The Best Rock and Pop Musicals to See This Year

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From “Rock of Ages” to “Rent,” these are the best rock and pop musicals to see this year.

“The Phantom of the Opera”

One of the most popular and well-known musicals of all time, “The Phantom of the Opera” is a must-see for any fan of the genre. The story follows the titular character, a masked man who lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House, as he falls in love with a young soprano named Christine. The musical features some of the most iconic songs in Broadway history, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Music of the Night,” and “Think of Me.”

“Les Misérables”

One of the most iconic musicals of all time, “Les Misérables” is set during the French Revolution and follows the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean as he tries to start a new life. The musical features some of the most well-known and beloved songs in musical theater, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” and “One Day More.”

“Miss Saigon”

“Miss Saigon” is one of the most popular rock and pop musicals of all time. The story is set in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and follows the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is forced to work as a prostitute in a Saigon brothel. She falls in love with an American GI named Chris, and the two of them try to find a way to be together despite the impossible odds. “Miss Saigon” is a powerful story of love, war, and betrayal, set to an unforgettable score by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. If you’re looking for an emotionally charged musical experience, “Miss Saigon” is not to be missed.

“Mamma Mia!”

The feel-good musical “Mamma Mia!” is based on the songs of ABBA and tells the story of a mother, daughter and three possible dads. It’s set on a Greek island, and features a mix of up-tempo and slower songs.

“The Lion King”

“The Lion King” is a classic rock and pop musical that has been entertaining audiences for years. The story follows the journey of a young lion cub named Simba, who must overcome obstacles and find his place in the world. The music and lyrics are by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the show features unforgettable songs such as “The Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” “The Lion King” is a must-see for any fan of rock and pop musicals.


The Tony Award-winning musical Wicked is one of the most popular rock and pop musicals of all time. The story follows the Wicked Witch of the West and her witchy friends as they scheme to take over the land of Oz. With catchy songs and incredible special effects, this musical is a must-see for fans of all ages.

“Jersey Boys”

“Jersey Boys” is a musical about the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It’s a feel-good show with great music, and it’s one of the best rock and pop musicals to see this year.

“Rock of Ages”

“Rock of Ages” is a rock and pop musical with a book by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements and orchestrations by David Bryan. The musical is based on the 1987 film of the same name, which starred Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Julianne Hough. “Rock of Ages” tells the story of a small-town girl who moves to Hollywood in search of her big break, and a city boy who falls in love with her. The musical features songs from the 1980s, including hits by Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, and REO Speedwagon. “Rock of Ages” opened on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“Kinky Boots”

“Kinky Boots” is a musical about a man who inherits his father’s shoe factory and turns it into a thriving business by catering to a niche market. The show was originally produced in the U.K., where it won several awards, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It has since been staged on Broadway and in several other countries.

“The Book of Mormon”

“The Book of Mormon” is a hilarious Broadway smash hit that follows two Mormon missionaries as they try to spread the word of their religion to a small village in Uganda. The clever writing and sharp wit of the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of “South Park” fame), make this one of the most satirical and irreverent musicals around. But underneath all the jokes and profanity is a sweet story about faith, friendship, and finding your own way in the world.

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