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Title: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 05:09:51 PM
It's time to hit the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to get things started, well, right here.

We asked the forum participants to rank their 25 most favorite musicals, and their responses were ranked, numbered and tabulated to give us a list of folks' most appreciated musicals.

Now normally we deduct points for lists shorter than 25 entries, but it's my list so I ignored that. Nyah.

Anyway, here we go for a list filled with music! Dancing! And, sigh. Ponies. Lots and lots of ponies. No. Not a musical version of Equus. You'll see.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 05:11:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/43aLbo-Y_W0?version=3&

Number 49: Across the Universe

(23 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
In the turbulent 60s, a worker (Jude) from Liverpool heads to the United States to find his long-lost father, who works at Princeton as a janitor.

No, it's not Matt Damon.

While there, Jude befriends a student (Max) and meets Max's sister, Lucy, whom he immediately falls for.  Max and Jude drop out and head to New York to become part of the Bohemian community. Lucy soon follows and the trio become embroiled in most events that occur in the late 60s, with the possible exception of the moon landing. The lovers are torn apart by events, but manage to come together, right now, at the end of the film. Oh, and an ersatz Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix are in there too.

Memorable Songs:
Oh, just pick a random Beatles song. It's probably in there. The Janis Joplin-esque cover of "Helter Skelter" is probably the highlight, although "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" are memorable as well for their visuals, although not particularly for the singing.

Awards:
Across the Universe appeared in several list of the best films of 2007. 1 Oscar and Golden Globe nomination.

Trivia Notes:
Most of the character names in the film are names used in Beatles lyrics or are related to the Beatles in some way.

Oh, how I wanted to use Bono butchering "I Am the Walrus" in the video, but I resisted.


Coming Soon:
Okay, the only other time I've seen this plot was in Orgasmo.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Zombie Monty on May 20, 2013, 05:14:29 PM
I liked Across The Universe but didn't have it on my list.  From what I remember "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was the highlight for me.

http://www.youtube.com/v/F7WXRNQT9ko?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 05:16:55 PM
I haven't seen it, but I have mixed feelings about Taymor.  I loved Titus and Frida, but Turn Off the Dark and The Tempest look completely unappealing to me.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 20, 2013, 05:17:17 PM
I really don't like Jukebox musicals. Pop songs have a meaning of their own, they don't need to be shoehorned into a narrative to work.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 05:19:19 PM
I think they can work, but they really need a deft touch.  Personally, I like recontextualizing songs, but I usually find that works best as single scenes and usually playing over a scene rather than being sung.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 20, 2013, 05:21:06 PM
I think they can work, but they really need a deft touch. 
I've yet to see anyone have that is my point.

Mostly they simply seem lazy.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Zombie Monty on May 20, 2013, 05:21:58 PM
I really don't like Jukebox musicals. Pop songs have a meaning of their own, they don't need to be shoehorned into a narrative to work.

I agree with this mostly, but loved a certain ABBA musical that shoe-horned in as many songs as possible.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 05:24:14 PM
I really don't like Jukebox musicals. Pop songs have a meaning of their own, they don't need to be shoehorned into a narrative to work.

I agree with this mostly, but loved a certain ABBA musical that shoe-horned in as many songs as possible.

That Sid & Nancy musical was weird.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 05:49:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/CPx-bR5iXnk?version=3&

Number 48 : Swing Time
(24 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
A gambler, "Lucky", set to marry his fiance is told by her father that he won't allow the marriage unless Lucky can demonstrate his good intentions by raising $25,000, which is a rather sizeable sum in 1936. Having lost his last dime on a bet regarding his marriage, Lucky heads to New York City to make a fortune and meets Dance instructor Penny. After a rocky start, Lucky and Penny become a performing duo, but Lucky realizes that he's begun to fall for Penny and feels guilty due to his engagement. Eventually, the engagement is called off and Lucky and Penny dance off into the sunset.

Memorable Songs:
"The Way You Look tonight" is probably the best known song in the film, but "A Fine Romance" and "Never Going to Dance"  are considered by many to be some of the finest dance routines ever committed to film.

Awards:
One Oscar for Best Original Song. One of EW's Top 100 films of the 20th Century. #90 in AFI's top 100 films. Entered into the National Film registry in 2004.

Trivia Notes:
Penny and Lucky were played by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire  respectively.

Prior to Swing Time, most dance routines on film were performed in the same manner as they would have been on a stage. But the film added horizontal and vertical depth to the staging of the dance routines, as well as adding special effects in the form of trick photography in one sequence.

In one scene, Astaire attempts to steal a tuxedo overcoat so that he's have appropriate attire for an upcoming audition. Astaire would wear the exact same piece of clothing in the opening scene in "Holiday Inn."

Coming Soon:
South of the border! Down further than Mexico way!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 05:51:32 PM
I really don't like Jukebox musicals. Pop songs have a meaning of their own, they don't need to be shoehorned into a narrative to work.

Having just started on the entry for #41, all I can say is "Uh oh."

And when I say "Uh oh" I mean "Wait. My records show that Tripe voted for that. Which he didn't." There will be a slight delay while I figure out what happened.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 05:56:36 PM
Never seen either movie so far, but Swing Time sounds like fun.

Just to remind people: know is the time you might want to submit your suggestion for the next list.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:37:43 PM
Okay, you're all about to experience a slight case of Deja vu. Let's start off instead with something "Gimmicky! Forgettable! Off putting! Certified Rotten on the Tomato meter! And bad, except for Nipsey Russell!"
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 06:38:47 PM
Ah, match game!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:40:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/oGxBx8RzzrM?version=3&

Number 50 : The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
(23 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #14 by Routing Protocols)

Synopsis:
A young school teacher, Dorothy, is nervous as she prepares to leave her family for her first teaching job.  As her family sits down for Thanksgiving dinner, her dog Toto runs outside into a raging snowstorm. Dorothy follows, and materializes in the Kingdom of Oz, accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East, who had been babbling about gravity for some reason.  The Good Witch of the North informs Dorothy that in order to return home, she must find "The Wiz" who lives in the Emerald City. So Dorothy sets off and encounters an intellectual scarecrow being tormented by crows, a turn of the century mechanical man, a lion hiding in a statue, and Phineas and Ferb who are building a frozen dairy treat sidewalk through an ice cream canyon. After avoiding a crazy homeless puppeteer and Poppy drug dealers, the crew arrive in the Emerald city and are informed that they must kill the Wicked Witch of the West in order to be sent home. Before they can do so, Dorothy is seized by a gang of motorcycle riding flying monkeys and taken to the Wicked Witch's sweatshop, where the fire alarm triggers the sprinklers, extinguishing the Witch and sparking a dance number. The Wizard is revealed to be a failed Atlantic City politican, and Lena Horne, who is much too good for this, reveals that the power to return home was in Dorothy the whole time. And boom. She's back in Harlem.

Memorable Songs:
"Ease on Down the Road", chronicling Dorothy's travels down the yellow road, is probably the stand out song here, although "Believe in Yourself"  is quite strong as well, as is "You Can't Win, You Can't Even Break Even" in the movie version, being saved by Michael Jackson being himself at a high point in his career. "Brand New Day" is also memorable, although these days it's best remembered for a Family Guy cutaway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ligMxFmCTn0) which is in reverse because, well, it's the internet.

Awards:
The play won several Tonys and multiple Drama desk awards. The movie?  Er, hey look! A demonic duck! (Exits pursued by a bear)

Trivia Notes:
The stage version of "The Wiz" hews much closer to the plot of the Frank Baum story. Kansas, tornadoes, etc. But I'm not going to summarize that one. Yet.

The Emerald City set was the courtyard of the World Trade Center. I oh so much want to make a joke here, but it's still too soon.

As Mike and Co note (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCBawDZJKa8), the screenplay for The Wiz was written by Joel Schumaker, of Batman and Robin fame.

Coming Soon:
Somehow Eddie Izzard sings better than Bono here...
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:41:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/43aLbo-Y_W0?version=3&

Number 49: Across the Universe

(23 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
In the turbulent 60s, a worker (Jude) from Liverpool heads to the United States to find his long-lost father, who works at Princeton as a janitor.

No, it's not Matt Damon.

While there, Jude befriends a student (Max) and meets Max's sister, Lucy, whom he immediately falls for.  Max and Jude drop out and head to New York to become part of the Bohemian community. Lucy soon follows and the trio become embroiled in most events that occur in the late 60s, with the possible exception of the moon landing. The lovers are torn apart by events, but manage to come together, right now, at the end of the film. Oh, and an ersatz Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix are in there too.

Memorable Songs:
Oh, just pick a random Beatles song. It's probably in there. The Janis Joplin-esque cover of "Helter Skelter" is probably the highlight, although "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" are memorable as well for their visuals, although not particularly for the singing.

Awards:
Across the Universe appeared in several list of the best films of 2007. 1 Oscar and Golden Globe nomination.

Trivia Notes:
Most of the character names in the film are names used in Beatles lyrics or are related to the Beatles in some way.

Oh, how I wanted to use Bono butchering "I Am the Walrus" in the video, but I resisted.


Coming Soon:
Okay, the only other time I've seen this plot was in Orgasmo.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:42:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/CPx-bR5iXnk?version=3&

Number 48 : Swing Time
(24 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
A gambler, "Lucky", set to marry his fiance is told by her father that he won't allow the marriage unless Lucky can demonstrate his good intentions by raising $25,000, which is a rather sizable sum in 1936. Having lost his last dime on a bet regarding his marriage, Lucky heads to New York City to make a fortune and meets Dance instructor Penny. After a rocky start, Lucky and Penny become a performing duo, but Lucky realizes that he's begun to fall for Penny and feels guilty due to his engagement. Eventually, the engagement is called off and Lucky and Penny dance off into the sunset.

Memorable Songs:
"The Way You Look Tonight" is probably the best known song in the film, but "A Fine Romance" and "Never Going to Dance"  are considered by many to be some of the finest dance routines ever committed to film.

Awards:
One Oscar for Best Original Song. One of EW's Top 100 films of the 20th Century. #90 in AFI's top 100 films. Entered into the National Film registry in 2004.

Trivia Notes:
Penny and Lucky were played by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire  respectively.

Prior to Swing Time, most dance routines on film were performed in the same manner as they would have been on a stage. But the film added horizontal and vertical depth to the staging of the dance routines, as well as adding special effects in the form of trick photography in one sequence.

In one scene, Astaire attempts to steal a tuxedo overcoat so that he's have appropriate attire for an upcoming audition. Astaire would wear the exact same piece of clothing in the opening scene in "Holiday Inn."

Coming Soon:
I can't remember which joke I used here. Look on the prior page for it.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:43:20 PM
Okay, back to where we're supposed to be, minus the jukebox musical which almost sneaked on.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:43:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/lmDTSQtK20c?hl=en_US&

Number 47 : Flight of the Conchords
(24 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Kete)

Synopsis:
A pair of Kiwis try to achieve success in New York City and develop an American fanbase.

Memorable Songs:
"Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor", an ode to well, too many dudes dancing. And "Carol Brown" a melodic tune regarding past loves lost.

Awards:
Two Emmys. 6 songs on the Triple J Hottest 100. And the duo was the 2007 Wellingtonians of the year. However, to be fair, only about 2 dozen people and 85,000 sheep live in Wellington.

Trivia Notes:
Sadly, the duo's greatest success was running a music camp attended by  Lisa Simpson and the cast of Glee.

Coming Soon:
32 songs in the musical, but people only remember the one...
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Zombie Monty on May 20, 2013, 06:46:05 PM
Okay, back to where we're supposed to be, minus the jukebox musical which almost sneaked on.

OK, I am confused.  What just happened?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 20, 2013, 06:49:22 PM
Ease On Down The Road was my favorite in The Wiz. And for some reason, the Don't Ease street signs after that number just made me laugh sooo much.
I more admire the creativity in The Wiz than actually like the movie itself.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 06:55:05 PM
Okay, back to where we're supposed to be, minus the jukebox musical which almost sneaked on.

OK, I am confused.  What just happened?

As I began to writeup the last entry for today, I saw Tripe's comment of how he disliked jukebox musicals. The entry I was typing was in fact one of those and my records showed that Tripe voted for it as the top entry. I started to say something, then checked my records and noted that my tally for that entry wasn't what he voted for. I rechecked the math and discovered that the entry I was typing up did not in fact place, so I had to re-insert the correct #50 entry. And if we're not good from here on out, I'm going to lie and say that we are.

tl;dr version: Everything is perfectly okay, but Monty is going insane.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:00:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/F5kwsbcWG5k?version=3&

Number 46: Chess
(24 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet chess player falls for the manager of a rival American player  and after the American resigns from the scene in a fit of pique, the Russian defects to England to be with his new love. Years later, the Russian enters another chess tournament in Bangkok where he comes across a new Soviet chess prodigy as well as his own spurned wife. After a new alliance with the now commentating American, the Russian prevails over the newcomer and having tasted a brief bit of fame, defects back to the USSR to be with his wife and to possibly help the still jailed father of his new love.

Memorable Songs:
No matter what I put here, the only thing that will stay in peoples' heads will be "One Night in Bangkok" so just assume that's what I wrote, okay?

Awards:
Several Green Room awards. No, I don't know what those are either.

Trivia Notes:
The plot above is of the original version of the play. In more recent versions, there aren't two chess tourneys, just a single one between the Russian and American, part of which occurs in Thailand and the rest in Budapest. In this one, the American plays poorly during the first matches, but since the Russian is distracted by his new love and possible defection during the latter matches, the American comes roaring back and wins the remaining matches in Budapest, and the Russian returns to the USSR as a broken man. Both version still have the "return to the USSR or we hurt Florence's Dad" suplot as well as a CIA subplot.

Still other versions change the winner back to the Russian and /or just set the entire play in Bangkok. The Denver product of it last year also involves a deaf mute gunman and a gunfight in a water bottling plant and I seem to recall Nick Cage being there too, but I was pretty sick when I saw it, so I may be misremembering things.

Most of the songs were written by Tim Rice and several of the Abba folks.

Coming Soon:
Well, we just can't avoid the Russkies, can we?

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 20, 2013, 07:03:45 PM
Awards:
Several Green Room awards. No, I don't know what those are either.
Australian.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:09:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/RBHZFYpQ6nc?hl=en_US&

Number 45 : Fiddler on the Roof
(24 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
In Czarist Russia, a poor Jewish farmer (Tevye)  attempts to maintain his family and protect his five daughters. One is scheduled to wed a wealthy butcher. Another (Tzeitel) is betrothed to a man older than Tevye himself, but she wishes to wed a poor tailor (Motel) whom she truly loves. After a display of courage, Motel declares that he will marry Tzietel and Tevye agrees. During the wedding, Russian troops arrive in the village as part of a pogrom, and disrupt the wedding.

Months later, the butcher is arrested and sent to Siberia, prompting his betrothed to follow him into exile. Another of Tevye's daughters falls in love with a man outside the faith, but as the father and daughter argue, the Russians begin to expel the Jews from their villages, and the family must flee. The married daughters head to Krakow and Tevye, his wife and youngest daughters head to America as the fiddler follows, playing a song.

Memorable Songs:
A gajillion. "Sunrise, Sunset", a song relating how quickly children seem to grow up. "Matchmaker, Matchmaker", the daughters' request that a mate be found for them by the traditional matchmaking process. "The Bottle Song." And, of course, "It's Hard to Be Jewish in Russia, Yo" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T6G1_uvGWI) although that one is a more recent addition to the play.

Awards:
Many, many. The 1971 musical version won 3 Oscars, including one for little known conductor John Williams. I wonder what happened to that guy?

Trivia Notes:
The "fiddler" bit in the title comes from a book and series of paintings created by Sholem Aleichem starting in 1894 about Tevye and his daughters. The paintings often included a fiddler, who was a "metaphor for survival through tradition and joyfulness in a life of uncertainty and imbalance."

The Broadway production of Fiddler was the first to surpass 3,000 performances, a record which it held for 10 years before being surpassed by another thing on this list. And if you're actually reading this rather than just skipping my babbling, I'll let you in on the secret. It was Forever Plaid. Shhh. Don't tell anyone else.

And no, I didn't count the vote for "A Shoggoth on the Roof" a HP Lovecraft related musical version of this, as an actual vote for Fiddler.

Coming Soon:
The first of many, many pony related things on the list, although this one was accidental.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:10:21 PM
Awards:
Several Green Room awards. No, I don't know what those are either.
Australian.

Ah. Since a Melbourne production got them, that would make sense.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 20, 2013, 07:12:56 PM
I haven't seen any of these.  Not even The Wiz, and I love Jackson.

But that Chess song kicks ass
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 20, 2013, 07:16:47 PM
I haven't seen any of these.  Not even The Wiz, and I love Jackson.

But that Chess song kicks ass
Yeah, One Night In Bangkok kicks ass.

The Wiz is worth watching, even if you don't end up liking it as a whole.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:17:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/AgGJWd9JQJw?hl=en_US&

Number 44 : Into The Woods
(25 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
A narrator presents a series of interlinked tales. A young maiden (Cinderella) who wishes to attend a royal festival, a farmer (Jack) who wishes for a more milkable cow, and a baker and his wife who yearn for a family. Connecting them all is their neighbor, an ugly witch, who has placed a curse on the baker's line after she caught him stealing magic beans from her garden. In addition, the witch had stolen the couple's child, Rapunzel. She will lift the curse, but she requires several items first- "the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold", all before the clock strikes midnight three days hence. So, the Baker, Cinderella, Jack, and  Red Riding Hood all head into the woods, with the wife discretely following.

Cinderella receives gift of  magic slippers and gown from her mother's spirit. red encounters a gigantic wolf, who devours her grandmother and then Red herself, but is then slain by the Baker, saving the pair. In gratitude, Red givers the Baker her cloak. Jack encounters the Baker while in the woods, and sells his cow to him for a handful of magic beans, which the Baker doesn't think are magic. Cinderella attends the ball, flees and encounters the wife, who spots the golden slippers and chases Cinderella as well, who escapes, but in the chase, the wife loses the cow as well. Upon arriving home, Jack gives the beans to his mother, who tosses them out and a beanstalk grows into the sky. Jack goes a climbing.

The next day, Jack returns to the Baker will gold stolen from the Giant's castle and tries to buy back the cow. The Baker refuses and Jack climbs back into the sky to get more gold. And then the brother Princes meet to discuss the Princesses they met the night before...

...yeah, this is going to take forever. Super fast mode. Rapunzel has her hair cut and banished when she refuses to leave the Prince. The Baker's father has been helping his son remove the curse, but dies. The Baker and his wife get all the items and the curse is removed. Jack gets the cow back. Rapunzel has twins and is found by the Prince. Cinderella finds her Prince too. Her stepsisters are blinded and cut off parts of their feet. The witch has lost her powers in all thing not pertaining to groceries. And the Baker's wife is pregnant.

But they are all still wishing.

Jack misses the castle in the sky. The baker and wife want more room. Cinderella is bored. And Rapunzel is a bit loopy. The Princes lust after two more maidens, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. So they all head back into the woods and...

..oh dear lord, I'm still at the beginning of act 2. Okay, the Giant's wife appears, wanting vengeance on the people who killed her husband , kills half the cast and is finally slain by the remaining cast members who vow to rebuild their lives together. But the Baker is visited by a spirit who gives a final lesson- Tell the children of the woods and learn that actions have consequences, even for future generations.  And be careful what you pass onto the children. And the musical ends with one last wish...

Memorable Songs:
'Children Will Listen", the show's penultimate song, which warns that the lessons that you try to teach aren't always the lessons that will be learned. And  "Ever After" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUzk2BC2Ssg&list=PL171AD3631237030A&index=11) which will seem awfully familiar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u7XysaEVBs) to fans of certain brightly colored ponies.

Awards:
A bunch of Tony awards and Olivier awards.

Trivia Notes:
There is a shorter, child friendly version for younger children to perform, which removes large parts of the plot (and the second act) and retunes the songs so that kids can perform it. It's titled "Into the Woods Jr."

Disney is currently scheduled to begin shooting a film version of the musical in September. Johnny Depp is playing the Wolf. and Meryll Streep plays the Witch, so if you enjoyed her performance in Mamma Mia, well, you get some more of that.

Coming Soon:
Look, look, look at my crotch.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 20, 2013, 07:23:38 PM
Awards:
Several Green Room awards. No, I don't know what those are either.
Australian.

Ah. Since a Melbourne production got them, that would make sense.
Yes they're actually specific to Melbourne. :)

Love Fiddler on the Roof as far as turn of the century eastern European Jewish musical extravaganzas go, it's definitely the best.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:25:00 PM
BTW: the videos of Into The Woods on YouTube are awful. Lots of community theater productions where the narrator can't sing or better productions filmed with someone holding a cell phone camera.  I basically chose the London version because Dolores Umbridge is the Baker's Wife and Red Riding Hood looks like Harry Potter. Horrible costumes though, London.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:34:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/1xAAGh-3sw0?hl=en_US&

Number 43 : Labyrinth
(25 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #12 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
A frustrated teen, Sarah, while babysitting her baby brother, wishes that he be taken away by goblins. The Goblin King then appears, seizes the tot and tells Sarah if he can solve the mystery of his labyrinth within the next 13 hours, she can have her brother back. Otherwise he will belong to the Goblin King forever. Sarah is transported to the labyrinth and, with help from a sour dwarf (Bruenor Battlehammer), a gentle beast and a fox-like knight eventually find and confront the Goblin King and rescue her brother.  And then there's a party.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the score by Trevor Jones, the movie also features five songs by Bowie, most notably "Underground" which had some modest success on the pop charts.

Awards:

Trivia Notes:
The line "You remind me of the babe" from the above video is a reference to the Cary Grant/Shirley Temple film "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer."

The film was not received well during Henson's lifetime and he went to the grave considering it to be among his greatest failures. The film has gained quite a bit of a cult following in the years hence though.

DVD sales spurred the Henson Company to look into making a sequel, titled Curse of the Goblin King. However, they instead decided to do a similar feeling film instead, which eventually because Neil Gaiman's Mirror Mask. So Henson fans? Go fight the Gaiman fans over that.

Coming Soon:
You'd think Taylor Lautner was in this, but he isn't.   
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:44:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/RGHmXpi3N6Q?hl=en_US&

Number 42 : Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
(25 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Synopsis:
A backwoodsman (Adam) meets a girl (Milly) and they fall in love and are married a few hours later. Upon returning home, she discovers that Adam has six brothers living with him. Milly teaches the boys manners, social mores and also teaches them how to dance. The boys soon realize that in order to wed, they'll need Milly's help.

At a nearby barn raising, the boys meet some girls whom they fancy, but whom also have boyfriends already. After some taunting, a fight erupts, the barn is destroyed and the boys are banished from town. As winter arrives, Adam encourages his brothers to go and get those women back. So they kidnap them and trigger an avalanche which keeps the town from following them. Milly banishes the boys to the barn and Adam leaves to pend winter in a trapper's cabin. Over the winter, the girls fall in love with the boys and Milly gives birth to a daughter. When spring arrives, the townsfolk arrive to rescue the girls who no longer wish to be rescued. The boys are captured, and about to be hung when a baby's cry is heard. It's Toby who's been stolen by the Gobl... Oh wait. It's Milly's daughter. The townsfolk ask whose child that is, and all the girls claim that its theirs. Boom. Mass shotgun wedding. The end.

Memorable Songs:
Well, I was going to say "Ducks and Gesse and Pigs" but that's from Oklahoma. Whoops. Anyway, the songs aren't the high points of Seven Brides. It's better remembered for the choreography. Not many musicals have choreographed axe wielding.

Awards:

Trivia Notes:
Seven Brides is based on the ancient Roman tale "The Rape of the Sabine Women." (As they note in the trailer, which is no longer the above video.)  And no, that doesn't mean what you think it does. The Latin word rapito basically means "abduction" rather than the modern meaning of sexual assault. So the Romans just abducted the woman of a neighboring village.

Yeah, that's not much better, is it?

Well, the story basically says that Romulus and Remus offered the abductees greater civil rights than they'd have under the Sabines and so most stayed. Except for the one who opened the gates to the Sabines during the almost immediate war thereafter. She was crushed to death by the Sabines' shields and then thrown off a rock. Sadly, the song based on this bit of the story got cut from the musical.

A TV series based on the musical ran in the early 80s. Not a musical (I think) but it featured early appearances by River Phoenix and Richard Dean Anderson.

There's a Bollywood version of Seven Brides as well called Satte Pe Satta.

Coming Soon:
Nary a Peter Cetera to be seen.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 20, 2013, 07:54:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/WKHzTtr_lNk?hl=en_US&

Number 41 : Chicago
(25 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #11 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
In 1920s Chicago, a chorus girl (Roxie) murders her lover. She convinces her husband that the deceased was a burglar but that soon falls apart and Roxie is sent to jail. In the slammer, she meets Velma, a vaudevillian who murdered her husband and sister when she found them cheating. Roxies's case becomes a major story in Chicago and both Velma and Roxie plan to use their notoriety to propel them back into the show biz spotlight. But Roxie stabs Velma in the back, stealing her story, only to see her moment in the sun disappear as the press instead concentrates on a newer sorid story.

Memorable Songs:
Yeah, I used "Mr. Cellophane" rather than the other songs in the film. How often can I put in a clip of John C. Reily singing? The show's opening "All that Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" are probably better known though.

Awards:
Several Tony and Olivier Awards. The movie version won several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Trivia Notes:
Both Roxie and Velma were based on actual murderesses in Chicago. Prior to becoming a musical, the story inspired a silent film from Cecil B. DeMille, and a talkie in 1942 starring Ginger Rogers as Roxie Hart, who was merely falsely accused in this version.

The movie version of Chicago never hit #1 or #2 on the weekly box office charts, but still grossed $170 million in the states. That was the highest gross for any film that never hit the top box office spot. Or at least it was until it was dethroned by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Coming Soon:
We go on some trips! New York! London! Paris! Munich! Kinda! Then we see some of the least convincing drag queens ever! Plastic ducks! And more technicolor madness! All this and more tomorrow!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 08:07:52 PM
Chicago barely made it onto my list.  I kind of like the idea behind it and I love Reilly in the movie, but to me, it's just OK.

EDIT: Oh, and you know, I never knew the story for 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.  I always thought it was an adaptation of the 7 Chinese brothers (AKA the 5 Chinese Brothers though the original story was the 10 Chinese Brothers.  Someone needs to make a movie of that).
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Kete on May 20, 2013, 08:37:01 PM
No other votes for Flight of the Conchords? For shame!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 20, 2013, 08:38:26 PM
I've never really watched it apart from some scattered clips.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: MightyJack on May 20, 2013, 10:39:38 PM
 :highfive: Yay for Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides and...

Chicago  -I liked the movie a lot personally, but remember, this is also for stage as well as film. Some of my votes aren't exclusive to the theatrical version

Across the Universe - yup my favorite song here is "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", just a beautiful rendition. They took a cool pop song and made it a pretty ballad. Tramor did stellar work on the film. Obviously one of my toppermost favs.

Swing Time - My favorite old time song and dance musical. I think it's Fred and Ginger's best (even surpassing the superlative "Top Hat") funny, tuneful romantic.. and the dance choreography is without peer. The director of Chicago (or any modern dance movie musical) should watch this and follow its example. There are no MTV style rapid cuts - Director George Stevens wanted his dancer's to work their magic and have them, not the camera, be the focus. He used a minimum of edits and only 1 or 2 camera setups in their numbers, and this proves to be a wise decision. Especially in the memorable, "Never Gonna Dance", which shows off the duo at their finest (Many feel this is Ginger at her peak -and most fluid- form)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 20, 2013, 11:19:36 PM
the dance numbers in seven brides make me happy.

And Ruta Lee may have been in the horribly bad Doomsday Machine, but she was in this.  So all is forgiven.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: ColeStratton on May 21, 2013, 12:05:31 AM
Am I seriously the only one who voted for Into The Woods? FOR SHAME, LIST O' CRAPPERS. It's Soundheim at his finest. And although Chess is kind of dull plot-wise, the music is fantastic -- in addition to One Night in Bangkok, there' s Pity the Child, I Know Him So Well and Nobody's Side, which are all awesome.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 21, 2013, 05:14:07 AM
Am I seriously the only one who voted for Into The Woods? FOR SHAME, LIST O' CRAPPERS. It's Soundheim at his finest.

Oh, I'm sure Sondheim will be receiving some love higher up the list;  I have a couple of his on my list and I would be shocked if at least one of them didn't show up but everybody's got the right to vote how they like.  :)

I like Into The Woods but I don't love it; I very much want to see it on film however. :)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 21, 2013, 08:24:26 AM
I'm not surprised to see Chicago on this list, given it's popularity, but I absolutely LOATHE that film! One of the only movies I've ever turned off in my life. Everything I hate about film noir (well, film noir usually doesn't have songs). Everyone is unlikeable at best, and actively selfish and hateable at worst. Particularly the main character that we are supposed to be following and care about. The only likeable character is the husband, and he is shown as a weakling for being a decent guy. It was right around the time they trotted out Queen Latifah's ugly fat ass in a corset and had her sing all supposedly sexy that I checked out.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 04:50:56 PM
Yeah, Cole (who is reading this right now). You'll be happier today.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:22:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/mXWkIZUPmDY?version=3&

Number 40 : The Mikado
(26 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 by C Jones)

Synopsis:
In Japan, a wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo, arrives in the town of Titipu looking for his lost love, the maiden Yum-Yum. Upon his arrival, he discovers that flirting has been decreed to be a capital crime. The town's residents have gotten around that decree by appointing Yum-Yum's guardian, Ko-Ko, who was also the next to be executed, to be the High Executioner. And until he cuts off his own head, he's unable to fulfill his execution duties. Nanki informs Ko-Ko of his love for Yum-Yum, but is sent away. Nanki meets his beloved and informs her that he is secretly the heir to the Mikado, who is in hiding since an elderly dowager, Katisha, is pursuing him.

But Ko-Ko discovers that the town will be demoted to a village unless they execute a person every month. So he offers a deal to Nanki. he may marry Yum-Yum if, at the end of the month, he agrees to be executed. But as the pair is set to be wed, Katisha arrives to try and claim Nanki, but her revelation that Nanki is the Mikado goes unheard.

Later, Ko-Ko discovers that if a married man is beheaded, his wife must be buried alive. Yum-Yum refuses to marry in that case. Ko-Ko then sends the pair away rather than executing them. But the Mikado himself arrives in town, along with Katisha, looking for his son. Unfortunately, Ko-Ko thinks that he's arrives to see if an execution has been performed and reports that Nanki has been executed. The Mikado then orders the death of Ko-Ko for killing the heir. Ko-Ko then throws himself on the mercy of Katisha, feeling that if she was married to him, then Nanki could return to the village in safety. She eventually agrees, Nanki returns with bride in tow and the Mikado is mollified.

Okay, everyone got that? I don't want to have to try and explain that again.

Memorable Songs:
It's Gilbert and Sullivan. They're all memorable songs.

Awards:

Trivia Notes:
The Mikado was performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera company from 1885 to 1982. This long run of shows was the third longest run of musical theater in length until its record was broken by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

In one of his later performances, Groucho Marx starred in the TV production of the Mikado, playing Ko-Ko.

The Mikado is one of the G&S musicals performed by the FBI Light Opera Society in the Simpsons episode Cape Feare.

Coming Soon:
Well, I'll be dancing through a minefield on the next one.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:29:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/eh-DRxfG5ao?hl=en_US&

Number 39 : Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(27 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
An East German slip of a boy loves rock music but can not act on that desire while stuck in East Berlin. He meets an American soldier, Luther and falls in love with him and the two decide to marry.  But, since this is 1990 East Germany and not 2013 Boston, they are unable to do so unless one of them is female. So Hansel agrees to undergo a sex change. But the doctors botch the operation and leave Hedwig as she is now known with a dysfunctional one inch bit of flesh between her legs. She moves to Kansas with Luther, who divorces her a year later on the same day as the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In response to her life falling apart, she forms a band with some Korean army wives. She also befriends and later falls in love with a shy teen, Tommy, who writes some songs for her. He then leaves he and becomes a wildly successful rock star, performing the songs he wrote for her. Hedwig follows Tommy's band for a while, hoping to sue him for copyright infringement, but her life spirals to worse and worse places. Eventually she becomes a streetwalker and runs into Tommy again. They reconcile , but are stumbled on by the press, reigniting her fame. And then we head to a dream space where Hedwig/Hansel confront Tommy and Platonic halves reunite with each other.

Memorable Songs:
Tear Me Down, I suppose, which refers to the nature of being split in two, referring to both Hedwig's feelings on her gender and to Berlin during the 60s-80s.

Awards:

Trivia Notes:
Tear Me Down has been covered by both Meatloaf and Stephen Colbert. Name another song that can boast that.

Coming Soon:
Okay, there are multiple musicals with this title. I'm going to assume that folks are voting for the best known one.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:33:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/n5dhyiqhR7Y?version=3&

Number 38 : Phantom of the Opera
(28 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Monty)

Synopsis:
A French opera house has been plagued by a series of misfortunes, which the performers blame on a mysterious phantom. One of the star performers, Carlotta,  quits in response to the accidents and the owners of the house reluctantly cast a chorus girl, Christine,  to replace the star. To everyone's surprise, she excels. Christine credits her success to an Angel of Music who has taught her to sing. But the Angel is secretly the Phantom, who guides her to his domain under the opera house.

Back at the opera house, Carlotta demands to be reinstated in the lead role, but the Phantom warns them via note of dire consequences should Christine lose the role. They ignore the request and the Phantom strikes, destroying Carlotta's voice and absconding with Christine, who is rescued by her old friend, Raoul, who declares his love for her. The Phantom hears this and flees, heartbroken.

Months later, the Phantom returns, having written a play, which he demands be produced immediately and to star Christine. To everyone's shock, it's a musical version of Twilight. Raoul plans to use the play as a trap to catch the Phantom. Christine visits the grave of her father, but the Phantom sets fire to the graveyard. Since apparently those can burn. Er, yeah.  The play is performed, and to Christine's shock , her  co-star has been murdered and replaced by the Phantom. He seizes her and flees to his hideout. Raoul pursues her, but is captured by the Phantom who tells Christine that he will slay Raoul unless she agrees to stay with him forever. She shows the Phantom kindness and he sets them both free. They leave as the mob searching for the Phantom arrives. But the Phantom has disappeared, leaving behind only his mask. But he later returns to battle Kiss while trying to take over a California amusement park....


Memorable Songs:
As one of the most performed musicals of all time, one or two of the songs might be familiar to most folks.  The title song, Phantom of the Opera, "All I Ask of You", "Think of Me" and one or two more  might be familiar to folks.

Awards:
Tonys, Olivier awards and a gazillion more.

Trivia Notes:
An estimated 130,000,000 people have seen Phantom performed. And it's been performed in 27 countries and in 145 cities. It is currently the highest grossing musical of all time, with receipts of $5.6 billion, although it is expected to be surpassed soon by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Roger Waters believes that part of Phantom's title song was plagarized from his song, Echoes, but has never pursued legal action believing that "Life's too short to bother with suing Andrew Lloyd fucking Webber."

An actual sequel to Phantom, called "Love Never Dies" was released and performed in 2010, but has received rather mixed reviews. The most recent performances in Copenhagen closed last month.

Coming Soon:
Okay, do I pick the video with good sound but that's not in synch with the audio, the one that's in synch, but filmed via someone's cell or an AMV of this, which has nothing to do with the musical? Hmmm.....

Well, I pick a different song, which still has a lousy video.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:41:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/v/RovF1zsDoeM?version=3&

Number 37 : Avenue Q
(29 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
A recent college graduate, Princeton,  moves to New York City to find himself and finds a cheap apartment on Avenue Q. Among the residents there are Kate, a kindergarten TA, Rod, a banker, Nicky, his roommate, Brian and Christmas, a couple, Trekkie Monster, a introvert who spends all day surfing the web and building superintendent Still Alive Gary Coleman.

Princeton receives some money from his parents, and blows it all on beer. Kate gets an offer to teach at her school. Tom, the gay, anarchist professor, gets mugged outside the building. Princeton gives her a mix tape, which she interprets as a come on. They head out on a date, get smashed, and then return back to the apartments to have some very loud decibel intercourse. Kate misses her teaching opportunity and quits. Christmas and Brian get married, and at the wedding Kate catches the bouquet, but Princeton gives her a "I want to be friends" speech and they break up. Oh, and Nicky suspects Rod is gay and gets tossed out of their apartment.

Princeton, after weeks of being holed up in his apartment, emerges and is seduced by Lucy, a dancer at Brian's club. Kate tries to reunite with Princeton, but her message is intercepted by Lucy who destroys it. She's later knocked unconscious after Kate throws a penny off the Empire State Building, which Morrisettily hits her. After a moment of charity, Princeton decides to dedicate his life to other and raises money to open Kate's dream of a Montessori school for furry types. Brian and Christmas move out, and  a new tenant moves in , prompting Princeton to realize that his life goal is to teach everything that he's learned via a Broadway musical! That doesn't end well. Everything, both good and bad, is temporary.

Memorable Songs:
Well, "Schadenfreude", a song celebrating the feeling of finding joy in the misfortune of others, comes to mind. And "The Internet is for Porn" is rather popular among web folks, for some reason.

Awards:
Several tony and Theater world awards.

Trivia Notes:
Just like Into the Woods, there is a version of the play, Avenue Q: School Edition, that is geared towards productions done by high schools. Several songs are deleted and a couple of characters are renamed.

In 2005, the cast presented Avenue Jew, which continued the story of Tevye and his daughters, who after moving to America, have moved to the street. Yes, it's a crossover musical.

Coming Soon:
Ducks!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:45:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/vlfEoCutmJk?hl=en_US&

Number 36 : Xanadu
(29 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 by Routing Protocols)

Synopsis:
In 1980, the chalk "artist" creates a mural of the Greek Muses, but feels dissatisfied and decided to kill himself. But the Muses hear his pleas and the youngest, Clio, convinces the others to travel to Venice Beach to inspire him.  Clio, calling herself "Kira" and speaking in an Australian accent to disguise herself, inspires Sonny to create the height of art: A roller disco. But Clio's jealous older sisters curse Clio to fall in love with Sonny, which isn't allowed by Zeus.

Sonny finds the perfect location for his roller disco, a long abandoned theater called "Xanadu" which is owned by an elderly musician turned real estate mogul named Danny. Upon seeing Kira, Danny is reminded of a long ago encounter with his own muse, who looked suspiciously like Kira, and agrees to donate the building to Sonny.  But Sonny has to open the disco in one day. With the muses' help, he does so, but Kira, who is falling for Sonny, leaves him. In the meantime, Clio's sisters offer dumptrucks full of cash to Danny to turn the theater into condos and he agrees to do so. Kira  returns to Mount Olympus. Danny and Sonny discuss the matter and after being told by Danny to never let go of his muse, Sonny climbs Mount Olympus to find Kira. They confront Zeus, who is impressed by Sonny's spunk and he returns to pair to LA to find the true Xanadu, " True love and the ability to create and share art."

Memorable Songs:
"Magic" which was the third most popular song of 1980. "Evil Woman", which was a cover of an ELO song. "Have You Ever Been Mellow" which is a bit of a cheat as it was a number one song in 1975 so is a bit memorable.


Awards:

Trivia Notes:
The synopsis above is for the musical based on, well, the film, which was also a musical. (I would have used the Olivia Newton John clips, but they make no reference to the film. It's almost as if the film had bombed but the soundtrack didn't or something. Hmmm.) The main differences between the two are that Kira is a different muse, Terpischore, the muse of dancing and chorus. (Clio is the muse of history.)  The muses aren't jealous of their sister. Sonny doesn't reunite with Kira, but does meet her doppleganger and Gene Kelly isn't embarrassing himself in the musical version.

Kenny Ortega was one of the choreographers of the film. Rifftrax fans will note that he also was the choreographer for High School Musical.

The release of Xandu and its contemporary Can't Stop the Music was the impetus for the creation of the Golden Raspberry awards. It won that year for Worst Director.

Coming Soon:
Food. I need it.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:48:23 PM
Whoops. Transposed #36 and #35. Most folks won't notice, but the folks reading this right now will be confused.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:51:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/gqapHRAqnfk?hl=en_US&

Number 35 : Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
(29 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
A barber (Todd) returns to London after having been exiled to Australia by a corrupt judge in order to seduce Todd's wife. She commits suicide soon after and the judge raises Todd's daughter as his ward. But a local pie shop owner remembers Todd and offers him a room over her shop so that he can resume his barbering. In the meantime, a sailor who saved Todd from drowning (Anthony) comes across Johanna, Todd's daughter, and falls in love with her. But he is violently shooed away from her by the Judge and his crony.

In the meantime, Todd challenges Adolfo, a renown Italian barber to a shave off, which Todd easily wins. He invites Adolfo to visit him for a complimentary shave. As Todd waits for Adolfo to arrive, Anthony appears, announces his love for Johanna and asks Todd for his permission to use the shop as a safe haven for Johanna. Adolfo arrives, and announces that he is a former assistant of Todd from before the exile and will spill the beans on Todd's true identity unless he is well paid. Plus he's one of them filthy Irish, not Italian. Todd then strangles and kills Adolfo.

In the meantime, the Judge announces that he wants to marry his ward, Johanna, and she and Anthony plan to elope to avoid the Judge. The Judge arrives at Todd's shop to make himself prettier for Johanna, but before Todd can give him a shave Anthony arrives and inadvertently reveals his plans to the Judge, who storms out. Todd then throws Anthony out and vows vengeance on humanity. He will punish the rich and corrupt and ease the suffering of the poor. By killing them. Oh, and the pie shop owner decides to dispose of the bodies by making them into pies.

The pie shop soon thrives, although a homeless woman seems to know its secret. In the meantime, the Judge commits Johann to an asylum and Anthony returns to Todd with a plan to rescue her. He instead alerts the Judge in an attempt to lure the Judge to his shop. Anthony frees Johanna and heads to Todd's shop to hide. The beggar woman enters the shop and is slain by the pie shop owner moments before the Judge arrives at the shop, gets a shave and Todd reveals his true identity to him before he dispatches him. But Johanna has heard it all and flees. Todd heads downstairs and sees the beggar woman, whom he recognizes as his wife, who did take poison but did not die. Todd kills the pie shop owner and cradles his wife in his arm before being killed by a character that I haven't mentioned before in this synopsis.  But he's been there too. And then the cast appears to warn that the capability for revenge is in all of us.

Memorable Songs:


Awards:
Tony for best musical. Multiple Olivier awards and others.

Trivia Notes:
Yes, there's a high school version of this play as well. Because, yeah, this is a great one for high schoolers to perform. They can have a double bill with the Heather musical.

One may make the argument that Little Shop of Horrors is just Sweeny Todd with the serial numbers filed off.

The legend of Sweeny Todd dates back to the 1840s, but no actual criminal can be found who committed these crimes.

Coming Soon:
I can just post the entire thing!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 21, 2013, 05:51:54 PM
The Mikado was performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera company from 1885 to 1982.
My aunt was with the company in the last four years of its existence.

I had the Mikado down too though I love most of the other Savoy Operas it seemed the best representation for inclusion on the list.

Here's Saruman singing my favourite tune from the show:

http://www.youtube.com/v/iETKgc7e0Zk
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:54:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/nI9Nbt7oJG0?version=3&

Number 35 : What's Opera Doc?[/b]
(31 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
The Viking Siegfried, played by Elmer Fudd, descends from Valhalla to hunt a rascally rabbit. (Bugs Bunny) .

Oh, just watch the damn thing.  It's six minutes long.

Memorable Songs:
Well, most of the songs are mere seconds long, but come from Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Tannhauser, The Flying Dutchman and The Ring Saga. But if you sing "Kill Da Wabbit. Kill da wabbit" well, most people in the English speaking world probably know the tune.

Awards:
In 1992, this became the first cartoon short to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

In 1994, "What's Opera, Doc?" was voted to be the best cartoon of all time by 1,000 animators.

Trivia Notes:
This is one of three cartoons where Elmer defeats Bugs Bunny, and is the only one where he shows remorse for having done so.

Coming Soon:
So tempted to post the SCTV version here...



(One year later...) Seriously?  WB took it down? Fine. Here's it at archive.org: https://archive.org/details/WhatsOperaDoc


Jerks.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:56:20 PM
Yeah, Sir Lee will be showing up again as a matter of fact. Very soon, actually.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 21, 2013, 05:57:40 PM
In 1994, "What's Opera, Doc?" was voted to be the best cartoon of all time by 1,000 animators.
It's also popular amongst those who perform in Opera; heard it referenced a bunch of times in the production of Aida I just finished for example. :)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 05:58:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/2IQOTEdLg_o?hl=en_US&

Number 33 : Evita
(31 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
A young Eva Ibarguren, dreaming of acting glory and success, arrives in Buenos Aires and then sleeps her way up the social ladder until she meets young ambitious colonel Juan Peron. After Peron organizes a relief effort for an earthquake stricken San Juan, he meets Eva and has a secret rendezvous with her and with her help, begins his rise to the Argentinean Presidency.  As he become President, Eva realizes that her true calling is to be the spiritual  leader of her nation. She tries to woo foreign nations, but fails. As she begins to suffer from cancer, Peron's generals demand that she be forced from the political scene, but Peron refuses as it was she who helped get them into power and he truly loves her. She leaves the political scene as her health fails as she regrets her pursuit of fame rather than family as she passes into immortality.

Oh, and Che Guevera is the narrator.

Memorable Songs:
"Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" is the standout song in the musical.

Awards:
Drama desk, Tony and Olivier awards.

Trivia Notes:
In 1973, Juan Peron, who had been exiled from Argentina in 1955, returned to Argentina and became President again. Upon doing so, he exhumed Eva's body and displayed her embalmed corpse in his dining room. Later governments reburied her in a rather elaborate crypt. Almost as if they feared that she might come crawling out of it... Eva Peron, zombie?

Glee used "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" in an episode where they are preparing for Sectionals. Which doesn't narrow it down, does it, as they're always preparing for those damn things.

An operatic version of Evita was once recorded with Christopher Lee playing Juan Peron. Alas, it has never been commercially released.

And that commercial? It ran for months in 1980. I saw the damn thing in the Texas panhandle, where few people were ever likely to head to NYC to see it. They saw it in Canada too. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSmbd00zsqQ)

Coming Soon:
A picture that will haunt your very soul....
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 06:01:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/zM1z7FC7ui0?hl=en_US&

Number 32 : Hairspray
(32 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #6 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Synopsis:
In the 1960s, a plump Baltimore teenager (Tracy) dreams of dancing and fame. And everyday she rushes home to catch the local teenage dance show, The Corny Collins Show. After one of the dancers has to leave the show due to being pregnant, Tracy begs her mother to audition for the show, but her mom refuses the request as she fears that Tracy will be laughed at due to her weight. She auditions anyways, but is turned down due to her weight. Another dancer is then rejected due to her race.

Back at school, Tracy is sent to detention due to her beehive hairdo being above the maximum height allowed by the school. There she meets Seaweed, a black student who teaches her some dance moves. She then uses those moves to impress Corny, who then gives her a part of the show. Tracy then becomes the spokesgirl for a plus sized dress shop in the area. Skipping ahead, Tracy, along with Seaweed, his mother, head dancer Penny and Tracy's parents lead a rally at the local radio station to protest the lack of black artists on the radio. The police arrive and arrest them all. Most are freed, but Tracy is stuck in jail due to machinations from Corny's racist producer. After hunky Link Larkin rescues Tracy from prison, the teens concoct a plan to integrate the Corny Collins Show. They do so and they all have a happy ending. Except for Velma, who becomes the vice president of a beauty company or people of color. (Or fired in the movie version.)

Memorable Songs:
"Mamma, I'm a Big Girl Now", which was a well appreciated song from the play yet got dropped from the movie version.

Awards:
Several Tonys and Drama Desk awards.

Trivia Notes:
Edna, who in the non-musical version of Hairspray was portrayed by Divine, is traditionally played by a man in drag. These beauties have included Harvey Fierstein, George Wendt, Michael McKean, Bruce Vilanch and, in the movie. John Travolta. Look upon him and despair.

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01179/arts-graphics-2007_1179931a.jpg)

(shudder)

I'll spare you the shot of him and Walken cuddling.

In the movie version, the role of "Motormouth Maybelle" went to Queen Latifah, who had recently been in "Chicago." She beat out Aretha Franklin for the part. I'm pretty sure that was the wrong call there.

Coming Soon:
Yeah, they've been avoided so far, but you didn't think we'd have a list without something from them, did you?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 06:10:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/9qtTPTxvoPA?version=3&

Number 31 : Beauty and the Beast
(33 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by C Jones)

Synopsis:
A selfish prince is cursed to become a hideous beast. In order to lift the curse, he must love and be loved in return before all the petals on an enchanted rose fall off on his 21st birthday.

Years later, a bookwormish girl, Belle, is pursued by a boorish hunter, but she is uninterested in him. But her father becomes lost in the forest and stumbles upon the Beast's castle. Belle, having been lead back to the castle by her father's horse, offers to take her father's place. Time passes and Belle tries to flee the castle, but is attacked by shirtless wolves who impress upon young babies and is saved by the Beast. she nurses his wounds and he begins to fall for her.  But she misses her father, and discovers that he is lost in the forest looking for her, so the Beast allows her to leave, giving her his magic mirror to remember him by.

Gaston arrives, intending to commit Belle's father, but she intervenes, proving that the Beast does in fact exist. Gaston leads a mob to the Beast's castle to slay the creature. They fight, but the beast prevails, only to be stabbed in the back by Gaston after showing him mercy. As he dies, Belle professes her love for him and as the last petal falls, the spell is broken and the curse is lifted from the Beast and all the castle's inhabitants. And they all lived happily ever after. At least until she was kidnapped in Kingdom Hearts.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the title song, "Be Our Guest" is the other standout song from the film.

Awards:
Oscar for best Original song and score. Several Golden Globes and Grammys too.  AFI's 7th best animated film

Trivia Notes:
The film spawned two sequels, set during the movie, and a live action series "Sing Me a Story with Belle." It also spawned a stage musical, which is Broadway's 8th longest running show in history. Number 7? It's Oh! Calcutta! Yes, I ignored the setup for another Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel joke.

The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2002.

Donny Osmond played the role of Gaston during some Broadway performances, which is oddly appropriate.

Coming Soon:
#30-21! Puppet shows! England! Indiana! Kittens! Folks who can't sing! And a visit to Utah! All this and more tomorrow!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 21, 2013, 07:21:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/mXWkIZUPmDY?version=3&

Number 40 : The Mikado
(26 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 by C Jones)
The Mikado is one of the G&S musicals performed by the FBI Light Opera Society in the Simpsons episode Cape Feare.

Never listened to it all, but Simpsons and Animaniacs helped familiarize me with three little maids.  Though, in Japanese, Yum-Yum would be pronounced You-m You-m (as in, the word you)

http://www.youtube.com/v/eh-DRxfG5ao?hl=en_US&

Number 39 : Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(27 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Cole Stratton)
I've never seen it, but I love the song Midnight Radio.  Usually in musicals it's the bouncier songs I love more, but Midnight Radio is THE rock anthem. Or Rock Thesis statement.  Or whatever.

http://www.youtube.com/v/n5dhyiqhR7Y?version=3&

Number 38 : Phantom of the Opera
(28 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Monty)

I love the story, but I don't care for the musical.  This could be the only time I watched it was the Joel Schumacher version (much like the new Beauty and the Beast, the scar isn't exactly hideous), but the music sort of just keeps going and there's lots of talk-singing that sound like boring exposition but with a vein attempt to turn it into song.  It just sounded awkward.

http://www.youtube.com/v/nI9Nbt7oJG0?version=3&

Roger Ebert included this, One Froggy Evening and Duck Amuck among his "Great movies".

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-chuck-jones-three-cartoons

http://www.youtube.com/v/zM1z7FC7ui0?hl=en_US&

Number 32 : Hairspray
(32 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #6 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Never saw the musical, but I love the original, which is pretty musical in it's own way.  Travolta is no Divine.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: MightyJack on May 21, 2013, 10:10:29 PM
I'm not surprised to see Chicago on this list, given it's popularity, but I absolutely LOATHE that film! One of the only movies I've ever turned off in my life. Everything I hate about film noir (well, film noir usually doesn't have songs). Everyone is unlikeable at best, and actively selfish and hateable at worst. Particularly the main character that we are supposed to be following and care about. The only likeable character is the husband, and he is shown as a weakling for being a decent guy. It was right around the time they trotted out Queen Latifah's ugly fat ass in a corset and had her sing all supposedly sexy that I checked out.

Don't hold back, tell us what you really feel.  ;)

So you only watch movies filled with people you like?

Myself I like the gray... and the unlikeable. It's more true to life and makes literature, film etc,  colorful. I love Noir for its exploration of mans darker sides. I like classic Russian lit because it takes in the full breadth of humanity, warts and all. It would be pretty sad for example, to deny myself Crimes and Punishment just because Raskolnikov is a dick.




Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 22, 2013, 09:41:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/mXWkIZUPmDY?version=3&

Number 40 : The Mikado
(26 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 by C Jones)


Memorable Songs:
It's Gilbert and Sullivan. They're all memorable songs.


This would be my pick for most memorable song from The Mikado:

http://www.youtube.com/v/rP2qJXT3olM

I've got one more G&S operetta on my list, ranked even higher.

Also, I just realized, I made a pretty egregious omission on my list. If that musical doesn't make it because I forgot to include it, there will be profanity.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: anais.butterfly on May 22, 2013, 11:42:48 AM
I'm not surprised to see Chicago on this list, given it's popularity, but I absolutely LOATHE that film! One of the only movies I've ever turned off in my life. Everything I hate about film noir (well, film noir usually doesn't have songs). Everyone is unlikeable at best, and actively selfish and hateable at worst. Particularly the main character that we are supposed to be following and care about. The only likeable character is the husband, and he is shown as a weakling for being a decent guy. It was right around the time they trotted out Queen Latifah's ugly fat ass in a corset and had her sing all supposedly sexy that I checked out.

Your blatant hatred of overweight women never fails to cause an eyeroll.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 22, 2013, 11:47:32 AM
I thought she did a great job as Mama. I suppose anyone can play her depending on what direction they want the character to go in but really I thought it was great casting.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: anais.butterfly on May 22, 2013, 11:48:34 AM
Also, i just read the synopsis of Hedwig and the Angry Itch, and I will probably never watch it. It sounds really depressing :(
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 08:38:57 PM
Okay, long,  rough day. But here goes:


Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 08:40:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/BYmn4E-kPSo?version=3&

Number 30 : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode 607: "Once More, with Feeling"
(34 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #9 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
On a graveyard patrol Buffy Summers, vampire slayer, suddenly bursts into a song about her dissatisfaction over the current state of her life. The next day during a meeting with her friends and watcher, she relates the fact that she began singing the night prior, although she does not give the details of the song. To her surprise, her friends note that they did as well, and then the whole crew bursts into a song about the causes about the sudden outburst of singing. Post song, they look outside to discover that all of Sunnyvale seems to be singing and dancing.

As the day continues, so does the singing. Dawn, Buffy's sister, reveals that her math class burst into song and engaged couple Xander and Anya burst into a song detailing their hesitation towards their upcoming wedding. To their horror, the deep secrets revealed in the song are remembered by the other party. Buffy's watcher Giles, suspects that some dark magic is at fault.  Later that evening, due to a stray comment from Dawn, Tara realizes that her lover Willow has been subtly altering her memories via magic. Dawn begins to sing herself, but is captured by a minion of the demon, Sweet, who seems to be behind the outbursts of song and who has been capturing people and forcing them to dance until they explode.

Elsewhere, Giles begins to wonder if his help is actually holding Buffy back in her life. And then he and Tara sing a duet vowing to leave their respective parties. As the crew gathers, the vampire Spike arrives, having captured one of Sweet's minions who open his mouth and... flatly says that Dawn has been captured and Sweet challenges Buffy to free her. Buffy heads out alone after Giles forbids the rest of the crew to help her and the cast all sing as Buffy, and then all the other cast members, head to rescue Dawn.

At the nightclub, Buffy and crew confront Sweet and Buffy reveals, via song, that when she was resurrected at the start of the season, she was dragged out of heaven when they did so. A dance fight erupts and as she begins to smoke from the dance, she is stopped by Spike, who implores her to keep living life. Sweet declares that he is owed Dawn since she summoned him, but Xander sheepishly reveals that he was the culprit there as he thought it'd be fun to see. Sweet instead leaves with a final song, noting that no one is happier now that their secrets have been revealed. And the cast begins to sing, lamenting that fact. At least until Spike snaps out of it and storms out, only to be stopped by Buffy who kisses him as the final notes play....

Memorable Songs:
Well obviously the show stopper is "The Mustard Song" celebrating the removal of mustard from a dry-cleaned piece of clothing. Other highlights include Buffy's opening song "Going Through the Motions", the Anya/Xander duet "I'll Never Tell", the incredibly filthy "Under Your Spell" and "Under Your Spell/Standing- reprise" which was sung by the two actors who could, you know, sing.

Awards:
In 2009, TV guide ranked "Once More, with feeling" as the 14th best TV episode of all time. It also won a Nebula Award for Best Script.

Trivia Notes:
The demon, Sweet, was played by Hinton Battle who played the Scarecrow in a Broadway production of The Wiz the year before "Once More" aired. He was also the choreographer for the Evil Dead musical and played "The Cat" in a US remake of Red Dwarf. Although presumably  not the same RD remake where Terry "Jadzia Dax" Farrell played that role.

When the episode aired, it sadly trailed UPN's bigger ratings success that week- an episode of WWF Smackdown. Oddly enough, that was also a musical episode. the duet between Triple H and Jericho was quite heavenly.

Coming Soon:
Hey, folks voted for it so it's a musical.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 22, 2013, 08:57:03 PM
Though I still think it's a great episode, I don't care for Once More With Feeling as I used to.  Still, the songs are great (though I'll Never Tell goes on too long in my opinion), particularly Walk Through the Fire.

What was the best musical joke in this one: Spike telling the Dummy to sing or "she needs back-up".
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:15:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/7qDgCmzh5ao?hl=en_US&

Number 29 : This is Spinal Tap
(35 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
A documentary film maker follows a heavy metal band as they sink deeper and deeper into the depths of failed stardom.

Memorable Songs:
Musically, "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight" is probably the strongest song. The funniest song is probably "Stonehenge" for reasons that I won't spoil.

Awards:
In 2002, the Library of Congress included the film as part of the National Film registry. The DVD release of Spinal Tap was also the only thing ever to be rated 11/10 by IGN.

Trivia Notes:
The Canadian band "Anvil" has had a very Spinal Tap-ish existence, as can be seen in the documentary "Anvil: the Story of Anvil." Their drummer is also named Robb Reiner.

The band has released 2 additional CDs since the film's release; 1992's Break Like the Wind and 2009's Back from the Dead.

Coming Soon:
Yeah, it's about as far from Spinal Tap's premise as you can get.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:16:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/PnvJ6DzV0KE?version=3&

Number #28 : Victor Victoria
(35 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Kete)

Synopsis:
In 1934 Paris,  a struggling female soprano (Victoria) colludes with a gay impresario to disguise herself as a man named Victor, who then pretends to be a female impersonator. She becomes wildly successful, at least until a Chicago mobster falls in love with her and the charade falls apart.

Memorable Songs:

Awards:
Oscar for Best Score.

Trivia Notes:
Julie Andrews was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the 1995 musical, but refused it since no other member of the cast or crew was nominated.

The film/play itself was based on the 1933 German film Viktor und Vikoria, which also has a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. The director also shot a French version at the same time called Georges et Georgette.

Coming Soon:
The first musical reference to cider tonight.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:17:51 PM
Went from 23 to 21. BRB.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 22, 2013, 09:21:21 PM
Yeah, I love this movie, but I wouldn't call it a musical so much as a comedy with music.  If the songs in the movie connected closer to the plot, I would, but sadly, only one does.

Of course, maybe this is just a viral marketing campaign to get Derek Smalls' Saucy Jack musical funded on kickstarter.

http://www.youtube.com/v/6Bytig-oavY
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:37:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/_m0yN3j7fLU?hl=en_US&

Number 27 : Guys and Dolls
(36 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #13 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
In the depression, a gambler, Nathan Detroit, is the proprietor of the largest floating crap game in New York. But due to police pressure, only one facility will host the game, and they require a deposit of $1000. And Nathan is broke. So he makes a bet with Sky Masterson, a gambler who will bet on anything, that Sky can't get a "doll" of Detroit's choice to travel with him to Havana for a night of dancing and dining. Sky agrees to the bet and Detroit chooses Sarah Brown, a local Save-A-Soul Mission volunteer, as Sky's date. As Masterson pursues her, Detroit has a fight with his fiance.

Sky promises Brown "one dozen genuine sinners" if she'll accompany him to Havana, but she refuses. However, when the leader of the Save-A-Soul  group warns her that the mission will shut down unless sinners are found, Sarah relents to Sky's offer and heads to Havana. The pair fall for each other and then return to New York where they discover that Detroit has been using the mission to host the craps game and Sarah tosses Sky out.

Later, with both Sky and Nathan's relationships on the rocks, Sky finds the craps game, being held in the sewer, pays Detroit $1,000 saying he lost the bet and then bets each man present $1,000 against their souls. Sky wins and delivers the gamblers to the mission where, due to the influx in new sinners, the mission is saved. Both Sarah and Detroit's fiance vow to marry their respective mates and reform them.

Memorable Songs:
"Luck Be a Lady Tonight" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"

Awards:
Many, many Tony awards.

Trivia Notes:
Fox has recently acquired the rights to the film and is scheduled to release a remake later in 2013. It's set to star Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Coming Soon:
I'm going to have to listen to some Sex Pistols to clear my palette.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:40:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/7dyl0j3WU6Y?version=3&

Number 26 : Hair
(37 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
In the play, a tribe of hippies interact with the audience in a mostly plotless performance, culminating in a hallucinogen fuel spirit quest and culminates in Claude joining the army, dying, and audience members being lead up to dance on stage.

In the movie, an Oklahoman farm boy, Claude, travels to New York City  before joining the Army. There he meets a hippie tribe, lead by George Berger, who befriend him. As Claude ships out to basic training in Nevada, the tribe follow him, determined to break him out. George poses as Claude so that he can meet with socialite Shelia one last time, but while he is away, the unit ships out to Vietnam, taking Berger with them.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the title song, "Aquarius", "Good Morning Starshine" and "Let the Sunshine In" were huge successes in the 70s. (And, no, not the one that Pebbles sang. That's a different Let the Sunshine In (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4l3UsOle6k).) And Manchester England England across the Atlantic sea might resonate with some folks in the forum as well.  Not me though. That Atlantic Sea lyric is like eating tinfoil to me.

Awards:
Grammy for best score.

Trivia Notes:
The first London performance of Hair included as members of "the tribe" Tim Curry and Richard O'Brien, who would collaborate on a musical soon after....

Hair has been performed in many countries and over 300 versions of the soundtrack have royalties being collected for them.

As of 2003, James Rado, who helped create the play, claimed that "Hair had been performed in every nation except for Vietnam, China, India (which has done one since then) and the Arctic and Antarctic continents as well as most African countries." Since the Arctic isn't a continent and the Atlantic isn't a sea (No, not letting that go), I'd advise you not to hire Rado to tutor your children in geography. I'd also like to see North Korea's production of the play. That'd be interesting.

Coming Soon:
Yeah, thanks to Seth McFarlane, there's only one song to use...
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:41:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/9Jj622vbrrU?hl=en_US&

Number 25 : The Music Man
(38 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Compound)

Synopsis:
A con man (Harold Hill) arrives in River City, Iowa and masquerades as a travelling band instructor intending to swindle the residents into creating a marching band, which he allow him toe sell them uniforms, instruments and instruction. But when the instruments arrive, Hill plans to skip town with the money.

Anticipating trouble from the town Librarian, Marian,  Hill sets out to seduce her. She initially resists his charm but after her younger brother begins to open to Hill, she begins to fall for him. Hill, falling for Marian as well, prepares to leave town, but a former victim of Hill arrives in town and exposes him. A mob captures Hill, and as they prepare to tar and feather him, the town's boys (who have been taught to play via "the think method" of visualizing how to play without every touching an instrument) arrive and play very sloppily, but to the delight of their parents. Hill is saved and stays in town to help run the band.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from Family Guy reintroducing Shipoopi to the world, other songs include "76 Trombones", "til there Was You", "Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana", "Pick a Little" and "Ya Got Trouble."

Awards:
Oscar for best musical score. Entered into the National Film registry in 2005.

Trivia Notes:
Matthew Broderick starred in a 2005 remake of the movie. I shan't talk about that version.

The Music Man was also the not very subtle inspiration for the Simpsons episode "Marge vs. The Monorail", which some Bronies took as the  inspiration for "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000." They would be wrong.

Coming Soon:
The second time on this list for this subject....

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:45:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/6dDmcsbIeBY?version=3&

Number 24 : Wicked: The Untold Story of the Wizard of Oz
(41 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
After the death of the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good descends to tell the citizens of Oz the story of the late witch.

Years earlier, Elphaba was born to a munchkin politician. But due to her freakish green ski, she was outcast and spurned by the other citizens of Oz. But her younger sister is beautiful and beloved, although wheelchair-bound. As they grow, the pair is sent to the prestigious Shiz academy. Elphaba and the stuck up Galinda are assigned to become roommates. Skipping ahead, they fight and then become friends. After a time, Elphaba is selected to help The Wizard as his press secretary. But she soon discovers that the Wizard is not who she thought he was and has been stealing the power of speech from Oz's animals and is a criminal and a fraud. She flees, but the Wizard frames her and she flees to the West while Galinda (Or Glinda, as she's become known) stays behind in Oz.

Months pass and Glinda has become engaged to Prince Fiyero, who once pursued Elphaba. Elphaba returns to Munchkinland, and uses her powers to enchant her sister's slippers, allowing her to walk. But the sister has become tyrannical, and imposed harsh rules upon the munchkins in an attempt to keep the man she is besotted with close by. He is cursed to become a heartless tin man when he attempts to flee and Elphaba renounces her sister and leaves her forever.

She returns to the Wizard's palace, attempting to free the winged monkeys. After a bried encounter with the Wizard, she bumps into Fiyero, who professes is lover for her and runs away with her. In the meantime, the headmistress of Shiz casts a spell bringing a farmhouse to Oz which lands on and kills the Witch of the East. Elphaba arrives as the teen is leaving and is captured by the guards, but Fiyero intervenes and frees her. In the meantime, the Wizard sends a group of 4 to kill Elphaba. Glinda meets with her, the pair forgive each other and Glinda is told to take charge in Oz. The witch is then dispatched soon after and Glinda realizes that Elphaba was The Wizard's biological daughter. She orders the wizard to leave Oz. But as she speaks to the citizens, we return to the castle where it is revealed that Elphaba is in fact alive, saved by Fiyero, and the pair leave Oz forever. And then Ozma gets turned into a boy for a while...

Memorable Songs:
Aside from "Defying Gravity" the other best known song from the musical would be "Popular".

Awards:
A lot of Tony nominations, although it lost most of them to Avenue Q.

Trivia Notes:
Shrek: The Musical (sigh) "borrows" a good chunk of "Defying Gravity" in its Act I ending.

The novel which Wicked has spawned two additional sequels.

Coming Soon:
... argh I skipped writing up 23 as well. Be right back. (Although the title is oddly appropriate for my circumstance.)


Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 09:59:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/cIdLALcIc14?hl=en_US&

Number 23 : A Hard Day's Night
(41 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by George Harrison)

Synopsis:
The Beatles, harassed by their manager and fans, head from Liverpool to London for a TV show. Upon arrival, Paul's grandfather convinces Ringo to go out and experience life instead of hanging around, so Ringo goes for a walk. As the rest of the Beatles look for him, Ringo gets a drink, rides a bike, walks along a canal, and ends up getting arrested, along with Paul's grandfather. And then they all reunited for the concert.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the title song, "Can't Buy Me Love", "She Loves You" and about a dozen other songs all appear in the film.

Awards:

Trivia Notes:
The words "The Beatles" are never actually said in the movie.

The novelization of the film (Yes, they made one) is the first book in the English language to have the word "grotty" in it. I'll leave it to our English folks to explain why that is significant.

Coming Soon:
Nuns! Can't make a musical without them!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 10:03:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/xIjobdArtiA?version=3&

Number 22 : The Sound of Music
(43 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Kete)

Synopsis:
An Austrian nun is assigned to assist a local widower with seven children and work as their governess. Although initially wary, the children take to her and learn to sing. Later, when Colonel von Trapp returns from a trip, he discovers the children's new musical talent. He is urged to enter the children in a musical festival. Maria and the Colonel fall in love and are soon married.

But as they return from their honeymoon, they discover that the Anschluss has occurred and the Nazis are now running Austria. The Germans wish for von Trapp to join the German navy, but he resists, claiming his need to perform in the music festival. The defer the enlistment until after the festival. The von Trapps then use the festival as a diversion, allowing the family to escape to Switzerland and freedom.

Memorable Songs:
As one of the best known musicals, pretty much everything. "Climb Every Mountain." "Edelweiss." "My Favorite Things." "The Lonely Goatherd" "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" "So Long, Farewell." Oh, and the title song, of course.

Awards:
Some Oscars. No big deal.

Trivia Notes:
In reality, von Trapp was born in Italy so was technically an Italian citizen as well. When recalled by the Germans, he and his family instead took a train to Italy in the middle of the day instead. The Nazis still regarded him as a criminal though and when Italy joined the Axis, the von Trapps left for America. Not quite as exciting a story, huh?

One of the children is still alive at this time, although 3 of the four children that von Trapp and Maria produced are still alive.

Coming Soon:
So, did you make a guess at what musical I referred to with my Utah reference? Well, it wasn't the one with missionaries.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 22, 2013, 10:05:54 PM
Funny about A Hard Day's Night, after saying Spinal Tap doesn't count, I included this one.  But this is a very odd film.  It doesn't have much of a story, and it's really more of a fun rump with some musical interludes.  But I will say it's more of one than Tap, because it's really about running from song to bit to song to bit and has much more of the rhythm of a musical, in my opinion.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 22, 2013, 10:11:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/f9tiaPQLtOE?version=3&

Number 21 : Alferd Packer: The Musical
(aka Cannibal! The Musical!)
(44 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #11 by Compound)

Synopsis:
In 1873, a group of miners in Provo, Utah heard of a gold strike in Breckenridge, Colorado Territory and decide to head that way to make their claim. They hire Alferd Packer to lead them there since he's had experience in the area. They head off on the three week journey to Breckenridge. Four weeks later, they determine that they are lost. The miners encounter a group of trappers, who are hostile to the miners, but who seem to like Packer's horse. The horde disappears soon after. after crossing the Colorado River, the party stumbles across a group of Indians, who bring them to their village to wait out the winter storms. But Packer urges the party to follow the trappers, who he believe have his horse. After encountering a cyclops, the party is lost, cold, frostbitten and hungry. After one party member is shot for his incessant cheerfulness, the party resorts to eating him. Packer leaves to find signs of life, but when he returns, he discovers that the rest of the party has been slain by the prospective preacher, whom Packer kills in self defense.

After returning to Saguche, Packer is jailed for cannibalism, but is saved by a reporter who has taken a shine to him and convinced the Governor that Packer could not be jailed for the crime since Colorado  was not a state at the time. Packer is freed, the evil head trapper is dispatched and the still living Shannon Wilson Bell lurks, still not quite dead.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the far too catchy "Let's Build a Snowman", the most recognizable song would be "Shpadoinkle", Packer's made up word that celebrates all that makes the world shpadoinkly. It's also memorable as part of it is used for the production logo that shows up in every episode of South Park.

Awards:
None, although Troma considers it to be part of their "Tromasterpiece" collection as it's  one of their best films. Not really a high bar there...

Trivia Notes:
Alferd Packer is a bit of a cult hero at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 1968, the students voted to name the grill in the UMC after him, much to the annoyance of the regents of the school. Since then, however, they've warmed to the name and CU has an Alferd Packer day every spring.

Since the film's release, there have been several stage productions of Cannibal, including a run in the West End. (That got cancelled by the way.)

The opening scene of Cannibal was staged to be a reference to the Star Trek episode "The Cage." It also included several members of Parker's family.

Finally, the original commentary track for the DVD was performed by the cast members who did a drunk commentary, with more and more alcohol being consumed as the commentary progressed. As a side note, during the time where Stone and Parker attended CU, a number of comics in the student newspaper also did drunk comics where the cartoonists would start drinking as they made their comics, to rather unartistic  results. Hmmm.....

Coming Soon:
#20-11! New York! London! Paris! Los Ang... wait. We've been to all these places before! What the hell, musicals? Well, join us next time as we revisit all the same places that we've already been to. See you then for a deja vu filled list!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: MightyJack on May 22, 2013, 11:31:24 PM
Surpised A Hard Days Night didn't rank higher.

And while my definition might be broader, I stand by my selection of Spinal Tap. And since it's here it must have been okay according to the rules established for the thread.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2013, 12:37:46 AM
I think it's more about popular demand.  Anyway, it's certainly not something I'm upset about being there and I can certainly understand someone thinking of it as a musical.  It's sort of like if you magically summoned all the great blues musicians of all time and Janis Joplin showed up.

"Well, I wouldn't call you music blues... but I guess you have blues influences.  And... you know... who is going to say no, because you are awesome.  Close enough!"
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: MightyJack on May 23, 2013, 01:12:13 AM
^Just wait, If my #5 makes it...  ;)

Guys and Dolls - movie is different than the stage play, has a few different songs (though I do like the the ones they wrote for Brando) but in each it's Stubby Kaye who steals the show

Edit: So why can't I get a youtube vid to show? Eh, here's the link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7kzsZreG0o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7kzsZreG0o)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 23, 2013, 05:16:09 AM
Shrek: The Musical (sigh)
Actually a fairly fun musical, just not really top shelf, you know?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 23, 2013, 05:50:26 AM
Funny about A Hard Day's Night, after saying Spinal Tap doesn't count, I included this one.
I don't really think either are musicals.

Love Hair shame the film doesn't have Going Down in it though, love that song, sing it often.

Wicked is great in that it eliminates a lot of the self indulgent bits from the novel, although that's  part of a abridgement which is a bit of a two edged sword. I'd like to see a film that restored some of the other things the stage version cuts (like Fiyero's actual appearance, which is difficult to convey on stage). Nessa and Boq's section of Dancing Through Life always gives me tear prickles*.


Always wished there had been a part of The Undiscovered Country in which Edelweiss was sung in Klingon....

*and that's not the only part that does that.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Kete on May 23, 2013, 06:20:57 AM
I also would have voted for Spinal Tap! if I thought it was a musical.

Not much love for Julie Andrews? Only two other people voted for V/V and SoM? I guess I understand fewer votes for Victor Victoria (go see it now if you haven't), but only one other vote for Sound of Music?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2013, 06:28:52 AM
Never saw it.  I had enough musicals for a full list, but in general that genre is a blind spot for me.

EDIT: Actually, I just remembered that I bought it for my mum for Mother's Day.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: anais.butterfly on May 23, 2013, 11:36:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/_m0yN3j7fLU?hl=en_US&

Number 27 : Guys and Dolls
(36 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #13 by George Harrison)

I prefer Mark Hamil's version:

Luke be a Jedi toooooooooooooooonight
Just be a Jedi tooooooooooooooooonight
Do it for Yoda while we get our guests a soda!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 12:53:12 PM
Not much love for Julie Andrews? Only two other people voted for V/V and SoM? I guess I understand fewer votes for Victor Victoria (go see it now if you haven't), but only one other vote for Sound of Music?

Overexposure perhaps. I've seen it a few dozen times over the years and familiarity breed contempt sometimes.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 07:33:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/pOgP3f3519I?hl=en_US&

Number 20: Bye Bye Birdie
(46 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 by Compound)

Synopsis:
In the 1950s, teen heart throb Conrad Birdie is set to be drafted into the army, leaving his manager Albert in trouble. But before Conrad heads into the service, Albert and his secretary/finance Rose concoct a final publicity stunt- Conrad will sing a final song and give a lucky fan a kiss on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The lucky girl is Kim McAfee, from Sweet Apple Ohio, and Conrad descends on the town and moves into her house, much to the disgust of Kim's father. Albert's overbearing mother, Mae, then appears, intending to break up Rose and Albert's relationship. Kim' boyfriend Hugo is also none too pleased and together he and Rose plan to ruin the broadcast. Conrad sings on the Ed Sullivan Show and as he prepares to kiss Kim, Hugo appears and decks him. Rosie and Kim break up with Albert and Hugo.

After recovering, Conrad decides to have one last wild night before he's inducted. The teens follow and Mr. McAfee laments about the state of kids today. Rose gets tipsy and dances with some shriners. Conrad get arrested. Albert confronts his mother and declares his love for Rose and sneaks Conrad out of town so that he won't miss his induction, putting his mother on the same train. And Albert and Rose head of for a life of Bliss as a school teacher in Pumpkin Falls, Iowa.

Memorable Songs:
The title song, "Bye Bye Birdie", "Kids" the townsfolk's lament about the state of their children, "Telephone" and "How Lovely to Be a Woman."


Awards:
Several Tony awards.

Trivia Notes:
You wanted to see Ann Margaret instead? Fine.

http://www.youtube.com/v/rS38PiZ2-RA?version=3&

The movie differs from the play in that Albert is an inventor  and invents a pill that will greatly increase the breeding rates of livestock, as well as speeding them up. There's also a subplot with a Russian ballet and a happier ending. Oh, and a lot more Paul Lynde.

Over the years, quite a large number of riffs regarding Bye Bye Birdie snuck their way into MST3k and Rifftrax. Most of them seem to come from Kevin, for some reason, although that may be just coincidence.

In recent years, the musical has once again caught folks' attention, most due to an obsession with it from the folks behind Mad Men. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ryFcDoWEjg)

Coming Soon:
Another Hispanic subplot. It's like that Police song about weird coincidences. You know.  Da doo doo doo. Da da da da.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 07:35:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/5_QffCZs-bg?hl=en_US&

Number 19 : West Side Story
(47 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 by Cole Stratton)

Synopsis:
In the 1950s, a pair of rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are clashing in New York. Deciding to rumble, the leader of the Jets decides to invite Tony, a former Jet, along, but Tony no longer wishes to be a part of the gang. Nearby, newly immigrated Maria is betrothed to Chino, a member of the Sharks.

At a neighborhood dance, Maria and Tony's eyes meet and they dance and quickly fall in love before being torn away from each other by the rival gangs. As the gangs meet to discuss the terms of the rumble, Tony slips away to meet with Maria. Maria asks Tony to stop the rumble, and he heads off to do so. At the rumble, Tony's words are ignored and Bernado, leader of The Sharks and Maria's brother, accidentally stabs Riff, the Jet's leader. Tony then stabs Bernardo in return.

The Jets and Sharks, along with the police, all begin hunting for Tony, who has once again met with Maria, who plans to run away  with him. Maria meets with Anita, Bernardo's girlfriend and explains how deep her love is and Anita heads off to find Tony to warn him. But after being racially taunted by the Jets, she tells Tony that Maria has been shot and killed by one of the Sharks. Tony goes hunting for the murderer and sees Maria moments before being shot by the Sharks. Maria seizes the gun and threatens both gangs with it before breaking down in grief. And the members of both gangs slowly carry Tony away as the feud and musical ends.

Memorable Songs:
'When You're a Jet", "Cool", "America", "I Feel Pretty", "Officer Krupke". "A Boy Like That."

Awards:
Tonys, Grammys, and 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Supporting Actress and Actor. Added to the National Film Registry in 1997.

Trivia Notes:
A tribute album to West Side Story was produced in 1996. It included songs by Selena, Trisha Yearwood and others. It also included Salt N Pepa, Def Jef, the Jerky Boys, Lisa Lopes and Paul Rodriguez singing "Officer Krupke." And that seems normal compared to Little Richard covering "I Feel Pretty."

Saturday Night Live once used "I Feel Pretty" during a sketch with Madeline Kahn, who performed the number while dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein.

Coming Soon:
Yes, still more spanish bits in the next musical. And Fiest.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 07:37:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/PmTZ0mSuIIA?version=3&

Number 18 : The Muppets
(47 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
Walter, a devoted Muppets fan, his brother Gary and Gary's girlfriend Mary head to Hollywood to visit the Muppet  show. Discovering that the Muppet studio is about to be closed and turned into an oil field unless $10,000,000 is raised, the trio set out to reunite the Muppets, raise the money and save the studio. And along the way, Mary and Gary work out some relation issues.

Memorable Songs:
Sadly, aside from the above song, there's not much new material in the film. "Man or Muppet" is an exception, and the cast does perform "The Rainbow Connection"... but we'll get back to that. They do cover "Smells Like Teen Spirit" though. On and "Mah Na Mah Na" returns too.

Awards:
Oscar for Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet"

Trivia Notes:
Original ads for the film used the title "Green with Envy" and did not mention the whole "Muppet" part until late in the trailer.

The Spanish bits? The crew is turned down by Univision and Pepe the King Prawn is Hispanic. And a prawn.

As part of promotion for the film, various Muppets appeared on WWE Raw. Yep. That seems like the target audience.

And if you were expecting, "Wow. Jason Segel has a thing for red-headed Kindergarten teachers." Yeah. The joke's already been made. Many times.

Oh, and I hope that no one was voting for The Muppet Show when they just listed "The Muppets", cause, you know. That would be awkward.

Coming Soon:
No Spanish this time, but penguins do return.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2013, 07:50:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/PmTZ0mSuIIA?version=3&

Memorable Songs:
Sadly, aside from the above song, there's not much new material in the film. "Man or Muppet" is an exception, and the cast does perform "The Rainbow Connection"... but we'll get back to that. They do cover "Smells Like Teen Spirit" though. On and "Mah Na Mah Na" returns too.

Awards:
Oscar for Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet"


Well, you are forgetting "Pictures in My Head" which gave me goosebumps when I first heard it.  Especially when the Electric Mayhem takes a great song and ups that beat.  Also, I really like Tex Richman's rap.  I will admit that the Rainbow Connection gets overused in the movie, though I still liked each time it was used.

I loved Man or Muppet, but why did that get nominated over Pictures in My Head or, most glaringly, Life's a Happy Song, which is an unashamedly old-fashioned, catchy and fun musical number.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:25:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/1Pu1adxqUAg?hl=en_US&

Number 17 : Mary Poppins
(48 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #9 by CJones)

Synopsis:
In 1910, Bert, a chimney sweep, introduces the audience to Cherry Hill Lane, home of the Banks family. The children of the Banks family are quite out of control and have driven off their latest nanny. The next day, as a line of nannies await outside the Banks home, a breeze rises up and blows them all away, leaving only Mary Poppins, who arrives via umbrella. She takes charge of the children. First she takes them to the park and introduces them to Bert, teaching the children to look past appearances. As the children relate their adventures to their father, George, he becomes irate and orders them to speak of Poppins no longer, dragging them along to his bank. Unfortunately, the children start a run on the bank, and the children are lost in the chaos, ending up in London's East End. There Bert finds them and brings them back home, where Mrs. Banks asks him to look after the children on Poppins' day off. The children are whisked away to the rooftops where a gathering of chimneysweeps lead them dancing across London. George is suspended by the bank, but he realizes that his children are more important than his job and returns home, laughing. At that point, Poppins must leave as the wind has changed. And so she leaves as her intellectually distinct cousin, Shari, heads towards Springfield USA.

Memorable Songs:
Many. "Chim Chim Cheree" "A Spoonful of Sugar" "Let's Go Fly a Kite" "I Love to Laugh" "Jolly Holiday" "Step in Time" "Feed the Birds" (one of Disney's favorite songs.) and more.

Awards:
Oscars for Best Film editing, Original Film Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress and Best Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Trivia Notes:
The more recent musical version hews closer to the book, and includes a conflict between Poppins and the evil nanny Miss Andrews, the holy terror. It also shows the children as being more naughty and the parents as being more dysfunctional.

In 2004, Julie Andrews appeared in a short, film by Disney called  "The Cat Who Looked at a King"  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sPaCuPy-gI). It's up to the interpretation of the viewer as to whether Andrews is in fact playing Poppins. Although the fact that the set was an exact recreation of a set from the Poppins film as well as other nods seem to weigh towards one conclusion.

Coming Soon:
Our first trip to Paris for the evening.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:26:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/dtEgAx80NC4?hl=en_US&

Number 16 : Moulin Rouge!
(49 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Routing Protocols)

Synopsis:
In 1899, a depressed writer named Christian moves to Paris to become a writer. There he meets Toulouse-Latrec, who invites him to write at the Moulin Rouge. While there, Latrec introduces Christian to Satine, a courtesan. She mistakes Christian for a Duke and Christian falls for her. But the real Duke catches them dancing, and they claim to be performing scenes from a new play. The Duke agrees to back the play, provided that he be allowed to continue and see Satine. As the play is rehearsed, the jealous Nini points out to the Duke that the play is a metaphor for the relationship between Christian , Satine and the Duke. He explodes and wishes to kill Christian, but Satine offers to stay with him if he would be spared. Christian is turned away from the Rogue, depression sets in, then he returns to save Satine, fights the Duke and reunites with Satine. Who then dies from tuberculosis.

Memorable Songs:
Well, let's see. Smells Like Teen Spirit? Nature Boy? Rhythm of the Night? Like a Virgin? The Sound of Music? Roxanne? Lady Marmalade? Yeah, lots of songs. Not a lot of original material though.

Awards:
Oscars for Best Costuming and Best Art Design

Trivia Notes:
Yeah, yeah. Since someone will mention it, here's the Nostalgia Critic review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3rnBwXmvU4

Coming Soon:
One whole fried chicken. And another return trip.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:28:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/cGXU7268Z50?version=3&

Number 15 : The Blues Brothers
(52 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Darth Geek)

Synopsis:
After serving time, Jake "Joliet" Blues is released from prison and reunites with his brother, Elwood. They visit the orphanage where they grew up and discover that the orphanage is set to be closed unless $5,000 in late property taxes are collected. Upon hearing the words of a preacher, Jake and Elwood realize that God has asked them to save the orphanage and to do so, they must reunite their old band.

As they leave the church to find their old band mates, they are stopped by the police, who try to arrest Elwood due to his expired driver's license. They flee through a mall and are saved by a mysterious assassin. While recruiting other band mates, they manage to anger a group of Illinois Nazis as well as a country western band, The Good Old Boys, whose gig they stole. They set up a concert at the luxurious Palace Hotel Ballroom, avoid the police, play the concert, get signed by a major record label, and then flee the hotel to escape the police. Outside, they meet an old flame of Jake, who's been trying to kill him since his release. Jake charms her, again, and they head back to Chicago, with police, Nazis, Good Old Boys and more in pursuit. They mange to return to City Hall, pay the outstanding taxes and are then arrested by hundreds of cops and are promptly thrown back into prison. And then 20 years later they made a sequel...

Memorable Songs:
Quite a large number of them. James Brown's sermon, which doesn't technically have a name, 'Think", "Minny the Moocher", "Rawhide", "everybody Needs Someone to Love" and more.

Awards:
None, although "We're on a mission from God" is one of AFI's Top 100 film Quotes.

Trivia Notes:
Steven Spielberg, who appears in the film as the Cook County Clerk, appeared in the film as a favor to John Landis, who had a cameo in  Spielberg's 1941.

At the time of the release, the Mann theatre chain is alleged to have refused booking the film in predominately white neighborhoods as it was thought that white audiences wouldn't go to see it.

The Blues Brothers held the record for "most cars destroyed in a single film" at least until the 2000 sequel surpassed that records. Of course, Blues Brothers 2000 was then surpassed by, you guessed it, Alvin and the chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

A number of musicians appeared in cameo roles in the film. Chaka Khan appears in James Brown's choir. Joe Walsh is a prisoner in the final jail scene.

Coming Soon:
English accents even worse than mine.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:31:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/uVmU3iANbgk?hl=en_US&

Number 14 : My Fair Lady
(53 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 by Kete)

Synopsis:
In London, a cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, runs into Professor Henry Higgins, who off handedly says that he could turn anyone into a lady by teaching them to speak properly. The next morning, Doolittle arrives at Higgins' house  and implores him to teach her to become a lady so that she can get a job in a flowershop. He does so, and over the next few weeks, he teaches her to become a lady. She passes with flying colors, eventually dancing with the Prince of Transylvania.

Higgins is overjoyed that the experiment is over and she storms off. Returning home, she discovers that she no longer fits in with the other flower girls. Oh, and her father has received a fortune from an American Millionaire. At his home, Higgins realizes that his life has fallen apart without Eliza and goes to find her. She spurns his apology and decides to marry another, and Higgins returns home in defeat. As he reviews his materials, Eliza returns to Higgins and the duo possibly reunite as the musical ends.

Memorable Songs:
"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face", "Get Me to the Church on Time", "Wouldn't It Be Lovely?"

Awards:
Many Tony Awards and 8 Oscars including Best Picture.

Trivia Notes:
In the movie version, Katherine Hepburn's singing was deemed to, well, suck, as she was dubbed my Marni Nixon, who also sand Maria's parts in West Side Story. At the same time, Rex Harrison would not pre-record his songs for the movie as he'd never performed them twice in the same way and thus wouldn't be able to lip-synch them convincingly.

Coming Soon:
Oh, boy. Russell Crowe. Singing.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:33:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/IQkrKhyGuBA?hl=en_US&

Number 13 : Les Miserables
(70 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by CJones)

Synopsis:
Oh dear lord. where do I start?

In 1815, a prisoner, Jean Valjean, who was jailed for stealing a loaf of bread. He is paroled and taken in by the local bishop, whom he repays by stealing from. Caught by the police, the Bishop intervenes, saying that he gave him the items and giving him even more. In return, he tells Valjean that he has bought Valjean's soul for God and he must become an honest man. Valjean takes the items and flees.

Years later, Valjean as reformed and become the mayor of a small village. One of the workers in the factory that Valjean owns is sending money to her illegitimate daughter and is then thrown out by the sleazy factory foreman. She becomes a prostitute to make ends meet and is nearly arrested by Inspector Javert, but Valjean intervenes, remembering his part in her downfall. But Javert remembers the long ago missing Valjean and begins pursuing him again. In the meantime, Valjean promises Fantine that he will raise her daughter as his own, and he rescues her from the evil Thenarrdier innkeepers. They then leave for Paris.

More years later, the General ruling Paris is ill and about to die, and the streets are aflame in revolt. Cosette meets Marius and they fall in love. Valjean is beset by thugs, but escapes. Skipping a lot of subplots, the General dies. Valjean prepares to leave town. The students plan a revolt and Javert joins with the revolutionaries, intending to betray them. Javert is exposed and imprisoned, but Valjean arrives looking for Marius. He frees Javert, who flees. The Parisians abandon the students, who vow to fight on, but are killed, with only Valjean and Marius escaping. Valjean gives the wounded Marius to Javert, asking him to take him to a doctor, then vanishes. Javert does so, and then commits suicide. Marius and Cosette wed and then rush to Valjean's side as he dies.

Memorable Songs:
Practically every song in the production is beloved by someone. particular highlights include "I Dreamed a Dream", "Master of the House", "Red/Black", "On My Own" and "Do You Hear the People Sing?"

Awards:
Numerous Tony and Oliver awards.

Trivia Notes:
No, I didn't use the movie version. There are versions out there with, you know, actual singers.

The show is reportedly set to return to Broadway in 2014.

Coming Soon:
And almost a complete tonal opposite to Les Miz. Almost as many people die though....

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:34:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/SVsgpTaBhSY?hl=en_US&

Number 12 : Little Shop of Horrors
(71 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Routing Protocols)

Synopsis:
In 1960s Los Angeles, a young man, Seymour, discovers a strange plant after a mysterious unexplained total eclipse of the sun. He works at Mushnik's Skid Row Florists along with the cranky Mr. Mushnik and Audrey, whom Seymour pines after. Seymour names the new plant after her, but it fails to grow, at least until Seymour feeds it blood, which causes it to thrive.

As folks flock to the shop to see the strange plant, Audrey meets with her abusive boyfriend, the abusive dentist Orin. Despairing, Seymour is startled to hear the plant talk, requesting more blood. Seymour decides to kill Orin and feed him to Audrey II. Seymour loses his nerve, but Orin accidentally dies anyway. The plant grows even bigger and Seymour and Audrey admit their feeling for each other. Meanwhile, Mr. Mushnik realizes that Seymour had something to do with Orin's disappearance and confronts him, but Audrey II devours him. As Seymour prepares to give a speech to Life magazine, Audrey approaches the plant, intending to water it, but Audrey II attacks and attempts to devour her. Seymour rushes to her rescue, freeing her but not before she is mortally wounded. She passes away in Seymour's arms, and he feeds her to Audrey II so that they may always be together. He then realizes that the plant intends to conquer the world and attacks it with a machete, but is eaten. The owner of the World Botanic Society then arrives, doesn't find Seymour and asks the chorus to take some plant cuttings so that he may sell them across America. As they do so, the chorus relate that the cuttings grew across America, imploring people to feed them to gain fame and fortune. And Audrey II sprout new flowers, which have the faces of Seymour, Orin, Audrey and Mr. Mushnik which then implore the audience to never feed the plants as the audience itself is threatened by the alien plant...

Memorable Songs:
"Suddenly Seymour", "Skid Row" , "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", "Dentist!" are all quite popular. And Family Guy used "Somewhere That's Green" for a particularly goofy cut-away scene.

Awards:
Nothing major, although Mean Green Mother was nominated for an Oscar.

Trivia Notes:
The musical differs from both the 1986 film and the 1960 film. In the Corman version, Mushnik and Audrey survive the plant, which really only eats Seymour and Orin, and Seymour has a hypochondriac mother, rather than being an orphan. Also, the plant isn't an alien, just a weird plant.

In the 1986 film, Audrey is threatened by the plant, but Seymour manages to kill the creature with electricity. And then he and Audrey head to the suburbs, where a smaller version of Audrey II is planted in the yard.... It was originally filmed with the same ending as the theater version, but was re-edited after the darker ending testing very poorly.

In 1991, Fox turned the series into a Saturday Morning cartoon show, with Audrey and Seymour as teens and the plant as less man-eating. Yeah. Not the brightest decision to make there.

This is also the only film on the list to be riffed, in some form, by Rifftrax. Or is it?

Coming Soon:
Third time's the charm....
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:36:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/PSZxmZmBfnU?version=3&

Number 11 : The Wizard of Oz
(74 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 by Kete, Monty & Pak-Man)

Synopsis:
Teenager Dorothy Gale is caught in a tornado and ends up in the magical kingdom of Oz, accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East as she arrives. After being hailed by the local Munchkins as a hero, Dorothy is greeted by Glina the Good who gives her the witch's magical ruby slippers and informs her that in order to get home, she must follow the yellow brick road to Oz and meet the Wizard. Along the way, Dorothy meets a Scarecrow, who is looking for a brain, a Tin Man, who seeks a heart, and a Lion who seeks courage. Oh, and a magical singing tree, who no longer wants to be a tree. But he's left behind. Arriving in Oz, she is informed by The Wizard that she must kill the Wicked Witch of the West in order to be sent home.  She and her companions headed out to find the witch, but Dorothy is captured by flying monkeys and she is brought to the Witch's castle. The Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man storm the castle to free her, but Dorothy accidentally spills water on the witch, causing her to melt away. The quartet return to Oz where the Wizard still refuses to send her home. But Toto pulls on a nearby curtain, revealing the less impressive Wizard, who is a fraud. The Wizard reveals that the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion all had what they wanted all along. He offers to take Dorothy home via the balloon which caused him to arrive in Oz in the first place, but Dorothy misses the balloon. Glinda reveals that Dorothy could go home any time that she pleased. She clicks her heels and awakens back on her family's farm, with some very familiar people beside her. But she learned to value her home and family.

Memorable Songs:
"Follow the Yellow Brick Road", "We're Off to See the Wizard", "If I Only Had a Brain"

Awards:
Oscar for Best Original Song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Included in the National Film Registry in 1989. Entered into UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2007.

Trivia Notes:
Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice wrote a musical theater version of the film which premiered in 2011. The chronicles of casting Dorothy was chronicled in a reality show called "Over the Rainbow." The same process occurred in Canada when the show opened there.

The ruby slippers were silver slippers in the Baum novel, and were an allegory for the silver standard. Yeah.

No, there is no ghost of a suicidal munchkin in the film. But yes, Dark Side of the Moon does synch up in strange ways with the film.

Coming Soon:
The top 10! People die! A lot! People Sing! A lot! Folks race cars! Folks are kidnapped! And in one film almost nothing happens at all! All this and more!

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: anais.butterfly on May 23, 2013, 08:39:51 PM
Did you say that Katherine Hepburn was in My Fair Lady?


Also, DUDE! the latest version of Les Mis did have some really good fucking singing....and Russell Crow, but still I could have done without the commentary  :grr:
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 23, 2013, 08:47:13 PM
Did you say that Katherine Hepburn was in My Fair Lady?

Well, that would explain why her voice was dubbed. (My eyes saw "Audrey" and typed "Katherine." Mea Culpa.)

Quote
Also, DUDE! the latest version of Les Mis did have some really good fucking singing....and Russell Crow, but still I could have done without the commentary  :grr:

While there are some good performances in the movie, they still get steamrolled by some of the performances from the Broadway and London versions. Seriously. Watch this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpDbvlAI_A0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpDbvlAI_A0)
and note that about 15 of them make Hugh Jackman sound like Russel Crowe. Even the Japanese Valjean.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2013, 09:12:56 PM

Wow, this list is shaping up great.  Lots of favourites as well as great stuff I haven't seen.  I can't imagine that my number 11 will make it now, though.  I figured it would just be me and George Harrison on that one.

http://www.youtube.com/v/dtEgAx80NC4?hl=en_US&

Moulin Rouge is alright but more as a visual and audio blitz.  I'm not a big Luhrman fan (I can't stand his Romeo + Juliet, for the most part), but you got to admit he's good at what he does.

http://www.youtube.com/v/cGXU7268Z50?version=3&

Number 15 : The Blues Brothers
(52 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Darth Geek)


I only saw this one a year and a half ago, but MAN it is amazing.  Hilarious and (cliche, I know) the music really wants to make you get up and dance.  BTW, thank you so much for picking "Think"  I would have been happy with Shake a Tail-Feather or even Rawhide, but damn think is fantastic!
http://www.youtube.com/v/IQkrKhyGuBA?hl=en_US&

Number 13 : Les Miserables
(70 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by CJones)
Yeah, I only saw the recent movie.  Which was pretty OK.  Russell Crowe didn't bother me as much as most, but I was not familiar with the play and don't always have an ear for that kind of thing.  Some of the talk-singing that bothered me in Phantom is here too, but I think they use it better.  Mostly.  It really bothered me in the opening number (which was made for the movie, right?)

One Day is great and Master of the House is catchy as hell (re: that one Seinfeld episode).

http://www.youtube.com/v/SVsgpTaBhSY?hl=en_US&

Number 12 : Little Shop of Horrors
(71 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Routing Protocols)

This one is pretty darn great too.  Amazing effects on Audrey as well.  I'd say Mean Green Mother is my favourite from this one.

http://www.youtube.com/v/PSZxmZmBfnU?version=3&

Number 11 : The Wizard of Oz
(74 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 by Kete, Monty & Pak-Man)

I don't know if I've ever seen this one in it's entirety.  This one of those films that you catch so many scattered parts, that you've basically have seen it.  In fact, I think the only part I haven't is when they finally get to the witch's place.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Kete on May 23, 2013, 10:20:08 PM
From the Les Mis 17 Valjeans video:

(http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/5386/chairmanf.jpg)

The Chairman!!

By the way, I prefer the singing in the movie.  I don't really give a crap about great voices (which are usually attached to people who love themselves a little too much).  I'll take great acting over great singing any day.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 23, 2013, 10:23:52 PM
good list so far even with The Wizard of Oz.  I didn't even like that movie as a kid.  But I know it is well loved.

I prefer the Oz that takes place behind bars.  And has lots of man sex
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2013, 10:25:57 PM
Ah, Return to Oz!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 24, 2013, 05:36:52 AM
I love Return to Oz! Never read the books, but I keep hearing it is closer in tone to them. So wonderfully wierd.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 24, 2013, 06:02:43 AM
I'd say the closest in tone, with the exception or the recent Oz - The Great and Powerful, is probably the 80's animated series narrated by Margot Kidder.  That was pretty great.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 24, 2013, 06:06:36 AM
I'd say the closest in tone, with the exception or the recent Oz - The Great and Powerful, is probably the 80's animated series narrated by Margot Kidder.  That was pretty great.
Never heard of that. Sounds cool.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 24, 2013, 06:37:11 AM
It was part of a series of anime that adapted classics of children's literature (Anne of Green Gables, Around the World in 80 Days, Daddy Long Legs and the much less famous in English speaking countries 3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother).  It was actually pretty good stuff.  A few where translated into English including City of Gold and the Oz series aired frequently in Canada because the translation was done in Canada and Canada needs to meet those Canadian Content quotas.

I think all of the episodes of the first arc where edited into a movie.

It didn't adapt all the stories, but it get a lot of the big ones including The Marvelous Land of Oz, where the lead is Tip rather than Dorothy, which introduces Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik Tok and the Nome King (who is much less intimidatin than in Return To Oz, but ends up getting his hands on some intimidating monsters.

http://www.youtube.com/v/PGFGttrOqYA
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 01:13:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/SVsgpTaBhSY?hl=en_US&

Number 12 : Little Shop of Horrors
(71 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 by Routing Protocols)

This would have ranked a lot higher on the list if I hadn't totally spaced on it. I probably would have had it at #3. I even bought the Blu-Ray version of it that has the original ending restored.

I'm surprised Les Mis didn't rank higher. Little bit of trivia: The guy who played the bishop in the movie, Colm Wilkinson, was the original Jean Valjean. You can see him in the 10th Anniversary version.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 01:56:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/PmTZ0mSuIIA?version=3&

Memorable Songs:
Sadly, aside from the above song, there's not much new material in the film. "Man or Muppet" is an exception, and the cast does perform "The Rainbow Connection"... but we'll get back to that. They do cover "Smells Like Teen Spirit" though. On and "Mah Na Mah Na" returns too.

Awards:
Oscar for Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet"


Well, you are forgetting "Pictures in My Head" which gave me goosebumps when I first heard it.  Especially when the Electric Mayhem takes a great song and ups that beat.  Also, I really like Tex Richman's rap.  I will admit that the Rainbow Connection gets overused in the movie, though I still liked each time it was used.

I loved Man or Muppet, but why did that get nominated over Pictures in My Head or, most glaringly, Life's a Happy Song, which is an unashamedly old-fashioned, catchy and fun musical number.

Yeah, I totally agree. Pictures in my Head was easily the best song in the movie. I couldn't believe Man or a Muppet got nominated over that. BTW, there's also Me Party.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 02:56:44 PM
Ahem. The top 10.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 02:58:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/9hNZX8H-Qik?hl=en_US&

Number 10 : The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(76 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
The car of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, breaks down and they walk to a nearby castle where the annual Translyvanian convention is going on. There they meet Dr. Frank N. Furter. After a song, Frank's humanoid creation, rocky, comes to life and Eddie, a psychotic delivery boy, arrives and causes havoc, before being killed. Brad and Janet are both seduced by Furter. Janet goes off to find Brad, but finds Rocky instead.

Meanwhile, Dr. Scott, Brad and Janet's old science teacher and Eddie's uncle, but Frank suspect that he works for the X-Files. Accusations are made before dinner is served. Unfortunately, the dinner is made from Meatloaf (rimshot), and they all run off screaming, before congregating in Furter's lab and being turned into statues. A cabaret show breaks out but then Riff Raff and Magenta return, announces that they are aliens, stage a coup, kill all but Brad, Janet and Dr. Scott, and then launch the castle into space to return to Translyvania.

Memorable Songs:
While fans of the show will known every song, "Time Warp" is probably the best known song among non-fans.

Awards:
None.

Trivia Notes:
The film is considered to be the longest running release in history, having been shown in a theater every week since 1975.

In 2010, Glee produced an episode entitled "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" which recreated several scenes from the show.

These days, Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff) can be heard providing the voice of Phineas & Ferb's dad. They do make references toward RHPS from time to time. Yes, Disney makes Rocky Horror references.

Coming Soon:
Number nine. Number nine. Number... well, there's no references to the Beatles in it, so I'm not sure why I'm referring to them.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 03:02:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/g-voeq7Cebo?version=3&

Number 9 : Jesus Christ Superstar
(82 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Tripe)

Synopsis:
Jesus returns to Jerusalem. Fearing that he will lead a rebellion, the Pharisees arrange for Judas to betray his location. Jesus is captured, turned over to the Romans and sentenced to death by crucifixion.

Yeah, that misses about 95% of the actual importance of the circumstances, but eh, talk to your priest for that.

Memorable Songs:
"I Don't Know How to Love Him", "Everything's Alright", "Could we Start Again, Please?" "King Herod's Song."

Awards:
Several Golden Globes nominations. A Theater World Award.

Trivia Notes:
The first book of the Golden Turkey Awards, by Michael and Harry Medved, awarded Ted Neeley the "Worst Jesus in a Motion Picture" award. The Medveds can show a complete lack of good taste at times. These days, I'm certain they'd vote for Phil Caracas of Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter fame. Or for Juan Schwartz, who played the role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

And yeah, yeah. "Jeepers Creepers Semi Star."  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrGwjgK2jrM) The worst Broadway musical in history.

Coming Soon:
Quick everyone. talk in a squeaky high pitched voice!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 03:08:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/D1ZYhVpdXbQ?hl=en_US&

Number 8 : Singing in the Rain
(82 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Monty & Compound)

Synopsis:
In the 1920s, a silent film star (Don) is romantically linked to his co-star, Lina by the press, despite his disinterest in her. Trying to escape from his fans, he jumps into a nearby car driven by Kathy, a stage actress. She sneers at Don for acting in films. Later, at a party, the studio head presents an early talking picture, but the guests are unimpressed. A cake is wheeled out and a girl jumps out of it, revealed to be Kathy. Don teases her and in frustration, she throws a cake at him, which instead hits Lina. Kathy flees and Don spends weeks searching for her, believing that his actions got her fired. But Lina reveals that she was the one who made sure that Kathy lost her job. Don and Kathy later stumble across each other and reconsile.

In the meantime, the Jazz singer has premiered and talkies are now the rage and the studio casts Don and Lina in one. While Don sings and talks quite well, Lina speaks in roughly the same timbre as a child in a Japanese anime. The film tests very badly, and the group meets to determine how to salvage the idea.

Don, Kathy and the previously unmentioned by me Cosmo meet and decide to try and remake the film as a musical instead. To fix Lina's voice, they decide to redub her with Kathy's voice. Lina threatens to sue if it is mentioned that Kathy dubbed her voice, and the studio head agrees.

The premiere of the revamped show is a success and the crowd calls out for Lina to sing. Kathy is hustled backstage to do so and while she sings, Don and Cosmo raise the curtain  revealing that she's been Lina's singing voice. And the film ends with Don and Kathy kissing happily in front of a poster for their new film, singing in the rain.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from the title song, "Make Them Laugh", "Good Morning", "You Are My Lucky Star", "All I do Is Dream of You" among others.

Awards:
A Golden Globe . It was also one of the first 25 films inducted into the National Film Registry.

Trivia Notes:
No, Lina's last name is not Inverse.

Rita Moreno, who was later in West Side Story, has a small role in the film as one of Lina's informants.

Many of the songs in the film, including the title song, came from earlier musicals.

Coming Soon:
Tom gets an opportunity for his Anthony Newley impression.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 03:11:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/r2pt2-F2j2g?version=3&

Number 7 : Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(82 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 by Pak-Man)

Synopsis:
A mysterious owner of a chocolate factory announces to the world that 5 Golden Tickets have been placed in his chocolate. These tickets will entitle those who discover them to a lifetime supply of chocolate and a free tour of his factory, which has never been seen by the public. The world quickly goes buts trying to find them but four of the five are quickly found by various children.

Meanwhile, poor Charlie Buckley, a newspaper delivery boy, is trying to keep his poor family afloat. After finding some money, he buys a pair of chocolate bars and in the last bar is the final golden ticket. Charlie runs home and his bedridden Grandpa Joe agrees to take him to the factory.

At the factory, Charlie, the spoiled Veruca Salt, the gluttonous Adolphus Gloop, the TV-crazed Mike TV and the gum loving violet all meet the factory's owner, Willie Wonka. He takes the kids and their parents inside. As the tour progresses, the children fall prey to their various vices until only Charlie remains. Wonka attempts to toss him out for also breaking a rule, but Charlie shows an act of honesty and Wonka relents. He then reveals that the tour was a test to find a replacement to run the factory, and Charlie is the one who will run it. And they all fly into space in a glass elevator. And then the elderly grandfolks and turned into babies...

Memorable Songs:
"Candyman" "Oompa Loopa Doopidy Doo", "I've Got a Golden Ticket"

Awards:
Golden Globe for Gene Wilder.

Trivia Notes:
Roald Dahl wished for Jon Pertwee to play the part of Wonka, but due to obligations to Doctor Who, Pertwee declined.

Dahl despised the film and never allowed a sequel to be made.

Of course, Rifftrax fans will note that the film was riffed by Mike and Neil Patrick Harris. All for a mere $2.99! (http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/willy-wonka-and-chocolate-factory) Here, have a taste:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Uba6foDVZJE?hl=en_US&

Coming Soon:
Hmm. Didn't I just mention...?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 03:12:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/NUdhwYUR8dc?version=3&

Number 6 : Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog
(87 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
A wannabe super villain films a series of vlogs for his blog, detailing his plans and talking about the girl he pines for. As he does so, his room mate, Moist, storms in revealing that the arch villain Bad Horse has responded to his application to join The Evil League of Evil. They await the results of his next crime.

Dr. Horrible then heads out to steal some wonderflorium to power his freeze ray. But the van he's controlling remotely veers towards Horrible's crush, Penny. Suddenly, the heroic Captain Hammer arrives and stops the van, saving Penny, even though Horrible had it under control. Hammer and Penny begin to date.

The next day, Horrible completes hi Freeze ray and heads out to use it. He then returns, defeated, noting that both Hammer and the LAPD actually watch his blog. Bad Horse then sends another notice that he'll only get admittance to the League now if he kills someone. Later, Horrible runs into Penny at the Laundromat. They chat and suddenly Hammer appears to take Penny out. As Hammer talks to Horrible it becomes apparent that Hammer is only interested in Penny to annoy Horrible. With that in mind, Hammer sets out to use a death ray to kill Hammer.

Outside, the city is a buzz with Hammer's campaign to help the homeless, which was Penny's idea. At the homeless shelter's opening, Hammer launches into a speech about his greatness, but Horrible appears and freeze him. Horrible readies his death ray, but Hammer unfreezes and hits him. The death ray falls from Horrible's hand and fires, striking Penny. She dies in Horrible's arms. Afterward, Hammer is shattered by the death of Penny and his own vulnerability. Horrible gains admittance to the League and commits a series of crimes, joining the big time of villainy. He's gotten everything he every wanted.

Except for the one thing he wanted the most.

Memorable Songs:
"A Man's Gotta Do", "Brand New Day", "The Bad Horse Chorus", "So They Say", "Everyone's a Hero"

Awards:
2009 Hugo for Best Short Dramatic Presentation, Several Streamys, A People's Choice Award and A Special Emmy

Trivia Notes:
The DVD release contains, as a commentary track, another musical performed by the cast. It's very tongue in cheek.

A sequel was set to begin the year, but has been delayed until work on The Avengers 2 is finished.


Coming Soon:
I hear Vin Diesel will be in the remake.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 03:13:04 PM
Top 5 coming soon. The writeups are a bit slow today.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 24, 2013, 04:39:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/r2pt2-F2j2g?version=3&

Number 7 : Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(82 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 by Pak-Man)


One of my favourite rifftrax and a good film in it's own right.  I loved the original book very much and as a kid I didn't care for the movie as much.  The songs are only so so.

Jon Pertwee as Wonka would have been VERY interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NUdhwYUR8dc?version=3&

Number 6 : Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog
(87 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 by Johnny Unusual)

Afterward, Hammer is shattered by the death of Penny and his own vulnerability.

Well, much more the latter.  I don't think he even noticed the former.

"IS THIS WHAT PAIN FEELS LIKE!  MAMA!  SOMEONE MATERNAL!"

I love Dr. Horrible very much.  I think this film might be why I don't care for Once More With Feeling as much as I used to: this one is just better all around.

I actually showed this to my English club (the boy's club last week and the girls club this week).  The boys kind of liked it, but didn't seem too invested, but the girls were really into it.  It's actually surprisingly easy for them to understand and where really surprised by the ending, but they liked it all the same.

"Is that the end?"

"Yes.  Sad ending, huh?"

"Yes."

"Did you like it though?"

"Yes.  But it is sad that she died.  But Penny was stupid.  She should have been with Billy.  I would kill her myself."

Also, the boys and girls laughed at different parts.  Interestingly, the boys laughed at the Hammer is my penis, but the girl's took that line rather seriously, sort of like the lines leading up to it.  But the girls laughed long and hard at the first shot of act 2.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 05:18:26 PM
Quote
Yeah, I only saw the recent movie.  Which was pretty OK.  Russell Crowe didn't bother me as much as most, but I was not familiar with the play and don't always have an ear for that kind of thing.  Some of the talk-singing that bothered me in Phantom is here too, but I think they use it better.  Mostly.  It really bothered me in the opening number (which was made for the movie, right?)

The thing you have to understand is that Les Mis is more of a modern day Opera than it is a musical. The talk-singing is what in opera would be called Recitative, while the full blown songs are the modern equivalent of opera's Arias. And, like opera, common musical themes appear throughout the piece, which you only pick up on after multiple viewings, and which usually connect related events.

And if you think Russel Crowe wasn't that bad:

http://www.youtube.com/v/3Jq8vUboDDY http://www.youtube.com/v/T24lRvHViQs

Javert has my two favorite scenes in the whole production: Javert's Suicide, and The Stars. Crowe was terrible in both. Not only was he a horrible singer, but you could just see it in his eyes "why am I doing this tripe?". Then go and watch Master & Commander to remind yourself that he can be a good actor when he wants to be.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 05:29:20 PM
Ahem. The top 5.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 05:31:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/aXlnMveRt-Y?version=3&

Number 5 : Grease
(95 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Routing Protocols and Mrs. Dick Courier)

Synopsis:
In 1959, Danny Zuko meets the vacationing Sandy Olsson and they fall in love over the summer. Returning to high school for his senior year, Danny discovers that Sandy has transferred to his school. Due to peer pressure, Danny must pretend to be aloof to her.

Skipping ahead, Danny and the rest of the -Birds work on a sooped up Hot Rods, the girls have a slumber party. There's a televised school dance. Rizzo thinks she's pregnant. Frenchy wants to become a beautician, but an angel convinces her to go back to high school. Danny and Sandy break up. There's a race, which Danny wins. And on the last day of school, Sandy changes everything about herself so that Danny will take her back. Then they fly off in their flying car.

Memorable Songs:
The title song, "Greased Lightning", "Beauty School Dropout", "You're the One that I Want", "We Go Together"

Awards:
A People's Choice Award

Trivia Notes:
Paramount planned to make 5 Grease films and a TV series. After the flop of Grease 2, those plans were scrapped.

Coming Soon:
And we revisit an earlier entry...
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 05:32:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/jSFLZ-MzIhM?hl=en_US&

Number 4 : The Muppet Movie
(101 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
In a Florida swamp, Kermit the Frog sings a song while strumming a banjo. He is interrupted by a lost talent agent, who encourages him to join show business. Kermit sets off to Hollywood but encounters Doc Hopper, owner of a frog legs chain of restaurants and wishes Kermit to become his spokesfrog.  Kermit rejects the offer and meets struggling comic Fozzie Bear, who joins him on his journey. As they travel, they are joined by many other Muppets, including the love struck beauty queen Miss Piggy.

After their car breaks down in the desert, the crew is rescued by Dr. Teeth and His Electric Mayhem Band, who read the script and knew of the breakdown, and continue on. In a nearby ghost town, the group is confronted by Doc Hopper, who has hired an assassin to kill Kermit. But a mishap from Dr. Honeydew saves the group and they all proceed to Hollywood. Once there, they meet powerful studio exec Lew Lord, who tells them to turn the experience into a movie. And they all live happily ever after.

Memorable Songs:
Aside from Rainbow Connection, "Moving Right Along" and "Never Before"

Awards:
Added to the National Film Registry in 2009. Grammy for Best Children's Album for the soundtrack.

Trivia Notes:
The Blu-ray of The Muppet Movie will be released on August 13, 2013.

Most of the original songs in the movie were written by Paul Williams, who among many, many other projects recently wrote songs for Daft Punk. Yep, Daft Punk fans, the guy who wrote songs for The Carpenters and the theme for The Love Boat did a song on their new album.

Coming Soon:
What's this? A tie. Sigh.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 05:32:27 PM
Dude, you gotta learn to draw these things out more, like I did. Granted that was largely due to inexperience and poor planning. But it did give people time to discuss.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 06:01:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZuWD-mSUtrU?hl=en_US&

Number 3 : The Nightmare Before Christmas
(101 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Darth Geek)

Synopsis:
Across the universe, there exist a number of towns that control each holiday. In Halloween Town, the ruler Jack "The Pumpkin King" Skellington, leads the celebration of each Halloween and the preparation for the next one. But he's grown tired of the routine and longs for something different. One day, while wandering in the forest, he comes across the door to Christmas Town.  Falling in love with the idea of Christmas, he returns to Halloween town to attempt to replicate the feeling there , but to no avail. So he decides to take over Christmas instead. While the town residents build presents, Jack sends a trio to kidnap the Santy Claws. They do so, but deliver him to the Evil Oogie Boogie instead.

On Christmas Eve, Sally, who is in love with Jack, tries to sabotage the flight, but Jack heads off into the sky in a sleigh pulled by 8 skeletal reindeer to deliver the presents. It goes badly. Meanwhile, Sally heads off to free Santa, but is captured instead. Jack, having decided to embrace Halloween, appears and fights Boogie, defeating him and freeing Santa, who heads off to deliver the real presents. But Santa leaves the residents with a gift- a gift of snowfall. The residents frolic, and Jack and Sally head to the cemetery where they admit their love.

Memorable Songs:
"This Is Halloween", "Kidnap the Sandy Claws", "Making Christmas"

Awards:
Many nominations, but few wins.

Trivia Notes:
The Jack skeleton made a cameo in James and the Giant Peach as an undead pirate captain. Jack himself appears as a character in several of the Kingdom Hearts games.

The film was originally released under the Touchstone label, as Disney felt that the film might be too mature for its audience. However, the most recent releases of the film place it under the Disney label.

For whatever reason, a Nightmare Before Christmas branded Jenga game was released. And yes, it had both purple and orange pieces. (I wish I'd known this last year for that list..)

Coming Soon:
Number 2. Mike will be pleased.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 06:33:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/k8mtXwtapX4?version=3&

Number 2 : Once
(128 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Johnny Unusual)

Synopsis:
An Irish busker, "Guy" performs on the streets of Dublin, trying to make ends meet. An immigrant Czech flower girl, "Girl" talks to him about his music and, upon discovering that he also fixes vacuums, asks him to fix a broken Hoover.

While he fixes the cleaner, she reveals that she is also a musician, a piano player. He teaches her one of his songs and they begin to perform together.  She soon discovers that most of Guy's songs are about a girl who cheated on him and left him heart broken. Guy makes a romantic move towards her, but she refuses.

Astime proceeds, Guy thinks more and more about his ex-girlfriend who has moved to London. After being invited to dinner by Girl, Guy discovers that she has a toddler. While preparing to cut a demo of their songs, Girl reveals that she's married and her husband is still in the Czech Republic. When asked if she still loves him, she only answers in Czech. They cut an album, impressing the studio engineer. Guy asks her to move to London with him, but the prospect of Girl's mother and child joining them isn't something Guy is prepared for.

The pair walk home. Girl reveals that her husband will be coming to live with her in Dublin. Guy asks her to spend his final night in Dublin with him , but she thinks it would be a bad idea. Guy leaves for London without a goodbye from Girl. In London, he reunites with his ex-girlfriend. Girl's husband arrives in Dublin and the reunite. And guy's final gift arrives, a Petrof piano for Girl to play.

Memorable Songs:
While there are a number of other songs in the film, "Falling Slowly" is really the one that hits most people right between the eyes. Just a truly gorgeous song. the other songs are great, but they tend to be overshadowed by that one.

I will give props to "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" though, simply due to the name.

Awards:
2007 Best Original Song Oscar for "Falling Slowly. " 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Trivia Notes:
Yes, there is a musical version of Once. It differs slightly as Guy moves to New York. Guy and Girl are both a bit less rounded  and it ends with both staring at the sky, playing the same song. It's "Falling Slowly", of course.

BTW: Girl's answer of "Muju tebe" translates to "It is you I love" according to Czech speakers.

Coming Soon:
Our number 1 musical. And if you know our forum, well, you won't be surprised by what it is.


Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2013, 06:56:32 PM
Yeah, I gotta do the medley. It's what I do.

http://www.youtube.com/v/LonKGuS9uuQ?version=3&

Number 1 : South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut
(147 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 by Pak-Man)

Synopsis:
In South Park, Colorado four friends, Stan, Kyle , Kenny and Cartman head to the movie theater to see the new Terrance and Phillip film, but are denied since it's an "R" raed film. They pay a homeless man to see it with them and learn a few new words while watching. After using those words, the quartet is sent to the school counselor, where they reveal where they learned those words. The parents are outraged and the kids are sent to rehab to stop swearing. there Wendy, Stan's crush, falls in love with a new exchange student, Gregory. Kenny dies, again, and ends up in Hell. Meanwhile the parents have organized a nation-wide protest against Terrance and Philip, who are arrested while on the Conan O'Brien show.

Canada responds by bombing the Baldwin brothers, and the US declares war on Canada and announces that they will be executed on live TV. And Cartman has a v-chip inserted inside him that will shock him whenever he curses. The children decide to free Terrance and Philip themselves, forming "La Resistance."

Meanwhile in Hell, Saddam Hussein and Satan have been in an abusive relationship, and Kenny recommends that Satan break up with him.

Back in town, La Resistance infiltrates the USO show. the kids free the comics, but the Canadian army arrives and launches an attack. As Kyle's mom shoots Terrance and Philip, the gates to hell open and Saddam Hussein arises from the depths. Finally having enough, Satan casts Saddam back into hell and grants Kenny a wish for his advice. He wishes for everything to return to normal. The dead arise, the war ends and Kenny ascends into Heaven, accompanied by a flight of angels as the town sings their joy.

Memorable Songs:
"Mountain Song", "Blame Canada", "It's Easy Mmmkay" "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch", "What Would Brian Botaino Do?" Among others.

Awards:
"Blame Canada" was nominated for an Oscar, but lost to "You'll Be in My Heart", which didn't sit well with Stone and Parker.

Trivia Notes:
Conan O'Brian showed a clip of his death obtained from a bootlegged VHS when Stone and Parker appeared on his show, promoting the movie.

The film held the Guinness Record for "Most profanities used in an animated film" with 399 profanities used during the film, roughly one every 6 seconds. In 2011, it lost that position to, yep, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

It is alleged that American troops tormented Saddam Hussein during his imprisonment by showing him this movie over and over. It's not evident if this is true or not, but Stone and Parker were given a signed photo of the dictator by returning US troops.

In 2011,Time called the film "the finest musical score since MGM's glory days." So it's not just us having weird tastes. The same article labeled the film as the sixth best animated film of all time as well.

Coming Soon:
Nothing! So long! Farewell!  Auf Wiedersehen! Goodbyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeee!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 07:12:25 PM
Yeah, I had South Park at #2. And y'know, it really was very good. I was pretty surprised.

But what the hell is Once?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 24, 2013, 07:31:02 PM
But what the hell is Once?
Delightful.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 07:36:03 PM
The Mikado was performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera company from 1885 to 1982.
My aunt was with the company in the last four years of its existence.

I had the Mikado down too though I love most of the other Savoy Operas it seemed the best representation for inclusion on the list.

Here's Saruman singing my favourite tune from the show:

http://www.youtube.com/v/iETKgc7e0Zk

Nice. And Lee seemed to do a good job. I've actually never heard the D'Oly Carte production of The Mikado (unless you count Topsy Turvy). I always liked the "On a cloth untrue, with a twisted cue, and elliptical billiard balls" bit."

Modern productions of G&S operettas almost always modernize the songs like these. If it's done well it can work, but too often it turns into annoying pop culture references.

The one I had at #3 on my list was The Pirates of Penzance. I've seen the stage production of this, but what really got me into Gilbert & Sullivan was the little known movie version starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Angela Landsbury, George Rose and Rex Smith.

http://www.youtube.com/v/lbwl9QNZgfI

I don't know why the trailer is in black & white, but the movie is in color. Unfortunately, while the movie was in production, the studio changed owners, and the new owners made sure anything green lit by the previous owners bombed. And it bombed hard. I have two original VHS copies of the movie. Sadly, it's never been released on DVD. EDIT: I just checked Amazon, and apparently it has been released on DVD since last I checked.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 24, 2013, 07:39:25 PM
Modern productions of G&S operettas almost always modernize the songs like these. If it's done well it can work, but too often it turns into annoying pop culture references.
Yeah and those end up seeming more dated weirdly enough, though obviously few productions use the completely original version of A More Humane Mikado....
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Kete on May 24, 2013, 08:27:40 PM
Wow.  I can't believe that Once took number 2.  I love that movie.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Pak-Man on May 24, 2013, 08:47:07 PM
Great list. Surprised there wasn't a lot more Disney, but maybe that's just because that's the way I take my musicals.

My list:

1. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
2. The Lion King
3. The Muppet Movie
4. James and the Giant Peach
5. The Wizard of Oz
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
7. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
8. Cinderella
9. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
10. Spamalot
11. Mary Poppins
12. Beauty and the Beast
13. The Great Muppet Caper
14. Babes in Toyland
15. Snoopy Come Home
16. The Jungle Book
17. Anastasia
18. The Muppets Take Manhattan
19. The Muppets
20. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
21. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
22. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
23. The Little Mermaid
24. Peter Pan
25. Prince of Egypt
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on May 24, 2013, 09:08:08 PM
Here's mine:

1 Les Miserables
2 South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
3 The Pirates of Penzanze (particularly the Kevin Kline and Linda Rondstat movie version)
4 Cats
5 The Sound of Music
6 The Prince of Egypt
7 Rifftrax-ed version of High School Musical
8 The Mikado
9 Mary Poppins
10 Beauty and the Beast
11 Rocky Horror Picture Show
12 My Fair Lady
13 The Barber of Seville
14 The Book of Mormon
15 Madame Butterfly
16 Evita
17 The Muppets
18 The King and I
19 The Phantom of the Opera
20 Fiddler on the Roof
21 Grease
22 Repo: The Genetic Opera
23 Carmen
24 Signing in the Rain
25 Moulin Rouge


Seriously, Cats didn't make it?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 24, 2013, 09:26:44 PM
Good job with the list, Compound. Looks like everything of mine made it except a few of the other Muppet movies.

1. Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Blues Brothers
3. The Muppet Show
4. The Muppet Movie
5. Muppet Christmas Carol
6. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
7. Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog
8. Great Muppet Caper
9. Muppet Treasure Island
10. Muppets Take Manhattan
11. Little Shop of Horrors
12. Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
13. This is Spinal Tap
14. Cannibal The Musical
15. Labyrinth
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: MightyJack on May 24, 2013, 11:31:08 PM
You know, I've never been that enamored with Muppets - which upsets my siblings to no end, "Jumpin' Jehosaphat! how can you not love the Muppets!! How can you not want to get down on your knees and dry hump every God damn one of them!!! Slobber! Gush! Squee! Soil Pants!"

Somehow I've become the anti-Christ in their eyes.

Speaking of Christ. I'm not a religious man but Jesus Christ Superstar I was in love with. Very big part of my life. I was a young lad with the brown cover LP was released, listened to that to death. Saw the play, saw the movie so many times I've lost count. Ted Neely was a superb Jesus... in fact no one who has come after him has really worked for me. Even when I saw the play in a revival when he was old, Neely was still an awesome Jesus. Oh, and his rendition of "Garden of Gethsemane" is my favorite track... that song steals the breath from the lungs every time I hear it.


My 25...

1.   A Hard Days Night
2.   Swing Time
3.   Jesus Christ Superstar
4.   This is Spinal Tap
5.   Once

6.   The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - Knew it wouldn't make it, but highly recommend it
7.   The Little Mermaid - surprised this didn't make it.
8.   Rock and Roll High School - How cool it would have been to see the Ramones on this list. "Hit it Marky!"
9.   Help!
10.   Across the Universe
11.   Chicago

12.   Cabaret
13.   Guys and Dolls
14.   Dr. Horribles Sing A-long Blog
15.   Wizard of Oz

16.   King Creole
17.   Moulin Rouge
18.   The King and I - wait, this didn't make it -- Seriously?
19.   Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
20.   Singin in the Rain

21.   Top Hat
22.   Yellow Submarine
23.   Jailhouse Rock
24.   Fiddler on the Roof
25.   Holy Musical B@tman!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 25, 2013, 02:04:08 AM
1.   Once
2.   The Muppet Movie
3.   Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
4.   The Blues Brothers
5.   The Muppets

6.   The Rabbit of Seville (I always preferred this one to What's Opera Doc)
7.   South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
8.   What’s Opera, Doc?
9.   Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Once More With Feeling
10.    A Hard Day’s Night

11.    Dancer in the Dark (easily the most depressing movie of all time, but great.  Especially the soul shattering final number)
12.    Labyrinth
13.    Little Shop of Horrors

14.    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
15.    Yellow Submarine
16.    Les Miserables
17.    8 Women (I remember enjoying this one)
18.    Camelot
19.   The Producers
20.   Clone High – Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in 3 Parts (I'm curious if Relaxed Dragon took part, because I imagine he would have included this)
21.   The Muppets Take Manhattan
22.   Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
23.   Quadrophenia
24.   Chicago
25.   Moulin Rouge


here's the trailer for 8 Women
http://www.youtube.com/v/ttPhGfyyWQ4

and a song
http://www.youtube.com/v/KqBhSl9uco0

And a song from Dancer in the Dark, a powerful one about a woman accepting her impending blindness.

http://www.youtube.com/v/62pLY5zFTtc

Clone High
http://www.youtube.com/v/ymqkFKADcn4
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Tripe on May 25, 2013, 05:02:38 AM
Ok mine, with my favourite parts from each.

1   Jesus Christ Superstar - Herod, This Jesus Must Die, Simon Zelotes and Superstar
2   Hair - What A Piece Of Work Is Man, The Flesh Failures/Let The Sunshine In and White Boys/Black Boys
3   Wicked - Dancing Through Life, Defying Gravity and Thank Goodness
4   The Rocky Horror Show - Sweet Transvestite and Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me
5   Toxic Avenger - Who Will Save New Jersey and Evil Is Hot
6   Jekyll and Hyde - First Transformation, Alive (both parts), Murder, Murder and Good n Evil.
7   A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum - Comedy Tonight and Bring Me My Bride
8   The Three Penny Opera - Pirate Jenny and Polly's Song
9   Evil Dead - Look Who’s Evil Now
10   Fiddler On The Roof - Sunrise, Sunset, Matchmaker, Matchmaker
11   Man Of La Mancha - I, Don Quixote, The Impossible Dream and I Really like Him
12   Assassins - The Ballard of Booth and Everybody's Got The Right
13   Avenue Q - Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, The More You Ruv Someone and You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)
14   Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog - Brand New Day and Everyone’s a Hero
15   The Wiz - You Can’t Win
16   Little Shop Of Horrors - Dentist and Don't Feed the Plants
17   La Cage Aux Folles - I Am What I Am
18   The Mikado - A More Humane Mikado
19   Les Miserables - Who Am I?, Master of the House and Stars
20   Cabaret - Tomorrow Belongs to Me, Wilkomen and Cabaret
21   Oliver - Pick a Pocket or Two, Oom-Pah-Pah and Reviewing The Situation
22   Bugsy Malone - Bad Guy and You Give a Little Love
23   Legally Blonde - Omigod You Guys and There, Right There
24   A Shoggoth on the Roof - Tentacles! and Byakhee Byakhee
25   Sweeney Todd - Ballad of Sweeney Todd and The Contest

Did I miss any? So, not a bad result really, shame some of the others didn't place but really I like almost all of the entries on the top fifty.

Good stuff Compound. :)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 25, 2013, 06:06:15 AM
Yeah, Compound did a stellar job on this long-awaited list.  Thanks a lot, man!  Lots of interesting, surprising and fun results and lots of films and plays I need to see.  Also, I am delighted how Once placed so high.  An amazing and absolutely touching musical that changes the usual Guy meets Girl story.  Also, when they came out and where Glen and Marketa were played off the stage and shortly after Jon Stewart brought them back out is definitely my favourite Oscar moment.

BTW, just to remind people, the vote for the next list is happening... now!  Songs from the 70's, Video Games of the 90's, Cover Songs, Fantasy Movies, Picnic foods... what will we see next?
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Zombie Monty on May 25, 2013, 07:16:15 AM
Awesome job with the list.  So cool that Once made it at #2.  Has anyone here seen the stage version yet, it is coming to town this year and I can't wait to see it.

Here's my list.
1. Singin' In The Rain
2. Grease
3. Once
4. South Park Bigger Longer Uncut
5. The Wizard Of Oz
6. Rocky Horror Picture Show
7. Mamma Mia!
8. Wicked
9. Rent
10. The Phantom Of The Opera
11. All That Jazz
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas
13. The Muppet Movie
14. Hairspray
15. Bye Bye Birdie
16. Xanadu
17. Purple Rain
18. The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
19. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
20. Beach Blanket Bingo
21. Blue Hawaii
22. Cannibal The Musical
23. Sweeney Todd
24. True Stories
25. Godspell
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 25, 2013, 09:44:55 AM
1.  Grease
2. Singin' in the Rain
3. Crybaby
4. Smokey Joe's Cafe
5. South Park Movie
6. Hairpray
7. The Muppet Movie
8. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
9. My Fair Lady
10. Bye Bye Birdie
11. Little Shop of Horrors
12. Rocky Horror Picture Show
13. Hair
14. Victor/Victoria
15. Guys and Dolls
16. Damn Yankees
17. Anything Goes
18. Chicago
19. Sweeny Todd
20. Jersey Boys
21. Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
22. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
23. The Buffy musical, Once more with feeling
24. Gigi
25. Crazy for You

John Waters, who I love, says that Crybaby was his musical.  He never saw Hairspray as a musical.  I love Crybaby so much.  Its so cheesy, and it has Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop.

Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: ColeStratton on May 26, 2013, 04:46:22 PM
Here's my list. I guess I'm one of the few that was just like "Meh" about the South Park movie, though I did include Book of Mormon on my list. I also skewed mostly with Broadway musicals. I did see "Once" on Broadway a few months back -- it translated super well to the stage. The Frames are my all time favorite band (Glen Hansard wrote me a wedding blessing note as I was getting married the day after I went to one of their concerts) and I was thrilled with the success of the movie and the Swell Season since then.

Matilda is fresh to Broadway, but it's gonna clean up at the Tonys. Just a delightful, awesome musical with music by Tim Minchin!

1.   Into the Woods
2.   Chess
3.   Hedwig and the Angry Inch
4.   West Side Story
5.   Evita
6.   Once

7.   Matilda: The Musical
8.   Sweeney Todd
9.   Little Shop of Horrors
10.   Avenue Q
11.   The Music Man
12.   Grease
13.   Les Miserables

14.   The Pirate Movie
15.   How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
16.   The Book of Mormon
17.   Sunday in the Park with George
18.   Next to Normal
19.   Jersey Boys
20.   The Full Monty
21.   The Phantom of the Opera
22.   Snoopy!
23.   Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
24.   Follies
25.   Red, White and Blaine (from Waiting for Guffman)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Starman! on June 20, 2013, 05:17:17 PM
I don't know what the exact rules were for musicals since I didn't take part in this, but why is The Book of Mormon not on this list?!

As for Across the Universe, even I don't like that movie and Bono's in it!

Speaking of, where's Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark? :P (I kid, I kid)
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: CJones on June 23, 2013, 02:18:21 PM
I don't know what the exact rules were for musicals since I didn't take part in this, but why is The Book of Mormon not on this list?!

Probably because too few of us has seen it. I had it on my list, but to be honest, I've only seen excerpts of it.
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 23, 2013, 03:21:01 PM
Yeah, it's only on stage for now, though it looks like Matt and Trey have a new production company, with the plan to make it a movie!
Title: Re: LoC 70: Top 50 Musicals!
Post by: Starman! on June 23, 2013, 10:33:22 PM
Yeah, I guess I didn't think of that. I didn't know they were planning a movie!