The march of madness continues on, and now it is time for the O-Deck’s February Musical Madness. This time around we are facing a battle of a musical nature. Sixty-four stage musicals facing off against one another on the stage, but only one shall remain for the curtain call.

Finding enough contenders was a simple task for this bracket. Keeping the number down to sixty-four was a bit more difficult. The bracket is the result of a combination of a list of the longest running musicals and suggestions put forth by people on Twitter. You may not agree with the rankings or think something was left out, but we put a lot of thought into this. This is what you got.

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And to address the elephant in the room, Hamilton is not a contender this time around. It’s simply too new, and I wished to avoid a Firefly-esque scenario. Sorry, Hamilton fans. Don’t hate me.

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Above each poll are links to Youtube videos of each show. If you are unfamiliar with a show, or you just need something to help make your decision, those videos should help. Though each contender is a Broadway or West-End musical, some of the video links are in different languages due to difficulty in finding good quality videos. Though the language is different, the music itself is universal.

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Region 1

Les Miserables vs Sweeney Todd

Cats vs West Wide Story

Beauty and the Beast vs Showboat

42nd Street vs Grand Hotel

My Fair Lady vs Kinky Boots

Annie vs The King and I

Book of Mormon vs Mame

Hair vs Evita

Region 3

Phantom of the Opera vs Ragtime

Starlight Express vs Oliver!

Rent vs The Rocky Horror Show

Grease vs Newsies

Hairspray vs Matilda

Cabaret vs Guys and Dolls

Pippen vs Sound of Music

Wiz vs Chess

[Schedule]

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Round 1: Today

Round 2: Thurs. Feb. 11

Big 32: Mon. Feb. 15

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Sweet 16: Wed. Feb. 17

Elite 8: Fri. Feb. 19

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Final 4: Tues. Feb. 23

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Championship: Thurs. Feb. 25

It has been a long wait for this bracket, and I want to thank those that helped put it together. I hope everyone enjoys voting in it.