I like Phantom and Les Mis.
Destroy: Everything else by ALW. Cats... Cats... the horror. There
was a joke on SNL at one point long ago when Dennis Miller
was still on that went something like...
"For the 4,760th time the broadway musical 'Cats' was
performed on stage, eclipsing the old mark of A Chorus Line.
And for the 4,760th time, a man killed his wife."
Tommy. I mean, the movie and stage vers. And the studio album,
actually. The live versions ROCK LIKE HELL tho...
Sorry. I went a little tangential there.
― JM, Friday, 4 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Sterling Clover, Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
Annihilate - "Grease 2".
― Kim with Passion and Bonus, Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Kim, Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
destroy: almost everything else by Lloyd Webber.
― Robin Carmody, Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Dave M., Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
all Troma iz shite
― grdrcr, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Ally, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― mark s, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
"I don't know how to love him/how to touch, how to move him/he's just
a man, JUST a man/and I've had so many men before, in oh so many ways/
he's just one more"
I loved to sing along to that (singer = Miriam D'Abo?), aged 11.
― ethan, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
COMPLETELY TANGENTIALLY, does anyone else remember the movie Mary
Mother of God or something to that effect? It was about the Virgin
Mary and it was on CBS or NBC a few years ago. The reason I bring
this up is because it starred Christian Bale as Jesus, just prior to
it being announced he'd play Patrick Bateman. For the longest time no
one would believe me that this was true, so I'm just curious if I'm
the only one who actually remembers it. I mean, I looked it up online
one day just to prove myself right, and sure 'nuff, there was
Christian Bale, smiling in a beatific way from the poster. It rocked.
If the Catholic church would use Christian Bale as their propaganda
instead of the Jesus they usually use, I'd so be in church right
now. "Oooh, Jesus, save meeeee"
Ahem. Sorry. Anyhow, Jesus Christ Superstar is a terrible musical and
should be destroyed with the rest of Sir Webber's collection, but
that PBS version was fantastic and I think me and Ethan saw the same
one because I also saw this version just before Easter.
― Dave M., Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
My Musical obsession is pretty much reserved for Rogers &
Hammerstein. C'Mon South Pacific anyone. Happy Talk, Wash That Man
Right out Of My Hair. Sound OF Music - especially Goatherd (never
gets a reprise unlike the rest of the tracks, which makes the film a
bit too long). The appearance of Singalong-A-Sound Of Music in London
has been a rejuvenating thing for the whole idea of musicals. It
reintroduces the idea of them actually being a whole shedload of fun.
Oaklahoma is top mad skills too, not to mention Pal Joey (not R&H but
Sinatra's finest Musical moment). And I'm off to see Kiss Me Kate
tonight at the NFT in the origianl 3-D. Unfortunately I don't have
stereoscopic vision, but the gaudy nonsensical idea of a musical
filmed in 3-D will keep me going.
Oh, and Candide is a very funny piece of musical theatre. "All's for
the best" is in my top ten tracks of all time.
Destroy: Les Mis, without compunction. Especially since it has
managed to destroy the book in popular culture terms. Oh and Notre
Dame de Paris, especially "I've Got A Hunch About You". It might as
well have been the Planet Of The Apes musical on The Simpsons (worth
inclusion for "You'll Never Make A Monkey Out Of Me").
― Pete, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
Destroy: "Godspell". And yeah, the rest of Andrew Lloyd
Webber's stuff has got to go. I do remember dancing wildly to
the Disco Evita version of "High Flying Adored", though, when I
was a dizzy madcap teen. I didn't know where the song came
from, I just thought it had a cool, queeny chorus.
― Arthur, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Ally C, Friday, 11 May 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Monday, 21 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Nick, Monday, 21 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Nick, Wednesday, 23 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― anthony, Wednesday, 23 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
If you have even the vaguest interest in the art of writing songs
that use the English language to its fullest, you have to investigate
Sondheim, the lyricist's lyricist. Simple as that.
DESTROY: Ticket prices. Thirty quid plus for a decent seat? Not
exactly music for the masses, is it? Cheaper to get the original cast
CD to pore over repeatedly in the comfort of your own cave.
SEARCH: Sunday In The Park With George (truly beautiful), Assassins
(truly tap dancing Lee Harvey Oswald plus love song to Charles
Manson), Follies (includes "Losing My Mind" as covered by Pet Shop
Boys/Liza Minnelli, Company, A Little Night Music (includes "Send In
The Clowns"), West Side Story (Sondheim & Bernstein). Also any
Sondheim revue CDs that mop up his best songs, eg
Side By Side By Sondheim.
AVOID (until you've developed a taste for him): Sweeney Todd, Into
The Woods, Pacific Overtures, Merrily We Roll Along.
SEARCH: Cabaret - wonderful film, peerless tunes, essential
soundtrack. Barbra Striesand's "Broadway Album". Man Of La Mancha.
Pirates Of Penzance & The Mikado... light operas being the
forerunners of the musical. That 80s pop film of "Pirates" with
Angela Lansbury, Kevin Kline, and Linda Rondstadt is a riot. Also:
any musical by Cole Porter, especially High Society, and anything by
Rogers and Hart, especially Pal Joey.
DESTROY: "Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire" - early 80s film
musical featuring a singing Phil Daniels, Dracula, and, um, snooker.
I'm sure it looked good at the planning stage.
Have you heard Liza Minnelli's 70s version of "Dancing In The
Moonlight"? As in the Toploader song. You should.
Regarding a musical of The Breakfast Club, I would like to point out
that I have Molly Ringwald's dance moves down to a "t", and am
available at very short notice for understudy duties.
I have to go, I'm late for the "half"...
― Dickon Edwards, Thursday, 24 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Phew, Dickon. This is quite a concept to swallow. But intriguing.
― Robin Carmody, Thursday, 24 May 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Terror of Tiny Town is quite possibly the best musical of all
time. Click on the link and you can watch the film - ALL OF IT.
Including the Marlene Dietrich whore midget. Apparently, this is the
film she is watching right now on television; Arizona, you know?
― Ally, Thursday, 7 June 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
DESTROY: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING - I just
finished an excruitiatingly long month run of that show and I now
despise it with everything that I have. If I had to sing "A
Secretary is Not a Toy", cha-cha to "Coffee Break", or listen to the
ever-so-annoying song "Old Ivy" again I think I would have died.
― Rachael, Tuesday, 14 August 2001 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― gavin, Friday, 4 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Edna Welthorpe, Mrs, Friday, 4 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― John Darnielle, Friday, 4 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Me and my mum were there - we watched the first half, and then at the
interval when we came out for drinks I decided I couldn't bring
myself to go back in, and just walked out of the theatre. My mum ran
after me, and then when she was outside she seemed to realise it was
best if we slip away. So we walked out of the place, back to the car
park, into our car, and drove all the way back home without saying a
word to each other.
― Chris Lyons, Friday, 4 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
I'll say it again just to stir up controversy and encourage youths to
fight in playgrounds.
― the pinefox, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― daria gray, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Destroy: Please gey rid of Cats, Les Mis. and Miss Saigon! In
college in London all my friends would sing those deppressing
songs - I wanted to slit my wrists!
― Chrissy, Thursday, 10 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― g, Thursday, 10 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― geoff, Thursday, 10 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Josh, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Nick, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
so yeah, search that: it's classic!
― dave k, Sunday, 19 May 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
But how does it match up against Holiday Inn?
― the snowfox, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 17:01 (9 years ago) Permalink
You people hate Sondheim?
― roxymuzak, Friday, 23 November 2007 10:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
― poortheatre, Friday, 23 November 2007 12:25 (5 years ago) Permalink
I recently saw "Spamalot" in London and that one is to be searched for certain. If not necessarily mainly for the music, that is.....
― Geir Hongro, Friday, 23 November 2007 12:31 (5 years ago) Permalink
What, a non-musical post?
Yeah, I saw Spamalot in January. It was alright I suppose.
― Mark G, Friday, 23 November 2007 12:32 (5 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Friday, 23 November 2007 18:55 (5 years ago) Permalink
Thank you for posting that Elaine Stritch thing, poortheatre! That's incredible!
― roxymuzak, Friday, 23 November 2007 21:23 (5 years ago) Permalink
I will comment only on Broadway musicals, not movie musicals.
Search: Sweeney Todd--Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods (sorry I'm throwing so much Sondheim in here), Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Chicago....too many to list
Destroy: Wedding Singer (one of the worst musicals I ever saw--broadway, not movie), Pajama Game, Babes in Arms, ehh...
― Bo Jackson Overdrive, Sunday, 25 November 2007 14:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
People are too serious when commenting on musicals. Why does everyone hate Andrew Lloyd Webber so much? By the way, I despise "Grease".
― Lawn Cheney (u s steel), Thursday, 21 January 2010 11:41 (3 years ago) Permalink
I love "Jesus Christ Superstar" and that is Andrew Lloyd Webber! But I think the hatred probably comes from getting "Phantom of the Opera" songs stuck in your head all the time as a teenager because it was the only musical anyone knew and people liked singing it WAY too much. He really writes earworms.
― Maria, Thursday, 21 January 2010 14:34 (3 years ago) Permalink
Just saw the London production of 'Hair' (with the Broadway cast) - http://hairthemusical.co.uk.
Really liked it - especially the good singing voices - and the real surprise was that the plot kind of made sense this time. I saw the Old Vic production back in 1993 and they made a bit of a mess of it.
Also thanks England team - cheapest seats upgraded to really good ones at no extra charge last night.
Will probably go again before this production ends.
― Bob Six, Saturday, 19 June 2010 12:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
Generally I'm not into musicals but there are a couple that I love to death.
― ˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
oh man I just teared watching this one - ilu Jerry!
― ˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
saw Bernadette & Elaine in A Little Night Music tonight, worth at least $50 of the $70 I paid.
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 December 2010 08:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
Search: CabaretDestroy: Any musicals involving children, especially orphans/urchins.
― thirdalternative, Friday, 31 December 2010 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
love this thread, as my daughter needs to watch a half-dozen musicals for forth-grade (dvd's count). she's devoured some children's fare, and now actually wants to watch les miserables (we'll see how that goes; it's a dark, intense work for a near 10-year old).
― Daniel, Esq., Friday, 31 December 2010 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
are there any "musicals" centered around really weird abstract non-anthemic non-singsong music?
― crüt, Sunday, 6 May 2012 08:58 (1 year ago) Permalink