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A Year in Review: Top 10 Broadway Musicals of 2016

Jenna Glazier ’20/ Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to look back at a magical year in Broadway musicals. From Sara Bareilles’ tear inducing Waitress to the show stopping Holiday Inn, we’ve got a lot to celebrate.

Emertainment Monthly‘s stage section recaps our Top 10 Broadway Musicals of 2016. Check out the full list below!

1. Dear Evan Hansen

Ben Platt and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy/Broadway.com
Ben Platt and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy/Broadway.com

Dear Evan Hansen takes the number one slot. Even though it slid in during the last months of 2016, it’s captivating tale of Evan Hansen, a high school loner, and his journey through life, death, love, and internet stardom has totally taken over Broadway this season.

2. Waitress

Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn in Waitress. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn in Waitress. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

Arguably the sweetest musical on Broadway right now, Waitress snags a spot in our top ten list (as does the mini pies they serve in the theater). From the music written by Sara Bareilles to constantly flawless performances by Jessie Mueller, Waitress isn’t saying goodbye to 2016 quietly.

3. Falsettos

The cast of Falsettos. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
The cast of Falsettos. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

2016 got undoubtedly brighter with the opening of the Falsettos musical revival. The show gives us a glimpse of the original “modern family” and an incredible, exhilarating soundtrack accompanies the brilliant plot.

4. Bright Star

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan in Bright Star. Photo Credit: Nick Stokes/Broadway.com
Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan in Bright Star. Photo Credit: Nick Stokes/Broadway.com

Despite it’s short and sweet run on Broadway, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical added a little blue grass soul to 2016’s season and we are much better off because of it.

5. Fiddler On the Roof

Alexandra Silber, Danny Burstein and Adam Kantor in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Alexandra Silber, Danny Burstein and Adam Kantor in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

The retelling of a classic, beloved musical is almost required to be on our best of 2016 list. Danny Burstein taking the lead doesn’t hurt either. Fiddler on the Roof reminded us of the importance of family during 2016 and gave us an excuse to try out our best Tevya dance moves.

6. Cats

The cast of Cats. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy/Broadway.com
The cast of Cats. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy/Broadway.com

A revival that was a long time coming and has been an absolute hit on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical brings back all of our favorite memories of it’s original run while giving us an entirely new serving of it’s magical tail.

7. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Josh Groban in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Photo Credit: Chad Batka/Broadway.com
Josh Groban in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Photo Credit: Chad Batka/Broadway.com

Josh Groban and Denée Benton make their Broadway debuts in this stellar, heart stopping production. With scenery for the history books and a beautiful score, 2016 was lucky to be graced with this incredible piece of theater.

8. A Bronx Tale

The cast of A Bronx Tale. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
The cast of A Bronx Tale. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

Alan Menken’s music once again takes it’s rightful place on Broadway in this engulfing story about a young boy who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd in his hometown of the Bronx. We all know 2016 needed a little more Alan Menken musical magic.

9. Holiday Inn

Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham in Holiday Inn. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham in Holiday Inn. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

The perfect holiday musical just in time for Christmas 2016. With a brilliant performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Inn showed off it’s impeccable, classic Broadway choreography and cheery music.

10. In Transit

Margo Seibert and the cast of In Transit. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Margo Seibert and the cast of In Transit. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

A new, all acapella, musical that just recently opened on Broadway with Kristen Bell as a lead has shaken up 2016 within it’s last few weeks. The musical is taking 2016 by storm and bringing a little change to the season with it’s acapella music.

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