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The 43 Best Musicals Since 2000

In the last 14 years, the 21st century has already offered some incredible additions to the musical theater pantheon. These are the best new musicals, both on and off-Broadway.

43. American Idiot

42. Legally Blonde

41. Yank!

40. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

39. Once

38. Giant

37. Adding Machine

36. A Class Act

35. Memphis

34. If/Then

33. [title of show]

32. Jersey Boys

31. The Color Purple

30. Grey Gardens

29. Billy Elliot the Musical

28. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

27. Newsies

26. Curtains

25. The Bridges of Madison County

24. Urinetown

23. The Producers

22. Aida

21. Passing Strange

20. Fela!

19. The Wild Party

18. Tick, Tick... Boom!

17. In the Heights

16. Hairspray

15. Here Lies Love

14. Fun Home

13. The Drowsy Chaperone

12. The Full Monty

11. The Scottsboro Boys

10. Wicked

9. Bat Boy: The Musical

8. Avenue Q

7. Caroline, or Change

6. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

5. The Last Five Years

4. The Book of Mormon

3. The Light in the Piazza

2. Spring Awakening

1. Next to Normal

A few notes: In order to be considered for inclusion, a musical had to have premiered on Broadway or off-Broadway on or after Jan. 1, 2000. Some shows on this list had workshops and out-of-town tryouts prior to the cut-off date, but they were included based on their New York debut. For shows that began off-Broadway but moved to Broadway, cast information is taken from the Broadway production. Finally, while the photos are from the original productions whenever possible, some have been taken from subsequent productions.