What Are Some Famous Classic Broadway Musicals?

February 5, 2013 | By

Question by Misscheerios2: What Are Some Famous Classic Broadway Musicals?
I don't know anything about musicals, but I really like vintage genres with old fashioned music. I liked Hello Dolly a lot. that's about the only musical I've seen. what else can I see? a list would be fabulous! thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Mick
Typically, if a Broadway show has been on stage for 100's of performances, it's pretty good. Here's a list of the longest running shows: http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/75222-Long-Runs-on-Broadway

My favorites are:
Phantom of the Opera
Lion King
Fiddler on the Roof
Guys and Dolls
Jersey Boys
Hairspray
Hair
The Producers
Grease
Oklahoma!
... and there are still a lot I want to see on Broadway.

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Reefer Madness/The Burning Question (1936)
divorce party the musical

Image by “Caveman Chuck” Coker
Although produced as a serious anti-drug exploitation film, Reefer Madness became a cult comedy hit during the late 1960s and 1970s. It was one of the earliest hits during the golden age of the "midnight movie" in which theaters, especially those near colleges, would run the film at special screenings late at night during weekends.

Trivia

If you still frame the newspaper which flashes on screen just before the verdict is announced at the end of the film, underneath the headline is another front-page news story which bears the smaller headline: "DICK TRACY, G-MAN, IN SENSATIONAL RAID".

The movie theater marquee reading "Terry Rooney in 'Any Old Love'", is a standing set from the picture Something to Sing About (1937).

Dwain Esper unsuccessfully sued a distribution company in the 1960s over the film rights, claiming that he had produced the film for the U.S. Army, and that he was the legal copyright owner. However, he was unable to support his claims, and lost the case.

Stars Dorothy Short (Mary) and Dave O'Brien (Ralph) were married the year this film was released (1936).

A special-edition DVD of the film was released in 2004, with an outrageously non-realistic colorization (the various characters who smoke all exhale brightly colored pastel smoke) and a satirical commentary track by Michael J. Nelson of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988).

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) won a bunch of awards and was nominated for many more. It won an Emmy in 2005 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song: "Mary Jane/Mary Lane". It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography and nominated for another for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Non-Prosthetic). Also in 2005, it won a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Kristen Bell ) and another for Outstanding Motion Picture Made for Television. It was nominated for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Christian Campbell). In 2006 it was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form - Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement. Also in 2006, it was nominated for the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series'/Pilot. It was nominated in 2006 for an Eddie for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television.

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Comments (4)

  1. leila

    Daddy long leg
    little prince

  2. whatagal828

    South Pacific
    The King and I
    Oklahoma
    West Side Story
    Auntie Mame
    Gypsy
    Damn Yankees
    Pajama Game

  3. Captain Frankie

    Show Boat, Cinderella, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, The Sound of Music. Show Boat has great classic songs like “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Bill,” and “Ol’ Man River.” One of my favorite songs right now is “Anything Goes.” Cinderella music is really classic. You can also search Wikipedia for “musicals.” They will come up listed in a dated order. Hope this helps!

  4. Tinpanallycat

    You don’t have a CLUE just how extensive the answer to this question is.. do you? Here is just a PARTIAL list of Broadway musicals PRIOR TO 1960 and this is only about ONE THIRD of the WHOLE LIST. but I don’t have enough space for that.

    1928 and 1949 A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN K.A. COURT
    1912 A WELCOME WIDOW
    1952 ABOUT FACE
    1906 ABYSSINIA
    1950 ACE OF CLUBS
    1913 ADELE (also 1993 and 1997)
    1884 ADONIS (also 1994 and 1998)
    1919 AFGAR
    1929 AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
    1958 ALADDIN (Original Cole Porter score in 1958)
    1950 ALIVE AND KICKING
    1947 ALLEGRO
    1913 ALL ABOARD
    1925 AMERICAN BORN
    1931 AMERICAN SWEETHEART
    1945 ANCHORS AWAY
    1924 ANNIE DEAR
    1934 ANYTHING GOES (considered Cole Porters best work)
    1933 AS THOUSANDS CHEER.. (FIRST MUSICAL)
    1937 BABES IN ARMS
    1927 BABY CYCLONE (THE)
    1926 BETSY
    1929 BITTER SWEET
    1921 BLOSSOM TIME
    1954 BOY FRIEND (THE)
    1939 BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (THE)
    1947 BRIGADOON (Also 1992)
    1912 BROADWAY JONES
    1940 BROADWAY MELODIES OF 1940
    1875 BROKEN HEART
    1942 BY JUPITER
    1919 CAESAR’S WIFE
    1951 CALL ME MADAM
    1956 CANDIDE
    1953 CAN CAN
    1945 CAROUSEL
    1931 CAT AND THE FIDDLE
    1916 CENTURY GIRL (THE)
    1928 CHEE CHEE
    1957 CINDERELLA
    1918 COHEN REVIEW OF 1918
    1925 COMIC SUPPLEMENT (the) W.C. FIELDS
    1927 CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHURS COURS
    1958 DAMN YANKEES
    1945 DAY BEFORE SPRING (THE)
    1959 DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
    1925 DEAREST ENEMIES
    1926 DESERT SONG
    1939 DU BARRY WAS A LADY
    1948 EASTER PARADE
    1928 ELMER THE GREAT
    1901 EMERALD ISLE
    1930 EVER GREEN
    1909 FALLEN FAIRIES
    1920 FAME BECOMES ME
    1954 FANNY
    1926 FIFTH AVENUE FOLLIES
    1908 FIFTY MILES FROM BROADWAY
    1929 FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN
    1947 FINIAN’S RAINBOW
    1959 FIORELLO
    1958 FLOWER DRUM SONG
    1920 FLY WITH ME
    1907 – 1931 FOLLIES OF 1907 THRU 1931
    1905 FORTY FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY
    1927 FUNNY FACE
    1925 GARRICK GAIETIES
    1932 GAY DIVORCE
    1949 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
    1906 GEORGE WASHINGTON JR.
    1943 GIRL CRAZY
    1926 GIRL FRIDAY (THE)
    1917 GOING UP
    1954 GOLDEN APPLE
    1896 GRAND DUKE (THE)
    1959 GYPSY
    1893 HANSEL UN GRETEL
    1929 HEADS UP
    1904 HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY
    1942 HIGHER AND HIGHER
    1894 HIS EXCELLENCY
    1938 HOT CHA
    1954 HOUSE OF FLOWERS
    1907 HONEYMOONERS (THE)
    1938 I MARRIED AN ANGEL
    1939 I’D RATHER BE RIGHT
    1933 INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF 1933
    1921 INTIMATE STRANGER
    1957 JAMAICA
    1935 JUBILEE
    1935 JUMBO
    1942 JUPITER
    1923 KID BOOTS
    1953 KIND SIR
    1951 KING AND I (THE)
    1953 KISS ME KATE
    1953 KISMET
    1956 L’IL ABNER
    1897 LA POUPEE
    1924 LADY BE GOOD
    1938 LEAVE IT TO ME
    1957 LES GIRLS
    1941 LET’S FACE IT
    1926 LIDO LADY
    1942 LIFE OF THE PARTY
    1901 LITTLE DUTCHESS (THE)
    1904 LITTLE JOHNNY JONES
    1922 LITTLE NELLIE KELLY
    1882 LOLANTHE
    1935 LOUIE THE FOURTEENTH
    1948 LOVE LIFE1032 LOVE ME TONIGHT
    1948 LUTE SONG
    1903 MAM’SELLE NAPOLEON
    1934 MANHATTAN MELODRAM
    1953 ME AND JULIET
    1944 MEXICAN HAYRIDE
    1885 MIKADO (THE)
    1908 MISS INNOCENCE
    1917 MISS 1917
    1989 MISS SAIGON
    1899 MLLE FIFI
    1958 MOST HAPPY FELLA (THE)
    1932 MUSIC IN THE AIR
    1957 MUSIC MAN (THE)
    1956 MY FAIR LADY
    1928 NEW MOON, (THE)
    1922 NO FOOLIN’
    1925 NO, NO NANETTE
    1926 OH KAY
    1943 OKLAHOMA
    1949 ON THE TOWN
    1931 ON YOUR TOES
    1959 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
    1927 ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER
    1943 ONE TOUCH OF VENUS
    1950 OUT OF THIS WORLD (ALSO 1995)
    1912 OVER THE RIVER
    1946 PACIFIC 1860
    1951 PAINT YOUR WAGON
    1954 PAJAMA GAME (THE)
    1940 PAL JOEY
    1940 PANAMA HATTIE
    1928 PARIS
    1906 PARISIAN MODEL (THE)
    1881 PATIENCE
    1928 PEGGY ANNE
    1954 PETER PAN
    1933 PIGEONS AND PEOPLE
    1911 PINK LADY (THE)
    1948 PIRATE (THE)
    1879 PIRATES OF PENZANCE (THE)
    1935 PORGY AND BESS
    1928 PRESENT ARMS
    1884 PRINCESS IDA LUKER
    1903 RED FEATHER (THE)
    1959 RED HEAD
    1936 RED HOT AND BLUE
    1917 RESCUE ANGEL
    1927 RIO RITA
    1933 RISE OF ROSIE O’REILLY
    1933 ROBERTA
    1928 ROSALIE
    1924 ROSE MARIE
    1899 ROSE OF PERSIA (THE)
    1922 ROSEBUD
    1887 RUDDIGORE
    1920 SALLY
    1913 SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE
    1928 SHE MY BABY
    1927 SHOW BOAT
    1929 SHOW GIRL
    1936 SHOW IS ON (THE)
    1955 SILK STOCKINGS
    1930 SIMPLE SIMON
    1955 SKIN OF OUR TEETH
    1930 SMILES
    1943 SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS
    1923 SONG AND DANCE MAN (THE)
    1898 SORCERER (THE)
    1908 SOUL KISS
    1949 SOUTH PACIFIC
    1959 SOUND OF MUSIC (THE) (also 1965)
    1929 SPRING IS HERE
    1927 STRIKE UP THE BAND
    1924 STUDENT PRINCE
    1925 SUNNY
    1936 SWING TIME
    1929 SWEET ADELINE
    1907 TALK OF NEW YORK
    1928 THREE MUSKATEERS (the)
    1928 THREE PENNY OPERA (THE(
    1942 THIS IS THE ARMY
    1939 TOO MANY GIRLS
    1893 UTOPIA LIMIT1939 VERY WARM IN MAY
    1929 WAKE UP AND DREAM
    1957 WEST SIDE STORY
    1943 WHAT’S UP
    1948 WHERE’S CHARLIE
    1928 WHOOPEE
    1873 WICKED WORLD (THE)
    1939 WIZARD OF OZ
    1908 YANKEE PRINCE (THE)
    1888 YEOMEN OF THE GUARD (THE)
    1941 YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
    1915 ZIGFELD MIDNIGHT FOLLIES
    1918 ZIGFELD NINE O’CLOCK