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