“Top 10 Musicals: 2000 – 2009” Poll Results

These are the results of a poll that was held earlier this year. I’ve decided to list the Top 20 based on everybody’s Top 10 votes.


  1. Avenue Q (4)
  2. The Light in the Piazza (4)
  3. Grey Gardens (4)
  4. The Last Five Years (4)
  5. Urinetown (4)
  6. Wicked (4)
  7. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (4)
  8. In the Heights (6)
  9. Hairspray (5)
  10. Spring Awakening (5)
  11. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (5)
  12. The Wild Party (Lippa) (5)
  13. The Drowsy Chaperone (5)
  14. The Producers (5)
  15. [title of show] (5)
  16. Spamalot (5)
  17. The Wild Party (LaChiusa) (3)
  18. Thoroughly Modern Millie (5)
  19. Caroline, or Change (4)
  20. Billy Elliot (3)

The number in brackets is a mean score, basically telling us the average spot it held across the people who named it on their Top 10 lists. This reveals things about the tally to us, for example, LaChiusa’s The Wild Party and Billy Elliot were generally ranked higher up on people’s lists than any of the other shows in the Top 20, but their lower aggregate score means that fewer people voted for the show. This could obviously implies any number of things about any particular show, possibly about how widely known the show is or how highly regarded it is by its fans or how widely it appeals to popular tastes.

The Rest of the List (in order):

Aida, Wise Guys/Bounce/Road Show, The Full Monty, A Man of No Importance, Sweet Smell of Success, Legally Blonde, Bernarda Alba, Seussical, Jersey Boys, Xanadu, Curtains, Bare, Young Frankenstein, Next to Normal, My Life with Albertine, Little Fish, The Wedding Singer, I Love You Because, Amour, 13, Closer to Heaven, The Color Purple, Forward (?), Jane Eyre, Keating! (?), Piece (?), See What I Wanna See, Thou Shalt Not, The Pirate Queen, Little Women, High School Musical, Movin’ Out (?) and Passing Strange.

Question marks indicate shows whose presence on this list can be questioned for some reason or other. Two musicals that were definitely excluded were Enchanted, which is a film and as such did not count for the purposes of this poll and Mamma Mia!, which first appeared in the 1990s.

Thanks to all for participating. It was great fun to see everyone’s choices. So – what are the surprises in the list for everyone? With which places do you agree with or disagree?

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