angelofmusic: Jakub Wocial - Phantom of the Opera (pic#4869127)
Musical: Hamilton
Production: Broadway
Theatre: Richard Rodgers Theatre
Date: 16th March 2016

REVIEW: Hamilton - Broadway 2016 )
angelofmusic: Jakub Wocial - Phantom of the Opera (pic#4869127)
Musical: The Phantom of the Opera
Production: UK Tour 2012
Theatre: Edinburgh Playhouse
Date: 26/27th September 2012

REVIEW: The Phantom of the Opera - UK Tour 2012 )
I know I don't post here often enough, but I've done very little musical-related recently, which is rather sad. I did experience an Improvised Musical during the Edinburgh Fringe, but it's a bit pointless reviewing a show that only played once.

However, to make up for that, I've put together a list of the major musicals I have seen so far. Any marked * have been seen more than once. Any marked + have been seen in non-English speaking countries.

Shows! )

There are a handful of other musicals, but they are either Takarazuka only or small, private-size productions, so better to stick with just the main ones.
angelofmusic: Sena Jun & Shirota Yuu (Wenn Ich Tanzen Will)
So Toho is doing a run of anniversary concerts for Elisabeth in 2012. I am trying my best to resist the lure of the show. Heck, I saw it twice when I was there last year...

But it's anniversary. An epic one. With probably every cast member that has ever been in it in J-land. Dear will power, please don't leave me.
angelofmusic: Sena Jun & Shirota Yuu (Wenn Ich Tanzen Will)
Musical: Elisabeth
Production: Live
Theatre: Toho Imperial Theatre, Tokyo
Date: 28/10/2010 & 29/10/2010

REVIEW: Elisabeth - Toho Imperial Theatre, Tokyo )
30. Favorite musical of all time

Just because it hauled me in by my ears and kept me there, Phantom of the Opera. It has its flaws, yes, but it still made me love musical theatre, and when all else fails, give me a man in a mask and cloak who can sing, and I am putty in your hands.

Questions )
29. A musical with the best all around cast.

Taniec Wampirow was one of the first shows I saw with a solid cast with not a single weakness. I've seen many since then, but this one especially sticks out. If only the set/sound etc had been as reliable ;)

Questions )
28. A musical with the best costume design.

Oh, I couldn't choose. There are far too many. If it was sets, though, Kentaur's design for Vampirok Balja in Budapest :)

Questions )
27. Best revival of a musical.

UK Tour for the 25th Anniversary of Les Mis. I have never seen a more perfect rethinking of an already awesome show. It's not a revival persay, since it was still playing in London (actually, at one point, Les Mis was on in 3 theatres simultaneously in London), but it's the best I can think of - the props, sets, projections, even adjustments to lyrics and music, were all perfect. It went back to the spirit of the book more than any production I've ever seen.

Questions )
26. A musical that you know by heart.

I've been a musicals fan for 20 years and you want me to name just one? Well, the first was joseph. I can still name all the brothers, thanks to that song, I can do all the colours in order. Actually, that's quite sad...

Questions )
25. A musical with the best choreography.

Avenue Q without question. It's not an epic-dance related show, but the management of the puppets by the singers and performers was seamless, and that takes a lot of work and choreography.

Questions )
24. A musical that you’ve seen more than once.

Ah! A trick question! I tend to see my favourites a lot :) This includes Cats, Tanz der Vampire, Elisabeth, Joseph, Les Mis, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Phantom. In my defence, the majority of those were in multiple productions/countries. Tanz especially - 4 countries.

Questions )
23. A musical that you’ve been in.

As mentioned in my previous answer, Jesus Christ Superstar. I was in the chorus of my school production when I was 9-10. I took my copy of the libretto home with me and learned every single line until I knew the show off by heart :)

Questions )
22. A musical that had a huge impact on you.

Joseph. It was the first show I remember seeing (there was one before it, but I was too young to really follow the story of 42nd Street) and loving, and deciding I wanted to see more.

It's closely followed by Jesus Christ Superstar, since I was in a school production when I was 9. Fond memories of both :)

Questions )
21. Least favorite musical from your favorite composer.

I'm not familiar with all of Kunze/Levay's repertoire, but if we go to ALW for this one, Aspects of Love. I've never managed to get all the way through it.

Questions )
20. A musical that you think is overrated.

Wicked. I loved the Wicked Witch of the West as a villain. Turning her into a freedom fighter who was friends with Glinda at school strikes me as blah. The songs don't thrill me and the premise leaves me cold. And yet, so many people love it. Strange.

Questions )
19. Your favorite cast album of a musical.

Tanz der Vampire Original Cast recording. Steve Barton didn't get leads often enough, and this one especially is perfect for showing off his gorgeous, gorgeous voice.

Questions )



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