Spring is definitely here and in full bloom. Of course here in Texas Spring arrived in like February. Thank you pollen and cedar for the difficulty you cause my life. Its not like I needed to breathe. Anyways… I wanted to do another favorites and spring makes me think of musicals. I’m not 100% sure why this is. Maybe because so many schools do “Spring Musicals” or maybe because anytime it rains I start singing, “Singing in the Rain”. Probably the latter of the two. And while I’ve never seen or listening to Hamilton, there are other musicals that have been markers of my life. If you go through life singing along and wishing you could dance then let’s get started with some musicals I love.
10. Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
If you were born in the early 90’s or late 80’s you might remember when Disney decided to make a movie version of the popularized Broadway musical. Brandy played Cinderella and Whitney Houston played the fairy godmother. There are a few other big name actors and actresses in it as well. Though most of them have faded to the background in Hollywood. I personally adored this movie. Every time I watched it I would sit in a chair and sing as Brandy began “In My Own Little Corner.”
In My Own Little Corner
9. Singing In The Rain
I don’t remember the first time I watched this or who with. Probably a chorus class. I do remember trying to swing around lamp posts to recreate that iconic scene. (P.S. It’s NOT as easy as it looks. ) Overall this movie reminds me that in life rain will happen. You can hide away or you can dance and sing in it.
Singin’ in the Rain
You are My Lucky Star
8. The Producers
My brother was part of a performance of The Producers in college. Not a main part mind you. But it gave me a chance to see the musical. We all know I like anything that can make me laugh. Well the producers succeeded. And how could it not with Mel Brooks writing both the original script and accompanying music and lyrics.
Keep It Gay
Never Say Good Luck On Opening Night
I Wanna Be A Producer
7. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
This was on Netflix at one time and my brother’s introduced it to me. Neil Patrick Harris is both funny and a terrific singer. Having Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day play the other two main rolls only solidifies it as one of my favorites. It’s about a guy who writes a blog and is trying to get into an alliance of super villains called the Evil League of Evil. However Dr. Horrible keeps getting derailed by the town’s super hero Captain Hammer. When not suited up Dr. Horrible finds ways to run into his crush from the laundromat Penny. This musical is hilarious and I highly recommend it.
Brand New Day
My Freeze Ray
6. The Sound of Music
This had to make the list. It’s classic. I grew up watching this almost every Saturday. I was obsessed. Those Von Trapp children stole my heart. I find it funny that my favorite song changes as a I grow older. But I still belt it out whenever I’m watching. Julie Andrews is perfection!
So Long, Farewell
The original Broadway version of Annie opened in 1977. Since then there have been three, yes THREE, movie versions. I, however, will only watch the one from 1982 with Aileen Quinn as Annie. This is for three reasons. a) I grew up with this version. It’s special to me as I would watch it repetitively as a child. Drove her nuts. b) It stars Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, and Tim Curry!! How freakin’ magical! c) In this version alone they replace the Broadway song “N.Y.C.” with their own song “Let’s Go To The Movies”. Basically this version is the best and you shouldn’t bother with the rest. Though, my mom took me to see it at the Fox in Atlanta when I was twelve and I won’t complain.
Let’s Go To The Movies
4. Young Frankenstein
Another Mel Brooks production, I saw this in my twenties at a smaller theater for my brother’s birthday. Another musical built on it’s humor, albeit slightly crude humor. During “Please Don’t Touch Me” I had my brother on one side of me with his eyes bugged out. And my father on the other side looking horrified. Made it that much better. Since I personally love the original movie I knew I’d enjoy the show.
He Vas My Boyfriend
Roll in the Hay
This came out my senior year of high school. I was obsessed with it. Like I learned the dance from “You Can’t Stop The Beat” and would do it while I was folding clothes at my retail job. My coworkers started calling me Tracy. I kind of looked at Tracy too which made it more weird. I would go around belting out my favorite songs with this goofy grin on my face. I love this story and the message that it gives. Go for your dreams. YOU are worth it!
I Can Hear the Bells
I Know Where I’ve Been
You Can’t Stop the Beat
Good Morning Baltimore
The movie for this play came out my sophmore year of high school. Both me and both of my brothers were immediately obsessed. I’m pretty sure that Bryant and I both have a copy, plus he has a copy of the last performance on Broadway of the original cast. I loved that 75% of the movie cast WAS from the original cast. My junior or senior year a boyfriend of mine took me to see it at the Fox which was pretty cool. I’ve seen many renditions of “Seasons of Love” which all warm my heart but nothing beats the feeling I got the very first time I watched the movie in theaters and saw that stage slowly light up. I get chills just thinking about it. When my brother’s and I get together we will break out into one of the songs, each of us singing a different part. It’s the magical sibling moment that I love experiencing every time.
La Vie Bohème
Ok guys, this was my Hamilton. This musical aired in 2003. I remember buying the soundtrack and just shattering from how much I loved these songs. I remained enamored all through high school. Especially when my chorus sang “Popular.” In college I dressed up as Elphaba, green paint and all, on two different occasions. It wasn’t until 2012 that I was able to see this musical live at the Fox Theater with my mother. This is my Hamilton friends. I’ve never been so obsessed with a musical as with Wicked. And I’m not even that much into The Wizard of Oz story. There is a movie version slated to come out in 2010 and I’m pretty much dying because of the wait.
What is this feeling?
As Long As Your Mine
Dancing Through Life
Well I hope you weren’t bored to tears reading about my favorite musicals. If you are a musical person maybe you found one to check out. If you’re already a fan of any of these then talk to me about it in the comments. I hope you all are having a gloriously wicked day!