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  1. jezzie at |

    some pretty good musicals here!

  2. Valerie at |

    Fun list – thanks for the clips! what about Oh, Calcutta! Seems, to me, to be more controversial than West Side Story or Rent, even given the time periods of release.

  3. brett at |

    all of those shows are so amazing, but you forgot assassins! The Broadway musical about killing american presidents. spring awakening is the best show i have ever seen.

  4. Gwen at |

    Rocky Horror is one I have yet to see live and want to. Broadway musicals have never been something I am interested in. Doing something racy is all that they seem to want to do. Rocky Horror is great and I love the movie.

  5. Keith Watabayashi at |

    Oh Calcutta, Assassins, Sweeny Todd, and The Beard should be on this list, imo. How bout Kiss of the Spider-Woman? Or maybe the most influential/controversial broadway show of the 20th century, A Streetcar Named Desire? Hard to imagine any of the "sex musicals" listed here existing without Marlon Brando's bare chest leading the way.

  6. owen at |

    the whos tommy?

    come on the kid waches his dad be murdered, molested by his uncle, shot up with acid, plays pinball, and becomes a god.

  7. lurker at |

    Some good shows, but there's a serious bias towards recent shows and nudity as controversy here. What about Show Boat? The first racially integrated musical — examining racism, segregation, and depicting an interracial marriage in the 1920s?

  8. Sheba at |

    Avenue Q. When I saw that there was a list, I was hoping that this musical would be on it. Not because it shocks me or anything of the sort, but because it's one of those musicals that goes there and gets away with it. It's such a great musical and I'm glad it was mentioned. Sometimes the music really describes my day. Like "It Sucks to be Me."

  9. slapdashjelly at |

    Stephanie D’Abruzzo did not win the Tony in Avenue Q. Idina did.

  10. Viktor at |

    Oh Calcutta!

  11. Lisa M. at |

    Where’s the mention of all the Tony nominations and awards for Spring Awakening? It won 8, including Best Musical, Book, Score, Direction, Choreography, Orchestration, and Featured Actor (John Gallagher Jr.) and was nominated for 4 others, including Best Leading Actor (Jonathan Groff)!!

  12. Ian at |

    Is it bad that my favorite musicals are up here? Also, shouldn’t Book of Mormon be up here?


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