Fluff: Best Musical

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Fluff: Best Musical

We try to expose our kids to more of the "arts" -- symphonies, theater, dance, etc. A recent discussion went on with extended family over which titles should be rated as 'best musicals'.

Which one(s) would top your list of favorites to be considered?

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Do you mean Broadway shows? Movies? Old? New? Specifically kid-friendly?

I need some parameters! Smile

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LOL Since we have kids of all ages plus adults I would say all the above. Time frame -- your lifetime. For the rest -- how about this:

Your vote for:

Best Broadway musical (adults):

Best Broadway musical (Kids):

Best movie version musical (family - may/may not also have been a Broadway show):

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Les Miz
Sound of Music (both live and original movie)
Suessical the Musical

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Best Broadway musical (adults): Phantom of the Opera

Best Broadway musical (Kids): Seussical the Musical

Best movie version musical (family - may/may not also have been a Broadway show): Sound of Music

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On stage: Wicked, Rent, Guys & Dolls, Hairspray, almost any of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas, and the family-friendly version of The Barber of Seville. I couldn't stand Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera. I wanted not only my money back, but also those hours of my life wasted on those pieces of drivel!

On film: Sound of Music, Chicago, Wizard of Oz, Grease, and it looks like I might have to add Frozen to the list if we're still singing the songs a year or two from now. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. And I don't count any film where the main stars don't sing their own songs as "musicals." I'm kind of weird that way. So while I like a good stage version of West Side Story, I don't have the movie on my best musicals list. I'm weird that way, LOL!

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Oh my, I LOVED Les Miserable. This will make me sound very old, but I saw it in previews in London in 1985 and never forgot it. Original cast, too. I loved every second of it.

The kids loved Matilda. Nathaniel thought Newsies was fantastic; I didn't see it.

For adults, I'd say The Book of Mormon.

Movie -- omg too many to count! Singin' In The Rain and The Wizard Of Oz, although neither was in my lifetime.

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We saw Les Miserables in its first run in San Francisco, and then again a few years later when it came back, hoping it might be better and we got half-price same-day tickets. I was disappointed both times, mostly because they really over-use the turning stage. I felt like I was getting dizzy watching the world spin around.

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I don't even remember a turning stage. Maybe that wasn't in the original so much. I just remember the fantastic songs & voices & story. I ended up reading the book after I saw the show, which says a lot. And I still remember those actors and those voices!