Listening to musicals

[youtube][/youtube]Right now I am in a phase of listening to soundtracks of musicals more than any other sort of music. Chicago is probably the CD I’ve listened to most recently, closely followed by Evita. I listen while I work at the PC, so I need to close the door to my study so that no-one is bothered by my singing along!

What is your favorite musical? Do you buy the CD when you like a musical? And do you sing the songs, too?

– Rike Horstmann

8 thoughts on “Listening to musicals

  1. maggie b.

    I listen to the soundtrack from Hairspray on a fairly regular basis. Love “Welcome to the Sixties” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”. Really I love just about every song but those two are faves.

  2. Syd

    My husband, daughter and I are obsessed with Les Mis. We own the original Broadway CD, and the 10th and 25th anniversary DVD recordings, DH and I have seen it live 3 or 4 times, and my daughter has seen it live once. I love the songs but am absolutely hopeless at memorizing them. Daughter can sing every note from beginning to end. I feel a Les Mis fix coming on. Thanks. :)

  3. Kay Webb Harrison

    My favorite of favorites is My Fair Lady. My best friend and I used to give each other LPs of our favorite musicals for birthday presents [Our birthdays fall on 6 & 18 Sept.]. She gave me the original cast recording. I would play it when reading or studying. I’m pretty sure that I learned all of the songs by heart–accent included!


  4. Lynda X

    I love the cynicism of CHICAGO, the staging, the tragedy and hope of LES MIZ, the black humor and horror of SWEENEY TODD, and about a million other musicals. If you are of a certain age (middle aged or older), then MAMA MIA is nothing but fun. When PHANTOM OF THE OPERA came out, I was totally addicted and listened to it at least once a day for about four months. I saw it with the original cast on Broadway, months later, and by that time, I couldn’t stand it. It was like eating too many chocolate chip cookies. I love the music of the old musicals–OKLAHOMA, SOUTH PACIFIC, etc., but their stories are so dated and soooo long, that I never go to them any more. I wish someone would make a new “book” of these old musicals and keep the music.

  5. Julie

    Phantom of the Opera, hands down. My roommate turned me onto it a year ago, and I’m obsessed. I think I have 5 different cast recordings on my iTunes, and I probably know every word. I also really enjoy Wicked, The Sound of Music, Love Never Dies, and Avenue Q. (Oh, and the soundtracks to all the Disney musicals! I think I listen to musicals way more than a college student should!)

  6. Rike

    Oh, I forgot to mention Les Miserables above! I saw it in London (twice), and really enjoyed it.
    When I was a child, my parents permitted us to use the record player by ourselves years before my kindergarden mates’ parents did, but aside from classical music, we had very few LPs. I must have listened to My Fair Lady and Anatevka about a million time. These were the dubbed soundtracks, but as they employed excellent German singers for that, this wasn’t a problem.
    What I love about musicals is the way that you can sing most of the songs. The melodies are catchy, and you mostly don’t need an opera-trained voice. Perfect comfort music!

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