Favorite show

Mike Barrett
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 05:12pm
I just thought it'd be interesting to hear what people's favorite shows are. If you have several, list them. This is a discussion thread so if there is debates that'd be great! Mine are Jersey Boys and Memphis. I really like tough gritty musicals. Share your thoughts!
Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 05:24pm
Ragtime
South Pacific
The King & I
matineeidol2591
Understudy
joined:6/10/09
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 05:29pm
Follies
The Light in the Piazza
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 05:29pm
MEMPHIS. Or ROCKABYE HAMLET. I can't decide.
jawjuhh
Understudy
joined:5/29/11
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 05:30pm
Next to Normal
Aida
Matt1
Stand-by
joined:5/10/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 06:15pm
Billy Elliot!
PTOPhan
Featured Actor
joined:6/5/12
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 07:46pm
The Phantom of the Opera, of course, as if everyone couldn't tell from my screen name. Second is My Fair Lady. I can't think of a third, which is apparently unusual for a Phantom phan -- most of us seem to adopt the "competition" (Les Mis, of course) as one of our favorites, but I find the middle too boring. Maybe Carousel or South Pacific or Fiddler on the Roof would be number three.

Least favorite: Jekyll and Hyde, which I just saw at the Kennedy Center, and Into the Woods, which I've only seen in local theater. However, I'm not a big fairy tale fan.
You alone can make my song take flight.
N2N Nate.
Broadway Star
joined:7/11/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 07:49pm
Next To Normal
So Lauren Bacall me, anything goes! *wink*
icedtea
Swing
joined:6/29/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:30pm
Miss Saigon.
Phantom4ever
Featured Actor
joined:9/17/07
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:39pm
I have made lists of my favorite musicals through the years and looked aghast at where I placed certain shows, like when I placed Spiderman ahead of West Side Story. Yikes.

But for now:

The Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables
Rent
West Side Story
Chicago
Oklahoma!
The Music Man
Spring Awakening
Avenue Q
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:42pm
Fiddler On The Roof
Carousel
Les Miserables
Little Shop of Horrors
Betty Blue Eyes

If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Updated On: 7/11/13 at 08:42 PM
Mike Barrett
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:44pm
Just thought of a good idea. Just like PTOPhan above you can list your list favorite shows if you want too!
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:45pm
Follies
Dreamgirls
Evita
A Chorus Line

VotePeron
Leading Actor
joined:5/2/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:47pm
Hairspray & Evita

Updated On: 7/11/13 at 08:47 PM
pacificnorthwest
Stand-by
joined:5/29/03
Favorite show
Posted: 7/11/13 at 08:54pm
Ten of my favorite musicals, not necessarily in order:

Cabaret
Nine
The Producers
The Full Monty
Chicago
The Music Man
Chorus Line
Avenue Q
Kinky Boots
Catch Me If You Can
hanabana
Stand-by
joined:5/12/12
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 12:45am
A few that come to mind:

Catch Me If You Can
Newsies
Jekyll & Hyde (the original 1997 Production)
Wicked
The Producers
Ghost
Next to Normal

There's not a specific genre that I like. The score is most important to me (I especially love powerful ballads), and then the plot.
smallworld
Stand-by
joined:9/21/11
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 12:55am
In no particular order:

Evita
Follies
Carrie
A Chorus Line
Sweeney Todd



Updated On: 7/13/13 at 12:55 AM
MillieDillmount
Broadway Star
joined:7/14/03
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 07:51am
Bonnie & Clyde
The Drowsy Chaperone
A Chorus Line
Curtains
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Anyone Can Whistle
hak5
Understudy
joined:7/5/10
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 08:02am
SWEENEY TODD
PIPPIN
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
RENT
WICKED
lauperchristine
Swing
joined:7/12/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 08:05am
Spring Awakening BBAJ
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 08:08am
Mary, Mary
Any Wednesday
Forty Carats
My Fair Lady
Hello, Dolly!
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 08:27am
Ragtime
1776
Ms Saigon

Many others....(South Pacific, Chorus Line, Act 1 of The Apple Tree, Music Man included) but those 3 are my emotional favorites for sure.

Yikes..I forgot She Loves Me. That goes on the top of my list.



Updated On: 7/12/13 at 08:27 AM
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 08:31am
Follies
Sweeney
Grey Gardens
Nine
Falsettos
City of Angels
Avenue Q
Dreamgirls
The King and I
Cabaret
Little Shop of Horrors
Ragtime


....but the world goes 'round
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 10:56am
She Loves Me. For me, no other show succeeds so brilliantly in the right hands or hits/exceeds its mark on so many key fronts:

feeling *****
subplot *****
romance *****
particularization *****
comedy *****
gorgeous music *****
exquisitely crafted lyrics consistently matched in lyricism by the libretto in both structure and dialogue *****
pivotal numbers capable not only of stopping the show but of breaking your heart, sometimes simultaneously *****
pacing and economy *****
intelligence *****
an abundance of beautifully drawn characters *****
enthralling act and final curtains *****

emotional satisfaction *****

A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, and Into the Woods round out my top ten.







Updated On: 7/12/13 at 10:56 AM
gossipguy215
Stand-by
joined:3/2/13
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 11:20am
Follies
Carousel
Evita
Sunset Boulevard
Charley Kringas Inc
Stand-by
joined:8/12/11
Favorite show
Posted: 7/12/13 at 11:20am
It's weird that this one beats out all the rest, but 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: it's unfussy, it's tightly written, it's really, really funny, and "The I Love You Song" makes me cry pretty much every time.

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