Elf the Musical. I was in the ensemble of this show about 2 years ago, and since the directors made really questionable casting choices, and the show did not end up as good as I thought it probably could have been, I really can't stand listening to the cast album or hearing about it anymore. The movie is bad enough to have to endure during the Christmas season without reminding me of this show in which I was a part of.
I don't have a lot of duplicates, but I definitely have favorites: examples:
-- I actually like the cast recording of the recent South Pacific revival moire than the original production or movie version. The orchestrations seem better, the music lusher, especially in the goose bumps generating overture; and, as much as I like Mary Martin, Kelli O'Hara has a much better voice.
-- I prefer the original Hello Dolly far more thanthe current version: orchestration
Personally, I like to compare and contrast various versions of a show's cast album. For example, The Sound of Music. I love the entire 1965 Julie Andrews version, but I can really only tolerate specific songs on the OBC recording with Mary Martin. Do any of you enjoy comparing different versions of cast albums/soundtracks? If so, which ones?
I love My Fair Lady. It was one of the first musicals I was exposed to when I was about 3/4 years old, and I have loved it ever since. However, that being said, the cast for "Carousel" can't be beat: Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry. I'd probably choose to see Carousel over My Fair Lady, simply because I've seen MFL numerous times.
lifeboat said: "so, for spring break, my mom asked me if I would rather see dear evan hansen on broadway and waitress on broadway or hamilton in chicagoand I'm having trouble deciding. I really love all three, but I've been hearing mixed reviews about hamilton chicagolately. any suggestions??"
I know that Hamilton is most likely going to keep running for a while, plus it's going to keep expanding (longer tours, more community productions) and I believe De
I, for one, am excited to see what she does with the role. I think the role of Dolly Levi is much more suited to her than that of Mama Rose in Gypsy, or Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. I think Bernadette brought what she could to those 2 roles, but overall wasn't 100% right for them (although I have to admit, after seeing a video of La LuPone in a production of Annie Get Your Gun, I'd have to say Bernie was a way better choice). Bernie always sounds amazing on the cast recordings
Grease, Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar, 13, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee... I just don't think these held much appeal for me. Don't get me wrong, the music for Grease is pretty good, it's just super overrated.
Big River is so super underrated; not a lot of the people I know have heard of it. I personally just want Laura Benanti in another live musical. I wish Newsies' rights would be able to be bought, but unfortunately, Disney owns the world.
A Christmas Story has a fantastic score! I love it a lot. Also, White Christmas (I forget who suggested it) and Guys and Dolls. I agree with JoseLee_ to the extent of doing something that hasn't been adapted millions of times, so obviously Annie or something like that wouldn't work. Annie Get Your Gun or something classic would be interesting to me.
Awesome ideas! I didn't think too much about Guys and Dolls and Bye Bye Birdie particularly, but I think those would be fun to see live. Plus, there is a large ensemble for BBB (so more people could potentially audition for it). I agree with Oliver! being a little more mature than what these networks would typically go for. Although it is a wonderful show.
Side note: I heard about a possible film version of Guys and Dolls with Henry Cavill as Sky Masterson, James Marsden as Na