Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 1 – Les Miserables

Les Miserables 30th Aniversary - Queens Theatre London

Les Miserables has topped our 100 Greatest Musicals Poll by several thousand votes. The epic musical retelling of Victor Hugo’s classic novel has music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel translated into English by Herbert Kretzmer and additional lyrics by James Fenton. The musical which was produced by Cameron Mackintosh in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company was carefully … Read more

Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 4 – The Lion King

The Lion King Lyceum Theatre

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King features music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, musical score by Hans Zimmer and choral arrangements by Lebo M. Under the direction of visionary director Julie Taymor, who combined puppetry, with ground-breaking stagecraft, The Lion King soon became of the most popular stage musicals around the world. Opening on Broadway … Read more

Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 6 – West Side Story

Top 100 Greatest Musicals - West Side Story - Number 6

West Side Story with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by a then-aspiring young lyricist (although he wanted to write both music and lyrics) Stephen Sondheim is one of the truly great musicals of all time. In taking Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and transposing its story to the gang culture and conflicts of 1950’s New York, its composers created a musical … Read more

Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 7 – Billy Elliot

Top 100 Musicals - Number 7 - Billy Elliot

It’s not often that a British film captures the imagination of the world but Billy Elliot did just that. Released in 2000 the film was a sensation worldwide thanks to its honesty, sincerity and humour.  The story of a boy who favoured ballet shoes over boxing gloves, it was set against the background of the UK Miner’s strike. Billy Elliot features music by Elton John … Read more

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