My Top 50 Musicals of All-Time (20-11)

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... Part 4, let's go!

20 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Book by Hugh Wheeler; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran at the Uris Theatre on Broadway from March 1st, 1979
Productions seen: 1979 OBC filmed performance, 2007 film, 2012 West End revival

19 - Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein; Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Originally ran at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway from September 22nd, 1964
Productions seen: 1971 film, a production I starred in!

18 - Sunset Boulevard
Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Originally ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End from July 12th, 1993
Productions seen: 2016 London revival, 2017 UK tour*

17 - Chicago
Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Originally ran on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre from June 3rd, 1975
Productions seen: 1997 West End revival, 2002 film, 2016 UK tour

16 - Avenue Q
Book by Jeff Whitty; Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Originally ran off-Bway, then at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway from July 31st, 2003
Productions seen: 2011 UK tour

15 - Ragtime
Book by Terence McNally; Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Originally ran at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts on Broadway from January 18th, 1998
Productions seen: 2016 off-West End revival

14 - Legally Blonde the Musical
Book by Heather Hach; Music and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin & Laurence O'Keefe
Originally ran on Broadway at the Palace Theatre from April 29th, 2007
Productions seen: 2007 OBC filmed performance for MTV, 2011 UK tour, 2017 UK tour*

13 - Hairspray
 Book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Scott Wittman
Originally ran on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre from August 15th, 2002
Productions seen: 2007 Original West End production, 2007 film, 2016 NBC broadcast, 2017 UK tour*

12 - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Originally ran off-Bway, then on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre from April 25th, 2005
Productions seen: 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival revival

11 - The Last Five Years
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Originally ran off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre from March 3rd, 2002
Productions seen: 2015 film, 2016 off-West End revival

Be sure to check back tomorrow at 8pm for the next 10 shows on the list!


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

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