Honestly, making this list wasn’t easy for me. I love every single musical I’ve seen, and I can’t wait for this list to get longer. Here’s every Broadway musical I’ve seen so far, ranked (don’t let the numbers fool you… the list goes from least favorite to favorite!):
- The Little Mermaid
It hurts me to put this one last. The Little Mermaid was the first Broadway show I ever saw. I’m sure I absolutely loved it, but I think I was eight years old or so at the time, so I don’t have a great memory of it.
- Miss Saigon
I saw this show last minute with my mom after we won super discounted tickets. Definitely a great show, but I prefer happier musicals to tragedies.
The music for this show is incredible, and I don’t want to be ranking it this low… but plotwise, it just isn’t the most interesting or unique show I’ve ever seen.
This show has a killer soundtrack and complex characters, and I loved it. But again, I just prefer musicals with happy endings. Rent isn’t exactly a tragedy, but I wouldn’t go see it if you want to leave in a smiley mood (however, you can read my article about seeing Rent here).
- The Lion King
This show would definitely be higher on this list if, like The Little Mermaid, I hadn’t seen it when I was younger. The Lion King was the second Broadway musical I ever saw, and while I don’t remember everything, I do remember absolutely stunning costumes and the feeling of awe as the characters ran down the aisles beside me.
This show is a classic for a reason. Incredible music, incredible plot, lovable and interesting characters… what more could you ask for?
- Dear Evan Hansen
I saw Dear Evan Hansen this past summer. I went into the show thinking I knew what it was about, only to find out I was unaware of a major plot twist that occurs early in the show. Its heartfelt soundtrack and powerful message blew me away.
- Kinky Boots
My mom and I got tickets to this show at the last minute box office when I was touring colleges in New York City. I had no clue what it was about, and I was completely in love afterward. Kinky Boots is the only show I’ve seen having heard 0% of the soundtrack beforehand, but that soundtrack was on repeat for months after I saw it. You won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with the characters of this amazing show.
- Hamilton: An American Musical
I know, it’s probably basic to rank Hamilton as number one, but it really is the best musical I’ve ever seen. By the time I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the show, I’d already memorized all of the lyrics, and the hardest part was not being able to sing along.