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idcowden



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Essential Musicals Reply with quote

Hi all,

Currently on my mp3 player I have 87 musicals. I can think of a few to add, but can anyone think of any "essential" musicals I might want to include?

I'm a bit light on the Rodgers and Hammerstein, and I can think of a few Jerry Herman to add. So Carousel, Showboat, South Pacific, Barnum, City of Angels. I also need to get CD recordings of Grand Hotel, The Life, Titanic and Copacabana.

Anyway, the list at present:-

Aladdin
Annie
Annie get your gun
Anyone can Whistle
Avenue Q
Baby
Billy Elliot
Bye Bye Birdie
Cabaret
Camelot
Candide
Carrie
Chess
Chicago
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Company
Countess Maritza
Dames at Sea
Destry rides again
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Evening Primrose
Forever Plaid
Full Monty
Godspell
Good News
Goodbye Mr Chips
Grind
Guys and Dolls
Hairspray
Hunchback of Notre Dame
I love you, you’re perfect, now change
I’m Getting My Act Together
Jekyll and Hyde
Jerry Springer – The Opera
Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat
Kismet
Kiss me Kate
Les Miserables
Lion King
Little Shop of Horrors
Mamma Mia
Merry Widow
Metropolis
Miss Saigon
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Moulin Rouge
Mr Cinders
My Fair Lady
Napolen (sampler)
Nine
Oklahoma
On your Toes
Orpheus in the underworld
Pickwick
Pippin
Producers
Ragtime
Rocky Horror Show
Salad Days
Scrooge
Seussical the Musical
Snoopy
Song of Norway
Song of Singapore
Stop the World I Want to get off
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd
Sweet Charity
Taboo
The Dancing Years
The Fantasticks
The Frogs
The Mikado
The Rink
The Tap Dance Kid
The Threepenny Opera
The Wizard of Oz
They’re playing our song
Valmouth
Wicked

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iain,

High Society


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aspects of Love and Passion both OLC recording.

ALW not everyones cup of tea and niether is Sondheim but I see you already have both composers on your list so I thought I'd mention these to as they are my personal favourites from both men.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Passion is a good one. Forgot about that.

Aspects of Love however shall not darken the doors of my player. I listened to it once and never made it past act 1. FOund it terribly repetitive and musically dreary. For the same reason, The Woman in White is also consigned to oblivion!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets see---

The King and I--my personal fave!(any recording I love them all)
Mame--if only for the title song and the overture
South Pacific--film soundtrack is my choice on that one
Hello Dolly--again film soundtrack--love Babs!
Anything Goes--1989 London Cast--(ok this one I had to include-- Wink )

I'm sure I'll think of more--maybe you've excluded these on purpose. I was going to suggest Chess--but I see you already have it! Very Happy That is definitely a must have!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

idcowden wrote:
Passion is a good one. Forgot about that.

Aspects of Love however shall not darken the doors of my player. I listened to it once and never made it past act 1. FOund it terribly repetitive and musically dreary. For the same reason, The Woman in White is also consigned to oblivion!



I can see if you don't like one how you may not like the other one either as they are similar in construction. Aspects is my fav ALW by along way I suppose I've just listened to it so often now it's become second nature Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a couple of Lionel Bart's musicals?

Oliver and Blitz! are my favourites; the latter was reissued on CD 18 months ago and it's packed with good songs and music.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bust me britches and poke me chaps - 'Calamity Jane' Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wot - no Jesus Christ Superstar?! Shocked

I'd certainly recommend Mack & Mabel, Martin Guerre (either version) The Wild Party (Andrew Lippa version is the one I have) and of course - The Fix!! Laughing

If you like Les Mis, try Le Revolution Francais and another great Sondheim is Sunday in the Park with George, especially the recent Menier Chocolate Factory revival cast cd
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have we forgotten the Sound of Music, or should I put my specs on?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent suggestions from all contributors so far. No Gilbert and Sullivan, I see--not everyone's cup of tea (is mine but Mrs W is less keen) but Alan Titchmarsh's current Sunday evening series may help you to decide whether this is for you.

Still on older works, how about Edward German's Merrie England--patchy but the many good patches really are good. Other older pieces worth a try include the Arcadians and the Maid of the Mountains.

And at the risk of destroying my streetcred (if it ever existed), I like many of the tunes from Mary Poppins, notwithstanding so often hearing them through a post-lunch stupor on Christmas afternoon!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about Mary Poppins!! It's always been a favorite of mine. I was also thinking about Roar of the Greasepaint Smell of the Crowd---there are some classic songs in that one.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum - Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight? Yes R2OK has it all Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great suggestions. A number of them are awaiting my purchase of same on CD (I have a load of tapes yet to become digital).

So far 25 extra shows to find! (so a new total when added of 109!):-

Passion
High Society
King and I
Mame
Anything goes
Hello Dolly
Oliver
Blitz!
Calamity Jane (thought I had that one!)
Mack & mabel
The Wild Party (not heard of it)
The fix (again not one I know)
Martin Guerre (Maybe, not overwhelmed by the translation for this one)
Sound of Music
A funny thing happened
Poppins (the stage musical) is about to be added!
Carousel
Showboat,
South Pacific,
Barnum,
City of Angels
Grand Hotel,
The Life,
Titanic
Copacabana.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget Mike Reid's 'Oscar Wilde' - everyone else has <ya ta ta taaaa> Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to look that up. It seems that it is a good one to miss!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohh! I just thought of another one you could 'get your teeth into' - Dance of the Vampires Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We forgot this one, too Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about

COMPANY
FOLLIES
WALKING HAPPY
BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA
THE GAY LIFE
SHE LOVES ME
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
BYE BYE BIRDIE
70 GIRLS 70
ZORBA
THE HAPPY TIME
STEEL PIER
OUT OF THIS WORLD
CAN-CAN

AND LOADS MORE
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AND

GOLDEN RAINBOW
CHRISTINE
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
PURLIE
THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
PAINT YOUR WAGON
GOLDEN BOY
NO STRINGS
TWO BY TWO

I could go on all day
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Howard, is 'Steel Pier' anything to do with Atlantic City?

I have some interest in the Steel Pier there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howard,

Some good suggestions there. Company and She Loves Me are already there. Some of those I've not heard of, and I'm not sure whether CD recordings exist or are in print of some of the others. Thanks for those though!

John - Steel Pier is the last Kander and Ebb musical and is about the dance marathons of the depression in Atlantic City. It got 11 tony nominations but only lasted 78 days on broadway.

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