A-Z Musicals: Z

What a rush this month has been! Thanks to all of you for sticking with me through these posts, and it's been SO FUN to see yours!!!

Thanks also to those judging and hosting this bloghop, you are all wonderful!

And now, for Z.

I've never heard of this one! Have you? Here is info from Wikipedia on it.

Whew! I can't believe we're done! Take care, all, and I hope to keep in touch blog- and otherwise! I'd like to end with this song because well, musicals.

I didn't mention Funny Girl, but it's another FAVORITE of mine. Here is "Don't Rain On My Parade" from Funny Girl, done by the cast of Glee. This singer is amazing.



A-Z Musicals: Y

This is another one I've never seen, but I've heard Charlotte Church sing one of the numbers from it and I LOVE THAT SONG.

From my understanding, the story is very sad, about a Jewish woman who decides to dress and act like a man when her father dies, so she can continue her education. Like I said, I've never seen it, but let's listen to Charlotte Church and all get chills for a minute, okay?


A-Z Musicals: X

Cue cheesball-mania in preparation to talk about....

Wow. All I remember about this one is Olivia Newton John rocking around on roller skates. I'm not even sure I finished it. Sorry for all you Xanadu fans, this one was just too weird for me!

Have you seen Xanadu? What did you think of it?


A-Z Musicals: W

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Need I say more? Okay then, I will.

Even though I much prefer the new Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I love the song, "Pure Imagination" from the old one.

If you want to view paradise,
Simply look around and view it.
Anything you want to, do it.
Want to change the world?
There's nothing to it.

And we can't forget this classic:

I heard once that they tried to cut "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the movie but Judy Garland wouldn't stand for that. And what a relief, that song is so beautiful and moving! Love this movie.

And we can't talked Wizard of Oz without mentioning---

Oh my holy bananas of goodness, I saw this in Boise a few years ago and can we just all say the word Incredible? All together now, let's say it: INCREDIBLE. I can't say enough of how much I loved Wicked! I loved it ALL. The music is fabulous, I love Elphaba and yes, Glinda too. And Fierro. Fyero? However you spell it. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I blast the soundtrack and sing to my heart's content even though I can't even hold a match to hold the candle to Idina Menzel, ha ha. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Wicked!!!

And! I think they're making a movie, which I have to say---it'd better be good. ;)


A-Z Musicals: V

Not-surprisingly, the selection for "V" musicals is pretty limited. This one sounded interesting, though, and maybe only because it was contributed to by Oscar Hammerstein.

Ever heard of it?


A-Z Musicals: U

I saw this one a *long* time ago, so I'll admit, I don't remember much. But I remember Titanic and seeing the actress play Molly Brown there, ha.

Have you seen The Unsinkable Molly Brown?


A-Z Musicals: T

Here's a beauty. We can't talk "T" without mentioning--

Millie is so blunderingly loveable as she struggles to find out what being a "Modern" woman means for her. This has it all, flappers, jazz, romance and of course, boss/husband hunting (which are one and the same thing). :-p


A-Z Musicals: S

Oh my musical goodness, there are SO MANY GOOD "S" ONES. 

Here we go.

Scrooge, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden (which I've never seen but LOVE the music from), The Slipper and the Rose, South Pacific, ack, soooooooooo many!!!!

These are my faves though:

Need I say more? <3


A-Z Musicals: R

I haven't seen any of the R Musicals listed either! I have to say, I think Rocky, the Musical would be interesting to see. Or especially a French musical of Romeo and Juliet? YES PLEASE. Assuming you speak French, that is. Which I used to but don't remember much anymore...ahem.

Let's go with Rocky.

Rocky singing and dancing while fighting? There have been stranger things, I suppose! I really love what they said in this brief commentary (and the music doesn't sound too shabby, either!), about what Rocky accomplished by putting his mind to it. How the fight isn't what's most important, but the heart of the story is.


A-Z Musicals: Q

I have to say, I'm drawing a blank on this one. The trusty internet did list two Q musicals, neither of which I've heard of, so let's learn about them!

Quilters is about early American pioneer women, and I guess it had a brief run on Broadway in 1984. It was also nominated for several Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (aren't all the best things based on books?), and Best Original Score, but from what I can see, it didn't win any of the categories.

Here is the plot summary from Wikipedia:

Plot summary

In the American West, a pioneer woman, Sarah, and six women, who are called her daughters, face frontier life. Rather than a straightforward storyline, the musical is presented as a series of short tales and tableaux matched with musical numbers, each presenting an aspect of frontier life or womanhood. The patches or blocks show "girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death." The patches are ultimately put together to form one dramatic tableau.

Interesting, yes?


A-Z Musicals: P

I saw this one on Broadway in New York and fell instantly in love with the story and especially, what else, the music.

The coolest thing was that, before the show started I went up to the pit while the musicians were warming up. I kept trying to wave to the clarinetists, but they were busy. One of the violinsts saw me, though, and I asked him to tap the clarinetist for me.

The clarinetist was so nice! I waved and told him I played the clarinet too...and he invited me to come backstage after the show! I was completely thrilled! He said to meet him by a certain exit, so I took a few friends and after the show, we met him there. 

He took us back to see the costumes, which were completely beautiful and so intricate. My friend Blake got to put on the Phantom's mask! And then we went down into the pit where I got to see his music and see where the magic happens, ha. And then we went up onto the stage and got to see the chandelier! I wish I'd taken pictures, but I think we weren't allowed to...

However, I did get this picture with the clarinetist when he walked us back out to the street. What a surreal experience, and one I absolutely loved!

I'm on the left, and the clarinetist is standing beside me!


A-Z Musicals: O

This one is just plain fun, all around, although I have to say, one of the world's cheesiest lines EVER WRITTEN is in this movie, when Laurie finally admits she loves Curly and agrees to marry him:

"Why, I'll marry you, Curly. If you want me to!"

Sorry--I think it's SO CHEESY!!! Still, they can sing, "People Will Say We're In Love" and I'll forgive the cheese-factor. ;)

And I would really love to see Hugh Jackman play the part of Curly...


A-Z Musicals: N


This is another one I'd *love* to see on Broadway. But I'm good watching Christian Bale singing and dancing until then. ;)


A-Z Musicals: M


Way too many awesome ones to just list one, so here we go!

First off--

Oh my goodness, where do I begin? I've loved this movie since I was a kid. Soooooo many important, vital messages are taught in this movie while it's still fun and lighthearted. Sugar helping medicine go down, changing bread and water into tea and cakes with just a shift in your attitude and saying a silly word? LOVE IT. Especially Mr. Banks learning to love his family and put them first....aaah. I can't watch it now without thinking of Saving Mr. Banks, either. And the music...THE MUSIC.  *dies*

And I can't move on from M without mentioning these as well--

Along with the storyline, the music, and that boy next door, I especially love seeing the way they did Halloween during the early 1900s.

And of course--

And I *have* to leave with this song from another fab M musical--

After all, "without a song or a dance, what are we?"


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