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So many to choose from and all of them so very special. Cherish the moment if you have been lucky enough to see any of these.


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1) The Lion King

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2) Les Misérables - I Dreamed a Dream

Les Misérables was composed in 1980 by Claude-Michel Schönberg with a libretto by Alain Boublil, and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. It is one of the most well known and performed musicals worldwide. On October 8, 2006, the show celebrated its 21st anniversary on London's West End and became the longest-running West End musical.


3) The Phantom of the Opera

The Music of the Night - A novel by French writer Gaston Leroux published in 1909. Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera is now the longest running Broadway and West End shows in history, and one of the most lucrative entertainment enterprises of all time.


4) Sister Act

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5) Blood Brothers - Tell me it's not true

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. It is one of the longest-running works of musical theatre in history, with the 1988 West End production still running. The Broadway production opened on 25 April 1993 at the Music Box Theatre. The show closed on 30 April 1995 after 840 performances.


6) Evita - Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Evita is an opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón. Evita began as a concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London's West End in 1978, and on Broadway a year later, both of which enjoyed considerable success.


7) Jesus Christ Superstar - Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera that became a musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on St John's Gospel account of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for Jesus' and his followers' arrival in Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion.


8) Cats - Memory

Cats composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. Opened in the West End in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982. The London production ran for twenty one years and the Broadway production ran for eighteen years, both setting long-run records.


9) Hair - Aquarius

Hair is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement.


10) West Side Story - Maria

West Side Story - music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musicals plot is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The original 1957 Broadway production marked Stephen Sondheim's Broadway debut.


11) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Any Dream Will Do - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the second British musical theatre show written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Joseph is one of the few major British musical theatre shows with hardly any spoken dialogue, being sung-through almost completely.


12) La Cage Aux Folles

Based on a French fil, this Jerry Herman stage show debuted on Broadway in the 80s - has just seen a West End revival at the Players Theatre - initially starring Graham Norton, but recently John Barrowman.

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13) Grease - Summer Nights

Grease is a 1972 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. At the time it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history. It went on to become a West End hit, a hugely successful film and a popular 1994 Broadway revival.


14) Oklahoma - Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. It was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours and foreign productions.

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