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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:03 PM

Stage musicals: What are the most obscure ones that you really enjoy?

I'll start off with some of mine:

Bat Boy the Musical (based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat, dubbed "Bat Boy", who grew up living in a cave.)

Blondel the Rock Opera (The title character is a musician trying to score big with Richard the Lionheart, who goes off on one of the Crusades. He struggles to follow him, as does an assassin and a group of monks who sing all of their dialogue in the form of Gregorian chants. Hilarity ensues.)

Eating Raoul the Musical (A couple of "squares", in the late 1960s, want to raise money to open a restaurant. They decide to kill swingers for profit by hitting them on the head with a frying pan. They become involved with a partner, Raoul, their swarthy, sexy janitor, who helps them to dispose of the bodies. However, they soon feel trapped by Raoul and dispatch him too; he becomes the main course. Based upon the film.)

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Reply Stage musicals: What are the most obscure ones that you really enjoy? (Original post)
Dial H For Hero Jul 22 OP
Tomconroy Jul 22 #1
tirebiter Jul 22 #2
raging moderate Jul 22 #3
genxlib Jul 22 #4
Tomconroy Jul 22 #5
TuxedoKat Jul 23 #6
quaint Jul 23 #7
Stuart G Jul 23 #8
ironflange Jul 23 #9
jmowreader Jul 23 #10
First Speaker Jul 23 #11

Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:11 PM

1. I saw Annie2 off Broadway. The sequel to Annie.

It didn't have a big hit song, but I thought it was very good, almost on a par with the original.

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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:22 PM

2. "TOM JONES"

http://castalbums.org/recordings/Tom-Jones-1960-New-Haven-Cast/2742/

-Peter Bergman co-wrote the lyrics and Phil Proctor played "Tom Jones" in this original musical, with a book by Austin Pendleton. A soundtrack album was released on Carillion MX-L80P-5436/7.

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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:34 PM

3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

This poor girl is tricked into joining a household of seven yahoo males but winds up ruling the roost, giving them the upbringing they should have had, with lessons in manners and cleanliness.

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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:42 PM

4. A few years ago

We saw "In Transit" on Broadway.

It is all a capella and my family really loved it. I bought the soundtrack and listen to it often.

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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 04:43 PM

5. I also saw Jerry's Girls, a review of Jerry Herman's music.

It was supposed to go to Broadway but never did. It starred Carol Channing, Andrea Mcardle and Leslie Uggams. Great cd which I own.

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Fri Jul 23, 2021, 08:01 AM

6. Looking for the name of a musical

It had a rousing crowd number singing about the state of Wisconsin. Could date from the 30s to the 50s.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 08:52 AM

7. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Had fun at the Ivar in Hollywood sometime in '69.

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Fri Jul 23, 2021, 01:00 PM

8. Pagama Game.

Saint James Theater, Aug 14, 1954...about union organizing to improve the salary that workers get ...
the actual amount the union wanted was 7 1/2 cents an hour more..!

One of the songs: Seven and a Half Cents...has stuck in my min for over 60 years. I was part of the
chorus in a version played at a Youth Center that I went to. They had plays and more plays.

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Fri Jul 23, 2021, 01:03 PM

9. The Witches of Eastwick

We saw this lavish London production in the summer of 2020. Great show, starred Ian McShane and Lucis Arnaz.

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Fri Jul 23, 2021, 08:34 PM

10. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

I haven't seen Kinky Boots, but that looks like it'll be good too.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 11:39 PM

11. Mack and Mabel...

...I saw the original on Broadway eons ago, with Robert Preston, one of the greatest actors I've ever seen. It was basically a flop then, but it's hung on to become a permanent part of the American musical repertoire...

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