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Tue Mar 5, 2013, 07:47 AM

So, what are your favorite musicals...

This seminal American Art Form binging all that we have dragged to this nation from every bit of the world that wanted something more out of life and splashed it all across the stage.

I can't pick out my favorite, but I would have to narrow it down to Across the Universe, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof. All three of these are built on traditions smacking into the quickening fast change that was propelling everything and anything right here in the US of A.

But I have more, A Chorus Line, for one, that captures the love of art and what we do for love whether it be personal or with your craft.

And there are so many others that I love almost as much as I love these three that I watch whenever they come on the cable. Cabaret, the first M rated movie I saw. My babysitter took me to see it on a saturday afternoon when I was 12.

Then there is Showboat with it's defining the American Musical welding story to song completely,

Jesus Christ Superstar, the first rock and roll event that I saw way back in 1970 blew me away.

Two years ago I saw In the Heights and just loved it.

Camelot which capture the spirit of the Kennedy Administration and then Man of La Mancha came along.

Cleveland has refurbished a whole block of old theaters that were this close to be demoed. There are four large halls and a couple of small venues that bring six Broadway traveling shows each year and a whole lot of other stuff. It really is a gem.

I am lucky. I was able to see 20-25 Broadway plays as well as 20 of Shakespeare's plays, the last being MacBeth which, I believe, was the first I saw way back in 1968. Tom Hanks got his start in Show Business here in Cleveland when did a summer internship at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Fest and since 1965, the company has performed one tragedy and one of the more whimsical shows.

I grew up loving the theater which is probably why I was drawn to the greatest show of all, politics.

Say what you want about Cleveland but we have so much here that is top notched live entertainment that most other cities of the same side would love to have.

If you are looking for a vacation surrounding the arts, coming to Cleveland would be a great place to start looking. Live theater, World Class Restaurants, Professional Sports including Roller Derby, great museums, one of the best Orchestras in the world, the theater district, a great amusement park just a couple hours up the coast of Lake Erie, the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and the Polka Hall of Fame.

Well, that's my rant for the day...

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Reply So, what are your favorite musicals... (Original post)
WCGreen Mar 2013 OP
Scuba Mar 2013 #1
WCGreen Mar 2013 #2
Graybeard Mar 2013 #3
talkingmime Mar 2013 #4
In_The_Wind Mar 2013 #5
WCGreen Mar 2013 #6
In_The_Wind Mar 2013 #8
Sweet Freedom Mar 2013 #7
winter is coming Mar 2013 #27
Demo_Chris Mar 2013 #9
pinboy3niner Mar 2013 #10
WCGreen Mar 2013 #23
WolverineDG Mar 2013 #59
WolverineDG Mar 2013 #57
HappyMe Mar 2013 #11
Sekhmets Daughter Mar 2013 #12
lame54 Mar 2013 #13
NV Whino Mar 2013 #14
bigwillq Mar 2013 #15
reformist2 Mar 2013 #16
sheshe2 Mar 2013 #17
pokerfan Mar 2013 #18
raccoon Mar 2013 #19
riderinthestorm Mar 2013 #20
Taverner Mar 2013 #21
WCGreen Mar 2013 #24
ceile Mar 2013 #22
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2013 #25
applegrove Mar 2013 #26
femmocrat Mar 2013 #28
murielm99 Mar 2013 #29
Helen Reddy Mar 2013 #30
WCGreen Mar 2013 #35
LancetChick Mar 2013 #31
nytemare Mar 2013 #32
graywarrior Mar 2013 #33
WCGreen Mar 2013 #36
graywarrior Mar 2013 #38
WCGreen Mar 2013 #39
graywarrior Mar 2013 #40
WCGreen Mar 2013 #45
Iwillnevergiveup Mar 2013 #34
WCGreen Mar 2013 #46
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WCGreen Mar 2013 #48
cyberswede Mar 2013 #37
WCGreen Mar 2013 #43
Brother Buzz Mar 2013 #41
The Magistrate Mar 2013 #53
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WCGreen Mar 2013 #55
Recursion Mar 2013 #42
WCGreen Mar 2013 #44
pinboy3niner Mar 2013 #50
WCGreen Mar 2013 #51
opiate69 Mar 2013 #49
Knightraven Mar 2013 #52
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Paladin Mar 2013 #58
trackfan Mar 2013 #60
WCGreen Mar 2013 #64
TrogL Mar 2013 #61
TrogL Mar 2013 #62
WCGreen Mar 2013 #63
Bertha Venation Mar 2013 #65
WCGreen Mar 2013 #66
Shibainu Mar 2013 #67
DearHeart Mar 2013 #68

Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 07:59 AM

1. Across the Universe absolutely blew me away. I watched it again the very next day ....

 

... which is totally out of character for me. I've now seen it 4-5 times and still love all of it.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:01 AM

2. I recorded it on our DVR that came with the cable...

Best filmed musical since Paint Your Wagon...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:15 AM

3. Love 'em. Sweeney Todd to Oklahoma!

All that you mentioned are on my list too. I put Sweeney Todd at the top along with Kiss Me Kate (not the movie so much but I saw a magical Broadway revival a few years ago.)

It's easy to disparage The Music Man or Annie Get Your Gun but if they are on TV I will watch them.

"Broadway songs" were such a marvelous art-form. Sorry to see them pretty much gone. 90% of what Frank Sinatra sang were 'Broadway tunes'.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:18 AM

4. "Fiddler On The Roof", "Nightmare Before Christmas", and "Mary Poppins" - in that order.

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:26 AM

5. I'll start with these two. How are you feeling, Chris?












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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:43 AM

6. More bad days than good at this point....

Two Gene Kelley movies come to mind as well....

An American in Paris and Singing in the Rain...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:00 AM

8. Well then. I do hope you enjoy this post ~ 2 more of my favorites:









oh and :http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1018&pid=320598
imo: you really really should ^^^ see ^^^ this. [img][/img]

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 08:45 AM

7. Sweeney Todd and Company



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Response to Sweet Freedom (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:24 PM

27. Gotta agree with you. They're utterly different shows, yet each has a slew of

memorable songs. I loved the film of "Company" from a year or two back where Stephen Colbert was one of the performers. Neil Patrick Harris did a great job there.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:14 AM

9. I was fortunate to see a great many as a kid

 

But seeing Sir Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady was amazing. If I had to pick a favorite that would be it.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:35 AM

10. I love the brilliant movie version of West Side Story

Some of us got to see it on the big screen again during the 50th anniversary theatrical release in November 2011, and I'd also gotten to see it at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood 10 years earlier when it was first re-mastered for that occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

My one and only visit to Cleveland was to go to the '04 Vote for Change concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, R.E.M., and Bright Eyes.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 06:23 PM

23. I was all set to see it, bought the tickets and then I got sick...

Saw the play last year as the Broadway Touring shows stop in Cleveland every year...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #23)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:24 AM

59. is there a Cinemark near you?

http://www.cinemark.com/west-side-story-(1961)

next Wednesday, you can get another chance!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:23 AM

57. It's going to be in theaters again next Wednesday!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:49 AM

11. Singing in The Rain, An American in Paris,

My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:55 AM

12. Fish gotta' jump, birds gotta fly...

Definitely one of my all time favorites! But to be honest the only musical that ever really left me cold was Miss Saigon...the helicopter was the only decent thing about it. Puccini did it much better!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 11:09 AM

13. Paint Your wagon

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 11:58 AM

14. Just about anything when singer could still project and weren't mic'd

Really dislike most of the newer stuff with people screaming into mics.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:11 PM

15. Rent, Spring Awakening, Lion King (nt)

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:18 PM

16. The Sound of Music was the pinnacle, imo.


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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:25 PM

17. Mine~



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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:32 PM

18. Fiddler and ...

Fiddler On The Roof, Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chicago, A Hard Day's Night

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 02:34 PM

19. Carousel. nt

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 03:17 PM

20. Movie or theater? Movie versions I love are Rent, Across the Universe, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music

 

Grease, and Mamma Mia.

In the theater - Lion King, Wicked, Book of Mormon, Cats, Ragtime and a Chorus Line.

I'll see your Cincinnati and raise you a Chicago for a fantastic place for a great vacation!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 03:21 PM

21. Xanadu, Pippin, Grease, Godspell, JC Superstar,

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #21)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 06:25 PM

24. I saw the Superstar Tour back in 1970with the cast from the album....

Saw it again later with Ted Neeley.

Saw Godspell in High School..

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 03:33 PM

22. JCS, Hair, Easter Parade, Damn Yankees n/t

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 06:39 PM

25. For sure, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof...

Also, Brigadoon... With its great love story and wonderful songs, it ranks up there for me. I've seen the movie which is amazing, and I also saw the play in college.



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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 09:50 PM

26. The "Sound of Music" and "Hair" are my favourites.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:32 PM

28. "Gypsy", "The Music Man", "Gigi". I love them all, though!

I have seen most of them in movie version, though. Only a few on stage.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:49 AM

29. Nobody mentioned Evita.

I love Evita!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 12:05 PM

30. "Chicago"

 

"he ran into my knife 10 times!"

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Response to Helen Reddy (Reply #30)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:41 PM

35. SawChicago and it was cool....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 12:12 PM

31. The Music Man!

Pick-a-little, talk-a-little, pick-a-little, talk-a-little
cheep cheep cheep
talk-a-lot, pick-a-little-more

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:07 PM

32. Rocky Horror, Victor / Victoria, Sound of Music

In no particular order.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:10 PM

33. West Side Story

JC Superstar
Cats
Hair

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #33)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:50 PM

36. West Side Story was touring two years ago and we took it in....

The movie is different than the stage play the most noted was America was sung by the Shark Girls. The movie played that scene with more energy. Still, it was great to see.

As I said up in the thread that I saw the frst touring JCS concert with Ted Neeley in 1970. First rock/broadway show...

Over the years I think I have seen about 70-80 live shows including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard. That was my first non Shakespeare play even though it revolved around Hamlet that I ever saw. I lived two blocks away from the every summer Great Lakes Shakespeare festival where Tom Hanks got his start in show biz....

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #36)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 09:19 PM

38. Rosen & Guild is one I'd love to see live

Gary Oldman was great in the movie

JC Superstar--think I saw it with Ted Neeley also. We had front row seats. Incredible show. So was Hair--got to go backstage for that. All this was in Boston in the 70's.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #38)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:13 PM

39. I saw Godspell around that time as well...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #39)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:16 PM

40. I missed that one!

I think. I was stoned a lot back then.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #40)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:28 PM

45. Me too....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:36 PM

34. Hair and The Book of Mormon

would be my top 2, but then there's Phantom and The King and I. Oh yeah, Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady. WOW - there are a lot!

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #34)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:43 PM

46. Saw Miss Saigon with Jonathan Pryce and Camelot with Richard Harris as a way too

old King Arthur and the revival of Show Boat in the late 1990's...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #46)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:49 PM

47. I saw A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Mickey Rooney

That was back in the mid-'60s, and he was a hoot!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #47)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:55 PM

48. Steven Sondheim at his cleverest....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:58 PM

37. Thoroughly Modern Millie

I made my 10 y.o. watch it with me when it was on TCM recently - she loved it.

I also like West Side Story, Hair, Mary Poppins, Tommy, The Wizard of Oz, & Willy Wonka.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #37)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:37 PM

43. That was a funny movie....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:18 PM

41. Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Oklahoma!

A ton more I know and enjoy, but those three are special in my world

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #41)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:03 AM

53. I Agree, Sir

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #53)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:36 AM

54. SalmonChantedEvening

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #53)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:03 AM

55. That's one of my favorite as well...

Did you ever catch Let it Ride...

If you haven't, you should catch it if you can...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:35 PM

42. The Fantastiks

Absolutely love it.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 10:41 PM

44. I forgot all about Nine...

That was cool...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #44)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:14 AM

50. I forgot about that one, too

I saw it on Broadway in 1982 with Raul Julia starring. I was on a trip to NYC with the head of my federal agency, and he sprung for the tickets.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #50)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:26 AM

51. He died way too young....

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:02 AM

49. The Producers..

 

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:39 AM

52. Tanz der Vampire

Great in English, better in German.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 07:13 AM

56. Show Boat, Kismet, 7 Brides for 7,Beauty & Beast, White Christmas, Lion King

 

Sepcial mention to Harry Chapin's very short lived Night that made America Famous and Jersey Boys.

Today's musicals seem to have one thing in common-all have 2 big songs, and nothing else.
All the Andrew Lloyd Webber for instance. Les Mis for instance.
The musical Sunset Blvd.
And all of those seem to have another thing-the biggest song is in the first act, making the entire second act irrelevant.

Whereas the great musicals of the older days had great songs througout and different members of the cast singing them, not just one.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:24 AM

58. Kiss Me Kate, An American In Paris, Wicked, Company......


...and about fifty others; hard to designate my favorites.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 12:51 PM

60. Ones that I can see over and over again:

Man of La Mancha; The Pajama Game; Evita; Fiddler; Annie; The Sound of Music.

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Response to trackfan (Reply #60)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:43 PM

64. Saw Man of La Mancha a couple of years ago.

A professional troop was traveling to the college campuses. They were really good.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:10 PM

61. I'm performing JCSS end of the month

I'm the "orchestra". Five manuals of synthesizers.

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Response to TrogL (Reply #61)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:11 PM

62. I've also done Rocky, Hedwig and Gershwin's "Girl crazy", but my favourite is South Pacific

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Response to TrogL (Reply #62)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 01:42 PM

63. South Pacific is great...

Bali Hi is such a haunting song...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 02:14 PM

65. Ragtime and Rent n/t

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #65)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 02:23 PM

66. I really wanted to like Rent....

But it just didn't do it for me. I liked it, but I wasn't overwhelmed.

Phantom of the Opera was disappointing to me as well.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 03:32 PM

67. It's a bird...it's a plane... It's Superman!

I found the soundtrack in the fairfax county library as a kid.it is hokey and one of my guilty pleasures.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:22 PM

68. In no particular order: Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Chicago,

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Xanadu, The King and I, Grease, The Dolly Sisters (Betty Grable & Alice Fay), Bells Are Ringing (Dean Martin & Judy Holliday), Fame (1980 version), Flashdance, Footloose (1984 version), The Harvey Girls, Moulin Rouge, and De-Lovely. I could go on, but I won't.

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