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Posted on Fri, Mar 09, 2007 21:11

OK, I know it's a notoriously homosexual passion, but I'm a fan of musicals, there, I've said it. Now, if you can get past the jokes, I'd love to hear about your favorite musicals and why. Did you have a good experience at one? Do you just love the story? The music? I recently took a dozen friends to see Wicked at the Pantages in Los Angeles and it was great! Despite loving Les Miserables and most things Andrew Lloyd Weber, I'm particularly partial to "The Man of La Mancha" - brilliant take on Cervantes and who can listen to "The Impossible Dream" without being inspired?


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Posted on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 22:53

The best musical I ever saw was "Little House of Horrors" and it was performed at a small junior college nearby. They were much better than the movie and stage versions and better than any other musical or play that I have ever seen on the big stages. My message is: don't neglect the local college talent, you might be surprised. And,you will probably be 10-20 feet from the performers, the sound will be excellent, and you will see every expression.


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Posted on Tue, May 08, 2007 20:13

Dear Smiling Happy - I'm an Oliver fan too, we did it in high school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, many eons ago. Dear NOL - yeah, that was an awesome show! Eponine is one of my favorite characters in all of musical theater. I'm actually listening to her "On My Own" right now!


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Posted on Tue, May 08, 2007 17:21

blue, will and i saw the performance in LA. i have the soundtrack but had never seen it live. it was AMAZING. the cast had some of the best vocals i have ever heard. the woman playing dorthy especially...i wanted to grab her and time travel back to when i saw les mis on broadway. she would have made a phenomenal eponine.


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Posted on Tue, May 08, 2007 15:11

BlueE I like "Oliver"... especially the song.. "I'd do anything for you, dear. Anything! ..." The original movie production with Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger was jsut amazing for me as a kid and influenced my love for theater for the rest of my life... But that's just me!


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Posted on Tue, May 08, 2007 14:13

I love a good musical, just need a man to go with!!


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Posted on Tue, May 08, 2007 14:05

Dear Will, I absolutely, positively, wholeheartedly recommend you find some tickets to "Wicked" which is still playing at the Pantages in Hollywood during the next few weeks. Even if you have to buy the tickes online at a premium from sites like ticketsnow, it is totally worth it! The only other interesting show happening in the LA area during the next few weeks that I can think of is "The Constant Wife" but this is more of a British play in the tradition of Oscar Wilde. You can't go wrong with Wicked.


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Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 00:39

blue, where did you see that show?? i think i'd die. it sounds incredible! i saw "wicked" for the first time over the weekend, and was so impressed! i had listened to the soundtrack, but it was of course so much better live. adding it to my list of favorites!


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Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 14:55

My favorites were "Chorus Line" (saw it twice, "Cats", and "42nd Street" I love shows and would like to see them more often.


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Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 05:28

Such a long blog filled with wonderful productions - many I've seen, some I havent. Just bought tix to Spamalot and will see that in a couple weeks. Hope it lives up tothe buzz I've heard for last few years (as I am also huge MOnty PYthon fan) Also want to commend you Blueeyes for being a man who can be who he is without reservation. Concur with Virgo that if more children (boys esp) were brought up to appreciate arts without fear of stereotyping we'd all be better off. I have 4 siblings, 2 of whom are prof'l classical musicians; another sibling and I are both very accomplished amateurs. Music and the arts are the cornerstone of our lives - how grateful we are to have parents who raised us without t.v. . . .


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Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 00:16

I went to see a show tonight called "100 Years of Broadway" and it was aweseome! They sang everything including "Old Man River" from Show Boat, "All that Jazz" from Chicago, "Cabaret", "Oklahoma", "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Nothin Like a Dame" from South Pacific, "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady, "Trouble in River City" from Music Man, a "Grease" trilogy, tons of songs from "Phantom of the Opera", "Les Miserables" all the way to "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel and my personal favorites, "Man of La Mancha" and "Impossible Dream"!! It was an incredible night!


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Posted on Tue, Mar 13, 2007 09:00

All the above listed. My favorites are: Sound of Music The Phantom of the Opera Yentl (Fan of Barbara's) The Lion King The King & I Showboat Chicago A Star Is Born My Fair Lady and yes Dorma...Ma Ma Mia the music is so upbeat & fun.


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 23:48

I completely forgot about "TOMMY" that was a fantastic show...Ted Neeley played Tommy...and the lead in the JCSS///what ever happened to him ? soooooooooooo hotttttttt and what a voice ! Best concert ever.....1976,,, high school graduation present from my friends dad ( we all worked at his waterbed store after school ) 12 of us at YES and LED ZEPPLIN i STILL remember( most of) it!


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 21:24

This is still my fav blog as of late. I feel happy when I come here and read everyone's excitement about the musicals they've seen! I really need to go to more! Thanks Blue!


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 21:19

Thanks Cassie, and yes, she's beautiful. Anyone else have some good musicals we should see, or any good experiences at musicals to relate?


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 19:34

Dear Dorma, You are too kind and I'm blushing, thank you. Everyone else, we're discussing musicals: if you like them, which ones you like and why. Tons of votes for Man of La Mancha and Wicked, but everything from Grease to Oklahoma and West Side Story to Cats. Please let us know which ones you love.


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 14:57

Wow Dormavirgo - Michael Crawford, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman are three of the most gifted musical talents to have ever graced the stage - nice picks! I haven't seen the rock musicals of "Mama Mia", "I'm Movng Out" or "We Will Rock You" yet, but I did enjoy "Tommy" by the Who. Thanks for bringing these up!


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 13:19

I thought you were asking about shows we had seen live...nothing better if you ask me. BUT i have the movies of Grease, Sound of Music, MARY POPPINS, Seven brides, Oklahoma,Fiddler on the Roof,many I cant think of right now. The WIZ. I sing in bands but I guess that doesnt really qualify as a "show" per say ( though it frequently IS) I forgot we did see Beauty and the Beast,,and my friends raved about The Lion King. Ive seen the Nutcracker far too many times. Both my daughter and I love going to concerts, theatre, its always great fun. OH YEAH...when I went to Bali, I saw several of the traditional"dances" which are rally more akin to Operaettas. The Barong dance , and the LeGong are two. There ia an orchestra and some singing. I dont know if youde rally classify them as musicals but if I had to maek the distinction,,I would say yes. The Barong Dance is actually pretty funny in spots,,and while depicting traditional mythology,,it does throw in some modern references that even foreigners can understand and it was marvelous !


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 12:11

you picked the right dork for this one!! LES MISERABLES hands down, why it even needs an explanation who knows. the music in it is incredible. memorable pieces like "on my own" or "i dreamed a dream" "stars"...each song is so freaking good!! MISSI SAIGON- the music isn't as good as les mis in my opinion. there are some songs that i just love hearing, but the beautiful story behind it (based on the opera madame butterfly)...its the emotion of the story CATS- less because of the music, more because the incredible costumes special effects and choreography. this is the same as THE LION KING oh...and JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR controversy and all and INTO THE WOODS (which many may not have heard of, but bernadette peters wsa in it and it is hilariousu) i love this post!


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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2007 12:09

you picked the right dork for this one!! LES MISERABLES hands down, why it even needs an explanation who knows. the music in it is incredible. memorable pieces like "on my own" or "i dreamed a dream" "stars"...each song is so freaking good!! MISSI SAIGON- the music isn't as good as les mis in my opinion. there are some songs that i just love hearing, but the beautiful story behind it (based on the opera madame butterfly)...its the emotion of the story CATS- less because of the music, more because the incredible costumes special effects and choreography. this is the same as THE LION KING oh...and JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR controversy and all i love this post!


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