MOST FAVORITE BROADWAY MUSICALS EVER

In Ritz Theater, we really adore Broadway entertainment. To show this admiration and respect, we have decided to present how great they are in their works and arts which showcases our history and literature.

Broadway Musicals are one of a kind entertainment and extraordinary theater shows everyone dreams to witness. From fantasies to comedic musicals, Broadway never stopped to render good and amazing shows which no one will ever forget. Below are the most favorite Broadway musicals ever. Check it out and be amazed!

 

  1. The Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera is a musical based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, defaced musical genius. The music was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe. They also wrote the musical’s book together

 

  1. Les Misérables

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Les Misérables is a musical based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The story was set in early 19th-century France which tells about Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child.

Les Misérables has the music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer.

 

  1. The Lion King

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The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name. It has the music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Along with this is the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. Directed by Julie Taymor. The musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical.

The musical debuted July 8, 1997, in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre, and was an instant success before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997 in previews with the official opening on November 13, 1997.

 

  1. Cats

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Cats is a musical that tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. It introduced the song standard “Memory”. Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and then with the same creative team on Broadway in 1982.

 

  1. Chicago

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Chicago is a musical based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.”

It has the music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances until 1977.

 

  1. Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast is a musical based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.

Beauty and the Beast has the music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. It ran on Broadway for 5,461 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway’s ninth longest-running production in history.