Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Top Three Musicals

I may be doing this too late, but, seeing as how I've been a musical fan ever since I saw The Phantom of the Opera, I think it suitable to do this countdown. Click on the title to buy the original cast album!


Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Book [spoken dialogue] by Dennis Kelly, from the children's book by Roald Dahl

Although it's much newer, Matilda the Musical is taking Broadway by storm. It's a classic story by the world's #1 most scrumdiddlyumptious storyteller, Roald Dahl. The book by Dennis Kelly is written SO well I actually believe he was writing through the influence of the children's author - I mean, seriously! Just LISTEN to the Trunchbull rants! They sound exactly like something Roald Dahl wrote. And the music...dear Lord, the music! Tim Minchin dishes out songs like "Naughty," "When I Grow Up," and (to a lesser extent) "Miracle." We also have "Revolting Children," a mixture of rock and piano. These aren't the only greats - Matilda is simply awesome and thus deserves it's place on this list.

The four, talented Matildas.


Music by Chris Laney | Lennart Ostlund | Anders Ringman

Lyrics by Mike Dalager | Andrew Leman

Book by Sean Branney | Andrew Leman, from the story by H.P. Lovecraft

This is what one would call...hmm...sanity-shattering. The only song where someone MIGHT have doubts is "Crawling Chaos," but that's ONLY because someone who doesn't like rock might think poorly of it. I like rock, so I found it suitable. We have wonderful acting, great songwriting (both musical and lyrical), a story that remains faithful to the awesome horror tale it's based on, a great band, and people who clearly made this a labor of love. Sadly, it isn't well-known, so I encourage you to buy it! My rant here isn't enough, so read my review of it instead!

An illustration of (left to right) Brown Jenkin (Chris Laney), Walter Gilman (Mike Dalager), and Keziah Mason (Alaine Kashian).


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Charles Hart
Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe

Book by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Richard Stilgoe, from "Le Fantome de l'Opera" ("The Phantom of the Opera") by Gaston Leroux

The newly, redesigned logo by Dewynters

The most commercially successful musical ever to be called a musical, The Phantom of the Opera soars in every way. The set design by Maria Bjornson - the haunting music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - the romantic lyrics by Charles Hart, coupled with comedy by Richard Stilgoe - a book that is unique yet faithful to the wonderful original - the authentic choreography by Gillian Lynne -  the astounding direction by Hal Prince, a man who knows how to do great timing - it all clicks! This amazing production will sweep you away to dark cellars, haunted operas, ghostly cemeteries, masquerades of the Red Death, falling chandeliers, a love scene beneath an angel statue above Paris, and, finally, horrific lakes and lairs. An AMAZING show that gets #1 immediately.

The titular song, which is (obviously) sung on a gondola that glides across an aquifer, leading Christine (not sure whom in this photo) and the Phantom (I believe Howard McGillin shown here) to the latter's lair.

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