What is your favourite musical?

(47 Posts)
lunamoon Sat 21-Apr-12 23:30:49

That's it really.
Mine is a tie between Annie, Les Mis and Phantom.

invicta Sat 21-Apr-12 23:33:01

The best show I ever saw was Barnum staring Michael Crawford, although Blood Brothers is a favourite of mine also.

Shakey1500 Sat 21-Apr-12 23:42:13

OOhhh so many...if I had to choose it would be Sondheims "Sunday In The Park With George"

I think grin

Guys and Dolls.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 24-Apr-12 13:24:53

Live, Sweeney Todd.

Film versions, it's a toss-up between West Side Story and Cabaret.

Lio Tue 24-Apr-12 17:47:15

I'm planning to go to Sweeney Todd in June or July. I'm a Sondheim fan (loved Roadshow at the Menier Chocolate Factory) but for a film I'd choose Guys and Dolls.

Snapespeare Tue 24-Apr-12 18:17:49

Would love to see sweeney Todd (seen it twice in amateur, but excellent performances) Really love Sondheim, such swooping complicated inter-laced choral lines.

I'm a sucker for older hollywood film versions, so would have to say 'singing in the rain'.

A very soft spot for 'wicked' (mum! why are you *crying?! oh FFs it's ONLY A MUSICAL!)

I loathe Andrew Lloyd webber.

CoffeeInTheMorning Tue 24-Apr-12 22:23:44

Live - Les Miserables

On film - West Side Story or Cabaret

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 25-Apr-12 09:25:16

I can't recommend Sweeney Todd highly enough, and that's from someone who's always been a Michael Ball sceptic. He is ace. But Imelda Staunton is even better.

Shakey1500 Wed 25-Apr-12 13:11:23

I'm not a fan of Michael Ball historically but have read some fantastic reviews for him and even better ones for Imelda Staunton. Would LOVE to go and see it.

Friends of mine are going, he's a Sondheim nut like myself but she hates him. Calls hs musicals "pretentious word fangles that make no sense" shock I'd gladly take her ticket only it's his birthday present envy

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 25-Apr-12 16:23:35

Shakey, that's infuriating! I do feel for you. When's your birthday? Get someone to take you!

dumbelina Wed 25-Apr-12 16:25:47

Definitely Sondheim's Into The Woods. My DVD of the broadway production is worn out, really hope someone is planning to revive it for the west End someday soon.

Shakey1500 Wed 25-Apr-12 19:35:10

LadyClarice I know! Mine's in October but we're already booked to see les Mis for the 6th time for me Going with my sister and BIL as he's never seen it. Not insufferable as I love it grin

dumbelina Love Into The Woods. Have loved it since I was young enough to play Little Red Riding Hood. Now I'll just about pass for The Bakers Wife smile

I think there was an open air production recently?

dumbelina Thu 26-Apr-12 10:30:03

Yes there was - the tickets sold out in hours! Didn't manage to get tickets anyway sad

LadyClariceCannockMonty Thu 26-Apr-12 15:30:32

Yes, at Regents Park. It wasn't on my radar then, which I'm really annoyed about now because someone took me to see Crazy For You last year and it was FAB. Would have loved to see the open-air Into the Woods.

gazzalw Thu 26-Apr-12 15:31:53

The Music Man

Columbia999 Thu 26-Apr-12 15:36:26

Cabaret, closely followed by Chicago, to watch.
To be in: Oliver
I hate all Andrew Lloyd Webber's stuff and would also have to be bound and gagged before I'd sit through Wicked!

Shakey1500 Thu 26-Apr-12 19:33:36

I saw Wicked and was that enthralled I fell asleep in the second half....dreary as dishwater.

I managed to see Sunday In The Park With George (is there a finer song than "Sunday"? sigh...) when Cameron MacIntosh was there, I was like a teenager grin

Incidentally has anyone seen Adrian Lester's portrayal of Tony in Company? I've seen a YouTube clip. What did everyone think?

Lio Thu 03-May-12 11:36:40

Super-late replying but yes, Into the Woods at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre was just magical. Now, I MUST book for Sweeney Todd...

Love cabaret and wss. Also really like sweet charity and Jesus Christ superstar and wicked. Too many to choose from!

Gabeesh Sun 13-May-12 03:38:50

Phantom, Loce Never Dies (London version, not the Aussie version on DVD) and Les Mis. I adore Phantom so much it was the theme of my wedding and my something blue was a piece of Christine's Il Muto costume. I luuiirve Ramin Karimloo, John Owen Jones and Earl Carpenter and met them before the wedding (leading DH to hope DS wasn't born wearing a mask) and Michael Crawford sent an autographed picture.

Film wise definitely west side story, live I love cats!

South Pacific. I'm old school grin

BikeRunSki Sun 13-May-12 08:00:54

West Side Story. Without a doubt.

BrigitBigKnickers Sun 13-May-12 08:08:15

Love Les Mis (seen it twice) but my favourite has to be Billy Elliot.

swooosh Sun 13-May-12 08:14:27

I love Wicked, Priscilla and The Lion King. I've seen plenty and enjoyed them all. I'm going to see the Wizard of Oz today for the second time in as many weeks, so yeah, I love that one too grin

bigbadbarry Sun 13-May-12 08:14:53

Les mis and blood brothers. I like a good cry.

bacon Mon 10-Sep-12 11:51:26

Fiddler on the roof - fantastic! Strong emotional storyline based on facts. Strong tunes - amazing

Wow, I don't know! Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, Phantom, Jesus Christ Superstar... Don't make me choose! confused

Bugger, I forgot Fiddler!

CleoSmackYa Mon 10-Sep-12 11:56:39

Can I have Rocky Horror?

Pagwatch Mon 10-Sep-12 11:59:09

High Society. I love everything about it and everything Grace Kelly wears in it.

From about 15 I have wanted to look exactly like that.

And West Side Story. I cry every time.

I saw Cabaret last night at The Savoy. My God it was good. Will Young (and I've never been a fan) was mesmerising.

I'm seeing Singing in the Rain on Saturday. Filmwise it is one of my all time favourites. I'm looking forward to seeing Adam Copper dance.

simplesusan Sat 27-Oct-12 13:53:12

Pheasant-please tell us what Singing in the Rain is like, hope you have a good time.
I too would love to see this especially with Adam Cooper in it.

ChoccyJules Sat 27-Oct-12 13:57:40

Les Mis for me. I even managed to read the book (a long time ago when I had time to read), it took best part of a year!

SimpleSusan - will do. Am so looking forward to Adam Cooper! Loved him years ago in Royal Ballet productions, and in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Mandz07 Sat 27-Oct-12 17:13:53

Mine has to be calamity Jane & bugsy Malone x

EvilTwins Sat 27-Oct-12 17:18:14

Another Sondheim fan here. I love Merrily, Into The Woods, Assassins and Company, but also Sweeney Todd.

Hate Lloyd Webber- so simplistic in comparison.

I took the DTDs to see Matilda last Sunday and absolutely LOVED it. The kids in it are SO talented.

simplesusan We got the First Cover as Adam Cooper was indisposed sad

RockySpeed Sun 28-Oct-12 07:33:39

Ooh west side story for me, NEVER get bored of it - or the songs!

EmmalinaC Sun 28-Oct-12 07:48:53

So many to choose from!

DD went to see Matilda in the summer and we bought the CD which we've been listening to in the car - it's fabulous! Tim Minchin is a genius.

My personal all-time favourite was Miss Saigon. Not been on in London for years now.

I also love Sondheim - there's a production of Merrily We Roll along opening at the fantastic Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark in a couple of weeks!

TempusFunghi Sun 28-Oct-12 07:54:18

We saw Matilda last year and we all thought it was wonderful. All the actors were fantastic, the songs are catchy and funny, there are dramatic parts and loads of comedy, it really was the perfect show. Tim Minchin, I salute you.

BoyMeetsWorld Sun 28-Oct-12 08:03:32

Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz...simply amazing

Fiderer Sun 28-Oct-12 09:52:43

The Music Man.
And High Society.
Love the music from West Side Story more than the music in those two but the story is so sad it makes me sob.

SirBoobAlot Sun 28-Oct-12 09:56:28

Saw Michael Ball in Hairspray, and that was amazing.

Les Mis, obviously, is fantastic. I cried at least three times.

Wicked is probably my ultimate favourite though.

I am currently smitten with the Love Never Dies soundtrack...

simplesusan Fri 09-Nov-12 22:36:45

Pheasant- That's a shame. Was it still good though?

gaelicsheep Sat 16-Feb-13 21:10:59

Lovely to hear someone mention Martin Guerre. I was at the final London performance in London and I love the later version on DVD. Gutted that I missed it on tour, it is a vastly underrated score.

But as for favourites, Les Mis and Miss Saigon are almost tied, but I think Miss Saigon takes it for me because I loved it sooo much the first time I saw it.

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