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R&H favorites#0
Posted: 11/1/03 at 12:24pm
since i just made a reply about my favorite Sondheim shows i wanted to post my top 5 R&H shows and u are welcome to reply me your top 5 favorite R&H shows:

1.) Oklahoma
2.) Sound of Music
3.) South Pacific
4.) Carousel
5.) State Fair
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re: R&H favorites#1
Posted: 11/1/03 at 12:31pm
Carousel is my absolute favorite R&H show. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was 12 and then making my professional debut in that show years later. I thought the Lincoln Center revival in the '90s was wonderful. I liked the King and I revival with Donna Murphy as well.
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re: re: R&H favorites#2
Posted: 11/1/03 at 12:47pm
I really really can't stand R&H shows accept for The Sound Of Music (barly)
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re: re: re: R&H favorites#3
Posted: 11/1/03 at 12:51pm
well forget u, just kidding. why ?
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re: re: re: re: R&H favorites#4
Posted: 11/1/03 at 12:55pm
Im not really sure. I think the music is nice but I guess they are so classic and cutsy they kind of bore me.
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re: re: re: re: re: R&H favorites#5
Posted: 11/1/03 at 4:51pm
I love Oklahoma- I'm in right now. It probably is my favorite of all the shows they did.
Then, there's The Sound Of Music- a classic. That's 2nd.
3rd I'd probably say The King and I.
4th- Carousel
5th- hmmm....I'm not sure. Maybe Flower Drum Song?
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re: R&H favorites#6
Posted: 11/1/03 at 5:21pm
I would have to say that South Pacific is my favourite R & H show. It has a great score and a very strong book. I was lucky enough to see the recent RNT production at the Olivier with Philip Quast and Lauren Kennedy (who were both outstanding). Trevor Nunn's direction added a new dimension to an already great show. (Shame about the awful movie remake with a hopelessly miscast Glenn Close though!)

My 5 fav R & H shows are:

1. South Pacific
2. Carousel
3. The King and I
4. Flower Drum Song
5. The Sound of Music

(I love the score of Pipe Dream too - wish I could have seen it performed.)

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re: re: re: re: re: re: R&H favorites#7
Posted: 11/1/03 at 5:22pm
The Sound of Music is definitely my all time favorite R&H show.
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re: re: re: re: re: re: re: R&H favorites#8
Posted: 11/1/03 at 5:24pm
Updated On: 11/3/03 at 05:24 PM
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Posted: 11/1/03 at 5:25pm
I guess I'd have to pick OKLAHOMA!, simply because TSMrW was so marvelous in the recent revival of it. Perhaps I have a fondness for CINDERELLA. I directed a student production of it many years ago and people in the town are still talking about it--that is the people who are still alive. Those who had seen it and died have the decency to remain silent.
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Updated On: 11/3/03 at 05:46 PM
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re: R&H favorites#11
Posted: 11/1/03 at 5:47pm
Yes, I know it's a classic, but I never really cared for OKLAHOMA! at all (Exception: "Out of My Dreams"). I have something of an aversion to any musical in crinolines, especially if it has an added air of gosh-darn-yee-haw Ameri-corny that was rampant in musicals from the 1940s till the '60s.

Favorite R&H is SOUTH PACIFIC, followed by STATE FAIR (Americorny but set in the 1940s), KING & I, SOUND OF MUSIC and CINDERELLA. Individual songs I love from other shows are "No Other Love" and "The Gentleman Is a Dope". I only REALLY loved the latter after hearing Christine Ebersole's version, which I think beats the pants off Lisa Kirk's original (heresy, I know).
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OKLAHOMA
CAROUSEL
ALLEGRO
SOUTH PACIFIC
THE KING AND I
ME AND JULIET
PIPE DREAM
FLOWER DRUM SONG
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Film: STATE FAIR
Television: CINDERELLA

Where is there not a favorite element of this bunch to anyone enamoured of musical theatre?

I'm convniced today's Broadway is another planet.

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Updated On: 11/1/03 at 05:55 PM
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I forgot CAROUSEL in my list. So many ravishing melodies and songs, but it contains one of my LEAST favorite Broadway showstoppers...the "Soliliquy".

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re: A private message for Albin#14
Posted: 11/1/03 at 7:45pm
Albin,

That was a disgusting comment about TGC. Take out your dentures because I'm gonna slap you so hard they'll fly all the way to Baltimore!
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dollypop,

thats really neat bout Cinderella. Were doing that next summer for our local Teen Theatre i cant wait. i want to be either Lionel or maybe the prince
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The production I directed was an earlier version of the show. Lionel wasn't in it. In fact, I re-wrote some of the book to introduce the stepmother.

We did, however, turn a pumpkin into a coach before the audience's eyes every night! We also had flying rigs left over from the previous year's PETER PAN, so the Fairy Godmother flew overhead.
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thats neat about flying the fairy godmother. but whut about Lionel, who sings "The Prince Is Giving A Ball" or was that not in it. if it wasnt thats crazy cause that and "Ten Minutes Ago" are my favorite songs in the play
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I'm another great fan of Rodgers and Hammrstein musicals - although I have seen most of them only in the movies ( exceptions are OKLAHOMA! with Hugh Jackman and THE KING AND I with Elaine Paige, both at the West End... and once, a Lincoln Center revival of SOUTH PACIFIC with Florence Henderson a long time ago).

My favourite performances from their shows --

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr ( THE KING AND I)
Hugh Jackman ( OKLAHOMA!)
John Kerr ( SOUTH PACIFIC)
Julie Andrews ( THE SOUND OF MUSIC)

I also liked CAROUSEL a lot - but I wasn't overly fond of Gordon McRae.

I guess those shows are my best-liked R&H musicals.


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"Carousel" is my favorite.
"The King and I"
"The Sound of Music"
"Allegro"
"Oklahoma!"
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Musicman, in the version of Cinderella that I know best, the version starring Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, the song "The Prince is Giving a Ball" was sung by a nameless Palace Page, who only appeared in that one scene. My guess is the role was expanded and named for the most recent tv movie with Whitney Houston. "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You" are my favorites from that musical.

I've loved all the musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, but my favorites have to be Sound Of Music, Oklahoma and Cinderella. My interest in Oklahoma was revived when I saw the video of the RNT production starring Hugh Jackman as Curly. It made me a fan of both Mr. Jackman and Shuler Hensley, who played Jud.
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re: R&H favorites#22
Posted: 11/2/03 at 2:54am
Everyone is forgetting the best of all!

1- BABES IN ARMS!
2- OKLAHOMA!
3- ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
4- CINDERELLA
5- FOOTLOOSE

I know some of these..arent really "RnH" but they are licensed by RnH and the thread didn't specify that the Authors had to be RnH it might just be the licensor (if thats even a word)! any way those are my favorites!
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re: re: R&H favorites#23
Posted: 11/2/03 at 11:01am
I LOVE "The Sound Of Music" and the television version of "Cinderella".
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re: re: re: R&H favorites#24
Posted: 11/2/03 at 11:07am
The only thing I liked about the television version of Cinderella was The Stepmother and 2 Stepsisters; they were all funny. Everone else was annoying and terribly miscast.
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