LES MISERABLES Voted No. 1 Musical of All Time by JemmThree Listeners

By: Aug. 27, 2013
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The Boublil and Schönberg musical LES MISERABLES has been voted the greatest musical of all time by listeners of JemmThree, the UK's first 24/7, presenter-led radio station devoted to musical theatre.

Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz, was voted number two in the Top 100 Musicals chart followed by The Phantom of the Opera, by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, at number three.

Stephen Sondheim tied with Lloyd Webber at having nine musicals in the top 100, though Sondheim increases to 12 entries if you also include his works as a lyricist. Sondheim's highest ranking musical was Sweeny Todd, which came in at number four in the chart.

The highest placed Rodgers and Hammerstein show was The Sound of Music, at number 10, while overall the writing team had five productions listed on the Top 100 Musicals chart.

The 1980s proved to be the most popular decade for musicals with 21 shows featured in the top 100. The noughties produced 18 entries followed by the 1970s, with 13 shows.

45 Broadway musicals appeared in the Top 100 list against 26 West End debuts.

"Reaction to the Top 100 Musicals of All Time has been incredible," said JemmThree MD Robin Crowley.

"Listeners were fiercely discussing and arguing over the results throughout the seven hour countdown on Twitter, Facebook and the JemmThree chat room. It was great to see musical theatre such a hot topic and shows just how passionate people are about musicals," Crowley added.

"JemmThree offers fans of stage and screen an important voice, and we're pleased to be the UK's first radio station dedicated 24/7 to the world of stage and screen that's available now, online or via the JemmRadio or Tune In app."

The JemmThree Top 100 Musicals chart can be viewed in full below.

JemmThree launched on the 29 May 2013 and is the UK's first internet radio station dedicated to stage and screen musicals, with a focus on contemporary shows. Presenters include actor and director Tim McArthur, award winning producer Robin Crowley and actress and LBC 97.3 presenter Brooke Burfitt.

You can listen to JemmThree via www.jemmthree.com or by downloading the JemmRadio or Tune In app.

JemmThree Top 100 Musical in Full

100) Hair
99) How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
98) Victor/Victoria
97) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
96) On The Town
95) The Baker's Wife
94) Hello, Dolly!
93) My Fair Lady
92) Me & My Girl
91) Tell Me On a Sunday
90) The Boyfriend
89) Sweet Charity
88) Mame
87) Lord of the Rings
86) Funny Girl
85) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
84) Falsettos
83) The Light in the Piazza
82) Mack & Mabel
81) Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark
80) Gypsy
79) Only You Can Save Mankind
78) The King & I
77) Oklahoma!
76) Crazy for You
75) Titanic
74) Jekyll & Hyde
73) Barnum
72) Mary Poppins
71) Follies
70) Ordinary Days
69) The Music Man
68) Sunset Boulevard
67) Oliver
66) Spamalot
65) Beauty and the Beast
64) Mamma Mia!
63) The Witches of Eastwick
62) Anything Goes
61) The Lion King
60) Little Shop of Horrors
59) The Wizard of Oz
58) Taboo
57) Kiss of the Spider Woman
56) Hairspray
55) Man of La Mancha
54) Lucky Stiff
53) Camelot
52) Children of Eden
51) Fiddler on the Roof
50) Company
49) Kiss Me Kate
48) Carousel
47) Grease
46) A Little Night Music
45) CATS
44) Dreamgirls
43) Blood Brothers
42) La Cage Aux Folles
41) Sunday in the Park with George
40) Love Never Dies
39) Singin' in the Rain
38) Nine
37) We Will Rock You
36) The Producers
35) Guys & Dolls
34) Fame
33) Pippin
32) Legally Blonde
31) Passion
30) Cabaret
29) Merrily We Roll Along
28) Parade
27) Avenue Q
26) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
25) Chicago
24) Matilda
23) Miss Saigon
22) Evita
21) South Pacific
20) Starlight Express
19) Billy Elliot
18) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
17) Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
16) Jesus Christ Superstar
15) Next to Normal
14) Ragtime
13) Book of Mormon
12) Chess
11) Spring Awakening
10) The Sound of Music
9) Ghost
8) West Side Story
7) Into the Woods
6) A Chorus Line
5) Rent
4) Sweeney Todd
3) The Phantom of the Opera
2) Wicked
1) Les Miserables