The last several decades have brought the world some of the best musicals. Many of these musicals have been adapted and remade into movie musicals. These movie versions are often delightful, but it doesn’t come close to a live musical experience. With so many fantastic options to choose from, it isn’t easy to find the best.
Here are some of the most popular and top-grossing musicals in the world.
The Wizard of Oz
‘We’re not in Kansas anymore!’ That may be one of the most iconic phrases in the world. Dorothy is a girl who gets swept up into a tornado and ends up in Oz. Here she meets new friends who help her find the Wizard. The Wizard is the only one who can help her get back home. Some of the best songs of all time are part of this magical musical.
Mary Poppins may be the best-known nanny ever. A family employs her, and this family also has two other neglected children. With the help of music, magic, and adventure, Mary Poppins helps the children and their father.
West Side Story
Another well-known musical that will continue to inspire people is called the West Side Story. The story of forbidden love takes center stage. When two members of New York’s most prominent rival gangs fall in love, chaos ensues. It is a journey of beautiful music, outstanding choreography, love, loss, and tragedy.
Les Misérables is one of the most renowned musicals. A recent movie adaption was highly acclaimed for casting, music, and more. The story follows a French peasant looking for redemption. The story is set in France during the nineteenth century.
Based on a well-known opera, Madame Butterfly, this musical follows the doomed romance between an Asian woman and an American man. The musical has broken records for most ticket sales for opening night and has been performed on many stages in many countries worldwide.
The Lion King
The Lion King was originally a Disney movie. It was later adapted into a stage production that sold out night after night. The musical tells the story of Simba and his father, Mufasa, the king. It follows Simba after his father tragically dies and how he must come to terms with becoming king himself.
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast was also first a Disney movie and later adapted for Broadway. A witch curses the Beast to become and stay a monster until he finds true love. Belle ends up at his castle in search of her father and finds the Beast. It remains a favorite with magical chandeliers, clocks, feather dusters, and great sing-along classics.
These are only a few of the most popular musicals. Others include Annie, The Phantom of the Opera, and Singin’ in the Rain. These musicals are all must-see.