I have always had a soft spot for musicals. When I was 11, my mom took me to see my very first — Oklahoma. I remember my jaw dropping open during the opening number; and thus began my obsession. One Christmas, Oklahoma came on at 5:45 Christmas morning. Guess who just HAD to watch? I recall that as one of the best Christmases ever; my parents were less than thrilled. My love of Oklahoma soon carried over into all things musical. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorites.

1. Oklahoma — Duh. See above.

2. The Producers — The movie was excellent, I adored the Broadway soundtrack (we used to listen to this as a family on car trips), and the movie is fantastic.

3. Rent — I’ve never seen the musical (tear), but I love the movie.

4. Newsies — I think Newsies started my love for musicals, since I had seen it several times before I saw Oklahoma, but Oklahoma was my first live musical. Alas, Newsies has never been anywhere but on the big screen. Even though the movie came out when I was 6, I still know all the words to all the songs.

5. Wicked — Hubby got us tickets to a showing in NC last year, and I think I might love it more than I loved the book.

6. Annie — The Carol Burnett version helped spur my adoration of musicals. I also remember going to see this at my local theater when one of my friends played Pepper.

7. The Sound of Music — Who doesn’t love this musical!?

8. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat — A classic Bible tale set to a wide range of musical styles. Like Rent, this musical is all music — there are no spoken words. Plus, you have to love something with an Elvis-impersonating Pharaoh.

9. Into the Woods — I love the mash-up of fairytale classics. This is an all-around fun musical with a nice moral thrown in for good measure. The balance of classic and quirk make this musical one of my all-time favorites.

10. Fiddler on the Roof — Another classic you can’t help but love (and sing along with!).

Do you love musicals? Do you have any favorites not on my list?


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