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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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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.
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 :)

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