My Top 50 Musicals of All-Time (40-31)

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 2, let's go!

40 - Billy Elliot: The Musical
Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall; Music by Elton John
Originally ran at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End from March 31st, 2005
Productions seen: 2005 Original West End production, 2014 filmed live performance

39 - Bend It Like Beckham the Musical
Book by Gurinder Chadha & Paul Mayeda Berges; Lyrics by Charles Hart; Music by Howard Goodall
Originally ran at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End from May 15th, 2015
Productions seen: 2015 Original West End production

38 - Sunday In The Park With George
Book by James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally ran off-Bway, then on Broadway at the Booth Theatre from May 2nd, 1984
Productions seen: 1984 OBC filmed live performance

37 - Urinetown
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis; Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Originally ran off-Bway, then on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre on September 20th, 2001
Productions seen: 2014 Original West End production

36 - The Bridges of Madison County
Book by Marsha Norman; Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Originally ran on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from January 17th 2014
Productions seen: none!

35 - Wicked
Book by Winnie Holzman; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally ran on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre from October 8th, 2003
Productions seen: 2006 Original London production

34 - Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell; Music and Lyrics by Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick
Originally ran on Broadway at the St James Theatre from March 23rd, 2015
Productions seen: 2015 Original Broadway production

33 - Matilda the Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly; Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Originally ran in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre from October 25th, 2011
Productions seen: 2011 Original West End production, 2018 UK tour*

32 - Rent
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Originally ran off-Bway, then on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre from April 29th, 1996
Productions seen: 2005 film

31 - Shrek the Musical
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally ran on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre from November 8th, 2008
Productions seen: 2008 OBC filmed performance, 2011 Original West End production, 2017 UK tour*

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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