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The Broadway musical Billy Elliot has danced to the top of Entertainment Weekly magazine's list of "Best & Worst" of the stage in 2008.

EW's stage editor Melissa Rose Bernardo's selections include shows from Broadway, Off-Broadway, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and one production from Massachussetts' Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also provides her five choices for "The Worst Shows of the Year."

Here are how the shows ranked:

Best:
1. Billy Elliot
2. South Pacific
3. Black Watch (BAM)
4. In the Heights
5. Happy Days (BAM)
6. Port Authority (Atlantic Theatre Company)
7. The Understudy (Williamstown Theatre Festival)
8. Next to Normal (Second Stage Theatre)
9. Rafta, Rafta... (The New Group)
10. What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling (Atlantic Theater Company)


Worst:
1. To Be or Not to Be
2. The Country Girl
3. Glory Days
4. Les Liaisons Dangereuses
5. Blasted
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Im sorry but putting that production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in th worst list is stupid.It was pretty good, and whilst it was not the best production of it ive seen, the material is superb
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Glory Days.....on the WORST list...!?
But didn't it hold a record or something because it ran for...






oh wait
"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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Pleased to see Black Watch near the top.

I only know Blasted by reputation but I thought that reputation was supposed to be good.

And my personal take on Rafta Rafta is that it's over-rated.
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6 of the Best List, i've never heard of...
"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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On the good list, exactly like Legally Sam, I have only heard of 4.

On the bad list, I have heard of two, notable Glory Days, how can they put a show, that broke records on the bad list?
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Also whilst Glory Days failed it probably was not one of the worst shows, it just should have been Off Broadway
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Do you think Entertainment Weekly even saw Glory Days?
Or are they just putting it on the list, because of its infamously short run?
"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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Do you think SADM2 even saw Glory Days?

Or does he just have a errrrr, ahem, bootleg, cough, splutter, DVD?
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ooh Scripps some contrversial comments...!
Im sure SANDM2 has no copies of musicals, illegally recorded, by suspect audience members with a little red light shining out of their bag...the scandal!
"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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Scripps comment maybe controversial, but sure thing in this credit crunch made me really laugh!!!!!
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Oh please i have hundreds of them lololol, that's how i saw Glory Days.

It actually has some very good music, the problem was the book, it was not horrid it just was all a bit predictable.I think it would have done great Off Broadway.

Im so glad Port Authority is in the 10 best list, the same with the brilliant Next To Normal which i had the pleasure of watching Off Broadway, Incredible show
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