Updated: My Top 15 Musicals (So Far..)

So this is an important list, right?! Ok so let’s get one thing straight, this was bloody hard! Considering I’m pretty much obsessed with every show I’ve seen or am aware of. But after a lot of hard thinking I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 15! Not to mention this order is rough, it may change slightly day to day depending on how I’m feeling but the shows on this list are my selection of the best of the best. I also want to include the following honourable mentions that I couldn’t – but wish I could have –  fit into this list; these include (but not limited to) I Can’t Sing! The X-Factor Musical, The Bodyguard, Ragtime, Into the Woods, Hamilton, Love Never Dies, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Matilda, Jesus Christ Superstar, Something Rotten!, School of Rock, Finding Neverland …I could go on…

So here it is! My all-time favourite musicals so far! Each one of these shows have touched me in a way that when I watch, and continue to support the works, they continue to shock, inspire and remind me how fucking incredible this art form is! (But honestly, I pretty much love everything!)

 

15 – The Girls
Book: Tim Firth / Music and Lyrics: Gary Barlow
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14 – Newsies
Book: Harvey Fierstein / Lyrics: Jack Feldman / Music: Alan Menken
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13 – Kinky Boots
Book: Harvey Fierstein / Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper8-Kinky-Boots-London

 

12 – Jekyll and Hyde
Book: Leslie Bricusse / Music and Lyrics: Frank Wildhorn with Leslie Bricusse, Steve Cuden
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11 – Bonnie and Clyde
Book: Ivan Menchell / Lyrics: Don Black / Music: Frank Wildhorn
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10 – Show Boat
Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II / Music: Jerome Kern
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9 – The Phantom of the Opera
Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgo / Lyrics: Charles Hart / Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
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8 – Next to Normal
Book and Lyrics: Brian Yorkey / Music: Tom Kitt
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7 – The Last Five Years
Book, Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
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6 – Les Miserables
Book and Lyrics: Alan Boubil, Herbet Kreztmer / Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg
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5 – Memphis
Book: Joe DiPietro / Lyrics: David Bryan, Joe DiPietro / Music: David Bryan
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4 – In the Heights
Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes / Music and Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
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3 – RENT
Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson
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2 – Shrek The Musical
Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire / Music: Jeanine Tesori
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1 – Wicked
Book: Winnie Holzman / Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
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