I have a lot of lists about musicals.
  1. 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.
  2. Little Shop of Horrors
    What 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. Chicago
    I mean, it's great. It's as great as people say it is. It's "Chicago."
  6. Spring Awakening
    This 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.
  7. Wicked
    I love this novel. I like most of the Stephen Schwartz songs. I *hate* this musical.
  8. Next to Normal
    What a powerful piece of theatre this is. I like my musicals real sad, and boy did this one deliver!
  9. 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.
  10. American Idiot
    Great, fun album. TERRIBLE stage musical.
  11. Anything Goes
    Delightful. Would have loved to have seen Sutton in it.
  12. The Scottsboro Boys
    Powerful. Brilliant. Essential. Seek this one out, because you probably haven't seen it. The best experience I've had going to the theatre.
  13. 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.
  14. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
    I 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.