Must see musicals before you die Top 100

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Since we’re learning about Hollywood Musicals in our film class I thought I’d go over the IMDB Top 100 list and see how many I can cross off the list!

These are in no particular order so no debate wars on which musical is better than the other!

Total seen: 31/100 (not bad…)

List of Hollywood Movie Musicals

1. The Wizard of Oz 1939 
2. Mary Poppins 1964 
3. Singin’ in the Rain 1952
4. All That Jazz 1979
5. Fiddler on the Roof 1971
6. West Side Story 1961
7. Gypsy 1962
8. The Sound of Music 1965 
9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971 
10. Annie 1982 
11. Cabaret 1972
12. Bye Bye Birdie 1963 
13. The Music Man 1962 
14. The King and I 1956
15. My Fair Lady 1964 
16. Oliver! 1968
18. Little Shop of Horrors 1986
19. The Fantasticks 1995
20. The Pirates of Penzance 1983
21. Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 
22. A Star Is Born 1954
23. Chicago 2002 
24. The Producers 2005 
25. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967
26. Victor Victoria 1982
27. A Little Night Music 1977
28. Funny Girl 1968 
29. Damn Yankees! 1958
30. Guys and Dolls 1955 
31. Annie Get Your Gun 1950
32. Hello, Dolly! 1969
33. Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967
34. The Harvey Girls 1946
35. Porgy and Bess 1959
36. Anything Goes 1956
37. Babes in Toyland 1961
38. Brigadoon 1954
39. Paint Your Wagon 1969
40. Sweet Charity 1969
41. Mame 1974 
42. Camelot 1967
43. A Chorus Line 1985
44. Fame 1980
45. Dreamgirls 2006
46. Finian’s Rainbow 1968
47. 42nd Street 1933 
48. Gigi 1958
49. Hairspray 2007
50. Kiss Me Kate 1953
51. Li’l Abner 1959
52. Hair 1979
53. Cinderella 1997 TV Movie
54. Nine 2009
55. Grease 1978 
56. The Mikado 1939
57. Peter Pan 1960 TV Movie
58. The Phantom of the Opera 2004 
59. Pippin: His Life and Times 1981 TV Movie
60. Beauty and the Beast 1991
61. Aladdin 1992
62. The Lion King 1994
63. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996
64. Gypsy 1993 TV Movie
65. Annie 1999 TV Movie
66. The Music Man 2003 TV Movie
67. Girl Crazy 1943
68. South Pacific 1958
69. Rent 2005
70. Across the Universe 2007
71. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
72. Fame 2009
73. Moulin Rouge! 2001
74. On the Town 1949
75. Oklahoma! 1955
76. South Pacific 2001 TV Movie
77. Tommy 1975
78. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975
79. Jesus Christ Superstar 1973
80. Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew 1973
81. 1776 1972
82. Show Boat 1951
83. Evita 1996
84. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966
85. Bells Are Ringing 1960
86. The Happiest Millionaire 1967
87. Jailhouse Rock 1957
88. The Band Wagon 1953
89. Easter Parade 1948
90. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953
91. Silk Stockings 1957
92. Mamma Mia! 2008
93. Yentl 1983
94. La vie en rose 2007
95. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954
96. Bye Bye Birdie 1995
97. Carousel 1956
98. Mack the Knife 1989
99. White Christmas 1954 
100. Night and Day

Top 100 Stage Musicals

Total seen: 12/100

Although I’ve seen some multiple times. Thank God Cats wasn’t on this list…

I put a number next to how many times I’ve seen it live!

  1. Gypsy
  2. My Fair Lady (x1)
    (I did it for my elementary school play).
  3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  4. Guys and Dolls (x1)
  5. Fiddler on the Roof
  6. Oklahoma! (x1)
  7. Cabaret
  8. West Side Story (x1)
  9. The Music Man (x1)
    (Also put on by our elementary school).
  10. A Chorus Line
  11. Chicago (x1)
  12. The Fantasticks
  13. Show Boat
  14. Carousel
  15. Company
  16. Sunday in the Park With George
  17. The King and I
  18. Little Shop of Horrors
  19. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (x1)
    (We’re supposed to go see it this Saturday!)
  20. Nine
  21. She Loves Me
  22. Falsettos
  23. Ragtime
  24. Kiss Me, Kate
  25. A Little Night Music
  26. 1776
  27. Into the Woods
  28. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  29. Urinetown (x1)
  30. Evita
  31. Dreamgirls
  32. 110 in the Shade
  33. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  34. Hair
  35. Hello, Dolly!
  36. Follies
  37. La Cage aux Folles
  38. The Producers (x3)
  39. Lady in the Dark
  40. City of Angels
  41. Avenue Q (x1)
  42. The Book of Mormon
  43. Grey Gardens
  44. 42nd Street
  45. Brigadoon
  46. The Cradle Will Rock
  47. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  48. Jesus Christ Superstar
  49. Once on This Island
  50. Adding Machine
  51. Wicked
  52. Les Miserables (x1)
  53. Bat Boy
  54. Caroline, or Change
  55. South Pacific
  56. The Pajama Game
  57. The Sound of Music
  58. Hairspray
  59. The Phantom of the Opera (x2)
    (Once in English and once in Japanese).
  60. Damn Yankees
  61. Rent
  62. Assassins
  63. Mame
  64. Man of La Mancha
  65. A Man of No Importance
  66. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  67. Sweet Charity
  68. Camelot
  69. Anything Goes
  70. Wonderful Town
  71. The Light in the Piazza
  72. The Drowsy Chaperone
  73. The Full Monty
  74. Romance/Romance
  75. Godspell
  76. Of Thee I Sing
  77. On the Town
  78. The Secret Garden
  79. Pippin
  80. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  81. Finian’s Rainbow
  82. Pal Joey
  83. Annie Get Your Gun
  84. Pacific Overtures
  85. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  86. On Your Toes
  87. Candide
  88. Annie
  89. Beauty and the Beast
  90. Ain’t Misbehavin’
  91. Bye Bye Birdie
  92. Jelly’s Last Jam
  93. A New Brain
  94. Floyd Collins
  95. Grand Hotel
  96. Violet
  97. A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine
  98. Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk
  99. The Scottsboro Boys
  100. Next to Normal
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6 thoughts on “Must see musicals before you die Top 100

  1. annumography says:

    If there is singing, I love it. Dancing, I love it. But singing and dancing at the same time I adore!

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