Hey, it’s been a while since I did a Five Favorites Friday post so l thought I would do one! I’ve had Broadway musicals on the brain this week. You see, Star-Lord and I just booked our flight to New York City for this December and I’ve been put in charge of planning our activities. I’m super excited to be going to NYC at Christmas time – I can’t wait to see all the Christmas lights and displays! We are definitely going to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall but I also want to see another Broadway show while we are there. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Hamilton but after watching a preview, it didn’t appeal to me that much. But what did catch my eye was The Phantom of the Opera. It’s one I haven’t seen yet and it’s been playing in NYC for 30 years. So I think I’m safe in saying this one will be fantastic! Anyway, we have been fortunate to be able to see a lot of wonderful shows right here in Albuquerque at Popejoy Hall. I am grateful we have this venue that brings us some culture. Hah! As a matter of fact, we are going to see A Chorus Line tomorrow. I am really looking forward to this one! So all of this got me thinking about all the musicals we have seen the past few years and here are my five favorites of the shows I’ve seen so far (in no particular order).
This was the first live Broadway musical I ever saw and I was just blown away. It is fantastic! I had read the book on which it is based and wasn’t that impressed. However, the musical is definitely impressive with enjoyable songs and interesting sets. There are some really clever moments that tie into the Wizard of Oz which I loved.
This is my absolute favorite. I’ve seen it twice – once in Albuquerque and once in NYC. And I’d see it again in a heartbeat. It’s a great story and the music, well, it’s Abba, so it’s awesome!
Million Dollar Quartet
I’ve also see this one twice. We enjoyed it so much that we just had to see it again when we had the opportunity to in Las Vegas. It’s just fun, fun, fun and will get you dancing and singing! Not only that, it’s a wonderful story about Sun Studios and a recording session with four musical greats. Who knew that Elvis was not the original singer of “Blue Suede Shoes”? I sure didn’t. In any case, there’s not a bad song to be found here. Loved everything about this.
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder
This one surprised me as I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I was just blown away by the creativity in showing the demise of several characters. It was done is such a clever and humorous way. And the ending had a nice twist which is always fun.
The Lion King
This one is a visual treat. Many of the songs were very familiar as I have seen the movie dozens of times. I find I enjoy a show more if I know the music beforehand. Of course, there are some new songs too. It’s interesting to see how the costumes are done to portray animals. Some of the performers even have extra tools to move their costumes, in particular the giraffes.
If you have any recommendations for shows to see, I would love to hear them!
Honorable Mentions: Mary Poppins and Pirates of Penzance