BROADWAY MUSICALS I HAVE SEEN (IN NYC OR TOURING PRODUCTIONS)
I have a lot of lists about musicals.
- •Les Miserables (twice)I loved this musical in high school. LOVED it. Seeing it on stage blew my 15-year-old mind. It is a GREAT show for high schoolers just getting into serious musical theatre. Is it a great show? No, not really. But it's a great place to start.
- •Little Shop of HorrorsWhat an odd show to get the big Broadway treatment. Large puppets aside, this is a show that begs to be seen in colleges and community theatres across the country. Sure, it works just as well as a big expensive production, but it's not necessary. Still - I love this show, and I've probably seen more productions of it (including one I was in) than any other musical.
- •The Producers (twice)Another teenage favorite. I still think this one works pretty damned well. It's not quite as brilliant as the original movie, and Act II is padded all to hell, but it really is a lot of fun overall.
- •Mamma Mia!I saw this one on a high school field trip. This marked the first time I saw a musical and thought, "Oh. I don't care for this at all."
- •ChicagoI mean, it's great. It's as great as people say it is. It's "Chicago."
- •Spring AwakeningThis show hit me at the perfect age. I was 18, visiting New York on a school trip. People were talking about this new show, and I checked it out. Saw it with the original cast and became OBSESSED. I'm not sure its raw, unbridled emotion-baring would resonate with me now at 26, but at 18, it was everything to me.
- •WickedI love this novel. I like most of the Stephen Schwartz songs. I *hate* this musical.
- •Next to NormalWhat a powerful piece of theatre this is. I like my musicals real sad, and boy did this one deliver!
- •Follies (twice)I loved "Follies" so much I saw it twice in one week. Twice. In. One. Week. I think it's one of the greatest pieces of theatre ever written.
- •American IdiotGreat, fun album. TERRIBLE stage musical.
- •Anything GoesDelightful. Would have loved to have seen Sutton in it.
- •The Scottsboro BoysPowerful. Brilliant. Essential. Seek this one out, because you probably haven't seen it. The best experience I've had going to the theatre.
- •The Book of Mormon (twice)As I said before, my tastes bend toward the depressing and cerebral, but the light and silly "Book of Mormon" is a whole lot of fun. It's a great show for musical-lovers and musical-haters alike - if you want something everyone will enjoy, this is the show for you. It's also very, very good.
- •The Gershwins' Porgy and BessI wish I were more familiar with "Porgy & Bess," but from what I've gathered, this is a heavily adapted revision of the original production, and it shows. It wasn't bad, of course, but it felt like a compromised vision. Not bad, though.