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Old 10-04-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit...

Use this thread to discuss the merits of musical theater. As in, musicals. Like Broadway style musical theater such as Rent, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, etc.

Is musical theater cool?

What are your favorite musicals? Favorite performers? Favorite creative minds in the field?

I don't have a favorite yet because I'm such a novice in the area. I've never even been to New York City, let alone seen a Broadway show live. So this is why I need to know everything that you know. But my favorite performer is definitely Lea Michele.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:08 PM   #2
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What's Journey got to do with theatre?

The only musical I've watched is RENT. It was... interesting. Musicals are generally not my thing but I enjoyed this one for a change to rock shows.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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What's Journey got to do with theatre?

The only musical I've watched is RENT. It was... interesting. Musicals are generally not my thing but I enjoyed this one for a change to rock shows.
Oh, it's just Lea Michele(my fave Broadway star, even though I've never seen a musical she's appeared in)'s opening line in her performance of "Don't Stop Believin." Perhaps it's a confusing thread title??

Alright, so I've got one positive recommendation of RENT. It's on the list, for sure. I wonder if it will still be on Broadway when I make my trip to NYC.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:49 PM   #4
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Jesus Christ Superstar FTW. It's 70s, it's hippies in the desert, but the music is great.

I like Rent a lot, but stop shy of being a Rent-head. I just like it a lot.

I went through a huge Phantom of the Opera phase back in junior high, but now most of it makes me cringe. The movie was a blast, though, although probably not in the way the makers intended it to be.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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My high school girlfriend was a Rent-head.

She was also a whore.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:51 PM   #6
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I saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Broadway (along with a number of other shows, but this one was my favorite) with John Lithgow. It was awesome.
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She just wanted to be all free and junk, like the people in Rent!
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Alright, so I have recommendations for Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. And maybe a recommendation for Phantom of the Opera?

And I've found out that Impy's high school girlfriend was, in fact, a whore.
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I have a DVD with a recorded performance of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George, starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. Would like to check out more of Sondheim's stuff, and there's a DVD available of a Sweeney Todd show I'm hoping to get soon.

Not really into the Andrew Lloyd Webber stuff. Some of it is entertaining, but too cheesy for my tastes.
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Rent. Wicked. Chicago.

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Old 10-04-2009, 05:26 PM   #11
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I didn't mean Phantom to be a real rec - I was a goofy teenaged girl all swoony for Michael Crawford's voice. I'd say the best of Weber's is JC Superstar. I love Evita as well, but I think it hasn't aged as well as JCS, both from the 70s.

Although I do have a ridiculous love for the movie with Madonna. I prefer that version because the keys are lower for Madge's range, and I can sing along with her. I can't sing along with Patti LuPone.

I loathe Cats. So there's my anti-rec.
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Ahhh man I love Journey.

Precious Time FTW.
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I loved and still love the Phantom of the Opera. I don't know why, it has nothing to do with Michael Crawford's voice. Maybe its the music. Yeah, its the music.

Also, I like Les Miserables. I didn't like it when I saw it on Broadway since the cast didn't sing too great. I prefer the 10th anniversary special where all the best singers from that show performed. I bawled during the first 15 times I watched that special.

Beauty and the Beast was very good. The way the Beast transformed into a person on stage was incredible.

That's about it. Being a New Yorker doesn't mean you see every single Broadway production. The ones I would like to see are Wicked, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Mary Poppins.
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Also, I like Les Miserables. I didn't like it when I saw it on Broadway since the cast didn't sing too great. I prefer the 10th anniversary special where all the best singers from that show performed. I bawled during the first 15 times I watched that special.
ZOMG YES. I have the DVD and CD of that - LOVE IT.

That was my first exposure to the musical, and I was appalled by the woman singing Eponine in the original cast - could she be more whiny and irritating? I hated her voice to no end.

Lea Salong FTW.
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Cabaret, Rent and Wicked are the best I've seen live. I've got Patti Lupone and Bernadette Peters (Sondheim) cd's, both amazing.
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