside Story. Les Mis is awesome.
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NO WAY!!!
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Absolutely agree. There are just few that might have the same potential as Les Miserables. Would consider the ranking as not very objective. Sorry...
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This musical is amazing it realy should be number one and the movie that just came out is just as good!!!!!!!! THIS NEEDS TO BE NUMBER 1
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Les Mis should be number one! There has never been a better musical! It's a time-less story that everyone can relate to at some point. The themes of Les Mis are always relevant. It is captivation and beautiful.
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I just recently saw the film version of Les Miserables and really enjoyed it. I went into the theater knowing close to nothing about the story. I fond the songs wonderfully written and have since watched some of the concert versions on You Tube. Beautiful music and a captivating story!!
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This should be #1 this musicle is genius. So many amazing songs. I LOVE this musicle!
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I love how this show has the most comments for demands to be #1. Well it should. So much better than the other 20 above it. Meaningful plot and beautiful songs. Love it
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wish i could see it i love it sooo much it should not be number #32 it should be in the top ten
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Take my hand I'll lead you to salvation take my love for love is everlasting and remember the truth that once was spoken to love another person is to see the face of God...... This deserves to be #1 I was in the ensemble when my school did this play last year. It was so amazing but it was such a challenge and took so much work.. I don't understan why you would put this as #32. I'm just guessing that who ever rated these musicals just either doesn't have taste or doesn't know what a musical truly is.
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No. Les Mis is sooo much better than 32. It is incredible yet rated allllll the way down here!!! And WHERE THE CRAP IS PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?!? That was the one musical that got me singing when I was it on Broadway many years ago and has impacted my life so much more than all of these combined! it is an incredible musical that has lasted since 1988 and yet it's not on here!
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Definitely should be higher than 32! Top Ten all the way! The music is timeless, priceless and full of it! It's better than the Music Man and Guys and Dolls put together!
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#32??? My #1 if I had a vote. Have seen most of the list but have never cried while watching a musical like I did with Les Miserables! So beautiful.
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BEST MUSICAL EVER!!! I loved it sooooooooooo much the songs are sooo good!
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Les Miz is the best musical ever! Incredible moving story by Victor Hugo. Fantastic music that will bring you to tears over and over again. Book of Mormon is a distant second. The rest are a 1000 miles away.
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Best of all time! Just saw Wicked which was really good, but story just does not compare.
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Les miserables changed my life! It had a lot more of an influence on me than all of the musicals before it combined! What about phantom and Mary poppins too!
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Les MIserables has a fantastic score and an amazing story. No doubt it should be in the top yen. Personally it is my second favorite musical.
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I love the story and the songs but, the songs run into each other you forget where you are. I loved the 25th anniversary show it was spectacular!!! Why isn't this higher on the list??
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BEST MUSICAL.
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This is the greatest musical of all time: Music, story, characters, message are all exceptional.
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Incredible show, the fact that it is below wicked makes me want to vomit.
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This is the best musical ever! Every time I watch Come to me or Do you hear the people sing I almost start to cry. I'm also reading the book now and when you read the first 2 hundred pages the story becames really interesting. I also understand musical better now.
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This is the best musical ever. It shouls be NUMBER 1! Why is it so low?! It has so touching story and most incredible songs. Number 42, seriously?
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Seriously?!?! Number 33? I'm really disappointed in whoever wrote this list. Phantom at #238, Les Mis here...those two (and other masterpieces) should be WAY higher up on the list.
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THIS IS THE BEST MUSICAL EVER!!!!!!! GORGEOUS MUSIC, PERFECT STORY!!!!!!!!! SHOULD BE #1!!!!!!
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Love this musical! Great story and even better score! But again, if half the people who say this should be higher clicked the green arrow next to the name, it would be in the top ten. Just sayin :)
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"THE BEST MUSICAL OF ALL TIME" PERIOD. This Musical should be number 1!!
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It's just unfortunate that so many snob les mis because of it's popularity when it is truly one of the greatest shows of all time.
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best musical eve in my opinion. i played this at school, and even the condensed school version is amazingly intricate and detailled. and the music is gorgeous.
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This Musical should be number 1 who made this!!!!! les miserables is breathtaking the person who made this obviously hasn't heard it done well
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#33? Are you kidding? Les Miserables is the greatest musical in history! Should be top three on any list...
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why isnt this number 1? who made this thing?????
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ONE OF THE BEST!!!!! how could you put this at 35 and i dont care how 'inaccurate' it is it is still one of the best things to come to music for over 50 years thank you very much!
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Way too dark to be at the top of the list. And way too inaccurate historically to be taken as seriously as some do.
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OI! THIS SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE! There's no way Annie can be #5, by the way. Good lead actors are not the best Litmus Test for musicals. And, emotional-appeal-orphan-story doesn't possibly stand up to the supreme conflict plot in Les Mis.
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I'm completely confused why this isn't at least in the tope five. And where the hell is Phantom?
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LOVE IT! should be in top 10
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A good musical, the most overrated of the good musicals ever.
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BEST MUSICAL EVER. NO DOUBT SHOULD BE NUMBER 1
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42nd Street Report Abuse
996 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 4 comments
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No one ever does this show so it is hard to rank.
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it has a lot of good dance numbers
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This is actually one of my least favorite shows ever. I was part of a poorly done production and I can't seem to shake it.
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A great show, no doubt, but things such as Company, Pippin, Carousel, Into the Woods, and How to Succeed really deserve higher places... including many others...
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Fiddler on the Roof Report Abuse
976 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 6 comments
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Fiddler is one of the 3 best musicals of all time. The songs are memorable, the story is based on what really happened to the Jewish people in Czarest Russia, and the characters are well-developed and profound.
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in this right now... no way should it be above les mis. it can get soooo boring and long. although this and les mis are the same length, les mis has so many more intresting moments to keep the show going, unlike fiddler.
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I had a chance to see this shows for the first time last night and really loved it!! The songs are great...lots of humor mixed with the dark side of being an oppressed people. My only complaint is that ACT I is sooo long.
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Just love it :)
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Great story, timeless songs (in the film Chaim Topol is simply amazing)
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Great story!
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The Sound of Music Report Abuse
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Classic....even "non-musical fans" know songs from this show. "Wizard of Oz" might be the only musical that is more popular. Popularity doesn't necessarily make for a great show - however, I feel the reason this show IS popular is because of how well written it is.
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This is beyond genius, I think this play is nearly perfect. Rodgers and Hammerstein are genious; this play is a classic all the way. Who DOESNT know the song Doe a Dear? For musical junkies, this is one of the first plays you get to know inside and out. Julie Andrews is phenomenal, this play is well worth it.
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do, a dear a female dear, re... hahaha always in my head:)
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Should be number 1! My personal favorite :)
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So great musicale!
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Great story and memorable songs.
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The Music Man Report Abuse
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Years ago, I was in a performance of Music Man and found the shows to be just OK. I recently saw the show for the first time as an audience member and found myself really enjoying the show. It moves at a good pace and has some wonderful songs.
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That was a good misical. i wish I could see it again.... Why isnt Les Miserables in the top 10?
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Merrily We Roll Along Report Abuse
Sondheim's most interesting but underappreciated work
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South Pacific Report Abuse
910 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Tooooooo.....slowwwww!
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You probably haven't seen a good production of it. South Pacific has so many good songs and moves along so quickly that the real concern is missing some of the detail. I hope you get to see a really good production of it, like one that has been on Broadway for the past year.
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Though this show is very well respected, I find it long and slow.
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Played in it in high school, saw it again last night on Live from Lincoln Center. What other musical has so many wonderful songs or such a still-timely (alas) message about tolerance?
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Guys and Dolls Report Abuse
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I LOOOVE Guys and Dolls
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I was in this musicle and i did not like it. It doesn't have a great story line and it is a little cheesy
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There is no other musical that matches the wit and the magic of Guys and Dolls as the quintessential Broadway musical. The loveable larrikins of Runyon, a score that shames pretenders for all their lack of impact on the memory and the delightful humor of the script leaves one wondering why this masterpiece lingers at number 7 on this list!
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Annie Report Abuse
The comic strip comes to life. Andrea McCardle - what a voice for such a young girl at the time
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This show rocks... If it is done well. If the girl playing Annie is good the show is wonderful. If not than the show is not great.
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I found this show to be boring. The only entertaining part of the show is Ms. Hannigan...lol
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Oh, I was Miss Hannigan in this. Absolutely fabulous character to play thanks to Carol Burnett.
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if it had not been for Dorothy Loudon's performance, it may have closed early, she was a gem
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Promises, Promises Report Abuse
The version on Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes is even better than the 1960's version with Jerry Orbach. Neil Simon's book and the music of Burt Bacharach with Hal David's lyrics make it a touching, funny, wonderful show!
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cheesy but i love it!!
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The music is great, fits the music, is timely with the script, and is as enjoyable now as it was when it was originally written.
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that 70's music is so cliche!
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A great musical show, with great songs, an interesting story, and great humor.
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one good scene, way overrated
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I just saw this Saturday night and Kristin Chenoweth is outstanding! She brought the house down twice with her singing and really gets to the heart of the role. Sean Hayes is even better! He was so funny. It was the best theatre experience I have had in years.
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you are way over rating this flashback, Chenoweth was miscast, the book is dated mad men made it a good time to revive though the music is passe
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Oklahoma! Report Abuse
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Excuse me but this was the musical that changed all musicals.... Well this and Showboat. So it should be higher than the 21st
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I think this musicle is alright but not amazing. It is deffinetely no Les Mis or Wicked.
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Tied with "Sound of Music" as Rodgers & Hammerstein's best show.
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One of Rodgers and Hammerstein's bests. People always have a misconception that it is a "happy-go-lucky" but boy are they wrong. It's a great, profound, musical. Something Broadway never saw before when it first opened.
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over-rated! worth seeing only the first 5 min..
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My favorite "old school" musical
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Gilbert and Sullivan
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Very funny and beautiful songs!!
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This should be WAY higher on the list!
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The best ever, when Yul Brenner grabbed Constance Towers and they danced across that stage, there was a collective gasp in the audience, I think all the air was sucked up at one time.
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Where's Charley? Report Abuse
The oft forgotten outstanding musical from the 50's that takes us back to the late 1800's in Britian.
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Good songs (considering the premise). The book is even better.
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YES BEST MUSICAL EVER!!!!!!
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1776 Report Abuse
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This was not the worst show I've ever seen, that was Sugar Babies, this is the second worst show I've ever seen.
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This is a great musical. The subject matter is perfect for a musical. It is in depth, with great characters accurately portrayed, with great music and exciting plot. It is excellent.
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subject is just not good musical material
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BEST MUSICAL EVER!!!
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This is one of the great shows of all time. It stays fairly true to the history (although Jefferson had just come from home and had not been away 6 months). Great music, great patriotism, great wit. But it takes incredible singers and actors to pull it off. You must have seen a bad production, because the ones that I have seen have been stirring, exciting, and outstanding!
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1776 is the worst show I've ever seen. Why is it on this list? Bleck, it was 3 hours long and the plot was all old-president-dudes arguing. The songs did nothing to enhance the action. WORST 3 HOURS OF MY LIFE EVER
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RAGTIME Report Abuse
In the exciting era of Ragtime, the lives of a wealthy family, a poor immigrant and his motherless daughter, and a black man named Coalhouse Walker, intertwine.Blessed with beauty, ambition, a smashing wardrobe and a social conscience, "Ragtime" is the kind of musical that brings Broadway audiences to their knees in adoration.Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle, NY; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Historical figures such as Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman also appear. The music includes marches, cakewalks, gospel and ragtime.
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MY FAVORITE SHOW
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Saw this years ago! Beautiful music. Beautiful story. Historically interesting. Just a great show all around. I wish they would bring it back!!
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OMG, this should be first, guys...
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On the Town Report Abuse
The movie was fun, but it was a watered down version of the movie.
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My favorite Bernstein score! And he had so many great scores!
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That is of the theatre version
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Sweet Charity Report Abuse
778 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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one great song after another: from Big Spender to If My Friends Could See Me Now. not a clunker in the bunch.
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Evita Report Abuse
760 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 5 comments
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One of ALW's Smartest scores! Brilliant songs and smart use of leitmotif. Love the belting and Rice's intelligent lyrics.
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Loved it!
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I have mixed feeling about this show. I felt like it had several holes in the storytelling. Some nice songs but I don't feel it ranks with Andrew Lloyd Webber's best.
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Karen Carpenter sang a better version of Don't Cry For me Argentina.
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Ugh I hate this musical. Maddona? Really.
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Into The Woods Report Abuse
The most creative and clever musical ever written.
758 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 17 comments
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Gosh, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this musical!!!!!!
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I am performing as the Mysterious Man in the junior version soon! I love this show and always will !
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Had the pleasure of seeing this show for the first time last night at the Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts!! INCREDIBLE show and performed by a great cast. I love the weaving together of the different fairy tales. I put this show almost neck in neck with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Both shows have such beautifully complex songs and a story that keeps you engaged. If you haven't seen it, try to!!
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I absolutely ADORE this show! It one of the best i've ever seen, ever!
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best show by Sondheim what a genius its such an interesting show LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!1
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It is such an interesting spin on the stories we've been told as kids. The score is masterfully arranged, and the dialogue is the pinnacle of wit. I haven't been charmed so much by any musical ever before.
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Along with The Mikado and Sweeney Todd this is one of the three best shows of all time!
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Into the Woods is one of if not the most clever and amazing musicals ever written. I love how it can be extremely funny and extremely sad. Thats rare in musicals.
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Into the Woods is one of my favorite musicals ever, and in my opnion it is Sondheim's best work. I love the score and it has one of the best books of any musical. And, as a bonus, it had great actors such as Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Danielle Ferland, and Robert Westenberg.
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i liked it, it was clever, the score was great, my only problem is that it is a bit too long
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One of my favorite musicals and even if you hate the music, you should respect the deep sadness of the story.
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personally my favorite musical. bernadette peters was amazing, and the music is soooo unbelievably difficult.
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We did this musical in highschool and it is great. It definitely has some deep meaning. Not annoying at all (in my opinion).
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yes sunday in the park was better
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patronizing attitude show, sunday in the park with george has much more in it
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Into the Woods is one of the deepest shows that has ever been written, in my opinion. I might have agreed with you before I got the chance to really SEE the show. But, now that I see all of the power behind it, and all of the deep meaning Sondheim gave us through this show, I would say it's one of my favorites of all time.
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more annoying, in my opinion.
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A Little Night Music Report Abuse
747 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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This is just how a musical is suppose to be. Great storyline, witty songs, clever composition.. and very minimal dances... One of the absolute best!
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49 isn't bad. Not out of the top 400 Broadway musicals of all time. It is a great show, but only one showstopper, "Send in the Clowns." But then again, Sondheim is known more for good, but complicated, music, rather than showstoppers.
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49? That's crazy. A Little Night Music is one of the best musicals I've ever seen. Of course, with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Strich, it really is a PLUS. But WOW, that musical is wonderful.
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They're Playing Our Song Report Abuse
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robert klein and lucie arnaz had great chemistry in this 1979 broadway musical. it's one of the most heartwearming musicals i have ever seen and i feel it deserves a higher place in the list
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Gilbert and Sullivan
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Anything Goes Report Abuse
704 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 7 comments
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If there's one musical I'd like to see again, this is it!
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Anything Goes should be in the top 5. Classic musical to judge others by. Great tunes, dance and humour. You're the top!
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Patti is brilliant on the soundtrack
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THIS SHOULD BE I TOP 3 WITH PHANTOM AND LES MIS! SUTTON FOSTER AND PATTI LUPONE ARE JUST PHENOMENAL! ANYTHING GOES IS FUNNY, HAS GREAT DANCE NUMBERS AND MUSIC AND GOOD STORY LINE! IVE SEEN THIS SHOW ABOUT 32 TIMES AND I LOVE IT EVERY TIME!
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BEST MUSICAL EEVVVVEEEERRR!!!!! Sutton Foster!!!!!!
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I love this musical. The songs are great (especially Anything Goes), the dance numbers are great, and the comedic bits make me laugh every time I see it.
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I would have put this 5 and company 2
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Barnum Report Abuse
A circus on the stage with Cy Coleman's music that brings P.T. Barnum back to life.
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Little Shop of Horrors Report Abuse
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I'm doing this show in my school!!!! i luv the plot. The music is so creative and addictive. This should def be ranked higher!
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Another one of the best shows ever, that's tragically underrated.
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Tis show should definitely be in the top ten. The music in this is amazing, and the plot line is different than any other musical! If people don't understand the comical story and the meaningful one, then they are blind.
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Because you can't go wrong with a plant that feeds on human blood. ;)
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this should be in the top ten. ts the best musical ive ever seen.
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Little shop of Horrors should be higher then spot 179. This musical combines the humor and raw sadness that every great musical should give. I'm not saying its the best musical ever, but way higher then 179.
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Annie Get Your Gun Report Abuse
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truly catchy music!
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With that score, this one should be in the top 20!
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Cats Report Abuse
Running for 18 years on Broadway, this musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T S Elliot.
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even though there is barely a plot here, it's not about that, cats is about symbolism and every cat that comes and introduces himself is a symbol for some kind of person (old actor, old lady, ladiesman, aristocrat..) i understand why some people might hate, but it's still a great show, despite it's strangeness and has some great songs and great dancing as well!!!
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Like cats, themselves, people seem to love or hate this show. Personally, I think it is a great show. Yes...it is unconventional in numerous ways. Those who say there is no story or plot are not watching close enough. There is both a story and a plot....it's just not spoon-fed to you like many shows.
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left at intermission; never regretted it.
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Sure it has a plot! My favourite musical ever and it should be higher on this list.
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this is one of the musicals that teach us that if you have enough money for production, you don't need any talent... i remember when i saw it i just kept asking myself where the hell is the plot?!?! the only reason that it running so long is just because people like colorful things jumping infront of them.
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This musical has so amazing songs. I just can't stop siging memory to myself. It should be in top ten! I watched the film and I was astonishment about dancing and costumes and singing. I love cats.
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There IS a plot, it's just a little weird. It takes some time to understand it. For the songs, they're just incredible, and with a brilliant choreography... this should definitely be a little higher on the list...
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Why the hell is Cats all the way down here? It's the second longest running Broadway musical of all time! It's loved by young and old. However voted this down dosen't know a good musical when they see one. And of course it's not gonna have the best plot line...It's based of a bunch of poems! Just appreciate the music and dancing. Should be number one in my opinion, or at least in the top 10. Sorry for the rant. ^^;
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i agree, it has barely any plot. but plot alone doesn't make a hit. What makes this Musical a classic is just that. THE MUSIC. go up to any drama student, or actor and tell them to name one song from Cats and you will most likely get one.
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It is a spectacle of cats, but with no plot and not that interesting. Entertaining to the masses, but not art.
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This show has no plot. At all.
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not much to it. There are cats. lots of cats.
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One of my favorites! Definitely, in my top 5.
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Candide Report Abuse
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The all time worst play ever! Infuriating every time I think about suffering through watching this.
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Even better than the second Candide on this list!
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Camelot Report Abuse
Robert Goulet's signature performance.
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Heh, I think you mean SPAM-alot. Monty-Python ftw!
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The original broadway cast is phenomenal. In additon to Mr. Goulet, Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Roddy McDowell put this awesome musical through the roof!
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Love Never Dies Report Abuse
"Phantom of the opera sequel" that really stands alone! Great singing, acting and fun story! :)
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I feel like if you look at the show alone, it is incredible but since it changed all of the characters from phantom, it kind of sucks. The music is absolutley captivating though
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This was a really great musical, it is a shame that ALW changed the original storyline to make some fans happy. The music is amazing and is recurring on my Ipod. Love it so much. Shame it has gone away.
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It's not in West End anymore? I'm crying :(
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Personally I love this musical. It absolutely should have come to Broadway. It was going to until ALW was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Then things got postponed... and damn no musical. Its such a shame it went off West End. Hopefully one day it will come back, unfortunately I do not see that in the near future. What a magnificent score.
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most amazing musical i have seen i loved it so so so so much i think some of the music was even better than phantom ! i am in love with it :D:D so beautiful the charecters where all so much more 3 dimensional in this one. i saw the melbourne one, not the london one. IT WAS PHANTASTIC :D:D
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Why is this on the list for BROADWAY musicals its never been to BROADWAY and its already closed in London so apparently it wasn't all that great.
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Porgy and Bess Report Abuse
528 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 7 comments
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opera = sung-through, often melodramatic musical theatre = song-scene format (songs arise from dialogue) typically associated with the "Broadway" show
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Musical Theatre came from Opera. They evolved from Operettas that were more light hearted and shorter than regular Operas but Opera all the same. Musical Theatre and Opera are close relatives and so, yes, Musical Theatre did come from Opera. The logic does work.
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"Opera existed first. Therefore musical theatre is opera." This logic does not work...
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Opera existed first. Therefore musical theatre is opera. not the other way around
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Porgy and Bess won the 1977 Tony Award for Innovative Musical Revival
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Opera is musical theatre. There are many crossovers. Technically, Les Mis, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Tommy are operas (the last two rock operas), but are accepted as musical theatre as well. Porgy and Bess is one of Gershwin's best. It has played in opera houses, but also in Broadway theatres. It is an amazing show.
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This is an opera, not a musical.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Report Abuse
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I've done this show. What an embarrassment.
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Maybe THE perfect musical. There are no dragging scenes......each song is great...the last 15 minutes are insane!!
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Come on. 37? Nathan lane just being in it should make it in the top 15
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Should be higher up. Number 2 or three
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The Producers Report Abuse
492 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 4 comments
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The Producers is definitely in my top ten favorite musicals! It's one of the funniest musicals i've seen! Great book, great score, and the original cast had some of the best actors in musical theatre history! Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Gary Beach, they are all fantastic! And, like others said, this show one more tony's than any other musical in history! Thats gotta tell you something :)
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I agree this show won 12 Tony Awards the most in history and is arguably the most successful show on Broadway
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When you have Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, it's automatically good, and it won more tony's than any other show in history. Great music and totally hilarious.
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Definately should be Number 1 or at the least 2
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Report Abuse
Andrew Lloyd Webber's first was one of his best!
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Great songs and the show moves so quickly. I believe the whole show is only over one hour - that is fast!! I love all the different genres of music used - country, boogie woogie, calypso, etc.
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THIS MUSICAL IS GENIUS!!!! IT'S SONGS ARE SO SPECTACULAR AND ITS SUCH A CLEVER VERSION OF A BIBLE STORY!! SHOULD BE #1 OR AT LEAST IN THE TOP THREE TO ME....
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Follies Report Abuse
476 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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This is classic and heartbreaking. The songs are haunting. It is for mature souls who understand the frailty of life and memory and the puzzle of destiny. I can't stop listening to it.
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This is the best musical ever written. It tackles some of the most important themes in American theater and has such a strong emotional impact.
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Hello Dolly Report Abuse
456 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 3 comments
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I just found this show to be very boring.
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This musical always cheers me up. Put on your sunday clothes and Hello Dolly :)
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Should be in the top 20, at least!
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Pippin Report Abuse
Ben Vereen's was outstanding in Stephen Schwarz follow-up to Godspell. It will make you think.
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The revisited version on broadway is spectacular; there are powerful numbers throughout the show, and unparalleled choreography
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Sweeney Todd Report Abuse
444 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 22 comments
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come on people! this show should be in the top 20 at the very least.
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In my opinion, Sondheim's best. I wish I could've seen it on Broadway but the film is good too:)
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Should be waaaay higher than it is now.
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Critics praise it, opera companies perform it, and I think its the greatest musical. A unique blend of symphonic sound,high theatrics,dark pathos and gruesome humor,it stands alone and above almost all others. Its company is Gershwin and Bernstein ...and should not be floating down here with ABBA on this crap list. Serious music lovers should cherish this. Plebeians, enjoy your Les Miserables.
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A masterpiece. A hauntingly beautiful (and terribly difficult) score,and melodramtic gore fest,make this operatic show an almost singular experience on Broadway. Its low rank here shows how ignorant the publics taste is when something like Cats rats higher. Popular does not always,if ever,mean superior.
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Beautiful songs and engaging story!
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WHAT IS IT DOING DOWN HERE???!
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i love it ;D
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This should absolutely be in first place! IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE GREATEST MUSICAL OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!
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it seems to me that most of the people who commented on this only have seen the movie version...
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INCREDIBLE!!!! one of the best musicals ever made.... every single song is just a masterpiece,and angela lansbury was absolutely amazing in the boadway production, this was the musical that made fall inlove with this genre (p.s the film was terrible)
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I enjoyed it...i suppose it is unconventional which makes people nervous.
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WHAT IS THIS DOING IN LAST PLACE BLASPHEMY!!!
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This was the worst musical I have ever seen. After seeing this I decided I actually don't like Tim Burton very much eather because a lot of the movies he directs are actually really bad.
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its just gore....and fake blood....this should be number 1. True, raw emotion all the way through
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What are they going to make next, The Donner Party - the Musical?
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This is the worst musical I've ever seen. Macabre, morbid, gross, without redeeming qualities.
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ST should be in top ten much better musical work than Promises, Promises
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I love Sondheim's musicals, except this one.
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Gruesome, disgusting, and terrible theatre. Sondheim's worst ever.
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GREAT!!
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Sheer genius, beginning to end.
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Thoroughly Modern Millie Report Abuse
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This is really a great show, it's funny, lovable, and has an amazing score. Sutton Foster does a beautiful job in the revival, and of course Julie Andrews is quite good in the movie (but in my opinion it pales compared to the stage show, as most shows do). It does have a few weak numbers so I can accept it being all the way down here.
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Sunday in the Park with George Report Abuse
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This with Follies is my favorite Sondheim musical. It makes the spirit soar. It is a paean to ART and to the nitty gritty of the process involved in reaching those heights.. But at its core this musical is about the sublime, and the melodies bring you there.
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the sheer innovation of this show is astounding, this is what I believe is the culmination of Sondheim's genius in the musical theatre, it challenges what a musical can be, finally establishing it as a "legitimate" art form
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The lyrical phrasing and just plain badassery of this show blows my mind. Sondheim's best by far.
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the story was nice, other than that i couldn't find on good thing in this musical, it was long, boring, "putting it together" was nice, too bad you have to wait an hour and a half to get to it!
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Man of LaMancha Report Abuse
The Impossible Dream might be the most stirring and inspiring song ever in a Broadway musical! The rest of the musical is excellent, but The Impossible Dream is possibly the all time showstopper.
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Hairspray Report Abuse
421 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 3 comments
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BEST MUSICAL EVER SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST MUSIC AND SOOO FUNNY!!!!!!
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Funny and entertaining take on prejudice..be it racial or overweight people. The tunes are very good and it is one of those shows that leaves you very energized.
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WHAT!!!!!! Are You Crazy!!! This should be like #1!!!!!
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Once Upon a Mattress Report Abuse
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A Hilarious show! I love the music, characters, and story so much, I guess its held back a bit by mostly just being a poorly done high school show, but it is really underrated.
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Sunset Boulevard Report Abuse
Tony Award for Best Musical in 1995
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Patti LuPone was better.
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Glen Close was awesome and the set!!!
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Grey Gardens Report Abuse
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Christine Ebersole proved she was an actress to reckon with in this musical. Her rendition of "Around the World" makes me cry everytime! Cast album highly recommended.
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Nine Report Abuse
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The movie wasn't that good. But on stage, it's fantastic!
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I have not had the pleasure of seeing this show on stage. I really loved the film version. The songs are great.
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Godspell Report Abuse
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Saw the original on Broadway.....just GREAT. Connected with the songs and spirit. I even enjoyed the humor of Frank Mills.
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love godspell!!!!
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Babes in Arms Report Abuse
Rodgers & Hart's 1937 hit starring Alfred Drake and the Nicholas Brothers included hit songs, "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "Johnny One Note," and "The Lady is a Tramp."
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Jesus Christ Superstar Report Abuse
393 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 5 comments
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My favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber show. I was actively involved the whole show - no unnecessary scenes. Jesus' song in garden of Gethsemane is one of my favorite songs from any show.
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THIS is the greates rock opera/musical/broadway show of all time OF ALL TIME
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definitely should be way closer to the top, one of the greatest shows ever!
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This should be in the top ten!! It humanizes Christ more than anything an makes us apreciate Him more!
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Top 10!!
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Funny Girl Report Abuse
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Definitely top 10. Don't Rain..., People, My Man. Songs are unequalled as is performance
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It's too bad this musical is forgotten by the current generation. The vehicle is brilliant for a powerful and funny female. The problem is that few people can envision anyone other than "Barbra" as Fanny Brice. The songs are every bit as good as the best of its day. WN
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This should be in the top 10. One of THE BEST!!!
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Barbra Streisand is so great. I love her voice and she's great in every musical but Funny girl is realy great. Especialy Don't rain on my parade and I'd rather be blue :)
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LOVE Barbara Streisand in this--and in general :D
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Babes in Toyland Report Abuse
Victor Herbert's 1903 Broadway hit that included "March of the Toys."
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The Light in the Piazza Report Abuse
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This is a gorgeous musical with a STUNNING musical score. Victoria Clark is a revelation in the lead role(channels Julie Andrews at times). Check out the PBS broadcast of the full show on youtube and see for yourself.
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Crazy for You Report Abuse
How can you go wrong with a show full of Gershwin tunes?
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I love this musical! The dancing is so entertaining, and "Someone to Watch Over Me and "I Got Rhythm" are classics.
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You can go wrong when it has one of the worst books ever written, that's how.
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Miss Saigon Report Abuse
383 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 7 comments
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This is like MY FAVE MUSICAL LEA SALONGA IS MY IDOL! Gave me chills
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Are you kidding me!!! This is my absolute favorite musical of all time. I think it is shoenberg's best, ahead of les mis. This is just a bad list
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Seriously?! 61! The lead actress was so good! This musical should be one of the top 10.
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production kudos and storyline it shoul be on the top 10
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My Top 5.....63? No way
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This is just shocking!!! I love miss Saigon along side Les Miz and Crazy for you... This must be a mistake!!!!
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This musical should be on TOP 10!!!
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Applause Report Abuse
The talents of Lauren Bacall and Bonnie Franklin on the same stage - what fun!
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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown Report Abuse
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Snoopy rocks!
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Chicago Report Abuse
373 points - added 5 years ago by BrendaKaye - 5 comments
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76... What this definetely belongs in the top ten! it is soooooo amazing!
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I love story, songs and dance. All together makes a great show and fantastic experience! It should be in top ten.
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Never seen it, should I?
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this should be in the top ten, great music and dancin'
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another kaner ebb musical that will fare well over time excellent tunes and book
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She Loves Me Report Abuse
Tony nominated musical in 1964
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What the heck is this doing all the way down here. It is one of the most perfect little musicals ever done. Great score!
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Billy Elliot Report Abuse
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I think Billy Elliot should be in the top ten or at least in the top 20... It's one of the best musicals ever
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Why so low though the whole pattern of voting seems a bit crazy
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Tony Award for Best Musical 2009. Should at least be in the top 50.
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You don't need to know a lot about the miner strike - you just need to sit back and see the wonderful story unforld before you
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Billy Elliot The Musical is a complex show that requires knowledge of British labor history.The Geordie accent(northern England) also requires the audience to pay attention. But if you read up on the coal miners strike of 1984 and listen to the dialog, this show can be one of the best and most inspiring shows that you will ever see. Take Grandma, take the kids. Everyone will be moved and entertained.
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I've seen most of the musicals listed here and most of them were incredible, however "Billy Elliot" is superior in all aspects. The dancing, music, story and entertainment value are extraordinary. You laugh, cry, cheer and feel thoroughly entertained in the end. As time goes by and more people experience this musical, it will move up the list--deservedly so!
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Patience Report Abuse
Gilbert and Sullivan
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Carousel Report Abuse
Rogers and Hammersteins best. Subtle and moving, the lyrics and music evoke character and plot, exemplifying the artistic power of musical theatre. One of the top 10 musicals of all time.
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Why isn't this ranked higher? Best musical ever!
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this is also a good musical from Richard rodgers you will learn a lot of values in this musical the , and it will make you cry especially on the song "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE"
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I just did this show at a summer camp called Interlochen last year. Without a doubt, it was the most magical and beautifully moving experiences of my lifetime. An astronomically phoenomenal show, that is really underappreciated if taken at a glance.
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Titanic Report Abuse
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Titanic is a musical - and I loved it. The songs are excellent, especially Barrett's Song and just about anything sung by Thomas Andrews.
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its not a musical its a movie
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this isnt a broadway musical its what called a movical because its a movie
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I saw it on tour and was bored stiff
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Best musical ever
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On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Report Abuse
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I'd Rather Be Right Report Abuse
Rodgers & Hart's 1937 hit starred George M. Cohan as President Franklin Roosevelt, singing and dancing.
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Forty-five Minutes From Broadway Report Abuse
George M. Cohan's 1906 Broadway hit that introduced the world to "Mary's a Grand Old Name"
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Rodgers and Hammerstein
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Mary Poppins Report Abuse
295 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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I dont understand why this show gets soo much grief because isnt the entire movie put on stage. They combined the books and the movie! And sure they rewrote some of the songs, but thts wht makes it original! Quite frankly id rather pay to this than the movie put on stage, because youd basically paying to see the movie again! I welcome the change, and personally believe tht this, beauty and the beast, and the liopn king are disneys best musical work! :)
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Little Johnny Jones Report Abuse
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I will be very happy when this surpasses Mamma Mia.
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Gilbert and Sullivan
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Me and My Girl Report Abuse
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The Secret Garden Report Abuse
1991 Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical
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I love this show! It should be ranked higher.
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Why is this so low? This is the most beautiful musical ever written.
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Very Warm for May Report Abuse
1939
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"All the Things You Are" is one of the prettiest show tunes I have ever heard. Look up the song in its original form on youtube!
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1928 Marx Brothers musical on Broadway
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I'll Say She Is Report Abuse
1924 Marx Brothers musical on Broadway
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Thank you! For telling us about Cottonpatch Gospel.
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it is a revue- not even a musical! so dumb. no room on your 100 for Cottonpatch Gospel but you could fit in how many pieces of Marx crap? retire.
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