Yes, I have written LOTS of posts that list the musicals I have seen. What if I just sort by the actual writers of the musical? I will specifically refer to famous lyricists/composers. I will still mention future shows I hope to see of these writers- those will be in bold (saw their movies, just not in person).
Rodgers and Hammerstein
What can go wrong with Rodgers and Hammerstein? My favorite musical they wrote is Sound of Music, which is partly because it is a childhood favorite. My favorite song from Sound of Music is “Edelweiss”. The BEST part about ending the 2015 musicals with Sound of Music is connected to it being a childhood musical.
Oklahoma wasn’t seen on tour, but with Central Piedmont Community College. Two of its actors came from Godspell- those playing Laurey and Will Parker. Ashton Guthrie, who played Curly, would move on to be in CPCC’s Newsies. Like any CPCC production, it was well-done.
While I only saw R/H musicals so far, I am not done yet——I still hope to see their Cinderella in the future (I missed my chance when it first toured to Charlotte).
Of all musicals, he is most famous for RENT. It is based off of the tragic love story, La Bohème. Rent deals with the HIV/AIDS epidemic- four of our major characters have the illness. Rent has an incredible message of how to live life- in the moment and in love. While I don’t have HIV/AIDS, I still can understand the struggle through my Epilepsy- which also presents stress, fear, and uncertainty. So, I am able to relate to this musical. I really felt like this musical will never tour again, but after hearing it will come back to Charlotte for 2017, I was pretty excited. In terms of emotional wreck, next level down from Les Mis.
Favorite Song- Seasons of Love
Yes, Alan Menken is famous for Disney musicals, however Elton John is extremely well-known for Lion King. It is such an incredible show to watch- so colorful and wonderful to watch how the animals were created. A collection of exciting and emotional songs. I actually saw Lion King twice in person, but only remember once.
Favorite Song- Can You Feel the Love Tonight
I mean, it would be difficult to miss an Alan Menken musical. After all, he is famous for Disney musicals, a type of musical children grow up on. I saw BOTH Aladdin and Newsies in person. Aladdin was seen on 9/11 two years ago—-a perfect way to end the day. I loved the additional songs and the added characters (as in Babkak, Omar, and Kassim). It was so magical and colorful.
Favorite Song- A Whole New World
Newsies is actually my NEWEST Disney stage show to enter my life. The dancing is mind-blowing, the characters are incredible (my favorite Newsies are Jack Kelly and Crutchie), and the story is inspiring. A collection of exciting and emotional songs. I saw Newsies in person twice- once on tour and once with CPCC. Both were incredible productions.
Favorite song Seize the Day.
Another Alan Menken musical I hope to see in the future is Beauty and the Beast.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Well, it will come of no surprise that I saw Phantom of the Opera. Phantom of the Opera, by the way, is my favorite ALW musical and will always be. I love the hauntingly beautiful nature of the musical. When I saw the musical in Greenville, I was spellbound from start to finish. As a matter of fact, this musical is home to one of my favorite love triangles.
The only other ALW musical I saw in person was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a matter of fact, I got exposed to the songs at a early age- which was WAY before I even saw the musical. In elementary school, when I was in the children’s choir at church, for our end of year performance, we actually sang some songs from Joseph.
2021- do you know what Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor marked? It marked the start of going back to musical theatre. Yes, it wasn’t through Blumenthal Performing Arts, but at CPCC. But if you see something at CPCC, you know you will see something professional. We had such a talented narrator and Joseph. As a matter of fact, a member of the children’s choir was in another CPCC show I went to and ushered for (she was the Young Cosette for Les Mis).
In total, I saw three of his musicals—-all of which I love.
The first belongs to GODSPELL, the very first musical I fell in love during my college years. Three of the actors would be seen in future productions—-in Les Mis, Oklahoma, and Joseph. Ryan Deal, who was Jesus, would become Valjean. An ensemble female member—-she moved on to be in the ensemble of Les Mis and eventually securing the role of Laurey. The Judas actor would soon be found as Will Parker.
One of the many things I remember are the costumes- hippie to pink dress with white star to a black and red costume. Favorite song- We Beseech Thee
PIppin was the 2nd musical of 2015. It was the song, Corner of the Sky, that drove me to wanting to see Pippin. I got even more excited after seeing previews of the tour- it was based on the Tony-Award Winning Revival. As in the circus version with the female Leading Player. As a matter of fact, Lisa Darlin was the BEST actor in the entire show- she played the Leading Player that night. My mom ended up with the last two tickets- so that was a close one.
Favorite Song- Corner of the Sky
Whenever I talk about Pippin, I have to be clear about what Pippin I am talking about. That is because I know about multiple Pippins- the musical and the hobbit.
I have a long history with Wicked- as in loved it for 15 years. Wicked is my favorite Schwartz musical. The musical also is home to my favorite love triangle- in my opinion, Wicked’s love triangle is the most complex (based on all the ones I have been around). The musical is also home to my favorite musical theatre character-Elphaba. To be honest- Wicked did spark my love for musical. I began to understand emotional connection, the emotional and complex side to musical, and even started to pick up on love triangles. In total, I have seen it four times- once on Broadway and three times on tour.
Favorite Song- Popular
Claude-Michel Schönberg/Alain Boublil
Miss Saigon is the latest of their musicals I have seen. Because of my love for their Les Mis, I was able to give this particular musical a chance. I knew I would be an emotional wreck watching Miss Saigon—–after all, same song-writing team.
There is a reason why just like Wicked, there are multiple pictures. That is because I have seen Les Mis SIX times in person. Yes, there are only four pictures- coming from CPCC, West End, Greenville on tour, and Charlotte on tour. The reason why it totals to six is because I ushered for CPCC’s production twice- leading that to be three times.
Ryan Deal, Jesus from Godspell, ended up as Valjean. All of those productions were fantastic- even CPCC’s. Like expected- an emotional wreck. The impact Wicked has made on my life is sort of like Les Mis, but different. In Les Mis’ case, what I knew about musicals got challenged- I was blind to heartbreak, to tragic musical, to that really strong emotional capability and to the fact that death can be memorable. I mean—–it would be so easy to think death would ALWAYS be unmemorable due the topic (1. what if a character isn’t alone and/or 2. what if it happens during a touching, bittersweet and moving song)