It was my birthday recently. It’s the 4th October (or October 4th for strange people). I turned 16. Yes I’m young. You know how these work now. If you want to see the others look below.
The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II is most well known for the Academy Award winning film of the same name starring Julie Andrews. The stage show is just as charming as the film, with the original production starring the great Mary Martin as Maria. The songs are timeless and you've probably got one stuck in your right now. If so, which on? I'm just curious!
The classic tale of Tevye the milkman his small Jewish village has made a large cultural impact on not only the world of musical theatre, but on the world. It once held the title of the longest running show in Broadway history, has had many revivals and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Also one word: TRADITION! (good luck getting that out of your head)
My personal favoruite show on this list the kick-start for Kander and Ebb. The differences between productions is mind-blowing and the fact that this show has stayed relevant for decades is truly incredible (can you tell I like this show?)
Also I can't talk about Cabaret and not mention The Emcee like the portrayals by Joel Grey and Alan Cumming are so different and so good is like... really good!
1776 is Hamilton but not a revolution in musical theatre but it's still great (no as good as Hamilton but only a few shows are as good as Hamilton). It tells the tale of John Adams as he tries to get his congress colleagues to sign the Declaration of Independence. The show his satirical and emotional at the same time. The show is definitely worth a watch/listen if you love American history!
You may have seen this show from your high school or your local community theatre. You might've auditioned for a role in that production and gotten a role (maybe the role you wanted maybe not but hey that's showbiz baby). The point is this show is performed across the world by theatre nerds alike just because it's so fun. People, Tony voters in 1961 alike, love the comedic happenings when the biggest star in the USA gets drafted into the army!
This show is the definition of musical theatre. The story of Dolly Gallagher Levi trying to win the heart of half a millionaire Horace Vandergillder while his clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby try to find love in the big city of New York is a thrill to watch!
Also remember when a revival of this show beat that revival of Falsettos for Best Revival of a Musical. I bet some of you are having flashbacks to that moment right now lol.
Being honest I really didn't know what to write for this show. I know it's about a guy named Finch who started as window cleaner climbing up the corporate ladder of a large company and that it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama but I can't make witty, comedic comments about this show, at least not anything coming to mind. Maybe you guys could try in the comments!
Musical theatre comedy at its finest. The hilarious one liners by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart combined with the classic score by Stephen Sondheim make this show a treat. The show was so successful it beat Oliver! for best musical (yeah it did that but Oliver! won the Academy Award for Best Picture). The story concerns Pseudolus, a slave for an ancient roman family who tries to get his freedom by helping his master's son win a girl's love!
The legendary tale of Don Quixote has been the subject to re-tellings for centuries so no surprise it's a musical. The show takes a spin on the original book by setting it in a prison as Cervantes (the author of Don Quixote) explains to his cell mates how he got in jail by telling them the story of Don Quixote. The creativity and direction of the show plus Cervantes' beautiful baritone voice make this a must see.
Th only ever winner of Best Musical to close before it wins is the story of the African-American experience during the first half of the 20th century. Seeing a black woman push through The Great Depression, World War 2 and the civil rights movement is incredibly inspiring. The show also blends the story comedy making it hard not to have a smile on your face, whether from laughter of inspiration!
This show was the first collaboration between Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick on Broadway (as far as I know correct me if I'm wrong) and tied with The Sound of Music for Best Musical in 1960, that's why there's 11 shows on the list instead of the usual 10. The show tells the story of Fiorello LaGuardia taking on the corrupt political system of Tammany Hall by running for congress for becoming mayor New York!
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