The theater has been a popular form of entertainment since 1990 and to this day, Broadway shows remain a hit to anyone who loves the hype, the music, and the performers. It has had thousands of performances and hundreds of shows since the beginning, but which among them is the greatest of all time? Let’s find out.
A rapped- and sung-through musical, Hamilton is about the life of Alexander Hamilton, the American Founding Father. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, music, and lyrics of the musical, incorporating pop music, blues, hip-hop, soul, rhythm, and traditional-style tunes.
- Les Misérables
Inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables, the Les Miz musical is about Jean Valjean and his journey towards redemption. Having been given a second chance at life, Valjean’s quest is told through this sung-through musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg.
A musical depicting the untold story of the wicked witch of Oz, Wicked is based on the 1995 novel of Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Telling an alternative ending of the classic Wizard of Oz, it’s the fifth-longest running production in Broadway.
- The Lion King
A production based on the animated feature film The Lion King by Disney, The Lion King musical features actors performing in animal costumes and giant puppets. Elton John wrote its music and is the third-longest running show of Broadway. The most recent musical featured students from Boca Raton, Florida.
- The Phantom of the Opera
The musical The Phantom of the Opera is one of Broadway’s longest-running show, which passed its 10, 000th performance some time ago. It tells of a beautiful soprano, a disfigured musical genius living below the Paris Opera House, and their ill-fated love.
- Mamma Mia!
Inspired by the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is a classic hit in 1975. It’s one of Broadway’s most popular musicals that run for more than a decade. One of the longest-running and highest-earning performances in Broadway, it is no doubt the greatest hit!
- Into the Woods
Into the Woods combines various plots from some of the fairy tales of Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Its characters come from stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and many others, exploring their interactions, quests, wishes, and their consequences.
- The Sound of Music
A Tony Award-winning musical, The Sound of Music is based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria von Trapp’s memoir. The first production was on November 16, 1959 and from then on, the musical has earned many nominations and awards with its songs becoming standards.
- Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is one of Broadway’s hit musicals based on P.L. Travers’ children’s books of similar title and the Disney film. Popularly produced in both community and school theatres, it fuses various elements from the movie and books. It has won many awards for its amazing performances.
- Miss Saigon
A musical of a moving love story set in the last days of Vietnam War, Miss Saigon is one of the greatest Broadway productions of all time. The musical is about an American soldier, Chris, who falls into love with Kim, a simple bar girl. Throughout the story, he tries to bargain for Kim’s freedom.
If you’re into musical and theater performances, you should definitely see these shows at least once in your lifetime!