Stage Musicals: 10 All-Time Greatest
10. The Book of Mormon (2011)
9. Carousel (1945)
8. Rent (1993)
7. A Chorus Line (1975)
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
The supporting players take center stage in this backstage musical, a valentine to theater performers featuring a glut of memorable solos and a high-kicking finale that remains one singular sensation.
6. Cabaret (1966)
5. West Side Story (1957)
4. Oklahoma! (1943)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics & Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Rodgers & Hammerstein's unlikely hit ushered in a golden age of American musicals, boosted by infectious melodies such as ''Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,'' ambitious dance numbers (including a 15-minute mini-ballet in the second act), and a mature love story that doesn't rely mainly on jokes.