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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 12:13 pm (UTC)
I've not seen Spamalot yet, though I hear good things about it :)
bogwitch64
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Jon...you MUST! Wait...are you a Monty Python fan?

I was privileged enough to see it when Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Alan Tudyk and Sara Ramirez still played in it. Fantasticly funny.
jongibbs
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I watched The Holy Grail with my son last year. I hadn't seen it in about twenty years, and I wasn't sure if it would seem as funny. Happily, it was just as amusing as when I first saw it, back in 1975 :)
bogwitch64
Aug. 28th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
That one remains my favorite. It's just too funny.

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