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  • adamunc
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    Here are mine. I started with the 1940s because that was really the rise of the book musical as we know it today, though there were certainly earlier examples like Show Boat.

    1940s: Carousel
    1950s: My Fair Lady
    1960s: She Loves Me
    1970s: Sweeney Todd
    1980s: Les Miserables
    1990s: Ragtime
    2000s: The Light in the Piazza
    2010s: The Book of Mormon        

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    Beau S.
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    1940’s: Kiss Me, Kate (runner up: Carousel)
    1950’s: Wonderful Town (runner up: The Pajama Game)
    1960’s: Hair (runner up: Cabaret)
    1970’s: tie between Pippin and Sweeney Todd (runner up: Chicago)
    1980’s: Les Miserables (runner up: Into the Woods)
    1990’s: Rent (runner up: tie between Ragtime and Sunset Boulevard)
    2000’s: The Light in the Piazza (runner up: Next to Normal)
    2010’s: The Book of Mormon (runner up: Kinky Boots)
     

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    Benedick
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    Having seen it last week, my pick for 2010s might be Here Lies Love. The best, freshest musical theater score I’ve heard in years.

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    Anthony
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    1940s: Kiss Me, Kate (close behind is South Pacific and Carousel)
    1950s: The Music Man
    1960s: She Loves Me (an underrated gem)
    1970s: Company
    1980s: Little Shop of Horrors (also considered Nine, Sunday in the Park, La Cage, and a couple of others)
    1990s: Ragtime
    2000s: The Light in the Piazza 
    2010s (so far): The Book of Mormon (although I think that Catch Me If You Can was unfairly lambasted)    

    Doing this list, the one decade that really screams out to me as having many great scores was the 60s. Other than SHE LOVES ME, I also really loved: The Fantasticks, Cabaret, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oliver, Mame, 1776, Hello Dolly, The Apple Tree, and Hallelujah Baby.

    The 70s also had Purlie, Chicago, A Chorus Line, I Love My Wife, Seesaw, and the other two masterpieces, Sweeney Todd and the very underrated On The Twentieth Century.

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    MHayes1323
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    1930s: Anything Goes (runner-up: Show Boat)
    1940s: Carousel
    1950s: South Pacific (runner-up: Guys and Dolls)
    1960s: Cabaret (runners-up: How to Succeed and Oliver!)
    1970s: Tie between Sweeney Todd and Company, both Sondheim masterpieces (runner-up: Chicago)
    1980s: Sunday in the Park with George (runner-up: Little Shop)
    1990s: Sunset Blvd (by far Lloyd Webber’s most lush, thematic score)
    2000s: Next to Normal (runner-up: Spring Awakening)
    2010s: Matilda the Musical (runner-up: The Book of Mormon) 

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    THIS IS HARD!!

    40’s: Carousel (RU: Oklahoma!)
    50’s: The Music Man (RU: Guys and Dolls)
    60’s: Fiddler on the Roof (RU: How to Succeed…)
    70’s: Sweeney Todd (RU: Annie)
    80’s: Les Miserables (RU: Sunday in the Park With George)
    90’s: Ragtime (RU: The Secret Garden)
    00’s: Caroline, or Change (RU: Legally Blonde)
    10’s: The Scottsboro Boys (RU: The Book of Mormon)

    It’s very interesting when you just look at the SCORES of shows, as opposed to the shows in general.  For example, Sweeney Todd is nowhere near my favorite Sondheim show, yet I can’t deny that the score in itself is a complete masterpiece.  Same goes with the Rodgers and Hammerstein shows.  I tend to slightly prefer The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music to Carousel and OK!, but the formers are in a different decade than the latters, and the formers’ SCORES aren’t as strong as a whole when compared to those of The Music Man and Guys and Dolls. 
     

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    tonorlo
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    1940s: “South Pacific” (Hon. mentions: “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Brigadoon,” “Carousel,” “Kiss Me, Kate”)
    1950s: “My Fair Lady” (Hon. mentions: “Gypsy,” “House of Flowers,” “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story”)
    1960s: “Mame” (Hon. mentions: “Cabaret,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Man of La Mancha”)
    1970s: “Sweeney Todd” (Hon. mentions: “Chicago,” “A Chorus Line,” “Company,” “A Little Night Music”)
    1980s: “La Cage aux Folles” (Hon. mentions: “Dreamgirls,” “Into the Woods”)
    1990s: “Ragtime” (Hon. mentions: “Passion,” “Sunset Boulevard”)
    2000s: “Hairspray” (Hon. mentions: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Grey Gardens,” “next to normal,”  “Wicked”)
    2010s: “The Book of Mormon” (Hon. mentions: “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Matilda the Musical”)         

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    SamEckmann
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    30’s: Anything Goes
    40’s: Finian’s Rainbow (runner up: Kiss Me Kate)
    50’s: My Fair Lady (runner up: Candide, technically an operetta)
    60’s: Cabaret (runner up: Hair)
    70’s: Sweeney Todd (runners up: A Little Night Music & The Rocky Horror Show)
    80’s: La Cage Aux Folles (runners up: Sunday in the Park with George & Into the Woods)
    90’s: Rent (runners up: Assassins, Ragtime, & Violet)
    00’s: Next to Normal (runner up: The Producers)
    10’s: The Book of Mormon (runner up: Scottsboro Boys)

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    Karl William
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    40’s: South Pacific (Favorite Song: I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right out of My Hair)
    50’s: West Side Story (Favorite Song: Tonight [Quintet])
    60’s: Cabaret
    70’s: Sweeny Todd
    80’s: Les Miserables (Favorite Song: Empty Chairs and Empty Tables)
    90’s: Ragtime (Probably my favorite of the bunch) (Favorite Song: Prologue)
    00’s: Next to Normal (Runner up for favorite)
    10’s: Scottsboro Boys (Favorite Song: Go Back Home)

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    Madson Melo
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    ST is almost a lock in the 70’s, I loved this!

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