Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Discussion of musicals other than Les Misérables.
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby Ulkis » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:09 am

I'll check out the reviews though, the pics should be interesting to see at least. There was a production in a beach town in NJ recently which I was reluctant to go check out just because the theater seemed kinda lowrent but apparently some American Idol guy was in it so it probably wasn't as lowrent as I feared.

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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby MmeBahorel » Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:58 am

I had forgotten before this afternoon how much I love Miss Saigon. I hadn't see a production in ten years (almost to the month - August 2001 was the last time I saw the show), and while I'd listened to it since then, so many other things have demanded my time and attention that it just completely fell off the radar. Even when I bought the tickets for Walnut Street Theatre's production, it was with the sense of "oh, I should, I loved their LM, this'll be interesting, at least". Yet sitting there this afternoon, I felt the same rise of my heart that the overture to LM can give me.

It's an amazing production they've got going on in Philly, and I urge anyone who is the least bit curious to see it. Easily the best production I've seen, better than the old 2NT's Broadway replica staging that I first loved. That had been eclipsed by the amazing production at the Marriott Lincolnshire back in 2001, staged in the round with a very clever solution to the helicopter, but Walnut Street has surpassed that, not because I saw it more recently, but because the director is willing to push the intensity of certain elements that I can imagine would have been toned down to play better to Middle America. It's absolutely brilliant and I loved every minute of it.

And I realise I really did miss this show. There are shows you love, and shows you live, and shows you see, and then there are those shows that were a part of something that has passed, so you've perhaps moved on. Rent was like that for me, too - I was never fully a Renthead, never part of the fandom at Compulsive Bowlers, but I knew people who were, and I saw Benny Tour four times. And then catching up with Broadway cast years later, it was nostalgic but it also reminded me how much I missed the show itself. I'm having similar feelings with Miss Saigon. I didn't even realise I missed the show until I suddenly had it back.

Anyway, if anyone's in the Philly area and hasn't seen it, I highly recommend. Absolutely brilliant production, and a great reminder of why I always liked the show, to the point of hanging around the Center Stage boards and really engaging on the fringes of the fandom.
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby Alex » Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:00 am

Ooh, Miss Saigon is one of my favorites! I'll always cherish the summer I played Engineer in my high school production. I wish I was closer to Philly so that I could check it out!

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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby The Bricklayer » Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:48 am

I like
Miss Saigon
Pirate Queen
Jane Eyre (I recently discovered the Toronto recording and I highly enjoy it)
Phantom of the Opera... I'll think of more.
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Postby Enjolras-the-jaw » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:58 am

@MmeBahorel. I saw it here in Philly too! :D It was amazing and I got to meet Jeffery Coon (even thought I did not know it was him) and he was Enjy when they did Mis! :D

Mine are:

Wicked (which I am seeing in December)
Miss Saigon
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Phantom of the Opera
Billy Elliot (I just saw this and loved it!)
Mary Popins (a little)
And finally... A VERY POTTER MUSICAL! Seriously, more people should know and live the best spoof of a book series ever! And this is coming from a MASSIVE Spaceballs and Star Wars fan. :D

Any other Very Potter Musical fans out there?
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby MmeBahorel » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:25 am

Are you Philly-based? I highly encourage you to go see Ordinary Days - I can't make it up there this weekend, and it's the last weekend of the run, but Adam Gwon is a fantastic song writer and I'm dying to see a full production (I've heard a bunch of the songs). Produced by 11th Hour, directed by Joe Calarco (who is fantastic), and Whitney Bashor, whom I adore, is in it. Wish I could go, so since I can't, I can at least make sure other people know it should be awesome :)

Also, you know Mel Sagrado Maghuyop is doing King and I for Walnut Street, with Rachel York, right? Don't think I can make it up there for that one, either, but I'm very sorry to miss another show with Mel.
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby Souslesétoiles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:41 pm

I love musicals but do not know many of them, and I loved all that I've listened.
Here the list with no particular order:

  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Producers
  • Evita (I LOVE the 2006 version with Philip Quast ♥)
  • The Producers


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Postby Enjolras-the-jaw » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:48 am

@MmeBahorel: I am actually going to see The King and I tomorrow or the next day (hopefully), so I will be sure to tell you what I think.

Also, I have just discovered the wonders of Avenue Q, and am completely obsessed with a couple of songs, mainly the Internet is for Porn :lol:
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Postby Enjolras-the-jaw » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:54 am

Okay I have my review for the King and I, which has now become one of my favorite musicals:

5:00, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, 12/29/11

I have just gotten back from seeing “The King and I” at the Walnut Street Theatre. The play was one of the best I have seen at the Walnut, along with Miss Saigon, which I will talk about later in a different respect. But, lets start with the play itself.
The story was probably the best of any Rogers and Hammerstein I have seen (I’ve seen both South Pacific and Oklahoma). I particularly liked the way they were able to really use the child actors without making their roles too difficult for their age. The play was lighthearted, but also deeply emotional (though not quite so much as some of the other stuff WST has done, like Les Mis or Miss Saigon). It displayed good ethics toward people and women, and was a very deep play in general.
Now, on to the actors. This was the best part of the play: the actors were so phenomenal. Rachael York (a former Fantine in Les Mis) was a brilliant Mrs. Anna and she brought both great singing and acting to the part. Jeffery Coon (a former Enjolras in Les Mis) was also a great Sir Edward Ramsey, and his line about “the best welcome he ever got” was hilarious (and also very un-Enjolraic). I would love to talk about everyone, and I sort of will later, but I need to discuss one particular actor: Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, AKA, the King. I had already seen Mel as the Engineer in Miss Saigon, and he was awesome, on the ride home from Saigon; my mom could not stop talking about how amazing he was. Well, he did not disappoint as the King, being both very true to the part and also adding some perfectly placed and executed humor in the story, especially on his deathbed. After the show, I went down to the stage door, and a very nice lady who happened to know him brought him out to sign my playbill and talk for a bit. He could not have been nice (or funnier for that matter) and was very complemented by our raving reviews of both Miss Saigon and this. When I told him about how MmeBahorel (yes you!) raved about him online, he gave me a big smile and a big thank you.
Keeping on the stage door topic, Rachael York, Noah Breymeier (Prince Chulalongkorn), Conrad Sager (Luis), Manna Nichols (Tuptim), and many others were so nice and signed my playbill. I was able to talk with Manna, Nina Crupiti, and LaMae for a bit and I happened to mention that it was my birthday. They actually started singing to me and mentioned that one of the King’s children was celebrating their birthday right then back stage. Happy birthday to you (I believe it was Samantha Sam, but I unfortunately can’t remember.)! I did not get to meet Jeffery Coon unfortunately (who is in his last season at the Walnut: *crying*!), but the birthday performance was amazing.
Now for the final judgment. Out of 10, I would give it… a sold 7. The cast was amazing and really made a good-but-not-great story very enjoyable. The fact that they were so welcoming at the stage door was really great too!

Has anyone else seen it? If so, what did you think? :D
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby MmeBahorel » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:46 am

Aw, thank you! I've just had too much on here in DC to get up there (I've missed shows here I just can't quite work in), but I'm glad to hear Mel is as awesome as predicted :)
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby m-grantaire » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:13 pm

I recently saw American Idiot in San Francisco & really liked it! It's a one-act comprised of Green Day songs. I thought that it was really well-done! Anyone else seen it/liked it/hated it?
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Postby Auf die Barrikaden » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:41 pm

My other favorites:
Jesus Christ Superstar(without it, no Les Mis...and it was my big role)
Jekyll&Hyde (1994 concept album is the best recording of any musical ever, no doubt)
Martin Guerre 1996 version (magnificent, why oh why did they ever touch it again)

And the professional ones I've seen apart from Les Mis(not counting movies):
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jekyll&Hyde
Starlight Express
Lion King
Spamalot
Rent
Mendy-das Wusical
Kein Pardon

Miss Saigon never made a great impression on me, a show which one must have seen live I guess. Hoping for the movie. I'm currently getting into Phantom...I thought the movie was ok(too late done and definitely at a most meaningless point in the Phantom history, at least in English hearable) but trotting round the scene for enough years I knew just enough about POTO to know what was baaaad about it. The Royal Albert Hall show however was utterly great, still there are things in the whole show...basically in every ALW play except JCS...that I really dislike.
CATS on the other hand...I will never understand it's success. 2 hours of listening to every single cat introducing itself, no interaction whatsoever, and then Memory and it's reprise, stairway to heaven, curtain. WTF?? Most dull thing I ever saw.
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby YoungStudentMarius » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:03 pm

Les Mis helped me to discover what kind of music I liked.
I always knew that I thought music was fine, but I could listen to pretty much anything and be okay, and none of it would really make my heart skip a beat, or make me love it. Then, I discovered Pandora. I hadn't seen Les Mis yet, but I was interested in hearing more songs, so I put one of the only ones I'd heard in and discovered...I loved Les Mis. And I loved Broadway. I have discovered my very strange taste in music: Songs without words and with intricate tunes, or songs with words that had meaning behind them or told a story. Basically, instrumental film scores and Broadway.

Musicals I like: (Mind you, I've only ever seen LM, Fiddler, and Wicked professionally.)

Into the Woods. I love all the symbolism and the hidden allegories in it.

Phantom of the Opera. So, I've never seen this one or the movie version, (even though we own it), so I don't know much about it. I'm not even sure I know the full musical story. But the music is just so interesting and the songs are so complex. And..um...yes, I did rip the French language track off the movie for on my iPod and left the English one alone, even though I've never seen it. But I like musicals in French...

Notre Dame de Paris. Haven't finished listening to it yet, but I really love the songs, even though my French is very limited.

The Scarlet Pimpernel. Haven't seen this either, just own the soundtrack, but I loved the book. And I totally called the book's ending before it happened, so it gets notice just for that.

I'd really like to see Jekyll and Hyde and others someday, but I don't know when that will happen.
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Postby geminimimi » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:03 pm

YoungStudentMarius wrote:I have discovered my very strange taste in music: Songs without words and with intricate tunes, or songs with words that had meaning behind them or told a story. Basically, instrumental film scores and Broadway.


Me too! People always find it weird when I tell them my favourite genres are musical theatre and film scores. I find that they have infinitely more meaning and depth than most -not all- songs nowadays.

Phantom of the Opera. I love it! It's my second fave musical, after Les Mis. I was always aware something called Phantom existed, but I only got into it after watching the 25th Anniversary Concert (which was better than Les Mis. The sets! They bothered with the sets! And Nick Jonas just ruined some of the Miz experience for me). Phantom made me cry and feel so violently for the characters, and I love the story. The romantic in me is touched. I love Erik. I love Christine. I even love Raoul., because of Hadley Fraser. :mrgreen: Ramin and Hadley are awesome.

Wicked. Wicked was what got me into the whole musicals thing. I'll always sing along whenever 'Popular' comes up.

Sweeney Todd. There is nothing as wonderfully gory and whimsical to me as Sweeney Todd. It's so twisted I love it.

RENT. Yeah, so it can be said that RENT's about hipsters, but RENT has this resonating clarity because it deals with AIDS and sexuality and all that. 525600 minutes can be measured with me listening to RENT over and over again.

Legally Blonde. It cracks me up every time! Bend and snap. :lol:

Those are my favourites, though I love so many more.
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Re: Favourite Non-Mis Musicals

Postby The Bricklayer » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:02 pm

I thought of more!
Next To Normal
Drowsy Chaperone
Lion King
Pirates! (or Gilbert and Sullivan Plundered)
I love the Scarlet Pimpernel Soundtrack. Same goes for the OBC of Chess.
geminimimi wrote:Legally Blonde. It cracks me up every time! Bend and snap. :lol:

Legally Blonde is our fall musical this year. It's not my favorite, but I'll be working sound crew unless someone forces me {at knife point (coughMontparnassecough)} to audition.
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