Feel like breaking out in song? Or at least, watching other people do it?
Of course, music fans regularly turn to Netflix for concert documentaries, like Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana, and series with killer soundtracks, like Bridgerton. But if you spend some time browsing the musical genre category on Netflix, you’ll find the streaming service also has a treasure trove of Broadway-caliber musicals (“musical” defined in this case as any story in which the music directly influences the plot and/or a major character consistently performs music as part of their arc) waiting for you.
If that sounds good, start up the orchestra and draw back the curtain. Here are 15 of the catchiest, most dazzling, all-around best musicals Netflix streaming right now.
15. The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
At a short 30 minutes, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is a snack-sized Netflix musical. It is also by far the strangest. Described in our review as a “Lemonade-style visual album complete with spoken word poetry and rap tracks about Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco’s baseball careers in the late ’80s,” almost nothing about The Lonely Island’s surprise-dropped pet project makes sense, in the best way possible. There are cardboard cutouts of Kathy Ireland, cameos galore, tons of bizarre costumes, and a soundtrack that frankly slaps. It only takes one listen of “IHOP Parking Lot” to get the insanely catchy “shake that nasty butt” line stuck in one’s head forever, and the rest of the songs are infinitely memorable. — Alexis Nedd, Senior Entertainment Reporter
Best song: “IHOP Parking Lot“
How to watch: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is streaming on Netflix.
14. Shrek the Musical
They think it’s all ogre…IT IS NOW!!!
Shrek, Shrek 2, and Shrek The Musical are now on Netflix.
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) April 1, 2021
“Shrek the musical” may not be synonymous with big-time Broadway success, but the 2008 production from Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire is a perfectly reasonable good time. Brian D’Arcy James’ take on Shrek and Daniel Breaker’s on the Donkey are loads of fun, but the best number in the show belongs to Sutton Foster’s Fiona and two younger versions of the character.
As a child, Fiona is imprisoned in the highest room of the tallest tower, guarded by a vicious dragon. She passes time by singing and reading stories of other fabled princesses…only to realize that what they all have in common is the endless waiting. Years go by as Fiona grows into a teenager and finally an adult, trying to stay optimistic while waiting for her prince to arrive any day. Foster’s version finally snaps, destroying her story books and belting out a plea to God. Fiona always did know how to strip the glamor away from princess life. — Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter
Best song: “I Know It’s Today”
How to watch: Shrek the Musical is streaming on Netflix.
13. Les Misérables
Whatever influence the mesmeric dumpster fire that is had on your opinion of director Tom Hooper, his 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables set a new standard for stage productions cranking up to their utmost epic-ness for the big screen. Anne Hathaway, who received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar she deserved for her take on Fantine, absolutely brings the house down with her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” — and just shy of a decade later, that makes it worth watching the entire two hour and 38 minute film over again. Even the rambling bits with Hugh Jackman, which we promise do in fact come to an end. Eventually. — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
Best song: “I Dreamed A Dream“
How to watch: Les Misérables is streaming on Netflix.
Glee had plenty of hits and misses during its run of six seasons and over 700 songs, but the pilot’s cover of “Don’t Stop Believin'” still gives us chills in the best way. This was Glee at its finest, the characters bonded by their differences and finding strength in each other. It’s one of the few times the cast performs a cappella, and barely auto-tuned compared to much of what followed. Looking back, it wasn’t so much a promise as a vision, and we still want to believe it. — P.K.
Best song: “Don’t Stop Believin’“
How to watch: Glee is streaming on Netflix.
11. Over the Moon
Young Fei Fei is enchanted by the story of the moon goddess Chang’e and the legend of her lover. Still mourning the death of her mother, Fei Fei takes unkindly to her father finding new love and decides to build a rocket to the moon to find Chang’e. She finds a magical world beyond her imagining and must reconcile the fantasy of the moon with the life that awaits her on Earth. Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, and Sandra Oh star, so yes, is a powerhouse lineup of Asian American acting talent. — P.K. *
Best song: “Ultraluminary“
How to watch: Over the Moon is streaming on Netflix.
What do you get when you combine Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, and the iconic Eurovision Song Contest? A fun movie filled with absolute bangers. Ferrell and McAdams play a musical duo representing Iceland at Eurovision, where they face fierce competition and even fiercer songs. Prepare to have “Lion of Love” and “Jaja Ding Dong” stuck in your head for all eternity, keep your eyes peeled for past Eurovision contestants during the “Song-a-long,” and make sure you have some tissues ready for the show stopping “Husavik.” It will make you proud to be from Iceland, even if you aren’t Icelandic. — Belen Edwards, Entertainment Fellow
Best song: “Husavik (My Hometown)“
How to watch: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is streaming on Netflix.
9. The Prom
Get ready to dance through The Prom, a bubbly celebration of inclusion and being yourself. The Prom features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Andrew Rannells, who play washed-up Broadway actors in need of an image boost. When Emma, a lesbian student in Indiana, wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the bigoted PTA threatens to cancel the event all together. The Broadway performers see this as a chance to nab some positive publicity and go to Indiana to help Emma out. The Prom has trouble keeping its balance at times, often focusing too much on the Broadway stars and not enough on Emma’s journey. However, its musical numbers, ranging from emotional ballads like “Unruly Heart” to high energy set pieces like “Love Thy Neighbor,” are fun and full of heart. — B.E.
Best song: “Unruly Heart“
How to watch: The Prom is streaming on Netflix.
8. Been So Long
Adapted from the musical of the same name, Been So Long offers a dreamy look at a chance encounter between two people in desperate need of a break from reality. With electric interactions between stars Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene, this poppy romance will have you from the moment the first words are sung — and won’t let go until the very last verse.
Bee So Long blends deeply effective yet understated performances and an over-the-top escapist atmosphere to instantly transport viewers outside their living rooms. Fans of Coele’s parts in in and will certainly be struck by the actor’s unwavering ability to embody power and vulnerability, which she does so again in this true hidden gem. — A.F. *
Best song: “Primus Humanus“
How to watch: Been So Long is streaming on Netfix.
7. The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog came at the tail end of Disney’s traditionally animated princess movies and stands out as a fitting and beautiful bookend of the era. Princess Tiana is a hardworking, no-nonsense heroine who needs a nudge to allow a little magic into her life, making her one of the franchise’s more modern and relatable heroes. Even though she spends most of the movie as a frog, her journey through the bayou of Louisiana to accomplish her dreams (and incidentally find love with the handsome Prince Naveen) is a captivating story with some of Disney’s jazziest standards. After all, they couldn’t set a movie in New Orleans without having some big musical numbers to do the city justice. — A.N.
Best song: “Dig A Little Deeper“
How to watch: The Princess and the Frog is streaming on Netflix.
6. The Get Down
Baz Lurhmann’s luxurious mind gave the world Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, that weird Great Gatsby adaptation, and Netflix’s The Get Down. Taking place in the south Bronx in the late ’70s, right at the cusp of disco and the rise of hip hop, The Get Down follows a group of young men who discover the incomparable sound of a mysterious DJ and become The Get Down Brothers, a fictional rap group that nonetheless interacts with real-life legends like Grandmaster Flash. Its fast-paced editing and artistic imaginings of the Bronx are reminiscent of Lurhmann’s other work but remain unique, and its music is some of the best in any Netflix original offering. — A.N.
Best song: “Get Down Brothers vs. Notorious 3“
How to watch: The Get Down is streaming on Netflix.
5. Fiddler on the Roof
Do I even have to explain why Fiddler made this list? I mean, c’mon: “Tradiiiitiiiion, tradition!“
Director Norman Jewison’s film adaption of the hit 1964 Broadway play has become, for many, the story of Tevye (played again by Chaim Topol, who originated the role on stage) and his daughters told in its truest form. Steadfast loyalty to the source material and skilled cinematography by Oswald Morris, who also worked on the 1952 Moulin Rouge, make this an absolute must for any musical fan. At the very least, you’ll love the songs…because everyone loves the songs. — A.F.
Best song: “Tradition“
How to watch: Fiddler on the Roof is streaming on Netflix.
4. The Muppets
Gary (Jason Segel) and his muppet brother Walter (Peter Linz) are both longtime nerds for The Muppet Show who miss their old TV friends. So when the two learn during a tour of the rundown and unused Muppet Studios that an evil money man named Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) is going to buy the old Muppet Theatre, they realize they have to act.
So begins an that finds the siblings tracking down scattered Muppets, all while Gary’s incredibly patient and understanding wife, Mary (Amy Adams), increasingly struggles with her husband’s disinvestment in their relationship. This is a 2010s Muppet movie conceived in the mold of the Jim Henson Company classics. It’s great. — Adam Rosenberg, Senior Entertainment Reporter *
Best song: “Man or Muppet“
How to watch: The Muppets is streaming on Netflix.
3. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a classic and beloved Bollywood movie soundtrack, but “Yeh Ladka Hai Allah” rarely gets its due. This is the rare Bollywood number that has it all and puts it on full display while Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) attends Anjali’s (Kajol) best friend’s wedding. Like “Bole Chudiyan” in the same movie, it’s a boisterous group number rooted in cultural celebration, and like “Suraj Hua Maddham” a mere 10 minutes earlier, it basks in the legendary chemistry of Khan and Kajol, who move seamlessly from sweet flirtation to playful rivalry to full on eye-fucking (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai gazebo scene, here is your obligatory shout out). The song is diegetic as part of the wedding festivities, but with just enough of a fantasy element for our characters to explore unspoken emotions and break into choreographed dances they definitely never rehearsed. — P.K.
Best song: “Yeh Ladki Hai Allah“
How to watch: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is streaming on Netflix.
If Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom can’t quite escape the rhythms of the stage (it’s based on a play by August Wilson), it’s more than dynamic enough to hold its own as a movie. Set during an eventful recording session in 1927 Chicago, the film is at once a full-throated tribute to the “Mother of the Blues,” a lively celebration of Black culture and its place in history, and a sharp exploration of racial dynamics then and now — not to mention a stunning showcase for its cast, including Viola Davis as the towering legend of the title and Chadwick Boseman in his thrilling, heartbreaking final performance. — Angie Han, Deputy Entertainment Editor *
Best song: “Deep Moaning Blues“
How to watch: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is streaming on Netflix.
All four seasons of Rachel Bloom’s magical, emotional musical extravaganza are on Netflix, so if you didn’t originally catch the CW charmer during its 2015-2019 run, you’re in for a real treat. The show follows a woman after she moves across the country to get her high school boyfriend back — but of course, it’s actually a lot more nuanced than that. Smartly tackling mental illness, love, the patriarchy, and the lies we tell ourselves, the dark comedy will consistently make you laugh (sometimes joyfully, sometimes more so out of recognizable secondhand cringe). Fair warning: The original songs (over 150!) about modern dating horrors will get stuck in your head, and you will sing along. — Entertainment Editor, Erin Strecker
Best song: “You Stupid Bitch” (But there are oh-so-many contenders!)
How to watch: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is streaming on Netflix.
Asterisks (*) indicate the entry comes from a previous Mashable list.