Also, keep in mind that this is a list of stage musicals, not movie musicals, which explains the absence of such classics as "Singing in the Rain," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," and "The Wizard of Oz." Yes, they've been done on the stage, but never very well. If I ever decide to put together a list of the best movie musicals, rest assured that I will give them full consideration.
She is survived by a son, Lamuel Watson of Greensboro, .; a daughter, Dora Alice Watson of Lansing, Ill.; two sisters, Evelyn Atwell of Lola and Helen Watson of Marion; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
His other film scores include Moonstruck , Scott Joplin , The Lemon Sisters and Alan and Naomi . His music has also been heard in Mask , Billy Bathgate , Two Weeks Notice , and other films. He was music director of The Movie Music of Woody Allen , which premiered at the Hollywood Bowl . 
12 – William Peter Blatty, Writer/Filmmaker – wrote both the novel and screenplay for “The Exorcist” – age 89 (multiple myeloma)
My admiration of Hammerstein got me thinking about which other people are responsible for the development of the musical-theater form, and since I've been a list-making mood lately, well, you can probably see where this is heading. Here then is my attempt to list the most influential people in the history of musical theater. Some of these names will be very well known, others not so much. I've included links for all the names, plus brief explanations for those I deemed it appropriate. I'm sure that there will be many people who feel that I've left someone out, or ranked someone too low or too high. If so, feel free to drop me a line.