My Top 50 Musicals of All-Time (10-1)

Today, I'm excited to share my meticulously toothcombed list with all of you, a list that I just spent another hour before posting this trying to refine. The list is not totally exact because, obviously, my moods fluctuate as time progresses, but most of them remain the same. It's also important to note that, to make it to this list, I need to have seen some official version of the show, be it a stage performance, a film adaptation or a filmed stage performance. Only two shows on the entire list have made it despite that rule, mainly because it'd be sacrilege to not include them... the final part, let's go!

10 - Cats
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by T. S. Elliot
Originally ran at the New London Theatre in London's West End from May 11th, 1981
Productions seen: 1998 film, 2014 West End revival, 2015 West End return

9 - The Phantom of the Opera
Book and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book and Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe; Lyrics by Charles Hart
Originally ran at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End from September 27th, 1986
Productions seen: 1986 Original West End production, 2004 film, 2011 25th Anniversary filmed concert

8 - Evita
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Originally ran at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End from June 21st, 1978
Productions seen: 1996 film, 2010 UK tour, 2014 West End revival

7 - Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran at the Martin Beck Theatre from November 5th, 1987
Productions seen: 1987 OBC filmed performance, 2010 London Open Air revival filmed performance, 2014 film, 2015 off-West End revival

6 - Dreamgirls
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen; Music by Henry Kreiger
Originally ran at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway from December 20th, 1981
Productions seen: 2006 film, 2016 Original West End production

5 - Gypsy
Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran at the Broadway Theatre on Broadway from May 21st, 1959
Productions seen: 1962 film, 1993 TV movie, 2015 West End revival, 2015 West End revival recorded performance

4 - Merrily We Roll Along
Book by George Furth; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway from November 16th, 1981
Productions seen: 2013 West End revival recorded performance, 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival revival

3 - A Chorus Line
Book by James Kirkwood, Jr. & Nicholas Dante; Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Originally ran off Bway, then at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway from July 25th, 1975
Productions seen: 1985 film, 2013 West End revival

2 - Company
Book by George Furth; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway from April 26th, 1970
Productions seen: 2006 Broadway revival recorded performance, 2011 New York Philharmonic concert recording, 2016 Edinburgh Fringe revival, 2018 West End revival*

1 - Miss Saigon
Book and Lyrics by Alain Boublil; Book and Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Originally ran at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London's West End from September 20th, 1989
Productions seen: 2014 West End revival, 2014 25th Anniversary recorded performance, 2017 UK tour*

Be sure to check back tomorrow at 8pm for the final ever post on Shaun's Musical Musings!


* denotes a production of the show that I anticipate on seeing, as opposed to having already seen

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