by Serena

Broadway shows have had so many memorable musical numbers. It’s not easy picking out a top ten when there are so many great performances, but this week we’re sharing some of our favorites with you!

Now I know all of you Broadway fans out there may disagree with some of my choices, so let us know in the comments below what your favorites are. Joy and I have each created a Culturalist for Best Musical Numbers In Broadway Shows, so feel free to make your own and then share your list with us!

#Ten Forget About the Boy Thoroughly Modern Millie
You rarely see powerful all-female tap numbers on Broadway, and this one is led by an angry Sutton Foster in her Tony Award winning role as Millie.

I missed seeing the original production on Broadway, but Paper Mill Playhouse recently had a limited engagement of Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Laurie Veldheer which was fantastic.

#Nine Ten Minutes Ago Cinderella
One of my favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, this number features a dreamy waltz, poofy dresses and the incomparable Laura Osnes as Cinderella.

#Eight Brotherhood of Man How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
There are so many entertaining numbers in How To Succeed, but Brotherhood of Man represents all the best aspects of the show. It has humor, great choreography, upbeat, catchy music, and a talented ensemble led by the indefatigable Daniel Radcliffe.

#Seven King of New York Newsies
So much to love about this number– crazy good dancing, Tony Award winning choreography by Christopher Gattelli, a spoon solo (??), Kara Lindsay hiking up her skirts and getting down with the boys…

#Six Hello Book of Mormon
Ok, so there is no dancing in this number… just some choreographed movements. But the song is so clever and catchy that it just works! Plus the actors know how to sell the comedy with their expressive faces.

#Five School Song Matilda
This number is absolutely brilliant! I love how the letters pop out in perfect synchronization to the lyrics. It’s just a small sampling of the dark humor and genius that is Matilda. The set design is a major highlight of the show.

#Four Seize the Day Newsies
Newsies without a doubt featured the most athletic, high-energy dancing ever seen on Broadway. Plus Ryan Steele and his never-ending pirouette…fuggedaboutit!

#Three Dance At The Gym West Side Story
Who doesn’t love a good dance-off? With choreography by Jerome Robbins and music by Leonard Bernstein, this is a classic. Other standouts from West Side Story include America, Tonight and Cool.

#Two Coffee Break How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
NO COFFEE! It’s every coffee addicts worst nightmare and so hilariously performed by Christopher J. Hanke (Bud Frump), Mary Faber (Smitty) and the How To Succeed ensemble. The song is so relatable, yet exaggerated to great effect. I have a running joke with my friends- whenever someone mentions coffee we can’t help but break out in song.

#One On The Town
It’s nearly impossible to pick just one number that stands out from On the Town because they are all so fantastic. You can read our full review of the show here. If I had to choose, here’s my top 3:

  • Coney Island Dream Ballet – Because Megan Fairchild– duh. Throw in a magnificent orchestra, wonderful choreography, beautiful costumes… I’m sold.
  • Carried Away – Jess LeProtto as a Caveman is beyond funny and amazing. Clyde Alves & Elizabeth Stanley knock this number out of the park, and the dinosaur is pretty cool too.
  • Come Up To My Place – Jay Armstrong Johnson is adorkable as he flops all over a stationary taxi while Alysha Umphress attempts to seduce him.

Don’t forget to share your Culturalist for Best Musical Numbers In Broadway Shows with us! Post your links in the comments below.


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