September 13th, 2013

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6 Best Broadway Musicals by Decade

by Michael Perone

It’s Broadway week where I live in New York, so I thought it might be a good time to list what I consider the greatest Broadway musicals by decade. I realize this list might make someone question my sexuality, but yes, I’m a straight man, and yes, I love Broadway musicals. (As Jerry Seinfeld might say though, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”)

Broadway is actually a fairly recent love of mine. I didn’t really get into Broadway shows until college, and even then I was watching way-off Broadway shows in Baltimore. But to me, enjoying musical theater is a natural, mature transition from enjoying concept albums. I went from loving “The Wall” to “West Side Story.” Both have characters, both tell stories, and both are set to music to help you remember those characters and stories in the first place.

Here then, in chronological order, are my favorite musicals of all time. Similar to my article on the Best Worst Movies, I picked one from each decade, starting from the ’50s on up:

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