Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time by Frank VlastnikFinally, a book as glorious as its subject: this lush showcase for everyone who loves musicals covers the 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway shows--all of which have toured the country and been performed in theatres large and small everywhere. Each listing includes expert commentary that sets the play in historical and cultural context, plus features on the creators and performers, plot synopses, cast and song lists, production details, backstage anecdotes, and more. Four or five beautifully reproduced photographs from each show--the majority never before published--accompany the text and make the shows leap off the page. Appendices and special features include cast albums, poster artists, revivals, guilty pleasures, Off-Broadway musicals, notable flops, and much more.
Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Musicals of All Time
The best Broadway musicals leave a legacy that lasts long after the final performance has ended if it has ended. Some, like "Gypsy" become staples of high school drama classes. And some, such as "Hair" or "Once," spawn hit songs that reach the top of the popular music charts. These 10 Broadway musicals are some of the best of all time, according to critics and audiences alike. Even if you've never seen these shows on stage, odds are you know at least one of their songs by heart. The story is loosely based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous stripper, and her mother, who pushed Rose into a life of show business. The play was a huge hit when it opened with Ethel Merman in the lead role of Mama Rose.
14. The Producers
The longest- running Broadway shows in history are widely known. But most performances played does not necessarily translate to the highest grosses. How does that happen? Different shows have different seating capacities, which means some shows have the potential to make more money per performance than others. Actual ticket sales are also a factor—a long-running show is not necessarily playing to sold-out crowds every night. This list reflects only actual grosses, with no adjustments for inflation.