Friday, January 22, 2010

Broadway Baby


How do you feel about musicals? I can’t say exactly when I fell in love with them. I was young, though, and entranced with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the movie version starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. I still adore that movie. It’s a love I’ve passed on to my daughter, who is truly the musical fan in the family.

Thanks to her joy for the genre, I’ve now seen lots of musicals. Most are movie versions like South Pacific (poor Joe!), Oklahoma, Chicago, West Side Story, Hairspray (okay I confess I think John Travolta in drag is hysterical), Funny Girl, Grease!, Mamma Mia (it’s bad but we love it) and many more, but we’ve also been lucky to see a few Broadway tour shows.

Our first live musical together was My Fair Lady (which we also own as a movie), then Lion King, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Grease!. We just got tickets to Wicked! in March and we’ll be seeing Phantom of the Opera (I think my daughter might have worn out her DVD already) in the summer.

We’re pretty much geeking out. And don’t get us started on the soundtracks and show tunes. We can sing (she’s good, unlike, ahem, me) them for hours, and she doesn’t even mind when I sing off-key. Or flat. Or sharp. I’m tone deaf, so to my ears I sound fabulous.

And even though I sound fabulous to me, I’d never, ever sing in public, unlike her, who’ll be on stage this spring for her school’s musical production. I want to say I don’t know where she gets it from, but I do know because she fell in love with it at a young age too and…

When you're in love
When you're in love
There is no way on earth to hide it
When you're in love, really in love
You simply let your heart decide it


And her heart’s chosen musicals. Okay, so now that I’ll have that song in my head all day, tell me, do you have a favorite musical or show tune?

~heather

37 comments:

Dru said...

I. Love. Musicals. I can't wait for the new Broadway season so I can pick what shows I'm going to see. So far I'm looking forward to seeing the musical version of The Addams Family.

I have so many favorites from Hello Dolly to The Lion King. If Jersey Boys come out your way and you haven't seen it, get tickets. You will enjoy it.

My favorite Broadway production is The Lion King. That musical just lifts your spirit.

My favorite movie musical is Hello Dolly with the title song as one of my favorite tunes.

John Travolta in drags was and still is priceless.

Have a good Friday.

Anonymous said...

I have a daughter who loves musicals as much as I do as well. She is also a better singer than me and was in her high school's production of The Music Man. She and I have spent a lot of time enjoying most of the musicals you listed. We watch Seven Brides together for about the 100th time over the Christmas holidays. She's married now and we talked about not subjecting our husbands to our mania! :-)

Heather Webber said...

Dru, I'm taking notes! We're lucky because we have three great theaters within driving distance, so we get a pretty good selection. I'll keep an eye out for Jersey Boys. And did you decide on Malice?

Hi Kay, it's funny, but SBfSB is a Christmas movie must for us, too. Tradition, I guess. I love that you and your daughter still watch together, even though she's grown. I hope the same will be true for me one day.

Lorna Barrett said...

I was brought up on movie musicals. My mother played (over and over again) the soundtracks to Carousel, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, and South Pacific. (My Fair Lady is still her favorite. My brother bought her the DVD a few years ago and she plays it all the time.) She knows all the words to all kinds of musicals--some I never heard of. Chicago is her current favorite.

When I was in high school, I think I wore out her copy of West Side Story.

Just this week, I finally got to see Mama Mia...a little over the top, but I've been an Abba fan forever.

So, count me as a fan of musicals, too!

Katie said...

our whole family watches SBfSB together, that is when we're actually all together. might have to watch that today, get G started out right!

I love My Fair Lady, The King and I, South Pacific (all time favorite).

I've seen Phantom of the Opera live in Philadelphia. fan-freaking-tastic. She will LOVE it.

I saw Les Miserables in NYC and not much compares to that.

One day, I'll see Wicked :)

Katie said...

oh and I can't forget Fiddler on the Roof. still picturing brother A dancing around singing "If I were a rich man..."

Shannon said...

I took my neice to see Beauty and the Beast in Houston 17 years ago (before it went to Broadway. She was 3 and it was awesome to see one of my favorite movies through her eyes. Great memories.
Absolute favorite musical is Phantom, though. Wonderful and sexy! If I want to get the house clean, it's a great motivator! Just pop in the CD...I have gotten a few weird looks from the UPS guy, though, when he come to the door.

Kaye said...

The minute I saw your post the words to Oklahoma started buzzing in my brain. I always loved South Pacific too.

debbie said...

May favorites are West Side Story and Grease. Can't ever get enough of the musical OR soundtracks!!!

Theatre tickets in Boston can be a budget breaker so I've hopped on down to Providence, RI, which is about an hour away.

My whole family is musical but I attribute that to my musician husband more than to me.

But hey, we had fun in band, eh?

Jessica said...

WOW...I'm so excited to see this subject! I'm a total musical fan, but have no one to go with! My favorite is Phantom of the Opera, I've even got collectibles! We sang it in high school, and I still sing it! I've never seen it on stage though so I'm so completely jealous that you will be seeing it this summer! Its one of those things that I always say I want to do but just hasn't happened for me yet. Maybe someday! One can only dream!

Jessica said...

Ooh...also...they have Legally Blonde the Musical? I want to see it! haha, I bet I could see a different Broadway show every night and not get tired of it!

Melissa said...

My favorite is Cats, which I've been lucky enough to see twice (once in Vt and once in Montreal). I've also seen Annie Get Your Gun and A Christmas Carol. Really hope to see Wicked and Phantom someday.

misterreereeder said...

I've seen a few - but not recently. One I remember from years ago was Brigadoon. I loved it!!! This was one of the few that I have seen and theen seen the movie and was not disappointed by either one of them.

Patty said...

I love musicals. We have season tickets to the touring Broadway series and most that come here are musicals. Les Miserables was outstanding and I fell in love with Chicago (not as big a fan of the movie). We also show at least one musical every year in our nostalgia movie series so have seen most of the classics (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, West Side Story, etc.). One of my all time favorites is The Music Man, as a librarian I'm a sucker for Marion.

Dru said...

I remember taking my niece on her first Broadway outing and we went to see Beauty and the Beast. What I enjoyed most was her telling me the next scene and singing along with the musical score.

I forgot to mention this earlier, but you will absolutely love Wicked.

Sheery said...

I LOVE musicals and fortunately, I married a man who also enjoys theatre so we go together from time to time. Other times I will go with my best girlfriends! My absolute favorite is Grease. I was beyond ecstatic when I had the opportunity to see it in NYC. I love the movie, too. My daughters like the movie and when they're old enough - I imagine they'll be into the live musicals, as well.


I've also had the pleasure of seeing Phantom of the Opera, Hello Dolly, Beauty on the Beast, The Lion King. Also, I LOVE The Nutcracker! I know it's ballet and not-so-much a musical but still. We took my oldest daughter when she was four and she loved it.

This is a great thread for a Friday.

Shelley Shepard Gray said...

I, too, was excited to see this topic. Oh, I've loved musicals forever. Favorites? Gigi. Meet Me in St. Louis. Anything with Gene Kelly. And I have to admit to loving A Chorus Line and Cabaret.

We saw Wicked in Chicago. It was wonderful! You're going to love it.

Annette Blair said...

I'd love to see Wicked. Wow. I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Meet Me in St. Louis, Oklahoma, Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly, The King and I, Music Man, Victor Victoria, and sooo many more.

I saw Les Mis in London & New York & Providence. Beauty and the Beast in London. Brigadoon in London. I loved Phantom, which I saw in Toronto, and Cats in Los Angeles. What was the one on roller skates? Twilight Express? I even enjoyed that. Wicked is next, I swear.

Shel said...

I like them all! My daughter is just like yours, Heather, she's really into them too, it's something we like to do together. But the bug goes back longer than that, we both got it from my mother.

Lover of Books said...

I am hooked on the newer ones like High School Musical, all three of them. lol My son used to watch them and dance.

As for the classics, I love The King and I, Pajama Game (not all a musical but lots of songs), and Singing in the Rain.

Heather Webber said...

I'm writing so many of these down that we haven't seen any putting them on the Netflix queue. I'd forgotten about Meet Me in St. Louis and Brigadoon (hope that one's a movie, too). My daughter has seen Les Mis through a local theater and LOVED it--she has all the music on her Ipod.

Heather Webber said...

Oh, and Oklahoma... I was slightly taken aback by this one. Wasn't expecting all the dark drama, esp. when the songs are so peppy! Was anyone else surprised?

And Jessica, Legally Blonde the Musical was really fun--the UPS guy stole the show! Too, too funny. You might be able to see a bootlegged clip of it on You Tube...there's all kinds of clips there from the show.

signlady217 said...

My husband and I both love musicals. He was in a bunch of them in high school: as the father/general in Pirates of Penzance, as Tevia in Fiddler on the roof, and several others he's told me about and I can't remember now (maybe Music Man).

We both can sing all the songs in Sound of Music, plus recite most, if not all, of the dialogue! I love anything with Julie Andrews or Dick van Dyke.

Seven Brides is one of my personal favorites and Brigadoon always makes me teary-eyed. Grease is another one we both love. Haven't seen Jersey Boys or Mamma Mia, but they are both on my list, and I have a friend who is wanting to go and see Phantom of the Opera live (I told her, when I get rich, I'll take us!)

Helen Kiker said...

My favorite was Phantom of the Opera. I did see Wicked and liked it too so you and your daughter are in for a real treat. I would still like to see Cats and Evita. Most of the other musicals I saw only as movies.

Helen

Cleo Coyle said...

I enjoy musicals, too. My husband, however, would rather have his teeth cleaned (possibly root canal)- with one exception:

The Who's rock opera TOMMY. Masterpiece. Must agree with the hub on that one.

~Cleo Coyle
Coffeehouse Mystery.com

Heather Webber said...

I'd like to see Cats, too, just because it's been around so long (is it still running on Broadway?).

And Cleo, my husband is the same with musicals...

Dru said...

Heather, Cats is no longer playing on Broadway.

Patty said...

Cats may not be playing on Broadway but it is still part of the traveling Broadway shows, they have shown it three times here!

Heather Webber said...

Thanks, Dru and Patty--I'll keep an eye out.

:)

Jessica said...

This makes me want to move somewhere a little bigger, more refined.... lol.... somewhere that actually has musical theater in the city rather than me having to travel somewhere else to see it.

Heather Webber said...

It is nice being close to many theaters, Jessica, but there is something really special about planning a whole weekend around a show. My daughter and I did that when we drove to Columbus (it's a bit of a drive) to see Lion King. Spent the night in a hotel, went shopping. It was such fun girl time.

Kiy said...

I adore musicals, however I am the only one in my family that does. I am trying to brainwash my three-year old though! My first encounter was Oklahoma at around 8-9 years old and I haven't looked back. I was a preteen/teen when Grease hit, perfect age for that! I still rank that is one of my favorites. I did see Le Miserables, oh gosh it was so much more than I was expecting.

Cheers, Kiy

Mason Canyon said...

I'd have to say Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an all time classic.

Anonymous said...

I adore musicals! I was raised on them, I was in every musical in high school, and I've been to see any that I can since! Saw Les Mis in London, then again the Hebrew version in Israel, same with others like Sweeney Todd and La Cage aux Folles. My daughter is also into the High School Musical series, so I hear those as well. Just treatd myself at Chanuka to the soundtrack of Side by Side by Sondheim - great songs from a lot of his musicals: Gypsy, Follies, Company, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music (Send in the Clowns), and about 6 more. My favourites are those with great dancing as well, especially Gene Kelly in An American in Paris, or Singing in the Rain. The list is endless!

Thanks for sharing such a great topic!
chana

Lindy said...

I saw "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on my 16th birthday, so I will never forget it. I love musicals. I love "Oklahoma" for
Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "South Pacific" for "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" (what a wonderful idea!). I was in "Music Man" when I was in high school, so that's another one I will never forget. Thanks for getting the musicals back in my mine. Oh, and I love "The King and I." I got to meet the real Anna's husband, and it was great.

Heather Webber said...

Mason, it's definitely at the top of my list!

Chana, what a wonderful gift for yourself! Oh, and I'd love to see a show in London. Sigh.

Lindy, those are great songs--and now I'll have them in my head all day. Okay, it's better than Copacabana which has been in there for two hours...

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, wow. . .I grew up on movie musicals. My best friend and I used to go see the movies, then buy the soundtrack, go upstairs to her bedroom, and sing and dance EVERY number. We were just kids and continued through junior high and high school, still doing it. Of course, we were both singing in our school choruses and specialty choirs. Music was definitely the most important art in our lives. I still know the words to those wonderful shows: Oklahoma, Carousel (so sad), The King and I, My Fair Lady, Kismet (lush, lush music), West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, and of course, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. My friend and I actually saw it seven times. :) Moves were cheap years ago.