My Top 50 Musicals of All-Time (50-41)

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 1, let's go!

50 - The King and I
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music by Richard Rodgers
Originally ran at the St James Theatre on Broadway from March 29th, 1951
Productions seen: 1956 film, 2018 West End revival*

49 - The Life
Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman & Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Ira Gasman; Music by Cy Coleman
Originally ran off-Broadway, then at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Bway from April 26th, 1997
Productions seen: 2017 off-West End revival

48 - La Cage Aux Folles
Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Originally ran at the Palace Theatre on Broadway from August 21st, 1983
Productions seen: 2017 UK tour

47 - Here Lies Love
Conceived by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Originally ran off-Broadway at the Public Theater from April 14th, 2013
Productions seen: 2015 National Theatre production

46 - Hair
Book and Lyrics by James Rado & Gerome Ragni; Music by Galt MacDermot
Originally ran off-Bway at the Public before Broadway at the Biltmore Theater from April 29th, 1968
Productions seen: 1979 film, 2017 off-West End revival*

45 - On The Twentieth Century
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green; Music by Cy Coleman
Originally ran at the St James Theatre on Broadway from February 19th, 1978
Productions seen: 2015 Broadway revival

44 - Kinky Boots
Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Originally ran at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Bway from March 3rd, 2013
Productions seen: 2015 Original West End production

43 - Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik
Original ran off-Bway then at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Bway from December 10th, 2006
Productions seen: none!

42 - Dogfight
Book by Peter Duchan; Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Originally ran off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre from June 27th, 2012
Productions seen: 2014 Original off-West End production

41 - In The Heights
Book by  Quiara Alegría Hudes; Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Originally ran off-Bway, then on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre from February 14th, 2008
Productions seen: 2015 Original London production

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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