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  1. jezzie
    jezzie at |

    some pretty good musicals here!

  2. Valerie
    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
    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
    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
    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.

    1. gerard
      gerard at |

      Did you read the heading/title? It’s controversial musicals.
      To the best of my knowledge Streetcar named Desire was never a musical.
      And I think they meant controversial within the context of the storyline, not just because an actor took his shirt off.

  6. owen
    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
    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
    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
    slapdashjelly at |

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

  10. Viktor
    Viktor at |

    Oh Calcutta!

    1. gerard
      gerard at |

      Unless I missed something when I saw Oh Calcutta many years ago, I never considered it a musical. It was more sketch comedy with some songs.
      Marx Brothers movies were considered comedies, not musicals even though there were usually songs and music in it

  11. Lisa M.
    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)!!

    1. gerard
      gerard at |

      Um, don’t get your comment?. Why should they mention the Tony awards for Spring Awakening???
      The topic was merely controversial musicals. So they gave brief summaries on each one.
      If they were to do what you requested, they should do it with all of them, as most of the ones they mentioned were nominated and won Tony awards.
      Makes no sense what you’re saying

  12. Ian
    Ian at |

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

  13. gerard
    gerard at |

    Am I missing something, or didn’t the heading say controversial ‘musicals’.
    When was Equus a musical? It might’ve been, but I have no idea that it iwas.
    Did the author just run out of musicals/
    It also seems like the author doesn’t like to do much research beyond the 60’s, as al of them were musicals from the 60’s on.
    Also reading some comments, some people mentioned that it missed Oh Calcutta. I I saw Oh Calcutta years ago. Loved the show. But I never considered it a musical. I considered it more risque sketch comedy with some songs.


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