Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Get out the trombones


Duffy Brown here, and I’m talking musicals.
 I love ‘em!! Give me a cute story where people suddenly burst into song and dance around and I’m all happy.
I know, I know it’s not Shakespeare...though personally I think a musical about Shakespeare would be terrific.

This Friday I’m off to see The Music Man at the symphony. Not exactly a full-blown musical on the stage but where they so some storytelling and acting and sing the songs with the symphony.

76 Trombones always gets my foot tapping and who doesn’t love a song about Marian the Librarian. I think I know all the songs by heart and will have to use considerable amount of self control not to sing along!

My favorite musical is My Fair Lady. I just love the premise. And the costumes are fantastic. I’m Getting Married in the Morning...we played that for my son when he got married. I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live. Again, I know all the songs by heart.

West Side Story, Wicked, Jersey Boys are more of my favorites. In fact my third cousin is Frankie Castelluccio (aka Frankie Valli) and one of the Jersey Boys. Who doesn’t just love Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, My Eyes Adored You, and Dawn.
Frankie got all the musical talent as I have none.

So what about you? Got a fav musical you just can’t get enough of? One you know all the songs to? One you got on a CD or iTunes playlist? Don’t you just love a good musical!!


30 comments:

Teresa Kander said...

I'm a HUGE fan of musicals--I performed in several when I was in school (including My Fair Lady--loved the costumes!), and I love to watch them any chance I get. I have CD soundtracks for several on Spotify: Wicked, Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat, Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, etc.
I've seen Wicked, Jersey Boys and Lion King most recently live, and thoroughly enjoyed all three.

Alison Marable said...

In terms of musicals that I listen to, I have a vinyl record of West Side Story and the CD for Wicked. West Side Story is my favorite one to watch. Disney's Brave is a favorite of mine for the story and the music. Have you seen it? I know it is animated, but the music is amazing and the story is unique. In high school (a long time ago) I took a course on musicals. The entire semester all we did was watch musicals, listen to the songs, and discuss them!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I have been in love with musicals since I was about 10 years old. My mother saw Oklahoma on Broadway and loved it. When it came to Boston in the tour, my Father, Mother and I went to see it.. So I guess that is my favorite. After my husband died, I started going to NYC about twice a year to see a show. Saw about 15 of them but the past few years we have not gone. Too much walking for us now. I don't have a favorite of the newer ones, Loved them all. By the Way, I saw John Stamos's butt in Cabaret. LOL

Kate Collins said...

My all time favorite is JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. I saw Donnie Osmond in it in Chicago a decade ago and loved it so much, I went back two more times. My second favorite is SPAMALOT and after that, so many I can't list them all.

mary kennedy said...

I studied acting in Manhattan (a million years ago) and one of the perks was getting very cheap tickets to all the latest Broadway show. I loved West Side Story and The Fantastics...so many wonderful shows.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Duffy, I got to see My Fair Lady many, many years ago in Philadelphia. Richard Chamberlain was Henry Higgins. Sigh. The Music Man is one of my favorites. I love the movie version with Robert Preston. But my favorite musical is Phantom Of The Opera! I wish I had seen it with Michael Crawford, but I did get to see it in Philly several years back and I was mesmerized through the entire show.

Fred said...

I particularly enjoy listening to Chicago: The Movie. Especially Cell Block Tango. "He had it coming... Wilbur, ran into my knife, he ran into it 10 times". I saw Hair on Broadway, the first time around.

Jennifer said...

I love almost all musicals. Starting at the age of twelve, my mom and I had season tickets to a huge outdoor theater in St. Louis called the Muny. Each summer, they stage 7 shows that last at least a week, with one week for a kid's show. They have always shown a wide variety of shows from Miss Saigon and Cats to classics like Meet Me in St. Louis, South Pacific, and my dad's favorite Fiddler on the Roof. One summer, Phyllis Diller came and played the Wicked Witch in a production of Wizard of Oz. About 10 years ago, the Muny did the first live production of White Christmas that was awesome. I was very fortunate to grow up going to the theater every Monday night with mom.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Teresa, that you got to be in musicals has got to be a thrill!! Wonderful. I cried all the way though Man of La Mancha. What great music. thanks for chatting

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Alison. Now that’s a course I want to take. Sounds fantastic.

Duffy Brown said...

I have not seen Brave but heard it was terrific. I need to check it out. Thanks!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Diane. Cabaret!! What fun.…butt and all. LOL
I need to get to NYC more often. Always fun.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Kate. I have not seen Joseph but hear it’s fantastic. I love Spamalot too.

Duffy Brown said...

I love the Fantastics. The music and the story. I can still remember it well. I need to see it agin. West Side is always a treat…though so sad.

Duffy Brown said...

Phantom is wonderful. I cry at the music, I’d be a basket case at the musical. That you saw Richard Chamberlin as HH!! Now there is a real treat!!

Duffy Brown said...

LOL!! Chicago! Now there’s a memorable line if there ever way one!
Hair is so much fun too esp since I’m old enough to truly connect.

Duffy Brown said...

What wonderful memories! And you saw some truly terrific actors in great roles. Lucky you. I’d love to see White Christmas as a musical. Now there’s a treat. And I always loved Phyllis Diller. As a witch she’d be amazing.

Margo Bittner said...

Pick one musical? I love Chicago, Wicked, Kinky Boots. Some of the songs from Annie Get Your Gun are a hoot. I saw A Chorus Line right after it won the Tonys the first time. Every chance I get, I play the CDs in the car and sing along. Then no one has to hear my off key, but joyful, monotone!

Annette N said...

I am unable to name just one favorite - Annie Get Your Gun - know the songs - Show Boat - know the songs - Music Man - know the songs - My Fair Lady - know the songs - and many many more - The Jersey Boys - know the songs and did before they were part of a musical. Duffy -not singing along - now that will take strength of character. I wish you well.

Anonymous said...

I love musicals and love the music itself but haven't been to many live shows because I grew up in a small eastern Oregon town which was 300 miles away from Portland. However, I saw "The Lion King" live and was sitting in a back row of a section so was brushed by the costumes as the animals came in. Know the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons because I was a teenager then. I sing along even if I shouldn't. Cordella

Mary Ann said...

Oh, where to start with musicals? Lucky I have some great venues even here in Maine for summer musical theatre. The Scarlet Pimpernell is probably one of my all time favs- have seen it at least 3 times. Then there's Ragtime, Aida, All Shook Up, Miss Saigon, and I could go on. Am hoping to see Full Monty next month. Had the chance to see Wicked and Newsies three years ago in NYC. Oh, and of course Les Miserables! In the car I have Rent and Boy From Oz.

Marian-the-Librarian said...

Totally agree. Adore musicals. Have to choose "The Music Man" as my favorite since it has my signature song: my name is Marian and I was a lawyer librarian until I retired. I even had a person burst into song when he learned my name after I helped him with a question over the phone!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Margo, I play the CDs in the car and sing too!! Sure passes the time.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Annette. I knew the Jersey Boys before they were in a musical too. My kind of music!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Cordella. The Lion King!! What amazing costumes/characters. Now that’s a production!!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Mary Ann. I need to see some of these. Love the Scarlet Pimp. What a great premise. And in Miss Saigon in NYC they land a helicopter on stage. Wow!

Duffy Brown said...

Yes!! We have Marian the Librarian right here. Lucky you!! What a terrific character.

Debbie S said...

I love musicals, I think the only one that I've ever seen on stage though was Sound of Music, one of my favorites, everything thing else movie form. Singing in the Rain, White Christmas, Mame, Pippin, My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and the list goes on. I've gotten my daughters hooked on them too, I think they can almost quote Singing in the Rain word for word, LOL.

Maggie Sefton said...

I agree, Duffy. I grew up with musicals and my friend Margie and I would go over and over to those great movies and memorize all the songs, then we would have sleepovers on the weekends and do the song and dance routines with----wait for it----old long playing records. It was SO much fun. Everything from MY FAIR LADY back to Carousel and Oklahoma and all those. I also would go to the National Theatre in Washington when I was a teenager when musicals were having their pre-Broadway tours. Got Gwen Verdon's autograph after REDHEAD by waiting outside stage door. Still remember her husband who would become hugely famous in a few years---Bob Fosse---standing back in the shadows, leaning against the brick, hat down over his face in his style, waiting for his wife to finish autographs. :)

Robert Giddings said...

Oklahoma, they even spell it for you in song.