EW 1000: Stage

The New Classics: Stage

The 50 best plays and musicals from 1983 to 2008

1. Angels in America (1993-94)

2. Rent (1996)

3. August: Osage County (2007)

4. Doubt (2004)

5. Jersey Boys (2005)

6. Fences (1987)

7. Glengarry Glen Ross (1984)

8. Avenue Q (2003)

9. The Heidi Chronicles (1988)

10. The Producers (2001)

11. The Coast of Utopia (2006-07)

12. The Phantom of the Opera (1987)

13. The Lion King (1997)

14. Frost/Nixon (2007)

15. Les Misérables (1987)

16. Wicked (2003)

17. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (1987)

18. Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2001)

19. Six Degrees of Separation (1990)

20. Three Days of Rain (1997)

21. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998)

22. Into the Woods (1987)

23. M. Butterfly (1988)

24. Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (1995)

25. Falsettos (1992)

26. Dinner With Friends (1999)

27. La Cage aux Folles (1983)

28. Speed-the-Plow (1988)

29. The Piano Lesson (1990)

30. City of Angels (1989)

31. Three Tall Women (1994)

32. Prelude to a Kiss (1990)

33. Hairspray (2002)

34. Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983)

35. Stomp (1994)

36. The Substance of Fire (1991)

37. This Is Our Youth (1996)

38. Noises Off (1983)

39. Grey Gardens (2006)

40. Fires in the Mirror (1992)

41. Cirque du Soleil: O (1998)

42. subUrbia (1994)

43. Spring Awakening (2006)

44. Wit (1998)

45. Sunday in the Park With George (1984)

46. Rabbit Hole (2006)

47. Burn This (1987)

48. Fool for Love (1983)

49. Topdog/Underdog (2001)

50. Chess (1988)

Originally posted Jun 17, 2008 Published in issue #999-1000 Jun 27, 2008 Order article reprints