What is the modern American musical theater? What are its best songs? When does it even most properly begin? Is there even one genuinely good song in Phantom? How much Sondheim can you cram into a listicle before even your most dedicated base gets restless? And were there more than three good new musicals on Broadway in the whole of the s? These questions, along with many others, were the ones I asked myself as I sat down to write this list. Why only the past 40 years? Why not the best show tunes of all time?
15. Miss Saigon
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What makes a Broadway hit? Is it the hype, the performers, the music? Theater performances were hardly a new form of entertainment in when the most famous street in the world was being built. But 42 nd Street transformed the way people expected to be entertained. Broadway shows are simply held to a higher standard.
The other that comes to mind is "Hello, Dolly! The answer to this is probably one of the many jazz standards that Broadway has spat out in its time. My money is on "Lady is a Tramp". Maybe "Over the rainbow"? That isn't a Broadway showtune. Oh what a beautiful morning I dreamed a dream Memory Music of the night Some enchanted evening. It largely depends on the era. To someone who is, say 45 I'm not talking about our select little group of experts , you'd have to go with "Tomorrow", "Memory", and "Send in the Clowns. Great question. Far too many to name from before