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Favourite musical?
« on: January 19, 2010, 08:03:02 pm »
I was going to do a poll but there are too many options. 

State whether it's a stage or a film adaptation (as some musicals have two well-known versions which differ in their songs, e.g. Grease).
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010, 08:14:34 pm »
West Side Story.  No contest.

I should specify.

Actually, I prefer the film to the stage version, but the only real difference is the Dance at the Gym (Mambo!).  Mind you, Natalie Wood's cringingly bad hispanic accent is a bit of an issue.... :-\

She was much better in Gypsy, which is another fave.
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 08:14:38 pm »
Les Mis

Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010, 08:16:04 pm »
Les Mis
My wife loves it.  I find it rather disappointing melodically, and the two most famous female solos are basically the same tune.
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010, 08:20:54 pm »
Yes.  West Side Story.  Both stage and film.

And (please don't tell any of my mates) Singin' in the Rain.
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010, 09:10:29 pm »
Wicked (an early highlight of 2009)

Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2010, 09:12:45 pm »
High Society
Guys and Dolls

Both film versions
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2010, 11:11:11 am »
I should state that I have avoided stage musicals since I was a kid, because most modern ones just seem to have rubbish songs - and I would rather watch a proper play than one ruined by mediocre songs.

However:
Grease - film (best songs)
Guys and Dolls (best songs in an older musical!)
Sound of Music - film (stupid cosy family loveliness, some nice songs)

[Blues Brothers is a better film than any of these, but really it's a comedy before a musical, in my view. ]
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2010, 11:16:24 am »
An American in Paris, mainly for the dream ballet sequence at the end. Leslie Caron is beautiful in it too.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2010, 11:19:15 am »
West Side Story.  No contest.


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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2010, 11:28:10 am »
Sorry, don't understand the question :P
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2010, 11:33:38 am »
7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Film)

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2010, 11:38:48 am »
I was going to do a poll but there are too many options. 

State whether it's a stage or a film adaptation (as some musicals have two well-known versions which differ in their songs, e.g. Grease).

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2010, 01:30:34 pm »
The Blues Brothers

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2010, 01:34:15 pm »
Yeah, I went for the Blues Brothers & Rocky Horror, but inadvertently deleted when i edited my post.

Blues Brothers is, plot aside, one of the most awesome collections of musicians that ever happened.

Which reminds me, when you get David St Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls in one place, you have:

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2010, 01:37:39 pm »
Blues Brothers +1

and Moulin Rouge
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2010, 01:40:28 pm »
I've always like Mary Poppins (the film) better than The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews is mesmerising and the songs are all great.

In fact, my list of favourite musicals is wholly based on the film versions: Guys & Dolls, Singing In The Rain, West Side Story, On The Town, Beauty & The Beast (the Disney one)...

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2010, 01:49:05 pm »
Oh What a Lovely War! 
The Blues Brothers is a little let down by the token plot.
Other than that I don't like musicals.

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2010, 01:56:05 pm »
"The Music Man" with Robert Preston.  It's got everything, including trombones and a character named after my favourite place in Essex  :D
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2010, 02:00:53 pm »
Oh What a Lovely War! 

Oh yes!  Simply genius

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The Blues Brothers is a little let down by the token plot.

But has a brilliant script
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2010, 02:17:02 pm »
The Wizard of Oz is so ingrained into our consciousness as to be forgotten as a musical.

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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2010, 05:47:47 pm »
My Fair Lady
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2010, 06:53:45 pm »
My Fair Lady, followed by Paint Your Wagon.

Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2010, 10:20:05 pm »
I'll have to be boring and go for "The Phantom of the Opera" for the songs*, closely followed by The Sound of Music and Grease (the film).  The choreography in Grease is stunning - just watch the final scene closely and there are hundreds of dancers.


*highly derivative, if not plagiarised, melodies, but what melodies!  Can't stand the rest of Lloyd-Webber's cheese though, except maybe "Memory" from Cats.
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Re: Favourite musical?
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2010, 10:24:58 pm »
I've always like Mary Poppins (the film) better than The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews is mesmerising and the songs are all great.


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The choreography in Grease is stunning - just watch the final scene closely and there are hundreds of dancers.
Including the legendary Blue Shorts Man.

I love Grease, the film, and Rocky Horror. Do the Disney films count as animated musicals? If so, The Jungle Book. The Buffy episode Once More With Feeling. Oliver! (I really like Ron Moody as Fagin reviewing the situation).
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