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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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jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Lol, if we're countng Dr. Horrible, then Buffy's Once more with feeling episode is a definite contender :)
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stone_bitch
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
My mother worked in theater, particularly musicals, for years. So I was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of song. I can't think of any one I don't like, but I do have favorites. Camelot, West Side Story, Guys N Dolls, The King and I, Hans Christian Anderson, Paint Your Wagon and just about anything with Gene Kelly in it.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Hans Christian Anderson in about thirty years, but I do remember enjoying it, especially the Ugly Duckling song which Hans makes up for the little bald kid :)
catephoenix
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
My top three 'stage' muscials: Les Miserables, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

My top three 'movie' musicals: Moulin Rouge, Once More with Feeling (ahem), High Society.


Good to see there's no 'High School Musical' on the lists.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen them, are they not very good?
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jaguarx13
Aug. 28th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Onstage - Sweeney Todd, Sweet Smell of Success and Cabaret. I'll be designing the costumes for Cabaret next year, now all I have to do is design Sweeney Todd and my costume design life will be complete.

Movies - Moulin Rouge.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Cabaret has some great songs :)
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jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
That one seems very popular. I really must check it out sometime :)
karen_w_newton
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
I have confessed previously that I am not at all musically inclined. That said, I did grow up in a house where my parents' entire record collection (yes, I am old enough that records were the only musical medium!) consisted of musical sound tracks. Because of that, I have a preference for musicals where the music actually advances the story line, instead of merely providing an interlude of singing in the middle of the story. Ergo, my vote goes to THE MUSIC MAN, which has a huge variety of songs. I love the song where the River City ladies gossip about Marian the Librarian ("He left River City the library building, but he left all the books to HER!") and the one where Marian and her mother sing about how her standards in men are too high.

But there are plenty of others I love, especially The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins (yes, I am a Julie Andrews fan!), Oklahoma, and newer ones, too, like Annie.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen The Music Man for a loooong time :)
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peadarog
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ, Superstar.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
You know, I'd have pegged you as an Oliver fan. I don't know why.
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debikm
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
"Cats" ALW's ability to make music out of T.S. Eliot poems fascinates me. (I wonder what he would do with "The Hollow Men"?) And the dancing is phen omenal. I lost count of how many pirouettes Mr. Mistoffoles did during his (her) finale. It was over 40 though.

"Tommy" was amazing. Minimal staging and props, no curtain to close between scenes, but there was never any doubt that this scene was in the doctor's office versus the Walker's living room. And of course, you can't beat The Who for the idea and music in the first place.

"Fiddler on the Roof" is classic, funny and tragic all at once. And that I know almost every word to every song doesn't hurt either.

And, since I can't leave this one out, "Godspell". It played a large part of my musical repetoire as a child and young adult and I still challenge myself to sing the really fats part of "All For The Best" from time to time.

Edited at 2010-08-28 07:52 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I forgot about Fiddler. Never saw it on stage, but the movie version was excellent :)
sandy_williams
Aug. 28th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I have to join the Les Miz crowd. I saw it twice in London and played the soundtrack on death loop for weeks. I still listen to some of the songs over and over again. It's so moving and tragic and, wow. It's my hands down favorite.

The husband and I saw a lot of musicals while we were in the UK. We went to Legally Blonde. We were desperate for entertainment and didn't expect much out of it, but it was so much fun. Even Trey enjoyed it. IMO, it's a lot better than the movie, and I loved the movie (husband hated movie).

jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen the Legally Blonde show but I thought the movie was great. How sad is that?
coldhighmountai
Aug. 28th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
when you're a Jet
West Side Story would be an interesting project 50 years later.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: when you're a Jet
It might at that, so long as the people making it didn't mess with the music.
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mmerriam
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
In order: Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Into the Woods.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I've not heard of Into the Woods before today, but several people have mentioned it.
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temporus
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hands down, favorit is Les Miserables. But then, I fell in love with it during the dress rehersals for the Tony Awards. Even in ordinary steet clothes, the original Broadway cast mesmerized me. So much that I *chose* to read the novel as my next book for school. (Love the book too, though Hugo had a habit of digressing from the main topic that makes ME look like I never venture from the subject at hand ever.)

Beyond that I have some favorites, like Guys and Dolls, but more from the point of view of having sung many of the songs throughout my school years than becuase of the musical itself.

It's funny, we watch a lot of musicals in my house, and the boys seem to love them, (Right now the 3 1/2 year old has been singing Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter from Kiss Me Kate.)

Hmm....I guess if I'm being honest, Rocky Horror has to rank up there, as we spent countless hours singing those songs and watching it in the midnight showings, etc.
jongibbs
Aug. 29th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
Howard Keel did some great musicals - with the exception of that one about Triffids, which can't have been much good 'cause I can't remember a single song from it ;)
wordsrmylife
Aug. 29th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
3) Camelot - The movie, not the Broadway show. Much as I love Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet just doesn't cut it as Lancelot. The casting in the movie is much better, and the music is witting and fits the movie.

2)A Little Night Music, which I've seen performed, though not on Broadway, and which I love for its music and melancholy.

1) Rent - I love the music, I love the way it plays with La boheme. There are no stars, but it stands out, at least for me.

Since I'm a big fan of Ewan MacGregor, I'll have to put Moulin Rouge in my Netflix cue.
jongibbs
Aug. 29th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
I knew Moulin Rouge/i>, would end up being one of my favorites the moment that unconscious Argentinian crashed through the ceiling :)
dferguson
Aug. 29th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
In no particular order:

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Cabaret
Camelot
Chicago
Dreamgirls
Grease
Guys And Dolls
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
Jesus Christ, Superstar
Little Shop of Horrors
Singin’ In the Rain
South Pacific
The Blues Brothers
The Music Man
The Sound of Music
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Wiz
jongibbs
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Did you ever see the Morecambe and Wise version of Singin' In the rain?
tracy_d74
Aug. 29th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Oh I love musicals.

Top three theater. 1) Into the Woods. (It was the first musical I have saw and I still LOVE it) 2) Lion King 3) toss between Les Mis and Rent.

Top trhee movies. Hands down #1) Grease, but VERY close is 2) Sound of Music. I like a bunch of others, but none that I watch at the same rate as the two mentioned.
jongibbs
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Grease seems quite popular still.
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