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Do you have a favorite musical?

Asked by DigitalBlue (7072points) February 11th, 2013

I really love musicals, and I know that I am not alone. Do you have a favorite, and do you have a favorite song from a musical?
Links appreciated. :)

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Pachy's avatar

Just about anything by Rogers and Hammerstein. I grew up on their words and lyrics.
South Pacific
and the amazing…
The King and I

mazingerz88's avatar

Phantom of the Opera. : )

Judi's avatar

I have a soft spot for Annie, but its probably because I gave birth to a red headed daughter about the same time it came out on Broadway.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Fanasticks- Saw it with Jerry Orbach in the 1960’s in New York.

zenvelo's avatar

Fiddler on the Roof.

Please, nothing by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Rocky Horror Picture Show

@Michael_Huntington haven’t seen that yet. I expect it’s rather good/funny coming from Matt and Trey.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Les Miserables
Phantom of the Opera
Funny Girl
Singin’ in the Rain

rojo's avatar

Paint your Wagons.

How can you not like a musical with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood!

rojo's avatar

ooh…ooh, and what @uberbatman said.

AshLeigh's avatar

Grease 1 & 2.
Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber on Fleed Street.
The Sound of Music.
Across the Universe.
Can’t pick just one :)

ucme's avatar

Oliver, the one with Mark Lester, Ron Moody & Oliver Reed…fan-bloody-tastic!!

wundayatta's avatar

Right now it’s Hairspray, since my daughter is performing in that in a couple of months.

Last year it was West Side Story. Same reason.

In my youth, I did Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls. Those were my favorites then. Other than that, I don’t know from musicals.

gailcalled's avatar

My Fair Lady
Any of Stephen Sondheim’s works
West Side Story
South Pacific
Finian’s Rainbow
Annie, Get Your Gun
Call Me Madam

Sunny2's avatar

very close second: West Side Story

fremen_warrior's avatar

Blues Brothers or The Wall (is The Wall a musical btw?)

marinelife's avatar

The Wizard of Oz

FutureMemory's avatar

Grease all the way!

cookieman's avatar

Man of La Mancha
My favorite was with Placido Domingo

Original cast.

West Side Story
I saw a great revival of it in Boston about two years ago.

Honorable Mention
Miss Saigon
It’s not really a favorite, but I saw a really good production in London that I liked.

I’ve never actually seen the play, but I love the soundtrack.

JLeslie's avatar


Les Miserables

The Producers


HMS Pinafore

Mama Mia (although the story is stupid, but love the music)

DigitalBlue's avatar

@JLeslie I watched Mamma Mia (the movie, with Streep) with my sister yesterday. She had only seen it once, and didn’t really remember it, and she asked why I love it so much because the type of story does not suit my personality or what she would typically expect me to like. I told her that I love the songs, and the movie is just light and cheerful, it puts me in a good mood. By the end of the movie she was laughing and dancing and swooning over the beautiful scenery. :)

linguaphile's avatar

Just one?? Impossible… My favorites—
Rent (No Day but Today)
Fiddler on the Roof
Les Miserables
My Fair Lady
West Side Story
Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sweet Transvestite)

But love so many more!

My daughter and I have a “Broadway Bond”—we sing Broadway songs together frequently. Am getting ready to introduce her to Cabaret and Victor/Victoria.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

I hated Rent. I wanted to like it.

JLeslie's avatar

@DigitalBlue I listen to ABBA a lot anyway, so any excuse to sing and dance along. When you see it live they do another couple songs after the play is over and everyone is “dancing” in the aisles. It’s fun.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

I’ve seen a few:

Les Mis
Peter Pan
Miss Saigon
Young Frankenstein (with a favorite, Andrea Martin)

and, this Sunday, The Lion King (with my niece).

I liked Evita and Les Mis the best.

Pachy's avatar

“My Fair Lady”—everything about it and all the more for having seen Rex Harrison in it.

JLeslie's avatar

@Mama_Cakes I loved the movie Evita with Madonna. I have seen Evita twice live and never loved it as much as the movie. If you haven’t seen it you might enjoy it.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

@JLeslie ages ago, I saw it in Detroit with my Mom. Can’t remember who was in the cast. I loved the music, of course, and it was one of my first musicals so it stood out for me.

I haven’t seen the movie. I will now, though. :)

DigitalBlue's avatar

@Mama_Cakes aw, I love Rent. I’m trying to think of a musical that I don’t like, though, and I can’t come up with anything.
This discussion is making me feel like it has been too long since I’ve seen Cats, though.

JLeslie's avatar

@Mama_Cakes I have the soundtrack from the movie. I pop it in every so often and sing along while I clean the house. The music is great.

@DigitalBlue I hated Cats.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

My Mom was really into musicals and she had the album, Camelot. I loved that, too.

forgot to add that I saw Annie in Detroit.

Unbroken's avatar

My Fair Lady

The Producers

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Another is a Requiem mass written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Brian1946's avatar

My wife and I saw Mama Mia 12 years ago. I loved the music and the dancing.

We were sitting about 4 rows from the stage. The only musician and instrument I could see from there was a man and a piano. During the intermission, I went over to him to ask how he was able to make all that music with just a single piano. When I got to where he was, I just happened to look down into the space between the piano and the front stage wall. What I saw below was a basement filled with an entire orchestra: curiosity satisfied!

I also liked Tommy. One of my favorite songs from it is Eyesight to the Blind.

diavolobella's avatar

My favorite to perform in was “Triumph of Love” with “Guys and Dolls” running a close second. My favorite to watch was “Hello Dolly.” I wish I’d gotten to see the Broadway revival of “Ragtime” because my sister was in it, but I didn’t get the chance. That would have definitely been memorable.

Rarebear's avatar

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

diavolobella's avatar

@Rarebear Bad horse, Bad Horse, Bad Horse, he’s bad!

muppetish's avatar

While I can’t commit to an absolute favourite, I do have a soft spot for Into the Woods.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Not a musical, but this is awesome. I’m listening to it right now. I could make you a copy?

zensky's avatar


gasman's avatar

South Pacific
Guys and Dolls
The Sound of Music
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
West Side Story
Half a Sixpence

Where did this list come from? Those are the shows in which I played in the pit orchestra (saxophone & clarinet) during my high school & college years, so naturally those are the shows I love because of all the memories. (Guys & Dolls was the most fun because of the awesome sax part; West Side Story had the most difficult music.)

ucme's avatar

Another I like, The Rocky Horror Picture Show…sweet!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

1. Cats
2. Miss Saigon
3. Sound of Music

lookingglassx3's avatar

In no particular order…
Half a Sixpence
Phantom of the Opera
State Fair
West Side Story
The King and I
Repo! The Genetic Opera (very modern but very good and sadly underrated)

DigitalBlue's avatar

@lookingglassx3 I’m a die hard Repo fan, and I just found “The Devil’s Carnival.” It’s also Zdunich/Bousman, and has almost all of the Repo cast.
That’s actually what cued this question, I found the movie yesterday and I watched it three times.

antimatter's avatar

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber – Johny Depp sings terrible! Did not eat garage pies for a while.

lookingglassx3's avatar

@DigitalBlue Yeah, Repo really is amazing, it’s so unique and the music is incredible! I’ll have to check The Devil’s Carnival out! :3

Only138's avatar

I would love to check out the “American Idiot” musical by Green Day.

filmfann's avatar

The Wizard of Oz

An American in Paris

augustlan's avatar

Fiddler on the Roof (If I Were a Rich Man) and Les Miserables (On My Own and Master of the House) are probably my favorites.

DominicX's avatar

The Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Wicked, Cabaret, and most recently The Threepenny Opera. I’d never heard a non-German version of Threepenny, and while I still prefer German versions, it was interesting to watch the full musical version of it in English.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I’m another Phantom of the Opera fan with Les Miserables in at a close second (my dad and I are always debating over whether Les Mis is better than Miss Saigon, which is his favourite. I love both but Les Mis has the edge for me). As for the older musicals, Show Boat and Fiddler on the Roof are my favourites.

My dad once saw a musical production of Flowers For Algernon with Michael Crawford in the main role. I would have loved to see that, he said it was stunning and although it wasn’t a massive production, remembers it very fondly. The book was beautiful in my opinion.

cookieman's avatar

I can’t believe I’m the only who mentioned Company. The music is so good. Sondheim! “Being Alive” is amazing all by itself.

Ooh, and I’ll throw in a another vote for Fiddler on the Roof. Also great.

linguaphile's avatar

My son loves Co-Ed Prison Sluts and Book of Mormon :D

We both know all the songs to Avenue Q One of the best modern musicals, IMO…

Ooh, I forgot Little Shop of Horrors (“Suddenly Seymour”), Chorus Line (At the Ballet” and “One Singular Sensation…”) Pippin (“Corner of the Sky”)

Kardamom's avatar

The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. I’m a sucker for Julie Andrews.

rojo's avatar

One that came to mind this evening that I have not seen in a long time:

Jesus Christ, Superstar.

filmfann's avatar

No one has mentioned Hair? That was huge!

There was Easy To Be Hard

Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (also known as The Flesh Failures)

Good Morning Starshine

and of course Hair

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