Sunday, May 17, 2009

Top 100 Musicals?

I've been on a kind of musical kick lately, sorta jump-started by watching the High School Musical trilogy. I moved on to Oklahoma (1999) and Hairspray (2007) and probably will keep on going. If you know me, you know I'm nothing if not obsessive. lol So, I went searching for a good list of the best musicals. It was harder to find than one might imagine, but here's a list of the top 100 as chosen by the UK's channel 4. (None of the ones I've mentioned so far are on the list.)

That list was not easily copy/pastable, so I found another source for that and here's their introduction to the list:
"From the start of the new millenium, UK television channel, channel 4, ran a series of programs which ran through the top 100 of various genres, including films, film stars, war movies and musicals. the program was aired in 2003 and was made up of viewer votes both on their website and by phone. Channel 4 has a fairly youth based program strategy and perhaps this is why some of the entries are surprising, it is also clear to see which programs and films were in the media at the time. Below is their top 100 list of greatest musicals, some you may have never heard of and some stretch the term musical to and beyond its limits, but it is a great list all the same, and I wonder if you can guess which musical is voted the greatest musical of all time? Simply scroll down to the number one spot to find out!"

I've bolded the ones I've seen and noted if they were on-stage, movie version, or both. Feel free to copy the list and make your own choices. Also, I'd love your recommendations of any must-see musicals, either on this list or not.

100: Lets Make Love
99: Miss Saigon
98: Bright Eyes
97: The Cotton Club (I may have seen this movie, long ago)
96: Lullaby of Broadway
95: Breaking Glass
94: Sholay
93: How to succeed in business without really trying
92: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
91: Everyone Says I Love You
90: Cry Baby
89: A Little Night Music
88: For Me and My Gal
87: Million Dollar Mermaid
86: There's No Business Like Show Business
85: Funny Face
84: Ziegfeld Follies
83: A Star Is Born (Barbra Streisand) (movie)
82: Anything Goes
81: Yankee Doodle Dandy
80: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
79: All That Jazz
78: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
77: Porgy and Bess
76: Dancer in the Dark
75: Dil Se
74: Shall We Dance
73: Half a Sixpence
72: Godspell
71: Show Boat
70: Gigi
69: The Producers
68: Kiss Me Kate
67: Doctor Dolittle (movie)
66: Gypsy
65: The Jazz Singer (movie)
64: Easter Parade
63: Jailhouse Rock
62: Sweet Charity
61: Scrooge
60: Top Hat
59: Funny Girl (movie)
58: An American in Paris
57: Paint Your Wagon
56: Meet Me In St Louis (movie)
55: Hair
54: On the Town
53: Cinderella (movie)
52: Carmen Jones
51: Thoroughly Modern Millie (movie)
50: Hello Dolly (movie)
49: Muppets Take Manhattan (movie)
48: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (movie)
47: Summer Holiday
46: A Chorus Line
45: A Star is Born (Judy Garland)
44: Tommy
43: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (movie)
42: Starlight Express
41: Carousel
40: 8 Mile
39: South Pacific (can you believe I've never seen it?)
38: The Nightmare Before Christmas
37: White Christmas (movie)
36: Guys and Dolls
35: Oklahoma (movie, stage)
34: High Society
33: Fiddler on the Roof (movie, stage)
32:Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (movie)
31: Blood Brothers
30: Cats
29: Fame (movie - I think they're remaking this too)
28: Jesus Christ Superstar (movie)
27: Jungle Book (movie)
26: Annie (movie - 2 versions)
25: Calamity Jane
24: The Blues Brothers (movie)
23: The King and I (movie)
22: Evita
21: Little Shop of Horrors (movie)
20: Phantom of the Opera (movie)
19: Bugsy Malone
18: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (movie, stage - several times)
17: Cabaret
16: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (movie)
15: Les Miserables (movie)
14: The Lion King (I've seen the Disney movie, but isn't the Broadway show different?)
13: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling (huh???)
12: My Fair Lady (movie)
11: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (movie)
10: Moulin Rouge (movie)
9: Oliver!
8: Chicago (movie)
7: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (movie with audience participation, several times)
6: Singing In The Rain
5: Mary Poppins (movie)
4: West Side Story (movie)
3: The Wizard of Oz (movie)
2: The Sound of Music (movie, stage)
1: Grease (movie)

Mamma Mia is not on this list (too new?), but I've seen that movie. What else is missing from the list?

What are your favorites? Some of the ones I need to make time to view are: Singing in the Rain, Oliver!, Evita, Cats, South Pacific, Carousel (may be remade with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway), A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Kiss Me Kate, and Miss Saigon. What else should I see?

What musicals are you motivated to go see after viewing this list?


Sadie said...

The Pirates of Penzance! (stage)

Anonymous said...

I've seen lots of these too! and the Buffy episode is excellent!


Anonymous said...

Yay Buffy! But ya gotta be into the show to appreciate it though.