I'm sure there are good shows popping up here and there. I'd love to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon. I've heard fantastic things about it. And there will never be a lack of talent in performers. There are great performers still out there. Just as good as there ever were. It's the shows. And to be fair, they've been saying Broadway's dead since before I was born. And I think mostly they were talking about drama. Heck, I'd be surprised if they weren't talking about the marginalization of Broadway as new Tennessee Williams plays were still being produced. The golden age of Broadway drama is certainly long gone. Things really did change for the way musicals were made from the 60's and 70's to the 80's. There are still great and entertaining shows. I think many tend to use adaptations and camp to their advantage. Hairspray and even Xanadu are examples. Broadway used to be nearly completely supported by the upper middle class. That changed. After shows like Chicago and A Chorus Line were gone it became more about out-of-towners. Heck, A Chorus Line, my personal favorite musical ushered in the new era of HUGE SHOWS and not just great shows. I mostly believe that songwriters like Billy Joel, Elton John, Tom Waits etc. were attracted to rock and roll/pop music and not the theater. Had McCartney not met Lennon I really think he'd have made quite a career in London's West End. ETA: And the list missed Showboat? It was only the most influential musical in EVER! Seriously, in EVER!