What’s your favourite musical?

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OK, I’ll admit it, I’m a HUGE fan of musicals. My favourites are Calamity Jane, Guys and Dolls, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Chicago.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, perhaps, if you’re our neighbours) I’m the only one who likes musicals in our house. They’re not banned, exactly, but put it this way: I don’t often get the chance to singalong to my favourites at the top of my voice *ahem*.

Anyway, if you like stage shows then don’t forget it’s the Ticketmaster Kids Week in the West End again in August – kids go free to over 30 West End shows (with an accompanying paying adult, obviously, not on their own). For more info and to book tickets, click here. Hmmm, I might book a family outing to Mamma Mia…

Meanwhile, what's your favourite musical – and will your family let you watch them, or do they try to stop you? I'd love to know.

written by Liz Jarvis

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17 Responses to What’s your favourite musical?

  1. Emily O says:

    I’m afraid musicals are my Birkenstock equivalent in the world of music. Not my thing at all. If pushed I would say the Sound of Music and I have to confess to owning the singalong version on DVD. And I always liked Grease too but I think that’s more to do with being obsessed with it when I was 12.

  2. Trish @ Mum's Gone to says:

    How long have you got? I adore musicals. My mum fed me a diet of them when I was a child so I grew up singing along to South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel – she was a real Rogers and Hammerstein fan. Who would have thought that years later I would play some fabulous roles in my local Am Dram society (Laurey in Oklahoma, Katie Brown in Calamity Jane and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls). My mum has sat in the audience each time and wept buckets. It was so lovely to share something that has been so integral to our relationship. Heavens I’m going all soppy now. Of the newer musicals, Chicago in the West End was brilliant and Avenue Q was deliciously rude (my teenage son lapped it up).

  3. Mummy's Little Monkey says:

    Sound of Music, hands down. In fact I get a bit emotional every time I watch it. Oops, I’ve said too much. On the movie musical front I quite like Disney’s Enchanted too… Now I REALLY need to stop typing before I totally ruin my super cool reputation.

  4. Hot Cross Mum says:

    Love, love, love the musicals. Actually played the part of Eliza Doolittle in the school production of My Fair Lady at the tender age of 17. Didn’t know that did ya?! Chicago, Les Miserables both superb and just love all the oldies too – slaps thigh, throws hat in the air, clicks heels and hollers.

  5. Musings of a Mother says:

    I’m with Emily. I can’t understand why they need to sing EVERYTHING? I feel like screaming at them just to state what they want to say and quit with the singing. I might be just a tiny bit impatient….

  6. MummyMatters says:

    I’ve seen Lion King 3 times in 3 years so I guess that would be my favourite. Was hoping to take my stepson to it this year during Kidsweek if it qualified but as next baby is due in less than 10 weeks I think I’m going to have to give it a miss this year. Phantom is my other favourite and Les Mis makes my skin tingle!! I love musicals – they just fill you with emotion!!

  7. MrsLJHall says:

    I’ve seen – Chicago in London, Lion King (twice) in London, Phantom in London and Mamma Mia on Broadway. But if I had to be honest…. musicals don’t really float my boat – sorry :o( Live music however, live comedy however – I’m in heaven.

  8. LisaTalkingTots says:

    Easily: Les Mis Grease (obviously) Blood Brothers West Side Story Oliver Joseph I could go on!!

  9. Deer Baby says:

    Hey – now you’re talking! Anything by Sondheim Guys and Dolls The King and I Sound of Music Oklahoma Miss Saigon Seven Brides for Seven Brothers nothing by Lloyd Webber though My son sat though a school production of Mary Poppins ( a very shortened version) today. I asked him what he thought of it. He said he was waiting all the way through for the bit where they sit on the stairs and sing goodbye in turn. Wrong musical!!

  10. Kassia Gardner says:

    Oh I love musicals, I grew up on them as my dad was a huge fan. He, my sister and myself all performed in them when I was in my teens – early twenties. When I was this age I knew all the words to all the songs from every Andrew Lloyd Webber, R&H, Sondheim musical – even if I couldn’t sing every song. Absolute fabourites are ‘On my Own’ from Les Mis and ‘ I Know Him So Well’ from Chess (even though the media thought it was %$^&). Can’t wait until to get the Dance on Broadway game for the Wii.

  11. Bumbling says:

    Hubby took me to les mis for my birthday this year. I cried all the way through the second act. Amazing. Not sure he liked the fact that i already knew all the words and was mouthing them along with the music – at least I wasn’t singing!

  12. Tattie Weasle says:

    Just love musicals – luckily have indoctrinated children early they are BIG mama Mia Fans and swiftly moving therm onto Sound of Music, Lion King, Calamity Jane etc I reckon if I stun them with a lot they’ll in the end just let me to it….;)

  13. Expat Mum says:

    I was brought up on the old musicals (already named) but can’t stand more modern ones on the whole. Everyone seems to shout the lyrics (Elaine Page being the worst) and all the songs sound the same. However, the big exception for me is Billy Elliott which I’ve just seen in Chicago. As a Geordie, I was dreading the accents but the coach has done a brilliant job and I didn’t wince once. Also, the songs are palatable and fun. See it if you can.

  14. If I Could Escape says:

    Me too! I just don’t get to see as many as I’d like! I did see Mama Mia when it came to Tampa a couple of years ago and that was fab and I took my oldest to see the Lion King which we loved. Would like to see Chicago and Wicked — I think I’m the only person in the whole world who’s yet to see those!

  15. spudballoo says:

    Raises hand as another ‘i don’t get it’….all that dreadful shouty singing, over acting etc. Nasty. that said, i am a bit partial to the movie Hans Christian Andersen….sssshhh, don’t tell anyone.

  16. amy says:

    oooh i love musicals, I’ve seen les mis and the phantom of the opera they were amazing!! I also love west side story and high school muscial 1,2 and3 😀

  17. samantha says:

    I know it’s pretty old now, but I’ll always be a fan of Phantom…

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