I Ranked My Top 10 Favorite Broadway Musicals So Other Theater Nerds Didn't Have To

I Ranked My Top 10 Favorite Broadway Musicals So Other Theater Nerds Didn't Have To

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It has become a tradition for my siblings and me to go see a lot of Broadway shows every year. Last year we almost saw a musical every single month of the year. I've seen over twenty shows so far and plan to see many, many more. I have decided to rank my favorites from the shows that I've seen so far.

1. "The Color Purple," 2016 Revival.

We did not plan to see "The Color Purple" but actually went into New York to see "Les Misérables" for a matinee. After talking to one of the workers at TKTS, a place where you can get discounted tickets, we decided to go see this show. I usually know general information about the show and some songs before I go and see it with my family, this was not the case for "The Color Purple."

I went in completely blind. This show was life-changing. It was filled with female empowerment and the only musical I've seen that has had a standing ovation before curtain call. Cynthia Erivo, Cynthia Erivo, Cynthia Erivo. She went on to win the Best Lead Actress in a Musical at the Tony's even when she was up against the cast of "Hamilton." She is incredibly gifted and truly took my breath away.

2. "The Great Comet"

I was lucky enough to see "The Great Comet" twice when it was on Broadway. Based on the novel "War and Peace," this musical tells the story of a Natasha and Pierre following the lives of their family and friends through scandals and chaos in Russia. This show is all over the place, and I love it.
First of all, the set is beautiful and allows for the audience to sit on the stage and in normal seats. The entire theater is the stage and the cast is running around dancing to all of the songs. It is exciting, fun, and has good songs. An added bonus are the pierogies that they give out before the official start of the show.


3. "Hamilton"


If you haven't heard about "Hamilton" then you must be living under a rock. Not only did the show win a ton of awards but is known for being very expensive due to its popularity. When I was finally able to get tickets to see this show, most of the hype was gone and I had moved on to other musicals. I still loved the show and thought that it was an amazing production but I didn't have the same reaction to it as I did to the above-mentioned shows.

4. "Falsettos," 2017 Revival.

"Falsettos" was only on Broadway for a short period of time but I still was able to see it twice. This is a show discusses the tough topic of AIDs and how it affected people who were gay. I laughed and cried during the show which means that they must be doing something right. Even though "Falsettos" can seem to be a little all over the place, it is still an entertaining and uplifting show. I would see it again if it was still on Broadway.


5. "A Band's Visit"

"The Band's Visit" is the most recent musical that I have seen. It is nominated for Best Musical in the upcoming Tony Awards. This show is only one act but still tells a beautiful story of a band who accidentally end up in the wrong city but use their time to get to know the locals. The music in this show is extremely calming and if you need help falling asleep just put their album on replay. "The Band's Visit" has so much representation and culture that makes the show so inspiring. The cast is also super friendly and loves the support shown by their audiences.


6. "Dear Evan Hansen"

"Dear Evan Hansen" is another very popular musical and also won Best Musical at the last Tony Awards. The show follows Evan Hansen as he tries to find his place in the world. This musical talks about hard topics like suicide and mental illness but also is very relatable. The music is also very catchy and, at points, very moving. As someone who has struggled with mental illness, this show hits close to home and allows me to relate to it on many different levels.


7. "The Book of Mormon"

I saw "The Book of Mormon" with one of my best friends for her birthday a few years ago. We left the theater laughing because of the amazing cross between humor and show tunes. This is not a show for the light of heart but if you're up for it, this show will leave you begging for more. There isn't a big overall message but it is definitely entertaining.

8. "Kinky Boots"

Brendon Urie played the lead role of Charlie Prince when I went to see "Kinky Boots." I should have waited till after his opening night to go see the show because the audience was very disruptive and many people left before curtain call to go to the stage door. All theatergoers know that you can't hoot or holler during a performance. Nonetheless, the show was very upbeat and fun. I love the music and the characters were brought to life on the stage.

9. "Miss. Saigon," 2016 Revival.

"Miss. Saigon" is another show that I went into not knowing much about the production or the song. I was taken back in time to the Vietnam War to not only see some of the aspects of the war but the aftermath. The people in Vietnam were suffering and attempting to pick up the pieces to their home country. There was sacrifice, love, and loss. I am forever changed by this production.

10. "Bandstand"

"Bandstand" won a Tony Award in 2017 for its outstanding choreography by Andy Blankenbeuhler, who also choreographed the popular musicals "Hamilton" and "In the Heights." The story about a band of war veterans was entertaining and interesting, and the score was fun. The two leads gave wonderful performances. Sadly, the show is no longer on the Broadway but you can still listen to the cast album on iTunes.

Broadway has been a huge part of my life these past few years. I always walk away from a show changed because of the way the actors and stage crew are able to immerse the audience into the lives of the characters. I can't wait to see my next trip to New York.


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Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

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Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

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Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

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7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

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Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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  13. "The Phantom of the Opera" from "The Phantom of the Opera"
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  15. "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin"
  16. "Do You Hear the People Sing" from "Les Miserables"
  17. "Dancing With Queen" from "Mamma Mia"
  18. "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from "Mulan"
  19. "Belle" from "Beauty and the Beast"
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  27. "Revenge Party" from "Mean Girls"
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