The Shows

Choosing the 118 shows to include was no easy task. Some were no-brainers – works of lasting popularity by major writers. But many others could have gone either way. Among the criteria for inclusion were Broadway revivals, awards, shows that introduced a major writer, director, or star, and those that pushed the boundaries of subject matter or form. To fill the final slots, I polled other Broadway professionals to get their input, and this final list I feel truly represents in a deep way the Broadway musical for the past 90 years. How many have you seen?

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Annie

Annie Get Your Gun

Anything Goes

Avenue Q

Beautiful

Beauty and the Beast

Bells Are Ringing

Big River

Billy Elliot

The Book of Mormon

Brigadoon

Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk

Bye Bye Birdie

Cabaret

Camelot

Candide

Caroline, or Change

Carousel

Cats

Chicago

A Chorus Line

City of Angels

The Color Purple

Come From Away

Company

Crazy for you

Damn Yankees

Dear Evan Hansen

Dreamgirls

The Drowsy Chaperone

Evita

Falsettos

Fiddler on the Roof

Finain’s Rainbow

Fiorello!

Follies

42nd Street

The Full Monty

Fun Home

Funny Girl

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Godspell

Grand Hotel

Grease

Grey Gardens

Guys and Dolls

Gypsy

Hair

Hairspray

Hamilton

Hello, Dolly!

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

In the Heights

Into the Woods

Jersey Boys

Jesus Christ Superstar

The King and I

Kiss Me, Kate

The Kiss of the Spider Woman

La Cage aux Folles

Lady in the Dark

Les Misérables

The Light in the Piazza

A Little Night Music

The Lion King

Mame

Mamma Mia!

Man of La Mancha

Merrily We Roll Along

Miss Saigon

The Most Happy Fella

The Music Man

My Fair Lady

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Next to Normal

Nine

Of Thee I Sing

Oklahoma!

Oliver!

On the Town

Once

Once on This Island

Once Upon a Mattress

110 in the Shade

The Pajama Game

Pal Joey

Parade

Peter Pan

The Phantom of the Opera

Pippin

Porgy and Bess

The Producers

Promises, Promises

Ragtime

Rent

The Secret Garden

1776

She Loves Me

Showboat

The Sound of Music

South Pacific

Spamalot

Spring Awakening

Sunday in the Park with George

Sweeney Todd

Sweet Charity

The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee

They’re Playing Our Song

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Titanic

Urinetown

West Side Story

The Who’s Tommy

Wicked

The Wiz

Wonderful Town