Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Ten Best Musicals Of All Time!

Are these the 10 best Broadway musicals of all time?
Are they?
We say they are according to our totally arbitrary and subjective measuring rod.
Here goes:

1) Show Boat

2) My Fair Lady

3) Hello, Dolly!

4) Sweeney Todd

5) Chicago

6) Oklahoma!

7) The Phantom of the Opera

8) Guys and Dolls

9) The Music Man

10) Anything Goes

How did we concoct this list?
Well, we tried to have it represent the greatest of the greats. The best musicals from nearly all of Broadway's great songwriters: Jerome Kern, Lerner and Lowe, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Meredith Willson, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter.
In this manner, we've tried to put together a balanced, very representative list.
We've also tried to favor exuberance -- grand, old-fashioned American get-up-and-go  shows featuring an optimistic, high-style comic spirit. That's why we've included shows like Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, Chicago and The Music Man.
Now, you no doubt have your own list in mind. Start putting it together.

And, BTW: Here are our ten FAVORITE musicals of all time -- ones we can see again and again and again and not tire of:

1) Show Boat

2) Follies

3) Hello, Dolly!

4) Chicago

5) The King and I

6) The Music Man

7) 42nd Street

8) Company

9) Finian's Rainbow

10) Carousel

And here's just one more that we wish somebody would revive right now: Ragtime.


  1. What about:
    1. Gypsy
    2. West side Story
    3. A Chorus line
    4. Sweeney Todd
    5. Chicago
    6. My Fair Lady
    7. Carousel
    8. Cabaret
    9. Company
    10. Ragtime

  2. Next to Normal is the greatest musical of all time. (period)