Saturday, March 24, 2007

My Five Favorite Musicals

1. Les Miserables.

2. 1776.

3. Cabaret.

4. La Cage aux Folles

5. A Chorus Line

(Just missing the cut: Big River, Chicago, Gypsy)


Elgie said...

Good choices.

Still it's hard to overlook some old-time favorites such as Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Mame, How to Succeed ... and The Music Man.

And your list contains no Sondheim! Where is Company? Sweeney Todd? Even West Side Story? (Yes, I know we saw a bad bus-and-truck production a few years back, but it's still a great show.)

And don't forget some newer, instant classics like Avenue Q, Urinetown and The Producers.

Finally, every list should include some less-frequently-produced gems such as She Loves Me, Bells Are Ringing and The Pajama Game.

Still, I'm glad to see that your list does not include Cats. (Because a few years back, I think it would have!)

Joey P. said...

Oh my gosh, I forgot about the dancing kitties in Cats!

i did remember Avenue Q, Sweeny Todd, Urinetown and Carousel, all of which just missed the cut.

jercwe said...

"Sweeny Todd" should have made the cut. And "Rent" could have been there as well.

Joey P. said...

the tragedy of Rent is that its creator died on opening night. i think he would have continued to change the show, and for the better.

i love the show -- up to a point. I think it's a wee bit long and, at this point, it does come off as dated, like it's a period piece.

I've seen it two or three times on the stage. i do like it; i never need to see it again.

Sweeney Todd was hard not to include. Oh, Joanna!

I'm suddenly hungry for meat pies, for some strange reason.

Asher said...

Les Mis
Into The Woods
Sunday in the Park With George

Elgie hit the nail right on the head.