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Broadway Musicals

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  • 01-10-2005 7:01am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭


    Anyone have an interest in Broadway musicals? I love theater and musicals; I know they're un-realistic at times, but that's what makes them fun!

    My favorite musical is by far, Wicked. I also love Phantom of the Opera, Rent, West Side Story ... and a lot of others. :p


    ~NoDayBut2Day <><
    xoxo
    :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭LucyBliss


    Hey, anything where people burst into song at the drop of hat is okay by me. Musicals aren't everyone's cup of tea but when they're done right, they're fantastic.
    I got the Wicked album for my birthday and it's fantastic, I'd love to see the show itself. God knows how long we'll have to wait before it gets this side of the Atlantic. They played two tracks from Spamelot on Lyric FM the other night, they were hilarious! Another show I hope gets over here soon.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    Hehe.. yeah, it's true that musicals aren't for everyone; usually, you either love 'em or you hate 'em! :p

    I know what you mean about waiting for a show to come to your area; we only get shows that come here only once in awhile and it's really disappointing. :( I'm still waiting for Wicked to make it's way over to Hawaii too... haha.

    Just curious, what shows have you seen live?

    :D
    xoxo


  • Registered Users Posts: 936 ✭✭✭marshmallow


    My friend loves Wicked! My favourites would have to be Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.


  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭LucyBliss


    Just curious, what shows have you seen live?

    Hmm, let me think now...Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Miss Saigon, Les Mis, Mamma Mia, Joseph, The Boy from Oz, Blood Brothers.

    I got to see The Boy From Oz when I was in New York, the show itself wasn't bad but it got a great boost from Hugh Jackman in the lead and the cast were very enthusiastic. There were some great ad-libbed parts too. I was so jealous when I was over in New York too, just walking down Broadway, you see all these theatres with different musicals or plays and there's nothing like that here. No big theatre area in any city really where people might get to see these shows, instead of waiting for a touring company to come to Dublin or Belfast. And it's not like there isn't an audience for them.

    Back on topic: So far the 1999 production of Jesus Christ Superstar I saw in the Point is my favourite live show. There was great energy, the cast were fantastic and our seats were quite near the front so it was quite the experience. I was quite sorry when the show was over.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 310 ✭✭curliq


    gotta love Phantom of the Opera


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  • Registered Users Posts: 936 ✭✭✭marshmallow


    I've never been to Broadway or West End but I saw The Phantom Of The Opera and Les Miserables in The Point. My brother saw Phantom in West End and said it was class!!

    I've seen lotsa Belvedere productions where the standard has been quite high in the past 2/3 years. Chess, Les Mis, Westside Story..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    LucyBliss wrote:
    I was so jealous when I was over in New York too, just walking down Broadway, you see all these theatres with different musicals or plays and there's nothing like that here. No big theatre area in any city really where people might get to see these shows, instead of waiting for a touring company to come to Dublin or Belfast. And it's not like there isn't an audience for them..

    I feel that way here, too. I mean, occasionally a show will come here, but definitely not as much as I would want. I think "A Chorus Line" is coming here soon and we've had "Cats" here a few times and once, "Rent" came, but that's it... that I can remember, anyway.. lol! :rolleyes:

    Is there community theater in Ireland? Or shows put on by universities? There are a few theater companies here and UH and LCC put on some shows and I've gone to see a few of those. I wish I had time to audition and be a part of them, but school and church activities just eat up my time.
    I was quite sorry when the show was over

    I know that feeling! ;) I love it when I see a great show and it was just wonderful to watch. Puts me in a good mood the rest of the night.. hehe!

    :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    curliq wrote:
    gotta love Phantom of the Opera

    The movie is pretty good too! ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭LucyBliss


    The movie is pretty good too! ;)

    That movie is my guilty pleasure! Sure, it's melodramatic and some bits of plotting don't quite make sense but who cares?! It's got crashing chandeliers, plenty of songs to sing along to, a disturbingly charismatic Phantom (should I be thinking the psychotic guy in the mask who likes to hang people is sexy and possibly misunderstood? Shouldn't I be hoping that Raoul gets the girl instead of bemoaning that fact? Confusion abounds! ;) ), and great production values. I've seen it lovingly referred to as the Stupid Crack Movie on a message board owing to the fact that people were hooked on it even though they thought it had problems.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35,954 ✭✭✭✭Larianne


    Is Wicked a new musical? I've never heard of it before.

    I did singing classes and we sang a lot of musical numbers from various shows - Jesus Christ Superstar, Tell me on A Sunday, Chess, Rent, ooh I can't remember others. Loved it.

    I don't have a favorite musical myself, I like bits and pieces from each show. Never seen a show but would love to go to New York or London and see one. Las Vegas have a lot on now as well.

    NoDayBut2Day- I've got that tune in my head now. I'll be singing it all day!! Do any of yas know when the movie version of Rent is being released??


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  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭LucyBliss


    On the Empire magazine website, they have it listed as being released on February 17th. I bought the soundtrack a few months ago and I like it a lot. Such a sad story though about Jonathan Larson, the creator, dying before the first previews of the show. That just broke my heart to hear how he never got to see the success it's become. Kind of makes the musical all the poignant I think.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35,954 ✭✭✭✭Larianne


    LucyBliss wrote:
    On the Empire magazine website, they have it listed as being released on February 17th. I bought the soundtrack a few months ago and I like it a lot. Such a sad story though about Jonathan Larson, the creator, dying before the first previews of the show. That just broke my heart to hear how he never got to see the success it's become. Kind of makes the musical all the poignant I think.


    Yeah my singing teacher told me that when we were learning the songs. It won a good few tony awards as far as I know. Ooh cant wait for the film. Deadly!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    LucyBliss wrote:
    On the Empire magazine website, they have it listed as being released on February 17th. I bought the soundtrack a few months ago and I like it a lot. Such a sad story though about Jonathan Larson, the creator, dying before the first previews of the show. That just broke my heart to hear how he never got to see the success it's become. Kind of makes the musical all the poignant I think.

    February 17th?? Really?? Why was I under the impression that it was coming out next month?

    ;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    Larianne wrote:
    Is Wicked a new musical? I've never heard of it before.

    You can watch a trailer here. (It's ok to post this link, right? If not, I'll edit the post...)

    Oh and sorry about all my double posts... I'm just too lazy to edit the previous ones... lol

    ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 35,954 ✭✭✭✭Larianne


    Just checked imdb.com It's being released in the states next month and in UK (so I presume Ireland also) on 17th February 2006!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    Cool! :cool: Thanks!!

    Has the soundtrack been released in Ireland yet? I know of some people in the states who have bought the soundtrack already but I haven't seen it in stores here... hmm... Yeah, but the clips I've heard sound pretty neat!

    :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭LucyBliss


    I've got the Broadway cast recording but I haven't seen the movie one yet. They might leave it until the New Year to coincide with the film. Musical soundtracks aren't that easy to find in any of the record shops here though. I'm so glad there's online shopping, otherwise I don't think I'd ever have gotten my hands on the Wicked CD.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 silygirl35


    I recently saw the trailer for Rent and I loved the music. I want the music, but I heard that there are two soundtracks and that this one is better: http://www.iclassics.com/productDetail?contentId=49100 Does anyone have the original cast soundtrack to Rent?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    Actually, there are 3. There is this one (highlights), then there's the full cast recording, and then the new one from the movie.

    I have the original full cast recording. I wanted that one simply because it had more to it, although it is more expensive. :( The highlights would be good if you dont' want to listen to all the "voice mails" and short 2 minute interlude things. But if you're a big fan of the show, I'd say get the full cast recording.


    ~Cho <><
    xoxo
    :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 30 Purple Hayes


    I'm involved in a youth theatre. i have been in it for around 4 or 5 years. every summer we do a musical and every Xmas we do a variety show with songs, dances and scenes from plays and musicals. So far we've done:
    Oliver, Alice in Wonderland, Annie, Mary Poppins, The slipper and the rose, Les Mis, & Seussical.
    Our Les Mis was really great for an amateur production. I got the privelidge of playing the role of Eponine. The show was so good; the music, set, costumes & makeup. It's amazing the talent that is in my area. I think that these theatre facilities ant tuition should be available everywhere. It broadens your knowledge of stage, its fun & really boosts confidence.

    I've seen a few musicals in the point: Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Les Mis, Grease, & Blood Brothers And i was recently in London for a weekend and i got to see Cats and My Fair Lady. They were fantastic!

    Right now we are rehersing for our variety show in January. We are doing 2 songs from Rent. I really like the music and would be interested to see the musical. Does anyone know if there's a video available??


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 944 ✭✭✭NoDayBut2Day


    Hey There!! :D

    Sounds like your community theater is really cool. I haven't been part of a theater group like that for a long time and I really miss it! :(

    Anyway, about being a video of Rent... there is none currently, but if you read the thread, you'll see that we're assuming the movie is being released in Ireland sometime in February. It will be released here in the states next month.

    Which Rent songs are you performing? Good luck and take care!!

    ~Cho <><
    xoxo
    ;)


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