DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 4 – Hamilton

4. Hamilton Points – 129 Votes – 16 Firsts – 6 I taught Hamilton to a year eleven class once.  I started by giving them a history lesson about the founding fathers of America.  You have never seen a more bored group of teenagers (I have, in many, many of my other lessons).  I showed … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 4 – Hamilton

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 5 – Wicked

5. Wicked Points – 126 Votes – 20 Firsts – 4 When Wicked first happened, it felt like one of those shows that was going to stick around.  It felt like a phenomenon, and in Defying Gravity, it felt like we had a hit that would transcend musical theatre for the first time in a … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 5 – Wicked

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 6 – The Phantom of the Opera

6. The Phantom of the Opera Points – 121 Votes – 18 Firsts – 3 The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show on Broadway by around three and a half thousand performances.  It is the second longest running musical in the West End.  Productions have taken place in over thirty countries.  It … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 6 – The Phantom of the Opera

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 7 – West Side Story

7. West Side Story Points – 116 Votes – 20 Firsts – 4 Working together the genius of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and William Shakespeare, how on Earth could West Side Story be anything other than incredible? The show came out sixty three years ago, with its genesis happening another ten years before that.  With … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 7 – West Side Story

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 8 – Miss Saigon

8. Miss Saigon Points – 97 Votes – 14 Firsts – 1 Miss Saigon premiered in London in 1989, and was instantly critically acclaimed, yet dogged with controversy.  Its journey over the next thirty or so years has somewhat paralleled the attitudes to race in theatre and how they have changed. Let’s start with the … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 8 – Miss Saigon

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 9 – Rent

9. Rent Points – 96 Votes – 14 Firsts – 2 Several people have asked me what I put as my top show in this list.  Those who have known me for a while will be entirely unsurprised to find that this is the show. Jonathon Larson spent several years putting together Rent, based on … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 9 – Rent

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 10 – Made in Dagenham

Number ten, and it is a recent DAODS production. 10. Made In Dagenham Points – 95 Votes – 17 Firsts – 1 My little sister Kaila worked on Made In Dagenham in the West End backstage and got us tickets to see it.  We got fantastic seats and the stalls were half empty – a … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 10 – Made in Dagenham

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 11 – 42nd Street

11. 42nd Street Points – 95 Votes – 15 Firsts – 1 So to give some context to this and the reason that there is a top eleven as opposed to the more traditional top ten, 42nd Street came twenty points ahead of Chicago, which is some way really.  The soon to be revealed show … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – No 11 – 42nd Street

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – 15 to 12

After a gap yesterday for DAODS Digital Quiz Night III, here is the next instalment with numbers 15 to 12. As mentioned before, the top eleven are getting their own entries. The quite frank reason for this is a twenty point gap between number 12 and number 11 which seems only fair to give them … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – 15 to 12

DAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – 20 to 16

So five seems to be a little more manageable. As a result, here are numbers twenty through to sixteen. Very close with only five points in it, and some absolute classics that could very easily have been top ten and did indeed flit around the lower end of the single digits for a little while. … Read moreDAODS’ Top 100 Musicals of All Time – 20 to 16