POLL: Top Ten Musicals 2000-2009

I thought it might be fun to do decade-by-decade musical theatre “Top 10” lists and then put everyone’s lists through a points system and see what comes out tops. It’s a bit geeky, I guess, but it seems like it might be fun. We could do each decade over a certain period of time and then move on to the next.

Let’s begin with the decade which draws to a close this year.

Here is what you have to do:

  1. List your top ten musicals since 2000. You can use whatever criteria you wish to pick your top ten – your favourites, what you consider to be the best and so on. I don’t think we want to get tied up by semantics at this point. This is meant to be fun!
  2. Order your list from 1 to 10: 1 = your top musical of the decade and 10 = your 10th favourite/best musical of the decade. Your top musical will receive 10 points and your 10th favourite/best musical will receive 1 point. If you post an unranked list, your choices will all receive the same number of points in the final tally.
  3. You can be as diverse or exclusive in your choices as you wish to be – as long as you remain within the scope of stage musicals. See the list below for further guidelines in this regard.
  4. Feel free to discuss your choices if you like!
  5. I’ll close off the votes when replies slow down and then complete the tally, after which I’ll post the results in a new blog entry.

What counts and what doesn’t:

  • Original stage musicals are valid. This does not include the entire spectrum of theatre with music and the following are excluded: revivals, even ones that are revisals; revues, even if the Tony Awards considered them for musical awards; opera that the Tony Awards considered for musical awards; ballet that the Tony Awards considered for musical awards; modern dance shows that claim to be musicals; concerts; song cycles; special theatrical events; cabaret; and performance art.
  • Film musicals don’t count for this poll, but stage adaptations of film musicals that appeared on stage for the first time in this decade do.
  • Jukebox musicals that have a narrative thrust – thus separating them from revues – count for the poll.
  • If anything else comes up, I’ll handle it on a case by case basis.

Some suggestions for those who might find it useful:

Avenue Q, The Light in the Piazza, Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, In the Heights, The Last Five Years, Wicked, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wild Party (both versions –  and if you do list this show, please specify LaChiusa or Lippa), [title of show], Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Producers, Caroline, or Change, Aida, Xanadu, Billy Elliot, Seussical, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, Curtains, Jersey Boys, Sweet Smell of Success, The Wedding Singer, The Full Monty, The Color Purple, Thou Shalt Not, See What I Wanna See, Little Fish, A Man of No Importance, Bernarda Alba, Closer to Heaven, The Pirate Queen, Little Women, Wise Guys/Bounce/Road Show, High School Musical.

Shows that do not count for this poll:

Movin’ Out (arguably, it’s a dance show), The Frogs (it’s a “revisal”)  and Elegies (song cycle). I’m sure this list will grow…

Have fun!

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38 Responses to POLL: Top Ten Musicals 2000-2009

  1. BroadwayBaby0202 says:
    • Grey Gardens
    • The Light in the Piazza
    • Urinetown
    • Thoroughly Modern Millie
    • The Last Five Years
    • Seussical
    • Hairspray
    • Jersey Boys – I’m surprised I haven’t seen this on any lists so far. Maybe someone did put it and I just didn’t see.
    • The Drowsy Chaperone
    • Spring Awakening
  2. Rebecca Maiten says:

    Just based off of Broadway original musicals:

    1. The Drowsy Chaperone
    2. Urinetown
    3. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    4. Light in the Piazza
    5. Curtains
    6. Thoroughly Modern Millie
    7. Little Women
    8. Hairspray
    9. Spamalot
    10. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  3. Mungojerrie_rt says:

    I don’t know if I’ve even seen/heard ten from any particular decade.

    • Spamalot
    • Keating!
    • Avenue Q
    • The Producers
    • Young Frankenstein
    • Wicked

    Nope, I can’t think of ten. I’ve only even gotten to see one live and the movie of another. Curse my lack of money.

  4. Elliott Folds says:
    • Avenue Q
    • Spamalot
    • Jersey Boys
    • In the Heights
    • Grey Gardens
    • Hairspray
    • Wicked (shoot me)
    • Urinetown
    • [title of show]
    • Seussical

    The first nine came pretty easily. I actually really love Jersey Boys.

  5. Jordan Westfall says:

    In absolutely no particular order:

    • Grey Gardens
    • The Wild Party (Lippa)
    • In the Heights
    • Wicked (Sorry, I know. Guilty pleasure here, and you can’t argue its income.)
    • Urinetown
    • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    • Drowsy Chaperone
    • [title of show]
    • Caroline, or Change
    • The Color Purple
  6. mezzo_soprano says:
    1. Wicked (I know.)
    2. Aida (Pascal junkie, remember.)
    3. Hairspray
    4. Mamma Mia!
    5. Spamalot
    6. The Pirate Queen
    7. Legally Blonde
    8. Light in the Piazza
    9. Enchanted (Not stage but it deserves a mention.)
    10. High School Musical on Stage (Please don’t kill me – It’s utter trash but so much fun to be in and when you see the kids faces, it’s worth every minute spent.)

    And these are based on mostly recordings, sometimes just a few songs. I’ve only seen Wicked live.

  7. Berger says:

    In no certain order:

    • Urinetown
    • Avenue Q
    • Grey Gardens
    • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    • The Producers
    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    • Spamalot
    • Caroline, or Change
    • The Full Monty
    • The Drowsy Chaperone
  8. Astonishingg says:

    Why on earth have so many people listed The Last Five Years??? Anyways.

    1. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    2. Wicked
    3. The Light in the Piazza
    4. Billy Elliot
    5. Young Frankenstein
    6. In the Heights
    7. Caroline, or Change
    8. The Wedding Singer
    9. Spring Awakening
    10. [title of show]

    I’m sure I’m missing a couple. But that’s an idea.

  9. Yannick R. Vezina says:
    1. In the Heights
    2. Avenue Q
    3. Grey Gardens
    4. The Producers
    5. Spring Awakening
    6. Thoroughly Modern Millie
    7. The Drowsy Chaperone
    8. Urinetown
    9. Spamalot
    10. Wicked
  10. Katie McKenna says:
    • In The Heights
    • [title of show]
    • The Last 5 Years
    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    • The Wild Party (Lippa)
    • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    • Thoroughly Modern Millie
    • Urinetown
    • Hairspray
    • Spamalot

    mezzo_soprano wrote:
    High School Musical on Stage Please don’t kill me – It’s utter trash but so much fun to be in and when you see the kids faces, it’s worth every minute spent.)

    If you consider it “utter trash”, then why would you put it as one of the top 10 musicals of the 2000s? LOL

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