My Top 50 Musicals of All-Time (30-21)

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 3, let's go!

30 - Cabaret
Book by Joe Masteroff; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Originally ran on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre from November 20th, 1966
Productions seen: 1972 film, 2017 UK tour*

29 - Heathers the Musical
Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy
Originally ran off-Broadway at New World Stages from March 15th, 2014
Productions seen: 2017 London workshop performance

28 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Book by John Cameron Mitchell; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Originally ran off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre from February 14th, 1998
Productions seen: 2001 film, 2014 Broadway revival

27 - Jesus Christ Superstar
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Music by Tim Rice
Originally ran on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre from October 12th, 1971
Productions seen: 1973 film, 2012 filmed arena tour, 2016 London Open Air Theatre revival

26 - Les Misérables
Book and Lyrics by multiple contributor4 s; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Originally ran at the Barbican, then in the West End at the Palace Theatre from December 4th, 1985
Productions seen: 1985 Original West End production, 1995 filmed 10th Anniversary concert, 2010 filmed 25th Anniversary concert, 2012 film

25 - The Book of Mormon
Book, Music and Lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone
Originally ran at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway from March 24th, 2011
Productions seen: 2013 Original West End production

24 - Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron; Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally ran off-Bway, then at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway from March 27th, 2015
Productions seen: 2015 Original Broadway production; 2018 Original London production*

23 - Funny Girl
Book by Isobel Lennart; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Originally ran on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre from March 10th, 1964
Productions seen: 1968 film, 2016 West End revival

22 - West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre from September 26th, 1957
Productions seen: 1961 film, 2013 UK tour

21 - Follies
Book by James Goldman; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre from April 4th, 1971
Productions seen: 2017 National Theatre 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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