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Broadway Jukebox: The 50 Best Broadway Overtures

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Featured shows include: Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along, Candide, Hello, Dolly!, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and more!

When Broadway was enjoying its Golden Age, seldom did an audience begin a night at the theatre without first receiving a treat from the orchestra. While the prominence of Broadway overtures has waned in the modern age of musical theatre, the tradition remains as one of the most beloved staples of the artform.

Which Broadway overtures stand out as ovation-worthy? Below, BroadwayWorld has gathered 50 of our favorites, from classics like Carousel and My Fair Lady, to modern musicals like Urinetown and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Featured shows include: Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along, Candide, Hello, Dolly!, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Crazy for You, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mack & Mabel, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carousel, She Loves Me, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, The Band's Visit, Big River, The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, The Full Monty, Gigi, Peter Pan, 1776, Cats, 42nd Street, and many more!

Did we miss one of your favorites? Tell us which Broadway overture stands out to you.

Want more showtunes? Study up on Broadway history with music from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Plus, check out our favorite 'I Want' songs, Act 1 finales, Act 2 openers, 11 o'clock numbers, and Finales!


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