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What’s your favorite musical?


Being a manly man who’s not afraid to show his emotions, I’m quite happy to admit that I love a good musical. I don’t mean Disney-type musicals, which (though excellent in their own right) I tend to think of as movies with songs in them. I’m talking about your proper, singing/dancing/almost all the story’s told through song type of affair.
 
Here are my top three: 
 
3: Phantom of the Opera (the stage show NOT the awful movie version) 
This was a close call because I also love West Side Story (1961) and if they remake that movie without screwing it up the way folks did with The Phantom, it may well make it back into my top three. For the moment though, I’m going with the stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s amazing take on Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel. 
  
 
2: Moulin Rouge (2001)
Even better than the beautiful story with a tragic ending, was the imaginative use of classic songs (often interwoven) and the original track, Come What May, in my opinion, one of the best love songs ever. Who’d have thought a Jedi could sing so well?

1: Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)
 
More for kid’s than grown-ups? Maybe. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, this delightful take on the Old Testament stories never fails to entertain. I’d already seen and loved the stage show years before. Donny Osmond was an inspired choice for the title role, and unlike the movie versions of Lloyd-Webbers other musicals, this one came out even better than the stage show.  

ETA:  Senior Management has pointed out that I also like Calamity Jane (1953), which is very true.   The stage version has a really great song, Tell us another one, in which the rest of the cast pull Jane's leg about her storytelling, which wasn't in the movie. 
 
How about you?
 
What’s your favorite musical?   
 

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tesserae_
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
I'm going to date myself irretrievably here, but the original cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar, with Deep Purple's Ian Gillan as Jesus and Murray Head as Judas. Those voices - as opposed to traditional light opera/Broadway-type vices - made listening to that album an amazingly powerful experience...
bogwitch64
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! How could I forget Jesus Christ Superstar!? Godspell too.
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jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Steve Martin was excellent as the dentist in the second movie version:)
bogwitch64
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
I'm also manly enough to admit to loving a good musical. Wait...

My favorites are: West Side Story, Grease, Spamalot, Wicked.

I think Grease would have to be my favorite. It was a HUGE milestone in musical theater. For the first time, a hit musical ended with the girl getting the guy, but NOT by changing HIM, but by changing herself. Generally, musicals ended with the bad boy changing his ways to get the good girl. Not so in Grease. It turned things around. Set at the end of the 50s, it symbolized the big changes on the horizon. I love all the backstory to the story itself.

Of course, my daughter played Rizzo in high school, so that has to factor in too. :)
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
I've not seen Spamalot yet, though I hear good things about it :)
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selfavowedgeek
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
I must admit, it was only when I married Lovely Wife that I reluctantly began watching musicals. Now, if nothing else is on the TV, and I run across The Sound of Music, I'll leave it there. That film has grown on me so much over the years.

Really dug Chicago and Moulin Rouge.

For TV itself, yeah, got to admit I'm a bit of a Gleek, too.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Favorite Things is a beautiful song, and so darn catchy you end up humming it for weeks afterwards :)
jjhoutman
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Sweeney Todd has been my favorite for years, but Wicked is also on my list.
southernweirdo
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
My wife absolutely loved Wicked when it came through Birmingham a couple years ago.
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southernweirdo
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy. I know they are better classified as rock operas than traditional musicals, but they've both been performed and adapted as traditional musicals on stage.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
I confess, The Wall left me cold, though I can see why you chose Tommy :)
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jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Excellent choices! I think Abba wrote such great songs, but (to me) they don't sound half as good when other folks sing them.
silverwerecat
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
Meaw. Also, see icon. ;)

Yeap, it's Cats. Duh. And I loved Sweeney Todd as well, but many of my stories involve human-eating cats. *evil grin*

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jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
I confess, Cats left me cold. I don't know why exactly. Mind you, I did like the song, Memories
csecooney
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Sondheim's Passion. (And then, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins. But mostly Passion.)

Les Miserables still gets me. Les Mis and Phantom were the two big ones when we were kids - although we acted out EVERYTHING in our front room, up to and including Disney musicals. We particularly liked the Broadway musical version of Beauty and the Beast. I can still remember my youngest brother singing, "I'll make a man out of you," from Mulan when he was about three, and twiling a cardboard wrapping paper roll for his staff.

I also love Camelot. A lot of the Lerner and Lowe stuff. My Fair Lady, 'specially.

My first two musicals of my earliest memories were Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, so I will always be soft-hearted for them.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
The British version of Beauty and the Beast had a lot og pantomime elements in it, which made a great show even better, I thought :)
mguibord
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
Jon, you do such fun questions :)
I would say, not necessarily in order of preference because I really love them all:

Phantom of the Opera
Hello Dolly
Kiss Me Kate
Beauty and the Beast
My Fair Lady
Camelot
Once More with Feeling (Buffy musical episode)

But I haven't seen Wicked yet- so I'm not qualified on that one- I suspect I would love it:)
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Julie Andrews was in the stage version of My Fair Lady and may well have gotten the movie role if she wasn't already contracted to do Mary Poppins (you probably knew that though).

Kiss me Kate was fun. I also like Annie Get Your Gun, especially the song Anything you can do :)

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melissajm
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Only 3? Man, this is hard...

The first show I ever saw live was Annie. The lights went down. the overture started up, and next thing I knew tears were pouring down my face, and I was hooked.

If you go by the show I've seen most often, Les Miz. (It's my dad's favorite, and since he's the one I tend to go with... ;) But I love it too.

#1 post-show experience: Camelot, when I shook hands with Richard Harris. He was such a gentleman. He said "Your hands are so cold," and signed my program "God Bless you, Richard Harris."

But favorite 3 shows? I also love Phantom, and Man of La Mancha, and Wicked, and The Secret Garden, and Once On This Island, and I'm really, really hoping to get to see Lion King this year...
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I thought The Lion King was cleverly staged, and the music is great, but as a stage show, I'd say Beauty and the Beast is even better.

I know a few songs from Les Miserables, but I haven't seen the whole show. My mum loves it.
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melissajm
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
How could I have left out Into The Woods? I LOVE that one!
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msstacy13
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
With the exception of
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle,
Astaire and Rogers movies are in a nine-way tie.
Gene Kelly movies are generally really good, too.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Did you ever see the one Danny Kaye did about Hans Christian Anderson?
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the_faery_queen
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
grease, wicked andblood brothers
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Grease was a lot of fun, though the sequel wasn't anything like as good.
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claudee
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Aida
Tarzan
Elisabeth

I don't have a clue which of those are known outside Europe, at least Aida should.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Do you mean the Disney version of Tarzan? I love the songs Phil Collins wrote for that.
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