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  • Trent
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    This was a thread on the old forums. What are your favorite musical theater scores, and your favorite songs from those scores.

    A few of mine:

    Rent
    -“Another Day”
    -“Over the Moon”
    -“Seasons of Love”
    -“La Vie Boheme”
    -“Finale B”

    Avenue Q
    -“It Sucks to Be Me”
    -“There’s a Fine, Fine Line”
    -“The More You Ruv Someone”
    -“For Now”

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
    -“A Secretary is Not a Toy”
    -“Paris Original”
    -“Grand Old Ivy”
    -“Brotherhood of Man”

    Shrek the Musical (sue me)
    -“Big, Bright Beautiful World”
    -“Don’t Let Me Go”
    -“Who I’d Be”
    -“When Words Fail”
    -“Build a Wall”
    -“Freak Flag”

    Urinetown
    -“Urinetown”
    -“Cop Song”
    -“Don’t Be The Bunny”
    -“Run Freedom Run!”
    -“Tell Her I Love Her”

    Young Frankenstein
    -“Please Don’t Touch Me”
    -“He Vas My Boyfriend”
    -“Transylvania Mania”
    -“Suprise”

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    efficiency
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    PROMISES, PROMISES
    The entire score is simply glorious. 60s music at its absolute best – Burt Bacharach and Hal David really proved the worth of their incredible musicianship here. And the two extra numbers added for Kristin Chenoweth in the 2010 revival were genius. 

    THE PRODUCERS
    I don’t know what was better – the lush big Broadway orchestrations for those charming melodies, or Mel Brook’s frikkin’ hilarious lyrics?

    WICKED
    Some may criticise Stephen Schwartz’s score and say the show relies solely on the big flashy special effects, but I think some of the songs in this musical are fantastic. For Good, No One Mourns The Wicked, The Wizard and I (the ultimate I Want number), need I go on?

    ANYTHING GOES
    Classic Cole Poter. And it doesn’t hurt that this score has been sung by some of our absolute best – Ethel Merman, Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, and now Stephanie J Block.

    HALLELUJAH BABY
    Certainly one of the most under-rated musical soundtracks that I can think of. Leslie Uggams is fantastic.

    LES MISERABLES
    For obvious reasons. I remember seeing a recent production of this, and the tears were almost swelling by the time we got to I Dreamed A Dream.

    HAIRSPRAY
    Fun, fun, fun, fun, and more fun. Welcome to the 60s is the ultimate feel-good musical number. But You Can’t Stop The Beat is grossly over-rated.

    AVENUE Q
    Simple melodies. Hilarious lyrics.

    DREAMGIRLS
    Cannot think of another musical which captures the sound of an era any better.  

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    I love about a thousand Broadway musicals, but my favorites are those written with or by Stephen Sondheim, including (in chronological order):

    • WEST SIDE STORY (music by Leonard Bernstein)
    • GYPSY (music by Jule Styne)
    • COMPANY
    • FOLLIES
    • A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
    • SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
    • SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
    • PASSION

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    adamunc
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    Gosh, there are a zillion, but here are a few particular favorites in no real order, with my four favorite songs from each:

    She Loves Me
    “Good Morning, Good Day”
    “Will He Like Me?”
    “Ice Cream”
    “A Trip to the Library”

    Sweeney Todd
    “Pretty Women”
    “The Worst Pies in London”
    “Wait”
    “Epiphany/A Little Priest”

    Into the Woods
    “Moments in the Woods” (these are really lyrics I live by)
    “No More”
    “Agony”
    “No One Is Alone”

    Rent
    “Out Tonight”
    “No Day But Today”
    “What You Own”
    “Light My Candle”

    The Light in the Piazza
    “Dividing Day”
    “Love to Me”
    “Fable”
    “The Light in the Piazza”

    Wicked (which, yes, has some merely serviceable music [especially for the men] but also some knockout numbers)
    “The Wizard and I”
    “Defying Gravity”
    “No Good Deed”
    “For Good”

    Les Miserables
    “I Dreamed a Dream”
    “One Day More” (best Act I finale ever)
    “Stars”
    “Bring Him Home”

    Miss Saigon
    “Sun and Moon”
    “The Last Night of the World”
    “I Still Believe”
    “Please”

    The King and I
    “Something Wonderful”
    “I Have Dreamed”
    “Shall We Dance”
    “Hello Young Lovers”

    The Book of Mormon
    “You and Me (But Mostly Me)”
    “Hasa Diga Eebowai”
    “Man Up”
    “I Believe”

    Carousel
    “If I Loved You”
    “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
    “Soliloquy”
    “What’s the Use of Wond’rin’?”

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    David Buchanan
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    I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Sondheim, and my three favorite scores of his are Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd.  Also a big fan of Jerry Herman’s Mame.  More modern scores that I really enjoy are Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (say what you will about the production itself, but Yazbek’s score is really phenomenal for the libretto) and Aida (for nostalgic / sentimental reasons).  

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Anthony
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    I am going to limit myself to five songs per show, and do ten musicals.

    RAGTIME:
    Journey On
    Your Daddy’s Son
    New Music
    Our Children
    Back to Before
    (this one was tough as it is my favorite musical)

    SHE LOVES ME:
    Tonight at Eight
    Dear Friend
    Vanilla Ice Cream
    She Loves Me
    A Trip to the Library

    COMPANY:
    You Could Drive a Person Crazy
    Another Hundred People
    Getting Married Today
    Marry Me a Little
    Being Alive

    SWEENEY TODD:
    The Worst Pies in London
    Epiphany
    A Little Priest
    God, That’s Good
    Not While I’m Around

    FALSETTOS:
    Four Jews in a Room Bitching
    The Games I Play
    I’m Breaking Down
    What More Can I Say?
    You Gotta Die Sometime

    [title of show]:
    Two Nobodies in New York
    An Original Musical
    Die Vampire Die
    A Way Back to Then
    Nine People’s Favorite Thing

    THE FANTASTICKS:
    Try to Remember
    Never Say No
    It Depends on What You Pay
    Soon It’s Gonna Rain
    They Were You

    SOUTH PACIFIC:
    Some Enchanted Evening
    Bali Hai
    A Wonderful Guy
    Happy Talk
    This Nearly Was Mine

    SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE:
    Sunday in the Park With George
    Everybody Loves Louis
    Finishing the Hat
    We Do Not Belong Together
    Putting it Together

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS:
    Grow For Me
    Somewhere That’s Green
    Mushnik and Son
    Suddenly Seymour
    The Meek Shall Inherit

    I also have to agree with PianoMann that “Women on the Verge….” may have been critically lambasted but the score was fantastic. Easily David Yazbek’s best work.
     

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    adamunc
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    I can’t believe I left out Ragtime!
    “Your Daddy’s Son”
    “Wheels of a Dream”
    “Back to Before”
    “Make Them Hear You”

    For me, easily the best score of the ’90s.

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    Anthony
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    I can’t believe I left out Ragtime!
    “Your Daddy’s Son”
    “Wheels of a Dream”
    “Back to Before”
    “Make Them Hear You”

    For me, easily the best score of the ’90s.

    Agreed, and despite the flaws in the book and some of the lyrics, it will always be my favorite show.

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    Tony Ruiz
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    My favorite of all time is She Loves Me.  A score that just makes me smile every time.

    Other Favorites:

    Chicago…especially because I just played Billy Flynn.
    South Pacific
    Sweeney Todd
    Hairspray

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    Did you guys go to see any shows on broadway or anywhere else? Or did you just buy the scores?

    I was wondering this because, since I don’t live in the US, I can’t see this musicals unless they make a movie or something.
    I wish they made DVD of Broadway shows. It would be fantastic.

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    Did you guys go to see any shows on broadway or anywhere else? Or did you just buy the scores?

    I was wondering this because, since I don’t live in the US, I can’t see this musicals unless they make a movie or something.
    I wish they made DVD of Broadway shows. It would be fantastic.

    When I was younger, I had older friends who lived in NYC and they always had me come stay with them and they treated me to several Broadway shows, both musicals and plays. Sadly, by a sad twist of events, they all passed away so around 2007 I wasn’t able to go to NYC because I myself couldn’t afford to, but back in 2011 I got to go up twice and I saw 6 shows (5 musicals, 1 play)…..I am actually planning on moving there this fall, but if I could go there every week I would.

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    [quote=”FEDEclown”]Did you guys go to see any shows on broadway or anywhere else? Or did you just buy the scores?

    I was wondering this because, since I don’t live in the US, I can’t see this musicals unless they make a movie or something.
    I wish they made DVD of Broadway shows. It would be fantastic.

    When I was younger, I had older friends who lived in NYC and they always had me come stay with them and they treated me to several Broadway shows, both musicals and plays. Sadly, by a sad twist of events, they all passed away so around 2007 I wasn’t able to go to NYC because I myself couldn’t afford to, but back in 2011 I got to go up twice and I saw 6 shows (5 musicals, 1 play)…..I am actually planning on moving there this fall, but if I could go there every week I would.[/quote]

    I wish I could too. I’m such a big fan of Broadway musicals. Unfortunately, as I said, I can only watch the movie versions, which I’m sure it’s not the same, most of the time. 

    So I’m really hoping Les Miserables to be good because it will be my only chance to see it and I’ve always wanted to see it.

    Other broadway musicals made into movie that I liked were:
    -Chicago (my favorite. I love it!)
    -Nine (I thought it was good since i didn’t know better. And I’m italian so I had to see it)
    -West Side Story
    …and I think these are the ones I saw, yet.

    What others would you say I should watch?

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    Anthony
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    [quote=”TheatreBuff”][quote=”FEDEclown”]Did you guys go to see any shows on broadway or anywhere else? Or did you just buy the scores?

    I was wondering this because, since I don’t live in the US, I can’t see this musicals unless they make a movie or something.
    I wish they made DVD of Broadway shows. It would be fantastic.

    When I was younger, I had older friends who lived in NYC and they always had me come stay with them and they treated me to several Broadway shows, both musicals and plays. Sadly, by a sad twist of events, they all passed away so around 2007 I wasn’t able to go to NYC because I myself couldn’t afford to, but back in 2011 I got to go up twice and I saw 6 shows (5 musicals, 1 play)…..I am actually planning on moving there this fall, but if I could go there every week I would.[/quote]

    I wish I could too. I’m such a big fan of Broadway musicals. Unfortunately, as I said, I can only watch the movie versions, which I’m sure it’s not the same, most of the time. 

    So I’m really hoping Les Miserables to be good because it will be my only chance to see it and I’ve always wanted to see it.

    Other broadway musicals made into movie that I liked were:
    -Chicago (my favorite. I love it!)
    -Nine (I thought it was good since i didn’t know better. And I’m italian so I had to see it)
    -West Side Story
    …and I think these are the ones I saw, yet.

    What others would you say I should watch?[/quote]

    I’d say CABARET, but it is somewhat different than the stage version…as a film itself, it is fantastic (though some have found it dull).

    For me personally, stage-to-film adaptations of musicals never achieve the glory or prestige but the two best examples were Chicago and Cabaret.

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    Anthony
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    [quote=”TheatreBuff”][quote=”FEDEclown”]Did you guys go to see any shows on broadway or anywhere else? Or did you just buy the scores?

    I was wondering this because, since I don’t live in the US, I can’t see this musicals unless they make a movie or something.
    I wish they made DVD of Broadway shows. It would be fantastic.

    When I was younger, I had older friends who lived in NYC and they always had me come stay with them and they treated me to several Broadway shows, both musicals and plays. Sadly, by a sad twist of events, they all passed away so around 2007 I wasn’t able to go to NYC because I myself couldn’t afford to, but back in 2011 I got to go up twice and I saw 6 shows (5 musicals, 1 play)…..I am actually planning on moving there this fall, but if I could go there every week I would.[/quote]

    I wish I could too. I’m such a big fan of Broadway musicals. Unfortunately, as I said, I can only watch the movie versions, which I’m sure it’s not the same, most of the time. 

    So I’m really hoping Les Miserables to be good because it will be my only chance to see it and I’ve always wanted to see it.

    Other broadway musicals made into movie that I liked were:
    -Chicago (my favorite. I love it!)
    -Nine (I thought it was good since i didn’t know better. And I’m italian so I had to see it)
    -West Side Story
    …and I think these are the ones I saw, yet.

    What others would you say I should watch?[/quote]

    I’d say CABARET, but it is somewhat different than the stage version…as a film itself, it is fantastic (though some have found it dull).

    For me personally, stage-to-film adaptations of musicals never achieve the glory or prestige but the two best examples were Chicago and Cabaret.

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