So Lauren was a good, interactive little reader and responded to my request on something to write about :) She asked me what my favorite musical was.
I'd have to say The Phantom of the Opera.
I saw it live and cried, and then when I saw the movie, I cried again.
I'm not sure exactly what it is I love about Phantom. Its romantic, love-triangle storyline isn't something I'd normally go for. I think I very much like the chemistry present between Christine and the Phantom. There's so much raw seduction, fascination, and possession involved... you know it's an unhealthy 'relationship,' but you can't help but be drawn into it. I think I pretty much fell in love with the music as well, particularly "Past the Point of No Return." That scene was absolutely dripping with such raw emotion. In the movie, Gerard Butler makes an exceptionally sexy Phantom.
Damn, I get chills just by listening to it — then watching it is an ENTIRELY different story!
I've seen quite a few musicals in my time, and although I can attest to one's better story or scenery or set up as compared to Phantom, none of them have stuck in my head so well.
As a rundown, I've seen:
Starlight Express - it's about toy trains that come to life! I don't remember much of it, but it as the first live musical I saw, and I saw it in London. I forgot my glasses during it though! Ugh.
Mamma Mia! - It's such a fun musical! So catchy, the story was a bit confusing for me at first. How can you not get up and dance to ABBA songs?
The Lion King - The costumes were absolutely genius, as was the instrumental setup and music.
Wicked - It lived up to its hype: the story was excellent, the music moving, everything was absolutely top-notch. I'd definitely watch it again.
The Drowsy Chaperone - This was pretty funny, and hard to describe. It's about a guy playing a record of the songs from his favorite musical, titled The Drowsy Chaperone. The other players act out the musical while the guy pauses sometimes and makes random comments. Pretty good :D
I think that's all I've seen, including Phantom of course. There are a few more out there I'd LOVE to watch, like Spring Awakening and Avenue Q, and hopefully I'll get the chance to in the future.