Hi! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @https://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com. This bookish meme was born out of our love of lists, and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make our list based on the topic. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any ideas for the topic that week. This week, our topic is audiobook narrators. I missed last week, so this is a make-up week, and I had a few ideas for this one. In the end, I wanted to talk about my top Ten Musicals at the moment, because theater is a big part of my life, and it’s almost theater awards season.
- Les Miserables
This is a favorite from my childhood, and will always be a musical I love. The music is fantastic, and I love the characters. I don’t even remember how I found it, I was just a young theater kid and fell in love with the music and the story.
Amelie is a newer musical that not many people know about. I never got the opportunity to see it, but I was a huge fan of the cast recording. Amelie as a character was what drew me to the piece in the first place, and I just fell in love with the story. Amelie and Nino have such a sweet story, and I love them.
This was a musical I saw just before the world shut down in 2020. I saw the movie after the musical, and enjoyed that as well. The music in Beetlejuice is a lot of fun, and I believe it’s different, but goes well with the more pop sounds of musicals today. Part of what I love about Beetlejuice as well is the story. I enjoy the slightly spooky vibes of Beetlejuice, even though I’m not a fan of the genre. My favorite characters are Lydia and Barbara.
4- Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Not many people know of this musical, but I love it so much. It’s based on 70 pages in War & Peace. I attempted to read the book, but it wasn’t for me. If a musical could be described as Indie, it would be this one. The songs are across a wide variety of genres, and the music is wild if you’re new to the musical. I also love the story, and how many characters are in the show.
I’ve never seen the musical, but Waitress is one of those musicals that will never leave my mind. I’ve seen it twice, and I loved it both times. Sara Bareilles wrote the music, so that was my one of the draws at first. I love the actress who originated the role of Jenna, so day one, I was listening to the cast recording because of that. I love the characters, the story, and the music.
Hadestown has been writing the award season high these last few years. I have been a fan since the start, even though I haven’t seen the musical on stage yet. I love the music, and the take on Greek Myth. This is another musical that could be described as Indie because of the music and the vibes.
7- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
I’ve been rereading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, I just finished book 2, so this musical has been getting a lot of plays lately. It tells the story of the first book in a fun and unique way. The music is fun, and you can tell the team that created the musical has a love for the source material.
8- & Juliet
Jukebox musicals have been taking over the Broadway stage these last few years, and this one is just a vibe. The story follows Juliet of Shakespeare’s fame, taking back her life. It takes place after the story of Romeo and Juliet ends. I love the take on Romeo and Juliet and how much fun the music is.
This musical is heavy. I got into the musical when the revival happened, and I’ve gone through phases where I listen to the musical a lot, and just skip the songs when it comes shuffle because I’m not in the mood. I love the music, the story, and what the show as a whole does for the queer community. I just love the characters and the story even though it makes you feel all the emotions.
10- Into the Woods
This is my favorite Sondheim musical and has been in rotation again since the cast recording came out last fall. I love the fairy tale vibes, but the mature story and the music. I also love how it weaves all three stories you follow in the musical together. I’m also helping out with a local junior production soon.
10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Musicals at the Moment”
I didn’t know there was a musical version of Percy Jackson. Neat!
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Waitress sounds like a good musical.
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These sound wonderful. I’m always blown away by a good musical.
There’s so many that I never even heard of! I hope you get to see them all and good luck with your production!
I love Les Mis and Into the Woods, too. I haven’t watched the other ones, but I know some of the music. I was at a conference recently where Jordin Sparks sang a gorgeous song that she had sung when she performed in Waitress on Broadway.
Waitress might have made my top ten list, but it would be hard pressed to beat out many others. Right now, my #1 favorite is “Come from Away,” with “Evita” and “West Side Story” close behind. “Hamilton” and “SIX” and “Avenue Q” would probably get on the list as well. Of course, there’s also “Company” (the new version), and some other oldies like “Guys & Dolls” and “Camelot” and “Funny Girl” and “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma”… and the list goes on. My mother had a huge collection of original Broadway cast albums she’d play all the time, and she instilled a love of musicals in me, that I’ve cultivated on my own ever since.
Love this theme! I hope you enjoy Into the Woods–I bet it’ll be amazing to be a part of.
I only see two of my favorites on that list- Les Misérables and Hadestown. Writing my entire list of favorites- will only mention part of them (not necessarily in right order)
1. Favorite- tie between Les Mis and Wicked
3. Sound of Music- the other R/H includes South Pacific, Oklahoma, and Cinderella
5. Phantom of the Opera
6. All the Disney- Frozen, Aladdin, Lion King, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast
9. etc—-just will take time
What a great topic, definitely one I’ll think about using when I’m next not feeling the set topic for the week as I have loads of musicals I love. My top three are definitely Wicked, Hamilton and Hairspray and I listen to the songs from them quite a lot (though I will admit, I have the movie soundtrack version of Hairspray rather than the original Broadway cast recording!) but Waitress would probably come pretty close after those, I listen to the songs from that on a regular basis too and I love them. I have Sara Bareilles version of She Used To Be Mine and it slays me every single time, that woman is so talented! There are a couple from your list that I really want to see: Hadestown which is coming to the West End next year, so I’m really excited for that one, and Beetlejuice. I’m also intrigued by the PJO musical and hope it comes to London someday.
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My favorite is Les Mis but Wicked is a *very* close second. I saw Waitress and liked it quite a bit. I’ve only seen the movie version of Into the Woods but I liked it a lot too. How fun to actually help with a junior production! I didn’t even know that the rest of these existed, at least as musicals. I watched the movie Amelie when it was first released but I was really tired that night and fell asleep. My husband thought it was good but I’ve never sat down to watch it again. My high school boyfriend loved Danny Elfman, who wrote the soundtrack for the Beetlejuice movie, so I’ve heard that so often that I still focus on the music more than the story 20+ years later. Great topic!