The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage

By Ben Rimalower
21 Sep 2013 correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a list of the top ten musicals that were captured live on film or video. 

A musical on video can mean a lot of things. For the purposes of this list, it's a distinction from film adaptations of musicals, and it is limited to only musicals captured in live performance, so there are no television adaptations (like Bette Midler in Gypsy) or even stage productions reconfigured for TV (like the original production of Passion). I've also excluded concert versions of musicals, no matter how elaborately staged, which leaves out several productions quite near and dear to my heart such as the Lonny Price-directed Patti LuPone versions of Company, Passion, Candide and Sweeney Todd, among others.

Last week I shared my list of the Top 15 Movie Musicals of the Last 50 Years. Check it out here. 

Click through to read my list of top 10 musicals on video.


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