Every year, I ask my Boston Conservatory students to write two different papers, one defending their choice for the most underrated musical of all time, and the other for the most overrated. The "overrated" assignment seems to invite more vitriol, and when I've posted about my students' show choices, those posts have proven to be quite popular. In fact, recently, "overrated musicals" has become a very popular search term on this blog, so I figured I'd put together my own list of overrated musicals.
Some of these shows are big hits that IMHO are a tad overblown. Others are classics of which I've never really understood the appeal. Still others are cult classics that -- again, IMHO -- don't quite merit cult status.
Bear in mind that I'm not saying that these shows are bad. Some of these shows I genuinely like, or at least appreciate. I just think, on the whole and for various reasons, they're not exactly as amazing as some people make them out to be. Feel free to disagree, as well as to submit your own candidates.