Although I’ve not seen a million musicals, I’ve seen my fair share and right now I’m kinda thinking about musicals, so I thought I would briefly cover a few of my favorites.
These below are not the only musicals I’ve seen–I thought I would make that clear. My mom plays Oklahoma every once and a while over the computer and I’ve seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Camelot was what I compared Merlin too. I’ve seen parts of Oliver! and My Fair Lady was okay, even though it had it’s funny moments while West Side Story was a mouthful of mixed feelings. Phantom of the Opera was good but lagged in places and Mary Poppins is more up my sister’s isle of favorites.
So, these below, actually are my favorites.
Childhood Favorite: The Sound of Music
For a long time, because it was so long, this movie was saved for special evenings. Kayla and I always got very excited whenever we got to put our VHS of this film in because it was so long and fun. I have some nostalgia tied to this movie and to a lot of the scenes. And do you know what a big deal it was before I turned seventeen to actually be able to sing, “You are sixteen, going on seventeen”?
Favorite Classic Musical: The Music Man 1962 version
Not only do I love the songs from the Music Man (I diligently listened to “Ya Got Trouble” over and over till I could ‘sing’ the entire thing from memory) but it’s a pretty funny movie. Mayor and Mrs Shin get a good laugh out of us every time and when we had chickens, we named two of them after both. It has the classic musical feel and it’s an overall very funny movie with some really fun songs
Funniest Musical (and tied for classic): Singing in the Rain
This is a really hilarious movie and an interesting one as it’s plot follows the movie industry and it’s struggles as they make the switch from silent films to ‘talking pictures’. This is one that I recommend to even non-musical fans to watch because of the plot line and wit. It’s funny, it’s classic, and it’s songs and dance numbers are great entertainment. Kayla and I sing the title song every time it rains. And how do you not love seeing Princess Leia’s mother tap dancing in high heels?
Family Favorite: Fiddler on the Roof
My mom saw this musical growing up so I see this movie a ‘family’ movie even though I didn’t see it till I was probably fifteen. This is antoher one of those very long movies and it ends on a sad note but it has some of the most lively folk music; it is nearly impossible for me to not air fiddle along to most of it, like “Traditions” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “To Life”. It’s this movie that always makes me wish I could play the violin.
Favorite Christmas Musical: White Christmas
Christmas and musical dance numbers and Bing Crosby= good musical. Funny characters and heartwarming ending. And the catchy, memorable songs like “Snow” and “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing” are some of my favorites to sing. And Kayla and I took “Sisters” as our theme song. It’s got it’s funny moments too!
Favorite Animated Musical: Corpse Bride
Like a lot of animated movies, Corpse Bride has songs. And this one has some good ones like “According to Plan” “Tears to Shed” and “Remains of the Day“. Besides the songs, I love the movie overall and it’s my favorite animated film at the moment.
Most Nostalgic Musical: Beauty and The Beast
This is the first movie I remember watching as a very small girl. The movie is worth a lot to me because of the memories and for the messages that I took to heart when I was sixteen. The songs especially hold a lot of emotion and memories, especially the title song and theme. I seriously need to break down and just buy a DVD copy of it.
Overall Favorite: Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Although grisly, bloody and rated R for it’s violence, the music for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is beautiful and heart wrenching. I’ve been familiar with the music for a long time but I just recently saw the movie as well. It is, as this point in time, my favorite musical hands down. However, it is not for everyone; I do not recommend the film to anyone under sixteen for it’s gruesome content. However, just like I did, you could still love the songs without the movie! And I would seriously love to cosplay Mrs Lovett someday, if I had a friend who’d be Sweeney Todd. I’ll be reviewing this film in a guest post at James’ blog in the near future and I’ll be sure to link to it once it’s finished and he publishes it. 🙂
And that wraps this up! What are your favorite musicals?
I want to watch one of these now. 😀 Leaning towards Corpse Bride…