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    Ms. Mojo posted a list of the top 10 Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals of all time. Here is the list:

    1. Jesus Christ Superstar
    2. The Phantom Of The Opera
    3. Evita
    4. Cats
    5. Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    6. Sunset Boulevard
    7. By Jeeves
    8. Love Never Dies
    9. School Of Rock
    10. Starlight Express

    Honorable Mentions:
    Whistle Down The Wind
    The Beautiful Game
    Tell Me On A Sunday

    What do you think of the list?

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    It’s ironic that the list was published yesterday because filmmaker Joel Schumacher, who directed the 2004 movie adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera (which wasn’t very good), died that same day. In fact, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself recently payed tribute to him on Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/OfficialALW/status/1275145885815627776?s=20

    As for the list itself, Jesus Christ Superstar is my favorite of his, so it definitely deserves to be number one. But if you’re gonna be doing a thread based on a video, at least include the video in it for readers to watch.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzSP0NkBsfU

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    Not a big fan of ALW, though some of his shows have their moments and I do like Evita a lot.

    Love Never Dies, however, is one of the absolute worst things I have ever seen that purported to be professional theater. It had some very nice design elements, but the book, music, and lyrics were atrocious. I think The Bodyguard is the only thing I’ve ever seen on stage that was more ridiculous.

    I rather like the music for Aspects of Love (which wasn’t mentioned here), but the plot is nonsense.

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    Sunset Boulevard and School of Rock should be higher. Cats should be much lower. Love Never Dies shouldn’t be there, but Bombay Dreams was a massive hit in London and tanked on Broadway. Maybe Bombay over LND.

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    What are people’s opinions on Song And Dance? It wasn’t mentioned anywhere and Bernadette Peters won her first Tony for that show.

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    Admittedly, I’m not familiar with that show at all aside from the basic stuff about it.

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    The list is bad, because they included LND on it and that is moronic.

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    Song & Dance is basically Tell Me on a Sunday with a second act of dance added. Initial reviews were basically that Peters was sublime, but the show was a trifle. It also came in for quite a bit of criticism concerning the fact that the lead character seemed to define herself based on whatever man she was with at the time. And this was over 30 years before #MeToo!

    I like a few of the songs from it, including “Tell Me on a Sunday”, though it does contain the notably bad lyric “Take me to a zoo/That’s got chimpanzees/Tell me on a Sunday, please”.

    “Unexpected Song” and “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known” are nice ballads and ALW did seem to be cognizant of varying tempos and rhythms to keep the score from being a long series of ballads.

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