In honor of my friend Alexandra @ Of Trims and Frills and Furbelows (one of my all time favorite blogs EVER, might I add,) I am finally writing this post...which I started...um...awhile ago. ;) For some reason I got caught up in other things and never got to actually POSTING this post...but I'll just go into my handy-dandy settings and edit the date. ;)
These are my three all time favorite musicals (at least so far. ) ♥ Sometimes I wonder what my world like before I discovered the magic of Broadway?? o.O
No, I am not including The Phantom of the Opera
(don't be mad at me Ally!)
mostly because I feel it has "issues." Major ones. :P
However I *do* enjoy a couple of the songs, though I can't endorse the play. :'(
What? Your asking - Les Miserables has "issues!" Yes it does...and I carefully guard myself against certain scenes/songs. :D
A family classic! I was *thrilled* to be able to see one of my all-time favorite stories preformed on stage this past June when the Broadway production came to Cleveland! o.O It was spectacular, minus the fellow who played Tevye. But I won't talk about *that* here. :P hehe
My mom always jokes that our family "is" Fiddler On The Roof . Having been born in Italy she came from an extremely tradition-based background, which she rejected after excepting Jesus as her Savior. Her parents, particularly my Nonna (grandmother) are still wrapped in Tradition. Its just part of the "old way."
And on top of it all...we are a family of 5 girls. ^_^
Les Miserables. The name itself evokes SO much.
(no, these are not in order...
Les Miz should have come before Fiddler.)
Where to start? Is there *possibly* any way to even begin to describe this incredible masterpiece? I think not.
Salvation, forgiveness, love, tragedy, heroism.
Breathtaking music and song...Les Miz has it all, and more.
I'll stop now before I write a whole book on the topic.
But I *must* say -
I am firmly convinced that Colm Wilkinson is the ONLY Valjean in the world. Period.
Yikes I can hardly wait for the 25th anniversary concert! o.O Hopefully I'll be able to watch it online somewhere...if anyone hears anything, lemme know!
Mary Poppins. No its not as corny as it sounds. ;) I was introduced to this amazing musical through a friend. After watching the movie way too many times when I was younger (due to my sister Maria's obsession as a baby,) I never imagined I could really appreciate the music, though deep in my heart I adored it. :-/ Hm.
Anyhow...the stage soundtack is obviously different, and I really love it! Anna (my sister) found a video clip of "Step in Time" complete with dozens of tap dancers. Pretty impressive. :D