OT Your Favorite songs from musicals?
Heh... how well I remember...
I nominate "Time Warp" from Rocky Horror. Perfect family fare!
And since I see Julie Andrews above, try this trippy thing on for size:
I always liked The Man of La Mancha and "The Impossible Dream." Maybe tyhat is why I am thinking NC in 2010
This isn't exactly what I was expecting on MGoBlog, but I'll play along. Along with Michigan and pro sports, I'm a big fan of musicals, and I've been lucky to see many.
I love all the songs from Les Miserables. Especially "On My Own" and "One Day More." I've seen the show several times, and was also in the pit for it in high school. Amazing experience.
and this is precisely why MGoBlog is worth coming to, day after day.
OK, hour after hour.
I would have thought it would crash and burn. And here we are on page two, going for three. MGoBlog is like a box of chocolates...
Pretty much anything from Avenue Q would do it.
And I can't believe "The Internet is for Porn" hasn't been mentioned prominently...
I saw Avenue Q on Broadway in New York. I laughed the whole time.
Ave Q will be in Ann Arbor soon, for anyone who's in town. I don't remember the exact date, but it's sometime near the end of the month, early April
Words can not express the utter disdain I have for Andrew Lloyd Webber. His cheesetastic, overly-melodramatic writing boils my blood and incapacitates my mind.
That a Phantom of the Opera sequel has just opened in London.
Revenge of the Phantom?
Ugh. I will have to hide all the pointy objects within my reach if ever I hear something from that.
I love the original Phantom (well, it's not really the original, but whatever), but this sequel has "fiasco" written all over it.
This song gives me chills every single time I hear it. Below is the most amazing version ever--it's sung by U of M alum Cortney Wolfson.
anything from "O Brother Where Art Thou?" living in georgia for so long will somewhat change your perception about country. my family in michigan has even said i developed an accent. good god.
i also like the phantom of the opera. yea so what.
of the Opera is one of my favorite musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber aside. I mean, if you listen to all of his musicals, you'll get bored, but it does mean he has one really good idea.
That being said, I was in The Music Man, Anything Goes, and Les Miserables in high school, and even though I liked being there, I still have a hard time listening to any of them from overexposure.
"Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" and "The Internet is for Porn" from Avenue Q hold special places in my heart.
I loved this scene in Chicago. The movie version was pretty cool as well.
I certainly hope Disney cartoons count as musicals for the purposes of this question. If so:
There have been a lot of films that have inspired me, each in a specific way that translates to an on-set task. Indiana Jones made me want to be a stuntman. The Thing made me want to do special effects. 28 Days Later made me want to be a director. Evil Dead made me want to be Bruce Campbell.
The only film that has ever made me say GODDAMN I WANT TO EDIT THAT SHIZZ was Disney's Hunchback adaptation. It was this fucking close to being their finest cartoon ever. For real. But they made Phoebus a moron and stuck twenty minutes of those stupid fucking comic relief gargoyles in for no reason and made extra careful to end the film as triumphantly as was feasible with the source material.
Even though the film as a whole frustrates me, the Hellfire sequence is what makes me think it could have been so much more. It's fucking dark, man.
let's crank it up 1/2 a notch
. . . and Tom Hulce is from Plymouth. I like "Out There" from Hunchback. It's fun to belt.
I'm attached to a lot of ensemble songs simply because I've done the shows. The big numbers are great--when you're part of a wall of sound in an act-ending number:
"A New Argentina" - Evita
"Comfort and Joy" - Bat Boy
anything from "Pirates of Penzance"
Also a fan of Adam Guettel's work:
"How Glory Goes" - Floyd Collins
anything from "Light in the Piazza"
There are a lot more . . . most music other than show tunes bores the crap out of me. I couldn't name a single currently popular singer or group. Right now I have Next to Normal in the CD player, which has some excellent stuff.
"i'm so Tired," Madeleine Kahn's number in Blazing Saddles was a classic.
For you Phantom of the Opera fans/haters, Brian DePalma did a really weird rock version called Phantom of the Paradise back in the 70's, with Paul Williams. It had a great 70's rock soundtrack.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWPYqnSNj74 ...............Yeah I know it's not what you think of when you talk about a musical but it is still pretty good none the less.
Particularly "Unworthy of Your Love" and "Ballad of Booth" from Assassins and "A Bowler Hat" from Pacific Overtures.
Also, I am way fonder of Chess than it deserves from a quality standpoint.
Grease 2: BEST MUSICAL EVER.
Anything but "Defying Gravity." I've heard way too many wanna-be Broadway stars sing that as loud as they can while prancing around my dorm's basement during my first two years of college.
Also Cannibal! the Musical. Trey Parker and Matt stone in college before South Park.
I have an older sister who is a Musical Theatre Grad from UofM and thus I have been around musicals my whole life (no homo, not that there's anything wrong with that, ... etc.). I have found that the musical Parade has my favorite music tho my favorite song is probably I'd Rather Be Sailing from A New Brain. As for classics, The Street Where You Live" and "Tonight" are good ones.
is incredible as is Bernstein. His music like Gershwin's is American perfection. Loved the movie too. Natalie Wood, JEts v Sharks, it's all good : )
Everybody in this thread is gay
Self included, I assume?
Tough to choose, but I think I've narrowed it down to 3. Don't make me chose between them.
1a - "If I didn't believe in you" from The Last 5 Years
1b - "Finishing the Hat" from Sunday in the park with George
1c - "Try to Remember" from The Fantastiks
Best Song from Les Miserables ( far better music than Phantom)
Others off the top of my head: Showboat/Old Man River, West Side Story/ Maria, and anything by Rogers and Hammerstein.
The Confrontation >>>>>> Bring Him Home
But yeah, since my Disney comment was not precisely what the OP was asking, Les Miz rules. My favorite musical FO SHO. You're talking to a high school Thenardier understudy right here!
I just can't stop editing this comment. Let's talk about Les Miz, shall we?
-Do You Hear the People Sing?
-Bring Him Home
-On My Own
-One Day More
-Master of the House
Even Castle on a Cloud is badass! Les Miz! Woo!
We are not standing on formalities around here sir, love your input
BUT if i am splitting hairs, I like Do you hear the People Sing a tiny bit better as a non-solo song. Solo songs, especially sung by the incredible Colm Wilkinson, on a subject like the death of a son, can't be beat. The last note he hits is perhaps the best musical moment of any musical. I have seen Les Miz on Broadway, Toronto and on tour and it is THE song that brings down the house. Similar to "Oh Danny Boy", if you don't get goosebumps, you don't have a pulse...
Colm dominates the high notes
I have to say, Javert's Suicide is my favorite from Les Mis.
Also, +1 for being in Les Mis in High School. I played the rake who accosts Fantine (played by my girlfiend) and has her arrested/One of the friends of the ABC.
Ah, good times.
I have seen Les Mis 8 times... once in NYC, and 7 of the 9 times it played in Detroit. One Day More rips me apart every time I hear it.
I am a huge fan of One Day More as well. For situations like today, when spring practice looms just a sunrise away, it captures the anticipation nicely. For that matter, Tonight from West Side Story does a nice job describing being on the cusp on something amazing.
I'd throw in pretty much all of Jesus Christ Superstar as well, for musical quality + catchiness.
You sir, have just achieved a first in Les Miz history: the placement of "Castle on a Cloud" and "badass" in the same sentence.
However, your taste is largely impeccable, right down to the Disney songs mentioned which are only far and away the best two Disney villain songs ever written.
And might I add "Look Down" or "Work Song" or anything with that basic melody in it, because it hasn't been mentioned and needs to.
while it may be suffering from overexposure on account of middle-aged Scottish singers, "I Dreamed a Dream" is a classic.
(BTW, for those who know French, the original French lyrics to a lot of these songs often go a lot deeper in meaning than their English adaptations, IMO.)
I like how the French version works in a few actual lyrics from the book. It's a nice touch.
But then, the villains always have the best songs, no?
And that poster agrees with you... :-)
It's a shame that Jafar doesn't have a proper song of his own. He did, actually, but they took it out, and rightfully so because it's awful.
But I like his lyrics better still. Villains get all the best lines...
...and Les Mis in particular: "To love another person is to see the face of God," is one of the most powerful lyrics ever.
But I used to sing it as a kid...then couldn't find it again for years...
You can surely find a copy on the interwebs. I picked up a VHS tape back, right before Peter Jackson's films came out and the thralls of Nerddom were in a giddy consumer frenzy.
I really hate those Rankin & Bass travesties. Obviously, when they were the ONLY thing LOTR related around I watched them, but, man, what was up with those stupid character models.
"Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom" was a constant refrain sung by the DM of our D&D group when I was in middle school.
How can you not love Gollum? ;-)
I mean, you weren't really expecting a 10 part mini-series from a 70's kid's cartoon, were you?
But no hard feelings...
Can't get it out of your head now, can you?
Oh, I have the dvd. It's just for the longest time it wasn't out on disc or tape. All the legal issues. You could find The Hobbit anywhere, but only the Ralph Bakshi version (which always feels incomplete to me). But it finally came out.
Funny story that probably no one cares about but me. When I was a kid and video stores were starting to expand, I remember seeing this on tv, and though they occasionally reran The Hobbit, then never showed this again (even though, as I said, I remembered the lyrics distinctly), so we wanted to go and try and rent it. So my mom asked the video clerk for "Lord of the Rings". We came in and put the VHS in, and started playing it, and it started showing wrestling. Apparently he had given her "Lords of the Ring".
Wow. Thank You for posting this. I haven't heard that in like 18 years or so. Brings back a lot of memories.
My favorites are Phantom Miss Saigon...but since everyone can name Phantom and Music of the Night, I also like the underrated-
Extra plus from Emmy Rossum.
But as I've gotten older, Miss Saigon has stayed dearer to my heart-
If you've ever had a mother, the last one get to you. ;-)
And my fav from Les Miz-
Mama Mia is cheesy fun, but I do love one of their songs...but I do prefer the male version of the theatrical adaptation-
And if we can count bands turned into plays, how about movies?
OK, how many people watch Glee? LOL
TMI, I know...
Only a little bit of a Lea Salonga fan, hm? Fun fact: did you know she's also Jasmine's singing voice in Aladdin?
Also, it's true everyone can name Phantom and Music of the Night, but if they don't also name Masquerade, they're missing out. Oh, and every single note ever sung by Emmy Rossum in that whole movie. Especially Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (the movie does a FANTASTIC job of that scene and then ruins it by having the Phantom and Raoul clumsily hack their swords at each other instead of the fireballs) and Think Of Me.
But they were the best videos I could find, for the play she originated. I gave another girl some dap too. (But yeah, my bias may have come in with her Eponine). She was Mulan's singing voice too.
I love the versatility of Masquerade. This big booming number, but also the music box music. I was just trying to highlight some of the OTHER music, because everyone knows the big two.
Only a little bit of an Emmy Rossum fan, eh? Who can blame you. She needs to work more. (And Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again takes a whole added depth after you've lost a parent). And yes, the swordfight practically ruins a movie that was really close to getting it right, but just not quite. Though I am amused by the King of Sparta belting showtunes.
I am NOT amused by the King of Sparta belting showtunes, because his voice was terrible. On and off at best. Especially since they supposedly could have had Antonio Banderas.
Even then the movie would have been quite a bit better if they hadn't "humanized" the Phantom. Part of what makes the musical so great is that the Phantom seems a little bit superhuman. But I give them a huge thumbs-up for the ending.
And yes....Emmy Rossum is definitely my celebrity crush. Otherworldly voice + hawtness = WIN. I wish she would do more Broadway or musical movies instead of (sheesh) Dragonball. In fact, I wish she'd play Fantine.
I realize that they probably chose him for his looks/presence which were a good fit for the Phantom, but, man, his singing was just AWFUL.
Also agree on more Emmy Rossum goodness, plz, kthnx.
It kind of creeped me out, though, when I discovered that she was still a minor when she appeared in Phantom, because I was seriously hot for her and realized that she wasn't even "legal".
But I remember when Banderas was supposedly up for the role, and I haven't been that impressed with his voice, when he was "auditioning" or in Evita.
I agree about the Phantom. Part of what's cool in the play is that he IS the monster of old movies, but he also is the "romantic lead". I mean, who can really feel any sympathy for Raoul? (I don't think he was even designed to be sympathetic.). And the movie ending was cool, but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the last shot in the theatrical production.
And of course, who wouldn't agree about Emmy?
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Haha. Watched this just last night.
"This man is about to die..."
Annie recently and she loved it. "Tomorrow" is a song that you get out of your head, but my favorite is:
If you have a daughter it is hard not get emotional when you hear "Sunrise/ Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof. Sorry if I lost my man card to some of you smart alecs (not really).
...dominates my thinking every four years when my wife (and now daughter) have Olympic skating on.
West Side Story : Maria , Somewhere . South Pacific : Younger Than Springtime , This Truly Was Mine . JC Superstar : I Don't Know How To Love Him . Hail To The Victors . One more , Some Enchanted Evening , from S. Pacific .
since disney's are pure awesome
Comfortably Numb , Young Lust . Excellant .
I spend the vast majority of my evening hours music directing musical theater productions. I've done 35+ shows over the last decade.
A couple years ago, I had the extraodinary pleasure of music directing Titanic, A New Musical. Maury Yeston's score is as beautiful as anything I've heard in my life.
Here is a clip from the 2001 Dutch production that ran for a number of years. It's in Dutch, but you don't really need to speak the language to know what's going on here. In the production I did, this scene/music (and a few others, too!) had me in tears every single night.
Check out The Encore Theater in Dexter. Like Jeff Daniel's Purple Rose, it is generally surprisingly good. Saw Oklahoma! there recently ( Oh What a beautiful Morning is another show classic to add to the list).
The cast include U-M musical theater grad Liz Griffith (Laurey), who redcently made her Carnegie Hall debut; Sarah Litzsinger (Ado Annie), Broadway’s longest-running Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Rusty Mewha (Curly), a local actor who’s previously performed at Performance Network, the Purple Rose Theatre and others. Jesus Christ Superstar is the next production.
2) Pretty Women
3) My Friends
Phantom (Not sure if these are the actual song titles)
1) Masquerade (sp?)
2) Point of No Return
3) Wishing You Were Here (Christine when going to visit her fathers grave)
Btw, Emmy Rossum == WIN! (Gorgeous babe and amazing voice)
I've seen the movie version of Sweeney Todd, and loved it. I don't know if I'll be able to get my wife interested, but I'm hoping.
I didn't even know it was a musical before I saw the movie. That's how out of it I am...
I love Sondheim. John Doyle's stage adaptation was amazing, as the actors were their own orchestra.
I, Don Quixote. I was in this one once and the title song is still stuck in my head.
If "The Wall" counts, Tommy better count. I love everything about the Who's rock opera - although i can't really watch a few scenes in the movie (Acid Queen after Aretha is done singing, Cousin Kevin, and Fiddle About) but it's musically amazing. Also within the last couple of years one of my friend's (Musical Theater Major) was in the Michigan show of Tommy at the power center and it was great, very professional.
Personal Favorites - Pinball Wizard (obviously), Sparks, and I'm Free
i guess you can count blues brothers 2000 as well although i didnt like it as much
Wait a second…
That being said, with my limited knowledge on the subject, I would have to go with:
Singin’ In the Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8zaxTZ4OFg
And of course:
Older musicals - Most of the songs from West Side Story
Newer- Mama Mia - My wife and I saw this in London with our seats somehow being in the middle of a Swedish tour group.
With our kids when they were younger? Lion King
"Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" - Oklahoma. One of the best opening song numbers.
"People Will Say We're in Love" - Oklahoma. Fantastic duet.
Said already, but everything in Pirates of Penzance is gold. "Stay, Frederic Stay" is another great duet.
Ragtime has some great music. "What a Game" is a fun number about baseball.
for making me watch Gordon McRae ride in on the horse singing
The film is close to the play and better. Shirley Jones never was better (even better than Keith's mom, Mrs. Partridge).
But for some reason I have a soft spot in my heart for Wolverine signing it... ;-)
Basically every song is awesome, but these are the highlights for me:
-Free at Last
They think Hair is what belongs on your back, and Les Miserables is us.
For any Musical Theaters fans, the Hey, Mr. Producer! album/concert/video. A tribute to Cameron Macintosh, but it has the best of the stage singing/performing the best songs from the voluminous shows he produced. A small taste-
And if you like dance music, or just like weird cross genre combos, or find them funny-
With more Emmy...
This needs a mention:
Breathtaking. And, at least as performed in the film, The Lees of Old Virginia rivals Master of the House for hilarity. Great show overall.
One of my daughter's fav's and yes I like it too!!!
Has nobody said RENT yet? I know it's pretty cliche, but that's great music. Also, Footloose is a good musical, my favorite musical song is "I Can't Stand Still."
And yes, Phantom is pretty amazing across the board.
Agreed on RENT.
The last Broadway production of RENT was filmed with HD cameras and is available on DVD/Blu-Ray. I'm really hoping that some other shows follow suit with this so they theatre versions aren't lost forever.
Breakfast at Tiffany's, even though Andy wore it out.
Addendum: Any song from any show sung by Sarah Brightman.
It's totally awesome!
Something from one of these two movies: