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FearTheSpork
01-08-2007, 09:37 AM
Well, I was wondering if anyone likes musical theatre? I, for one, love it-Les Miserables is my favorite musical as of now (yes, I know; horribly mainstream, but it's amazing nonetheless), as well as The Last Five Years, even though I don't know about that one very well. My favorite Broadway stars are Michael Crawford (the man is AMAZING. Flawless. Perfection) and Kristin Chenoweth (ditto).

SandraEllen
01-08-2007, 09:54 AM
I :heart: LOVE :heart: musicals. My DH just took me to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Detroit for Christmas.

I saw a ton when I was growing up and some of my all time favorites are Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Singing in the Rain

Lieke
01-08-2007, 10:03 AM
I love musicals, but unfortunately most of them are to expensive for a student. I've seen miss saigon, the lion king and some smaller musicals like tsjechov and fame and I loved every one of them (although I liked the lion king best)

Kaydee
01-08-2007, 10:26 AM
I love :heart: musicals, I've seen so many I don't think I could pick a favorite (Les Mes, Phantom, Damn Yankees...I love them all)!! Being orginally from CT (and not far from NYC) my mom and I used to go on Wednesdays to get 1/2 price tickets in Times Square for musicals. I've seen dozens of shows this way, its such a great deal if you want to go to Broadway but are on a budget.

Chrissie
01-08-2007, 10:29 AM
I haven't seen anything in years but I used to go to shows with my Mom a lot when I was in HS and college. I've seen Les Miserables, Phantom, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, The Secret Garden, and Beauty and The Beast. I'm trying to convince my DH that we should go see the Lion King when it comes to town this summer.

ETA: I forgot about Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat! With Donny Osmond! How could I forget?

psammeadred
01-08-2007, 10:36 AM
My brother's a music major, but last year (his senior year of high school), he had the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and I got to be the accompanist! That was loads of fun. Fiddler on the Roof and Pirates of Penzance (does that count as musical theater?) are two of my favorites.

Oh, and my mom taught Kristen Chenowyth when she was in middle school!

nadja la claire
01-08-2007, 10:57 AM
I'm not too keen on musicals, although I do love just about everything by Stephen Sondheim. I love the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which I know are operettas and therefore not technically musicals but they are wonderful and very accessable. And I love.........opera. Does this make me a music snob? I hope not.
:hug: :muah:

Nadja xxx

Kirochka
01-08-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm a musicals snob - Sondheim rules, Lloyd Webber makes me cringe. (My mother is the same.) I've seen three productions of Sweeney Todd (original B'way, revival with Bob Gunton, can't remember when exactly that was, latest revival with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris), just saw the revival of Company on B'way in November, two NY revivals of Pacific Overtures (1985 or so and last year), the original B'way Sunday in the Park in 1984 (twice) and one revival here in Chicago, Passions in NY and Bounce in Chicago (didn't like either... has Stephen lost his touch?)... that might be it, I'm spacing at the moment...ETA: A Little Night Music, productions at my college and at City Opera! I did, I admit it, enjoy Cats when I saw it on B'way in 1982, but I can't bear it now...

I guess I've seen a lot of other musicals, some fabulous (Nathan Lane in Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened... oops, that counts as Sondheim too...), some forgettable (the amazing Mandy Patinkin in The Secret Garden, Nathan Lane in a concert version of something I can't even remember the name of...), one of my all-time favorites, 1776 (National Tour in 1971 or so, revival on B'way in the late 1990s), A Chorus Line (late late late in the original run), a revival of My Fair Lady in the mid-1970s (Ian Richardson as Higgins), Ain't Misbehavin' (original B'way and a production in Toronto), the original original Annie (pry those songs out of my brain with a crowbar...), La Cage Aux Folles (eh... not good)... and I do adore Gilbert & Sullivan, including the Linda Ronstadt-Kevin Kline Pirates - first place I ever saw Kline, back in the late 1970s was it?

Er... OK, enough of that. Suffice to say, yes, I like musicals...!

ETA: OMG, I just remembered I saw a production of Forum in Scotland in the early 1970s with Phil Silvers as Pseudolus, when I was a kid!

Stiney
01-08-2007, 12:24 PM
some forgettable (the amazing Mandy Patinkin in The Secret Garden,

Was that the one that was on Broadway around *thinks* 12 years ago?

My dad and his then-girlfriend took me to see it, because I loved the book.

I, er. Fell asleep.

I LOVE Les Mis :heart: so much that I'm attempting to slog through the book. :waah: I also LOVE the soundtracks to Rent and Songs for a New World, though I've never seen them. Tommy was good, and I think that about sums up the musicals I've seen. Oh, wait, saw "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with Matthew Broderick, but I was 10 and remember nothing. :teehee:

RachelJean
01-08-2007, 01:23 PM
I love musicals, and since I live just an hour north of NYC, I've been to many shows. One I remember really well was in the 70's, my dad took us to see Two by Two, starting Danny Kaye. Kaye had a broken leg, but since he didn't use understudies, he performed anyway. When I looked it up on the internet, it said he used a wheelchair, but I remember him dancing on stage in his cast. It must have been a pretty good show if I remember that far back!

We really want to go see Wicked this year, but getting tickets is ridiculously difficult ...

Stiney
01-08-2007, 01:25 PM
Oh, and how could I forget SPAM-A-LOT!

I was lucky enough to see it with the original cast last April. For FREE.

I really want to see Evil Dead the Musical and sit in the splatter-zone. :teehee:

"This is my BOOM-STICK!"

hunterjenn
01-08-2007, 01:39 PM
And I love.........opera. Does this make me a music snob? I hope not.

:rofl: If it does, we can be snobs together! I grew up with opera--my dad sings, and has a fantastic voice. Now that I'm taking voice myself, nothing makes me happier than working on an aria...I'm working on some from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro right now, which I wasn't familiar with before. I only knew the Rossini version. There's just so much darned beautiful music out there!!

Kirochka
01-08-2007, 01:39 PM
some forgettable (the amazing Mandy Patinkin in The Secret Garden,

Was that the one that was on Broadway around *thinks* 12 years ago?

My dad and his then-girlfriend took me to see it, because I loved the book.

I, er. Fell asleep.



1993, apparently: http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4640 And the very funny thing is that, as I somehow dimly remembered, John Cameron Mitchell was in it! Not quite the sort of thing he's doing now! :roflhard:

Yeah, I don't remember it much, and I too loved the book as a kid. It certainly had a good cast, though!

Kirochka
01-08-2007, 01:45 PM
Oh, about opera... I know almost nothing except that I adore (time to groan at the obviousness, opera buffs!) La Boheme and weep (inexplicably, to me) at the end. Saw it at City Opera about eight years ago. I have NO idea why it happens, and it's such a damn cliche... but it does! :shrug:

(I really liked the Baz Luhrmann production (http://imdb.com/title/tt0248829/), too - saw it on PBS a while back and need to get a copy of it.)

hunterjenn
01-08-2007, 02:13 PM
Oh, about opera... I know almost nothing except that I adore (time to groan at the obviousness, opera buffs!) La Boheme and weep (inexplicably, to me) at the end.

Hey, nothing wrong with Boheme! I think those are some of the most beautiful melodies in all of opera. And it's such a tragic story! Of course you're weeping! Who isn't?? :teehee:

Kirochka
01-08-2007, 02:50 PM
To be honest, I think they could probably sing the phone book to the music at the end of Boheme and I'd still weep - something about it just breaks my heart... and I realize it's nothing new or extraordinary (think Cher in Moonstruck! :teehee: ), but I just find it so odd to watch myself every time... even just to think about the ending...gulp... :pout: I was listening to it on my Walkman at work once and almost bawled while sanding wood in the shop! :teehee:

Jeremy
01-08-2007, 07:36 PM
One of my first trips into NYC was in 1972 at age 15 to see Pippin with Ben Vereen Irene Ryan (Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies). That whole experience transformed my life. I had, up until that time, rarely ventured outside of my little city in eastern CT and it opened a whole other world for me. I went on to see the Ritz with Chita Rivera, Irene with Debbie Reynolds, the original Sunshine Boys, Chorus Line and Bette Midler in the Half shell review among others. I also saw a lot of drama in those years-Henry Fonda playing Clarence Darrow and Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst in a Moon for the Misbegotten. Not long ago I found the ticket stub for that first show: It cost me $4.50.

md21
01-09-2007, 03:21 AM
Hello everyone! This is my first post on here, but I've been reading the forum for about a month now. I saw this thread and had to post.

I love musicals! As of right now, musical theatre is what I intend on majoring in, but I still have another year to change my mind. I was recently in the chorus of a local community theatre production of Once Upon a Mattress, and I am currently rehearsing for the role of Schroder in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Forum auditions are in the late spring, and I cannot wait.

Yesterday, I went to go see Into The Woods, and the cast did an amazing job. That show is one of my favorites. It is rumored that they will be doing it at the theatre where I did Mattress next year. I hope it works out. A local college is currently rehearsing for Sweeny Todd; I can't wait to see that.

Some of my other favorites include Little Shop of Horrors, The Last Five Years, and Rent. Now, I know this is very mainstream, but I also love Wicked. I know it's not the greatest show out there and is quite over-rated, but there is something about it that I can't get enough of. After listening the CD and watching YouTube videos of the show, I got to see it this fall in Portland with Shoshana Bean and Megan Hilty. It was a good show. I also have tickets for Aida and Hairspray, which are two shows I don't know very much about, but I've heard good things about both.

Anyway, sorry for the randomness/disorganization of that post. Future ones will be of better quality. I just love to talk about musicals. :D

Kirochka
01-09-2007, 09:38 AM
Jeremy, my mother just asked me if I want to see Kevin Spacey and Colm Meaney in Moon for the Misbegotten when we're in town again in May... I did say no (other choices were Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking, which I really want to suffer through, er, I mean see and Jefferson Mays in whatever Jefferson Mays is going to do, I don't care what it is, he was so brilliant in [i]I Am My Own Wife that I don't care!). I'm not a huge O'Neill fan, to be honest (my mother is) - I saw Glenda Jackson in... damn, forgetting the name, the one where they keep addressing the audience directly - which was parodied in a Marx Brothers movie :teehee: - and Brian Dennehy in Long Day's Journey at the Goodman in Chicago before it acquired V. Redgrave on Broadway. I just... :shrug: I don't know, I just find myself wishing the plays would be over. I felt the same when I finally saw Death of A Salesman (the Dustin Hoffman production on B'way, with John Malkovich as Biff, IIRC) - I just couldn't understand why attention must be paid!

md21, I think incoherent rambling is a requirement of postings about the theater! :teehee: I envy you your involvement in the theater!

ETA: How could I have forgotten Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson in Anna Christie!? I think Rip Torn and Anne Meara too, maybe? Don't remember caring for the play, but that was when Neeson and Richardson first met and became involved and the chemistry was certainly there. Then again, I was convinced Neeson should have seen me in the audience and gone for me...

Kirochka
01-09-2007, 09:40 AM
One of my first trips into NYC was in 1972 at age 15 to see Pippin with Ben Vereen

I still remember the TV ads for Pippin... man, that must have run forever, because I think that was in 1976! And I think Ben Vereen was still in it? (I never did see it though - probably a big mistake!) But anyway, wasn't that the first musical they did TV ads for?

nadja la claire
01-09-2007, 10:15 AM
[quote=nadja la claire]And I love.........opera. Does this make me a music snob? I hope not.

Now that I'm taking voice myself, nothing makes me happier than working on an aria...I'm working on some from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro right now,

Oh, I just LOVE Mozart's operas and the arias in Figaro are absolutely beautiful. You are so lucky to have a voice capable of singing such manificent music.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

SandraEllen
01-09-2007, 10:38 AM
I LOVE Les Mis :heart: so much that I'm attempting to slog through the book. :waah:

Crazy enough, I read the book long before I ever realized there was a musical. I had a teacher in school read us an abridged version of part of the story. I wanted more. I think i was in highschool and had a higher tolerance for drawn out writing back then. i tried to read it again recently and failed miserably.

gypsygirl
01-09-2007, 10:55 AM
some forgettable (the amazing Mandy Patinkin in The Secret Garden,

Was that the one that was on Broadway around *thinks* 12 years ago?

My dad and his then-girlfriend took me to see it, because I loved the book.

I, er. Fell asleep.



1993, apparently: http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4640 And the very funny thing is that, as I somehow dimly remembered, John Cameron Mitchell was in it! Not quite the sort of thing he's doing now! :roflhard:

Yeah, I don't remember it much, and I too loved the book as a kid. It certainly had a good cast, though!

We did a version of this at my local community theatre a couple of years ago, and had an older woman walk out of the show at intermission, horrified at how we'd "ruined such a lovely story". She wrote this on her program and flung it at the office manager on her way out. And this was with a warning before the show started that it wasn't much like the book. :)

I've not gotten to see any musicals on Broadway yet, though I did get to see Les Mis in the West End about six or seven years ago (as well as the American tour version). Most of my exposure has been from soundtracks, and school and community theatre productions (I've been lucky enough to participate in quite a few of the latter in the last five years).

Stiney
01-09-2007, 11:28 AM
I LOVE Les Mis :heart: so much that I'm attempting to slog through the book. :waah:

Crazy enough, I read the book long before I ever realized there was a musical. I had a teacher in school read us an abridged version of part of the story. I wanted more. I think i was in highschool and had a higher tolerance for drawn out writing back then. i tried to read it again recently and failed miserably.

I've been reading it for months. It doesn't help that I knit during my reading time now. :teehee:

It KILLS me that I'm 300 pages in and I'm still in the trial--Valjean is still the Mayor! :wall:

Kirochka's Mommy
01-09-2007, 12:05 PM
I guess like mother, like daughter. Sondheim is my favorite, but I disagree with Karen about him losing his touch. I actually liked "Passion" and "Bounce" grows on me more each time I listen to it. My favorite musical is "Pacific Overtures." The new production of "Company" is great. I'm not a great Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, either, but I still like "Cats."

I just saw "The Apple Tree" with Kristen Chenoweth and she is spectacular in it.


Yes, Karen, John Cameron Mitchell was in "The Secret Garden."

As for opera, it's sad that I don't like it more than I do. We live three blocks from Lincoln Center, home of the NY City Opera and the Met. We tend to go to "operas" like "Candide" and "A Little Night Music," but La Boheme is wonderful.

Stiney
01-09-2007, 12:13 PM
:shock:

I was in your neighborhood on the 28th of December!

We parked on West End Ave, ate at a cafe, went the Museum of Natural History, and then to the movie theater at Lincoln Center.

hunterjenn
01-09-2007, 01:08 PM
Oh, I just LOVE Mozart's operas and the arias in Figaro are absolutely beautiful. You are so lucky to have a voice capable of singing such manificent music.

CAPABLE may be a stretch, but it's certainly fun to try! :teehee: You're sweet to give me that much credit, though. :hug: It is incredibly beautiful music.

cheesiesmom
01-09-2007, 02:00 PM
I grew up watching film musicals on TV (we didn't have the $$ for what little theater came to Detroit) and still today will sit through just about anything with singing and dancing. (Turner Classic Movies is my fave station.) Over the years I've been able to take in a few "real" musicals on stage, Stop the World, Evita, Cabaret, Annie, Annie Get Your Gun (we got Bernadette Peters' autograph and a pix with my DD), No No Nanette, Phantom, Les Miz. My kids have been "subjected" to the musical thing, too, so both of them have a pretty good background in musical comedy. It must have made some kind of impression because both of them took drama in H.S. and my DD was in all the schol plays. She was Rizzo in Grease! That was the best. She started out in college as a drama major and then switched to journalism.

While she was in her stage mode, I took her to see La Boehme and then a couple of weeks later Rent. I loved those outings. One of her best friends from H.S. has been touring with Cats for several years now and is Mephisopheles (sp?).

Tomorrow my DD leaves for her first tv news job in Yuma AZ. She's driving and I told her to sing a couple of choruses of Oklahoma for me on her way through. (I think I may cry.)

Kirochka
01-09-2007, 02:29 PM
There are some musicals I've never seen but know well, and Stop the World... is one of them - my parents had the original cast recording and I've heard it a lot. Candide was another for a while, but I've since seen it...

Jeremy
01-09-2007, 03:29 PM
One of my first trips into NYC was in 1972 at age 15 to see Pippin with Ben Vereen

I still remember the TV ads for Pippin... man, that must have run forever, because I think that was in 1976! And I think Ben Vereen was still in it? (I never did see it though - probably a big mistake!) But anyway, wasn't that the first musical they did TV ads for?
It probably was among the first but it sure wasn't on in podunk Norwich CT. The theatre mean't alot to me back then It really took me outside myself. I really have to go more often. BTW, I think your mom lives in the same neighborhood, roughly, that my friend has a pied a terre in. Their apt. is in the Montana on the corner of 88th and Broadway. Their daughter lives across the street from Lincoln Center.

Kirochka
01-09-2007, 03:33 PM
Yup, same general area. M&D live on 66th Street off Amsterdam. My first NYC apartment, a teeny studio, was on 64th Street across B'way from Lincoln Center; my second was at 73rd & Amsterdam.

Uh oh, making myself homesick now... :pout:

mayonayz
01-10-2007, 08:52 PM
Oh wow. I'm glad I stumbled across this thread!
I'm actually in a play rehearsal right now. I'm proud to say I've performed in quite a few plays, and been on the production team, and an assistant to the stage manager for two years now. I've performed in: Oliver, Fame! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and Les Miserables. I'm been ASM for Shakespeare's The Tempest, West Wide Story, Macbeth, and right now for Guys and Dolls.

I've seen The Last Five Years, Wicked, Mama Mia! Fiddler on the Roof (In original Yiddish!) and another Yiddish play called No More Raisins, No More Almonds, a collection of children's ghetto songs (From the Holocaust.)

Seeing it all out in print, that's a lot of plays in a short six years O.o

stitchywitch
01-11-2007, 08:08 AM
I often think that I have the best job in the whole world, because I get to sing and teach musical theater and get paid for it!

My favorite composer is Jason Robert Brown. I'm so in love with "The Last Five years" that I wouldn't know where to begin! I love most musicals (except for those based on old pop songs... I don't get those) but my other favorites are probably the Secret Garden, Avenue Q, Nine, and Songs for a New World. And I have an utterly cheese-tastic love of Jesus Christ Superstar.

My least favorites? Anything overdone. Please... let me never have to hear another song from Phantom. Or Annie. But oddly enough I've never grown tired of Les Mis, in spite of teaching the songs over and over again.

Kirochka's Mommy
01-11-2007, 10:06 AM
I recognized the name Jason Robert Brown, but couldn't remember why. I googled him and learned he wrote the songs for PARADE. It only ran for a short time at Lincoln Center, but it deserved a much longer run. The songs do so much to give PARADE (about the trial and lynching of Leo Frank) it emotional power. Brown won the Tony for his music for it in 1999. (Thank you Wikipedia!) I also saw a wonderful production of PARADE down by the Musical Theater Department of NYU. College productions are often very well done and not expensive. Check with your local colleges/universities to see if they present theatrical events. There have also been wonderful non-musical plays done by the NYU Drama Department.

Stiney
01-11-2007, 10:35 AM
My favorite composer is Jason Robert Brown.

"I'd give it all for you" is one of my favorite love songs. :heart: