What are some musicals that you know you could never tire of seeing live? Shows where you could find something new and fresh each time you go.
dramamama611 said: "Im not sure that exists. I think there's just a point when its enough. You just know when you have been satisfied. My son and walked out of Hamilton after our 4th viewing (a 2 year span) He turned to me and said, I'm done. So was I. I actually agree with you re Hamilton. It is a brilliant musical that amazed me when I first saw it; yet I found myself a little bored when I saw it the third time. It may be the non-stop busyness of the show; it may be that the few spots that I don’t love, e.g., the affair, now actually bore me; it may be that they are never going to replicate the quality / excitement of seeing the original cast. Don’t know. I also think Gypsy is a great musical, yet I really need a rest from it. A key factor with this one is that anything less than a GREAT Rose is not good enough. Also, I get tired of the silly vaudeville numbers, Little Lamb, and All I need is the Girl. A great Rose makes those worth sitting through for the umpteenth time.Yet I never get tired of good productions of Dolly, Les Mis, Mame, The King and I, She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, Cabaret, and Evita, none of which is as ‘non-stop’ as Hamilton.
For me, I think if I see a musical too many times in close proximity that it can lose some of its impact.I’ve now seen Hamilton 6 times (first time with OBC, 3 x in Chicago, 2 x in OKC). Three of those were this summer. I loved every one, but I think I’ll enjoy it more on my eventual 7th trip if I have a little space from it. I am actually going to be in Philly the next two weeks (for work) while the Angelica tour (I’ve only seen the Philip cast) is there, but so far I have no plans to see it. Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder.Similarly, I have now seen Wicked 5 times. The first two were when it first toured through Tulsa (whenever that was), but the last three were within a week’s time last summer. I drove up to Tulsa to see the midweek matinee and had booked a hotel for the night. I liked it so well, I got a lottery ticket for the evening performance. I then returned a week later and got a ticket (didn’t win lottery, but got a lottery loser discount ticket) for evening performance (got a great seat in one of the first rows in front orchestra). By the time of the end of that last performance, I knew I needed a break from Oz.Also, (Dollypop cover your eyes), I saw Hello, Dolly! twice on Broadway (Bette, Bernadette) and then last week here in OKC (Carolee). I had spectacular times all three trips, but not sure I need to see it again anytime soon.I have a friend who I’ve helped to introduce to New York theatre. I think she would be content to see the same shows over and over. In January, she saw Kinky Boots (with me) and Phantom. She then returned with another friend a couple months later and saw them again. I also knew a couple (now divorced) who would only see Phantom whenever they would visit NYC. I do think there is value in seeing a show you love multiple times. I notice new (to me) things in Hamilton every time I see it. But there is so much theater out there that I don’t often repeat visits with a few notable exceptions. I am always in search of my next Broadway “fix”, my new favorite thing, whether that be Moulin Rouge! or The Waverly Gallery or The Band’s Visit (saw it 2x) or the recent revival of Angels in America.
I don’t think I’d ever get tired of Phantom. I could have watched the original production of Hairspray over and over again but the cheap production that tours the UK right now can’t be watched more than once.
A Little Night Music.Ideally once a year.
Sweeney Todd, West Side Story and Carousel.
Oversaturation is always possible with anything but Sweeney Todd is eternal.
I'm with Esther Blodgett-- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC all the way. Don't understand why it's revived so infrequently.
Anastasia, Aladdin, BATB, Les Mis, Tootsie
I have never seen any musical more than twice, much rather see something new on my infrequent trips to NY or London. Every time I saw a show the 2nd time it was due to going with family member or friend who had not seen the show. I will say I appreciated seeing "Hamilton" a 2nd time because to be honest I did not catch all the lyrics the first time -lol.
There are only two shows I've seen five times or more. One is a local production of A Christmas Carol at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California (south of San Francisco) - where I live. Except for the first year, it was the Menken/Ahrens version. Aside from an opening night gala, it was a free show. All anyone was asked to bring were gifts that were donated to local charities. I probably saw it a dozen times. It didn't hurt that I always had friends or their children in the show. But even without that, it was a wonderful production with performers who often tried out different roles as the years passed. It was a wonderful community event, and I grew very familiar and fond of many longtime performers. When the college dropped it after the 2015 performances, a local theater tried it out last year, and while it was nice to hear some of the music, the show fell flat without the enthusiasm of the Notre Dame cast.The other is Hamilton, which I've seen 5 times. I think the "problem" with Hamilton is that no one really has had a chance to get sick of it. I don't think it's because the show is busy, or that no one can match the original cast (although Daveed Diggs and Renee Goldsberry are almost impossible acts to follow). Anyone who's seen it 4 or 5 times, or more, has already seen it a lot in a short span of time. I have debated seeing the show a 6th time before the San Francisco run concludes, now that tickets are cheaper, but I think I may need to give it a break.I would have liked to get a chance to see Great Comet again, because I felt like I missed a few things the first time around.
I've seen Dear Evan Hansen 10 times and would go again in a heartbeat.
A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grand Hotel, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cabaret, West Side Story, Movin' Out. (This last one surprises me. But I saw it MANY times, and every time I saw something new in the dancing.)That's a pretty decent sized list, but after 300+ different shows, I guess maybe not. Generally, I agree with the people above. There's a threshold for most shows, and distance does lend enchantment.
I've seen Wicked twice, but I don't think if I had the chance to see it again I would ever tire of it.I've seen Waitress 20+ times, and I've never gotten tired of it. I saw Come From Away this weekend and realized how brilliant it is, and now I just want to see it again.
Hello Dolly!, Moulin Rouge, and Waitress in terms of shows I would see and have seen over and over again. I think Come From Away would be in this category too, albeit I've only seen it once; if I could, I'd like to see it again and try and focus on one or two characters each time and really follow their arcs.Also it's not a musical, but I saw Bernhardt/Hamlet 3x and I would see it 3x more if I had the opportunity.
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