Break into song

There are probably a few people out there who think musicals are silly but personally I enjoy going to see them. They transport you to a world of make believe, a world where people burst into song and sound great, full of colour and light and usually a happy ending rousing finale that makes you walk out with a big smile on your face, thinking that maybe the world is a better place than you thought.

I probably haven’t been to that many compared to some true fans but here are the shows I’ve seen in the West End and what I thought about them:

1. The Lion King – I saw this with my family and was disappointed. The cast at that time weren’t that great and I just didn’t get a great feeling watching it. Shame because the film is great!

2. My Fair Lady – I went to see this hoping to see the lead actress but she was sick and I got the understudy so that was a shame but it was a good solid production.

3. Joseph – I went to the new version of this after the BBC reality show and watched the winner Lee Mead – the show was fun and colourful and he was great in it. Well worth seeing.

4. The Woman in White – A new Andrew Lloyd Webber production which closed really quickly. I actually enjoyed it – it was powerful and dramatic with a great mystery story line and some beautiful music.

5. Legally Blonde – this show is brilliant! It’s just lots of good cheesy fun and we were all on our feet at the end. I’d definitely watch it again.

6. The Sound of Music – I went to see this again after a BBC show to find the lead but by this time she had left and someone from a soap was in it. The production was slick and professional and I really enjoyed it.

7. Grease – hideous. Nothing like the film. Don’t bother watching this!

8. Blood Brothers – a great story, powerful and moving and pretty sad. Overall music not as good as the story but a strong end song so all is forgiven.

I must give a shout out to some great musicals which I’ve seen the film version not the live version of:
– Hairspray
– Chicago
– The Phantom of the Opera
– Evita
– Moulin Rouge

What’s been the best musical you’ve seen?

Vix

xx

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39 thoughts on “Break into song

  1. I think that my all time favorite was “The King & I”…but I’ve also loved “Phantom of the Opera”, “Annie” & “Miss Saigon” etc. I’d love to see “The Sound of Music” It is my all time favorite movie!!

  2. The best musical I have seen is Sweeney Todd. I saw it before the Johnny Depp film and was therefore disappointed with the adaptation. One musical that I was disappointed with was Les Miserables. The acting was really good, but the overall story didn’t do it for me. Maybe I went into it with too high hopes.

  3. I haven’t seen many non-Disney musicals, but Fiddler on the Roof is my favorite of those I’ve seen. It’s the only one I actually own.

    Ba.D., on the other hand, is a huge fan of musicals. He’s got a dozen at our house and bunches more back at his mom’s house.

  4. I love love love musicals. I actually was in the production of Joseph at my dance studio, and it was a blast! But my favorite that I have seen is definitely Spamalot — so funny! πŸ™‚

  5. I love musicals, they remind me of a simpler time. I still hear the song, “Two for tea” from No, No Nanette playing in my head every so often. But I haven’t been in a while.

  6. I love musicals! Other than High School productions I’ve never only seen one on Stage but I was a part of School House Rock live and Sound of Music in High School and Then my High School did Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Little Shop of Horrors which were both amazing! Last fall I also got the chance to see Little Shop done by my college. I do very much enjoy watching Movie Musicals though! My favorites being Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Sound of Music, and Moulin Rouge. And of course, all the classic Disney movies are musicals as well! πŸ™‚ Musicals are the best!

  7. I’m surprised you didn’t like the Lion King. I saw it and it was the best musical I’ve ever seen. And I even saw Cats on Broadway in NY. I was watching Lion King and almost crying…
    I didn’t see Women in White but I saw women in Black and that was the most boring thing I saw in my life. My then husband actually fell asleep during it πŸ˜€

  8. Musicals are the best!! I saw Lion King too… the animal puppets were amazing, but I’m actually not a huge fan of the movie/musical (Blasphemy, I know.). I was lucky to see more than a fair few shows on Broadway. Of the musicals my sister and I saw, the revival of Sweeney Todd was stellar (we were close enough to get spat on by Patti LuPone… it was epic). One of the funniest musicals we saw was The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee πŸ™‚ Also, Company was brilliant… I actually cried during the final song because it was so moving.

    I would commit heinous acts to be in a movie or stage musical some day.

  9. The only musical I have seen is ‘The Westside Story’ I love it. My bestie and I just saw it back in March. Even though I was feeling sick (the beginning of strep without me knowing till the next day) I still enjoyed it. :0) I hope to see more in the future. :0)

  10. Wow, see I think your list is impressive! I only have two that I’ve seen, and I loved them both dearly though in entirely different ways. Phantom of the Opera most recently, and a couple of years ago my first show was Wicked (the story of the witches of Wizard of Oz). I can’t give enough props to it – just fantastic and I want to see it again. I guess I need to work on expanding my list first!! πŸ˜€

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