Arabian (arabian) wrote,

Give My Regards to Broadway! Part 2

So, I wrote up a post a few days ago about the Broadway musicals I either have seen or own the music of (mostly, sniff, the latter). Here's the first batch link and now the next. First off, this is the full list of the musicals:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (see below)
Aida (follow link)
A Little Night Music (follow link)
Avenue Q (follow link)
Beauty and the Beast (OBC/Australian Cast) (follow link)
The Boy From Oz (see below)
Cabaret (follow link)
Caroline, or Change (follow link)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (see below)
The Drowsy Chaperone (see below)
Evita (OBC) (see below)
Grey Gardens
Into the Woods (OBC/Revival)
Jekyll & Hyde
Kiss Me, Kate (Revival)
Les Miserable (OBC/London Cast -- This I watched on Broadway, not OBC)
The Light in the Piazza
* Mary Poppins
Monty Python's Spamalot
Phantom of the Opera
*The Scarlet Pimpernel
See What I Wanna See
* Seussical
Spring Awakening
Sweeney Todd (OBC - I have the DVD/Revival)
Sunday in the Park with George (DVD)
They're Playing Our Song
Thoroughly Modern Millie

I'm more than happy to put up zips of the musicals listed, and I would LOVE to hear some suggestions (and possibly downloads) of ones I don't have on my list. So, here's the next batch of mini-reviews.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- I enjoy this one, but don't love it. (Well, I absolutely love "The I Love You Song.') Part of my frustration is that I'm not horribly impressed with the winner -- although all of the reviews were positive and the individual won a Tony, so maybe actually watching the, erm, bootleg will help with that. It's still an enjoyable listen to and I do like it plenty lots.

The Boy From Oz -- It's very interesting, I read review after review that praised the bejesus out of Hugh Jackman and the other performers, but then they also all but said that the musical sucked and I was confused how that worked out. Well, thanks to bootleg, I saw it and I completely get it. The show is disjointed and amateurish, it doesn't hold together and it's just sloppy ... but the performers are uniformly good and Hugh Jackman is drag-'em-out, knock'em-dead, absolutely amazing. He really, really, REALLY is. Singing, dancing, acting -- he's just amazing. And for anyone who perhaps has seen the show, but does not have the CD, there is an additional song (Jackman's favorite) that was cut from the show. I understand why it was cut, but it's still my favorite as well and it's just an absolutely beautiful song ("Tenterfield Saddler"). There is an understated grace and beauty, a joyful subtlety that is frankly missing from the rest of the show.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -- Fun, mostly for Leo Norbert Butz' performance, but it's one that I think the music (agreeing with Maria from the other thread) that works better as part of the show as opposed to just a listen-to. However, his Burtz' big number ("Great Big Stuff") IS a great, fun, bombastic song that stands up to repeated listenings.

The Drowsy Chaperone -- This one is my favorite musical from last year. It's just light and frothy and so much damn fun. The "Monkey, Monkey" song is one of the funniest things I've ever heard, and don't get me started on the hilarity of "Adolpho." Sutton Foster is wonderful, the story is silly and simple and joyous. A lot of recent Broadway (that I've listened to anyway) seems to be leaning towards if not always the darker side of life, but definitely delving into angst. Not so with TDC -- the bit of angst we do get is practically gone in a whoof of smoke with an outrageously unbelievable ending that just tops the whole thing off beautifully. It's just fun, fun, fun!

Evita -- This was the first musical I remembering hearing and it got me hook, line and sinker. I can still sing "Oh What a Circus!" -- every word, including the Latin(?) bit. I fell in love with the voices of Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone, and there is the story, the majesty and this will always, always have a special place in my heart. This started my love of musical theater.
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