The Best Musical Everrrrrrrrrr

By londonist_mark Last edited 153 months ago
The Best Musical Everrrrrrrrrr

We've often thought of Drowned In Sound as an indespensable source of culture, but were somewhat surprised to see their story on Radio 2's poll for the best ever stage musical. Over 400 000 people managed to get it totally wrong by coming up with the following list:

1 Les Miserables

2 The Phantom of the Opera

3 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

4 The King and I

5 Sunset Boulevard

6 Evita

7 Chess

8 The Rocky Horror Show

9 Follies

10 Hair

Now we know we're more partial to our bands being on the stage rather than in a pit in front of it but come on! Guys And Dolls, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, Cats, surely all better than Sunset Boulevard. And where the hell's Miss Saigon? Of course we don't know any other musicals but that's not the point.

Add your own top ten lists - any top ten lists really - on the comments board and kick off a Monday afternoon argument with the rest of the readers. That's what these things are for.

Last Updated 01 August 2005


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I can't believe your list went "...West Side Story, Cats" as if mentioning the two of them together was the most natural thing in the world. Cats is bloody awful


Where the hell is Singing in the Rain?


I may have been taking the piss just a wee bit. And Singing In The Rain, of course.

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In the name of justice, I am obliged to help to disseminate story of a religious persecution ... My apologies for irrelevance.

Breaking News!
Barbaric persecution of an apostate …

The Malaysian authorities are persecuting an ex-Muslim fondly known as Ayah Pin and flattened his religious commune dubbed as Sky Kingdom, which is a quasi-religious commune located in north east Malaysian.

Once Muslim, Forever Slave!
Ayah Pin has publicly renounced his Islamic faith in 1998 but was REJECTED by the state (NB: Apostasy is a capital crime is Malaysia punishable by DEATH!)

The Persecution
In 2001, the Malaysian authorities jailed Ayah Pin for 11 months for attempting to renounce Islam. He is viewed as a security threat and they continue to harass him with all sorts of uncivilized threats befitting the low-life including smashing up the lovely giant teapot and flattening the commune, which they just did yesterday!

Prior to the destruction yesterday, the authorities raided the commune in July, 2005 and detained 45 faithful including a Kiwi, senior citizens and among others, 3 children of Ayah Pin and his 3 wives. I read somewhere; there are kids left behind unattended in commune and while some faithful have to pawn all they have to bail themselves out, the rest are still in custody.

Their crime: Being unIslamic!

As if the arrest was not good enough, mobs made up of some 35 unidentified assailants armed with Molotov cocktails attacked the commune and set the place ablaze …. Assailants attack Ayah Pin's commune with Molotov cocktails! ... I supposed mobs and Molotov cocktails are Islamic.

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Personally, I think that's a hell of a musical.


Cats doesn't stink, it reeks. Bloody awful.

Chicago was good. And I'll mention Lion King purely for stage interpretation and costume design.


top 6 musicals

1. chicago
2. little shop of horrors
3. into the woods
4. cabaret
5. oklahoma
6. sunday in the park with george

Dick Van

I would want to see Mary Poppins in the list.

I saw it twice, once with the understudy Popppy Tierney and both shows very brilliant.

Feed The Birds


Uh, where is South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut on those lists? If that's not the best musical - in fact, the best film - of all time, then I don't know what is. Honestly!

When Canada is dead and gone there'll be no more Céline Dion ...


Erm, Jo, I think they mean stage musicals. But since we're there Team America has a pretty damn fine libretto too. Not so sure about Alfred Packer The Musical though.