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  • 24Emmy
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    The 50 Greatest Plays of the Past 100 Years
    1. Death of a Salesman (By Arthur Miller — 1949)
    2. A Streetcar Named Desire (By Tennessee Williams — 1947)
    3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (By Edward Albee — 1962)
    4. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (By Eugene O’Neill — 1956)
    5. Fences (By August Wilson — 1985)
    6. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (By Tony Kushner — 1993-1994)
    7. Waiting for Godot (By Samuel Beckett — 1953)
    8. Pygmalion (By George Bernard Shaw — 1913)
    9. A Raisin in the Sun (By Lorraine Hansberry — 1959)
    10. Our Town (By Thorton Wilder — 1938)
    11. Six Characters in Search of an Author (By Luigi Pirandello — 1921)
    12. The Glass Menagerie (By Tennesse Williams — 1944)
    13. Glengarry Glen Ross (By David Mamet — 1984)
    14. August: Osage County (By Tracy Letts — 2007)
    15. True West (By Sam Shepard — 1980)
    16. The Iceman Cometh (By Eugene O’Neill — 1946)
    17. Look Back in Anger (By John Osborne — 1956)
    18. A View From the Bridge (By Arthur Miller — 1955)
    19. The Little Foxes (By Lillan Hellman — 1939)
    20. The Real Thing (By Tom Stoppard — 1982)
    21. “Master Harold” . . . and the boys (By Athol Fugard — 1982)
    22. The Homecoming (By Harold Pinter — 1965)
    23. Ruined (By Lynn Nottage — 2008)
    24. Mother Courage and Her Children (By Bertolt Brecht — 1941)
    25. Six Degrees of Separation (By John Guare — 1990)
    26. Doubt (By John Patrick Shanley — 2004)
    27. Top Girls (By Carly Churchill — 1982)
    28. Present Laughter (By Noel Coward — 1942)
    29. Noises Off (By Michael Frayn — 1982)
    30. Marat/Sade (By Peter Weiss — 1964)
    31. The Lieutenant of Inishmore (By Martin McDonagh — 2001)
    32. Machinal (By Sophie Treadwell — 1928)
    33. The Norman Conquests (By Alan Ayckbourn — 1973)
    34. The Bald Soprano (By Eugene Ionesco — 1950)
    35. M. Butterfly (By David Henry Hwang — 1988)
    36. The Dybbuk (By S. Ansky — 1920)
    37. Saved (By Edward Bond — 1965)
    38. Topdog/Underdog (By Suzan-Lori Parks — 2001)
    39. The Front Page (By Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur — 1928)
    40. Accidental Death of an Anarchist (By Dario Fo — 1970)
    41. Picnic (By William Inge — 1953)
    42. Journey’s End (By R.C. Sherriff — 1928)
    43. The Odd Couple (By Neil Simon — 1965)
    44. The Orphans’ Home Cycle (By Horton Foote — 1962-2009)
    45. The Women (By Clare Boothe Luce — 1936)
    46. What the Butler Saw (By Joe Orton — 1969)
    47. Awake and Sing! (By Clifford Odets — 1935)
    48. The Piano Lesson (By August Wilson — 1987)
    49. Uncommon Women and Others (By Wendy Wasserstein — 1977)
    50. The Weir (By Conor McPherson — 1997)

    There’s also three top 10 lists:

    The 10 Greatest Shakespeare Plays
    1. Hamlet
    2. King Lear
    3. Macbeth
    4. Much Ado About Nothing
    5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    6. Othello
    7. The Tempest
    8. Henry V
    9. The Merchant of Venice
    10. Romeo and Juliet

    The 10 Best Classics (That Shakespeare Didn’t Write)
    1. Three Sisters (By Anton Chekhov — 1901)
    2.  Oedipus the King (By Sophocles — 429 B.C.)
    3. Medea (By Euripides — 431 B.C.)
    4. A Doll’s House (By Henrik Ibsen — 1879)
    5. The Importance of Being Earnest (By Oscar Wilde — 1895)
    6. The Misanthrope (By Moliere — 1666)
    7. Lysistrata (By Aristophanes — 411 B.C.)
    8. Woyzeck (By Georg Buchner — 1879)
    9. The School for Scandal (By Richard Sheridan — 1777)
    10. Peter Pan (By J.M. Barrie — 1904)

    The 10 Greatest Musicals
    1. Guys & Dolls (1950)
    2. Gypsy (1959)
    3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)
    4. Oklahoma! (1943)
    5. West Side Story (1957)
    6. Cabaret (1966)
    7. A Chorus Line (1975)
    8. Rent (1996)
    9. Carousel (1945)
    10. The Book of Mormon (2011)

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    theriversticks
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    I sure wouldn’t have minded seeing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, as well as The Coast of Utopia on the drama list. And I would certainly put Henry V, Othello, and AMND over MAAN.

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    vinny
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    I always liked Hamlet but Richard III is my fav.

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    SamEckmann
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    Pretty good list for the plays, though Id have “Death and the Maiden” up there as well. And would probably insert Twelfth Night into the top ten Shakespeare somewhere.

    Musicals…not so much. Is Book of Mormon really in the ten greatest musicals ever? Even in terms of comedic musicals, Id rank Avenue Q or the Producers ahead of it. Not saying its bad, its a great show, but wouldnt come near my top ten. Same for Carousel.  Id opt for Next to Normal, Anything Goes, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, or Hair to replace those two.

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    Macbeth
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    My Top 10 Greatest Musicals
    1. The Producers
    2.Cabaret
    3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 
    4. Next To Normal 
    5. West Side Story 
    6. Gypsy
    7.Guys and Dolls
    8. The Lion King
    9. Anything Goes
    10. The Book of Mormon 

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    SamEckmann
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    My personal picks

    Musicals

    10.) Next to Normal
    9.) The Producers
    8.) A Little Night Music
    7.) Rent 
    6.) My Fair Lady 
    5.) Cabaret
    4.) West Side Story 
    3.) Gypsy
    2.) Guys and Dolls
    1.) Sweeney Todd 

    and an honorable mention to Hair, which would be in a close 11th place. 

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    Karl William
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    For Musical I’m super surprised no one metioned Ragtime which is one of the few musicals I would call nearly perfect.

    1. Cabaret
    2. Guys and Dolls
    3. Next to Normal
    4. A Chorus Line
    5. Ragtime
    6. Sweeny Todd
    7. West Side Story
    8. My Fair Lady
    9. Guys and Dolls
    10. Rent
     

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