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Best Broadway Musicals of the 1980s

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Rated 4 points - posted 11 years ago by plink in category Music.
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The Phantom of the Opera Report Abuse
The longest running show in broadway history continues to sell out every night. It's nearly impossible to imagine Broadway without Phantom.
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Les Miserables Report Abuse
Epic in every sense of the word. The majority of great songs from the decade (On My Own, Bring Him Home, I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, Stars, Empty Chairs, and Do You Hear The People Sing?) all come from this modern masterpiece.
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Cats Report Abuse
This nearly ran forever, burning itself into our "memory"...
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Evita Report Abuse
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Into the Woods Report Abuse
Sondheim lends his talents to some twisted fairy tales...
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La Cages Aux Folles Report Abuse
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and groundbreaking (in more ways than one)
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Report Abuse
Andrew Lloyd Webber rulled this decade. Written in '78, this didn't reach Bway until 1982.
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Chess Report Abuse
Cold War and ABBA. One of the best of the 80s? Say it again. This show could make the list just based on "Anthem" alone, not to mention One Night in Bangkok...
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Nine Report Abuse
Ignore the movie.
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Sunday in the Park With George Report Abuse
Sondheim might be at the top of his game in this incredibly innovative piece about making art, both in 1880 and 1980
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Big River Report Abuse
Tony Award for Best Musical of 1985.
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42nd Street Report Abuse
A huge, huge hit in its day.
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Sophisticated Ladies Report Abuse
Music by Duke Ellington. You're welcome.
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Rags Report Abuse
Maybe too ambitious for it's time, the creative force behind this musical (Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse, and Stephen Schwartz) is more than impressive. Time for Rags to get another chance?
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Dreamgirls Report Abuse
"And I'm telling you...."
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Drood Report Abuse
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Song and Dance Report Abuse
Andrew Lloyd Webber without Tim Rice is not as good as with Tim Rice--something we learned from Song and Dance. However, this musical still gives us "Take That Look Off Your Face" and "Tell Me on a Sunday," justifying Song and Dance's inclusion on this list.
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Jerome Robbins Broadway Report Abuse
Jason Alexander won a Tony for this, proving that he'd likely be a gigantic broadway start today if it weren't for some little show called Seinfeld...
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Pump Boys and Dinettes Report Abuse
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Starlight Express Report Abuse
Is there a show more quintessentially 80s than Starlight Express? Crazy costumes, rollerskating, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. When are they going to bring this guilty pleasure gem back?
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