I guess you can say that I absolutely love the genre. Leora blogged about seeing West Side Story with her daughter... on Broadway. That must have been something grand.
When I was a kid, my mother signed me up for a series of musicals in a less impressive setting, some school. I loved them. And we went to a "theater in the round" as a family, I think it was in Westbury, Long Island.
My mother has always loved the theater, both the stage and audience. I inherited that gene, though the only real performing I've done has been in the classroom. Yes, as a teacher, because teaching is theater!
But what's my favorite musical? I guess it's best to make dozens of categories so I can list as many favorites as possible. That includes choreography, not just songs.
Here are just a few, add what you think deserves to be on the list:
- opening dance: West Side Story
- dance narrative: crap game in Guys & Dolls
- action dance: Cuba night club in Guys & Dolls
- exotic: Bali Hai in South Pacific
- closing: Dreamgirls
- general choreography: Gene Kelly, Brigadoon
- most unlikely plot: Oliver
- didn't expect to like it as much: Bird Cage
- hated the ending: My Fair Lady
- just for the dancing: Dirty Dancing
- before its time: A Hard Day's Night (think of it as a music video)
- making music out of misery: Les Miserables
- fun memories, seen on TV only: Peter Pan (with Mary Martin)
- impressive on both stage and screen: Phantom of the Opera
- etched in my mind (half a century): Porgy & Bess
- not really a musical, but catchy tune: Cat Ballou
- is due for a new production: Showboat
- not really a musical: Some Like It Hot
- great lesson: Wizard of Oz
- my amateur stage performance (SCW): You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown