What are your favorite musicals?

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What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Renie » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:43 pm

Mine are:

1. The Phantom of the Opera
2. Jesus Christ Superstar
3. Evita
4. The Wiz

(heh, can you tell I'm a big Andrew Lloyd Webber fan?)
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Sean » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:04 pm

Oliver Twist, Oklahoma!, and Stomp. I don't know if the last one is classified as a musical, as there isn't any actuall tonal music. Just percussion rhythym.
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Post by Renie » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:10 pm

I liked Stomp! I think it could classify as a musical. Rhythm is an important part of musical. Since there was no speaking though, would it technically have been a Rhythm Opera? Hey, I think we just discovered a new genre!!
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:51 am

By far, my favorite is Jesus Christ, Superstar. I discovered it among my Uncle Mike's 8-track collection around 1971 and I was hooked. Not only does it use a wonderful and amazing variety of music, but the lyrics are absolutely brilliant. That album had almost as much influence on my poetry writing as the Simon & Garfunkel albums did. :yes:

I also loved the movie The Music Man when I was a kid. And the Muppet version of The Frog Prince-- that counts, right? ;)
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by jgc » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:25 am

Let's see...

The King and I
Oklahoma
Carousel
The Rainmaker
(with Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn)

There are tons others because my mother brought me up listening to musicals on the record player!
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by mudshark » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:40 pm

Off the top of my head:

The Music Man
Camelot
My Fair Lady
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Hair
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Sean » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:38 pm

The Music Man is among my favorites too, along with Oklahoma, and Bye Bye Birdie. Mainly because I have performed in all three, but I still think they're good musicals. Pippin is also pretty good, but it's been a while since I have seen it.
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by jgc » Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:40 pm

Good lord! How could I have forgotten Camelot????
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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:54 am

Let it never be forgot! :warn:

How could I forget Hair? I love that almost as much as Jesus Christ, Superstar. :yes:
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Unicron » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:06 am

I like Les Miserables and quite a few Cirque du Soleil shows.
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Sean » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:42 am

I've only seen the movie version of Les Mis, so I can't comment on the play. I should get around to seeing it sometime. Maybe if it ever comes to Shea's...
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by jgc » Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:54 am

Oh yes, My Fair Lady.

OK, just about anything by Lerner and Lowe or Rogers and Hammerstein.

When I was in high school, during the summer, we had the Summer Music Theater. Young actors and actresses from New York would come and spend the summer. There was a different show every week. And I got to go every week because I ushered. I'd try to name them all off, but it was about 40 years ago (God, it hurt to type that...)
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Post by Cayla » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:06 pm

Off the top of my head, the only one I could think of at the moment is The Phantom of the Opera. I saw that one in Toronto ten years ago.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:08 am

I also forgot The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My local theater did that a couple of years ago and it was fantastic. :yes:
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Sean » Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:25 am

As of this weekend, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites. Although, I must say, I'm a bit biased. It has to be performed by my school's thespians. :D
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:52 am

They performed that at the Company Theater, too. The guy who played Lumiere (I think that's the character's name) was great. :D
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Post by Sean » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:04 pm

Our Lumiere is a good friend of mine. He has the butt-shaking down to an art form. :D
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Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:10 am

Actually, this guy was quoted in the little booklet as saying that Lumiere was his dream role. :D He's been in a few other things and he's always good, but he really "shined" as Lumiere. B)
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Unicron » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:32 pm

Forgot to add Into The Woods.
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They had that at the Company Theater a few years ago. It was pretty good. :yes:
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by Unicron » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:38 am

Truthfully, it's not as fun without Bernadette Peters as the witch. Which is not to say the current version is bad, just that it's not the same without some of the original cast. ;)
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Post by mudshark » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:21 pm

Most things are not as much fun without Bernadette Peters.
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Post by Unicron » Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:44 am

:lol:
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Post by DeaconBlues » Thu May 21, 2009 11:56 pm

Blab and I went to see Wicked while it was in town (her birthday present this year), and I really loved it. I read the book and could never really feel for Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), but the musical took it in a different direction. If you get the chance to see it, I would highly recommend it, as it was written for a wide audience, and I don't even think you need to really like The Wizard of Oz to like it.

(I've also had the songs drifting in and out of my head for a week now and despite the fact we had the released album before going to see it, am still not sick of it.)
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Re: What are your favorite musicals?

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri May 22, 2009 12:19 am

I saw Wicked a couple of years ago. Definitely very good. My niece was with me and it made her cry, because she felt the Wicked Witch was being treated unfairly. :)
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