Friday, August 15, 2014

Romantic Broadway Musicals

I dearly love going to the theater to see a Broadway musicals even if I have seen the same musical a dozen times before.

When I was a teenager, I volunteered to usher at our local community theater just so I could see the plays for free.  I was always enchanted by the musicals.  

Night after night I would sit totally engrossed in the play and the music.  Occasionally, I would be so moved by the actors that I would forget that I actually had responsibilities during intermission and after the production ended.  I really just wanted to sit there, close my eyes and try to memorize the scenes, the lyrics, the lines, simply everything that I had seen.


Broadway Musical Favorites

The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
 As an adult, I am still captivated by the stage, and I am still especially fond of musicals.  I shall never forget the first time I saw Andrew Lloyd Webbers "Phantom of the Opera" or the incredibly fantastic version of "Les Miserables" featuring the music by Claude-Michel Schonberg. 

While those two Broadway musicals stand out in my mind as my personal all time favorites, I have seen many other remarkable musicals including Beauty & The Beast which I just happened to take in while visiting Chicago.  I had always considered it a child's play, but I found it incredibly enchanting and entertaining even as an adult.


 Hello, Dolly! (1994 Broadway Revival Cast)
 Many years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing some of what I consider to be the Broadway Musical classics.  I mentally danced along with Anna and the King of Siam in The King & I, I explored the mountainside and fell in love right along with Maria in The Sound of Music.  I played a serenading violin in my mind as I absorbed Fiddler on the Roof and I shall never, ever forget seeing Carol Channing up close and personal in Hello Dolly.  I was gifted front row seats for that musical and Miss Channing was beyond incredible!

I remember some of the musicals plays I attended in my youth better than others, but I very much look forward to seeing their revivals in upcoming productions.  I often seek out reviews of Broadway musicals prior to purchasing tickets to determine if I really wish to see a particular production.  That is especially important in difficult economic times when we need to be a bit more discerning about how we spend our money.  

Therefore, I would love to read your reviews of your favorite romantic Broadway musicals!  If you have previously published a review, please leave the link in the guestbook below.

11 comments:

  1. My favorite romantic musical would have to be My Fair Lady

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  2. On, I love that musical too Heather! I don't think I have ever had the pleasure of seeing it in a Broadway production, on or off Broadway. Of course, I would be looking for Rex Harrison to play the lead :)

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  3. In St. Louis we have a wonderful outdoors theatre that produces 7 musicals each summer. The Muny has been in St. Louis for over 100 years. I have season tickets each year. This year we saw a wide variety of musicals. My favorite was Hello Dolly. It was a superb performance! They also did Seussical this year when my granddaughters were visiting so it was great to see that with the two of them.

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    1. The Seussical sounds like a lot of fun! I had never even heard of that production until now. How fabulous that you got to see it with your granddaughters.

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  4. I saw 'Sound of Music' and 'Bye, Bye Birdie' on the Broadway stage (back in my youth) and collected the recordings of many, many musicals over the years. Broadway musicals remain my favorites and the scores get played frequently.

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    1. Plus, I got to be IN a local production of "Pajama Game" as a teenager in Rochester, NY. Not as a singer (heaven forbid), just a member of the crowd, but loved every moment! :)

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    2. I would have loved to have seen that Elf!

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  5. I've not had the pleasure of attending a Broadway musical. I attended a few plays years ago and West Side Story and Grease stand out as my favorites.

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    1. I very much remember the first time I ever saw West Side Story on stage, but I have to admit, I actually preferred that particular show as a movie solely because of Natalie Wood.

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  6. I've been to a couple of plays here in Toronto - Mama Mia (was so good!) and Les Miserable, also very good - getting to Broadway in New York is on my bucket list!

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    1. I have seen Les Miserable in New York, London and Memphis. I couldn't tell you one bit of difference in the productions. They were all fabulous regardless of the venue.

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