Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Favorite Broadway Musicals


  • Book of Mormon
    • It says a lot about how great a show is when you are willing to travel all the way to Pittsburgh to see the show. I first listened to the soundtrack in the summer of 2014 and laughed out loud in my car to the lyrics. It's a laugh out loud type of musical. I should've expected no less from the writers of South Park. I appreciate that the musical doesn't point a finger and laugh at the Mormon religion. The characters are heart-warming and the plot is well-written. I understand how some people are offended by some songs in this musical but I think it's meant to be more shocking than offensive. I saw Book of Mormon again when it came to Columbus this April and again, it was amazing. The set, the costumes, the singing, the dancing, the everything was superb. 

  • Wicked
    • What a Broadway classic. I was fortunate enough to see this in London back in 2010. I may have slightly drooled over the actor's beautiful British and Irish accents. I love all the songs, especially "Defying Gravity." This is one of those musicals where I can listen to the songs individually and enjoy them. I just got tickets for my birthday to see Wicked when it comes to Columbus in August. 

  • Legally Blonde 
    • I haven't actually seen this musical live but I like the soundtrack a lot. The opening song, "Ohmigod you guys" is phenomenal. I like the message of the musical and it seems like it's an underrated musical.  

  • Avenue Q
    • I saw this at college when our theatre group performed it and loved all the songs. It's hilarious, filthy and honest. There's a song called "What do you do with a BA in English?" How relatable! 

  • Big
    • My high school performed this musical and I was in the pit orchestra. I heard the songs every day and fell in love withe songs. The plot is fairly simple but heartwarming. I think I'm biased about this musical because I was in pit orchestra, but I'd prefer to see the musical than the movie with Tom Hanks. I don't think this show is even on Broadway anymore. Someone should revive it and bring it to Columbus. 

Honorable Mentions:
  • Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Billy Elliot 
  • Rent
Musicals I want to see:
  • Matilda
  • Hamilton
  • Fun Home
  • School of Rock