Saturday, 22 February 2014

My Top 5 Musicals

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As you all already know, I’m a huge Musical fan. My mum loves them as well and she kind of introduced me to them. She joined a Theatre Group when I was a child and I always went to see their shows. Now, I’m a member myself and took part in one show already. I love singing, dancing and acting and I really believe that it is the perfect combination. A story gets more lively with music, lyrics and dances and actors have more possibilities to express their emotions. I like a lot of Musicals, here I only chose five of them, so there’s more, just that you know.

1. Les Misérables

Oh, I can’t even tell you how much I love this Musical. My mum took me to see it on the West End in London in 2008. I already knew some of the songs before and I was so excited. I was literally crying at the end of the show. The actors were so great and they put all their emotions into the songs. The songs of this Musical are amazing, there are so many I adore so much and also the lyrics are fabulous. I had to read the book in French for my final exam at high school and we also looked at some lyrics, I prefer them in English though. Last year I went to see the movie of  the film and it was awesome. The actors were brilliant, especially Hugh Jackman, he is so talented. I also fell in love with Aaron Tveit and Eddie Redmayne. Samantha Barks, who played Eponine was wonderful too. I already knew her from the show I’d do anything on BBC and I was so happy for her, that she got this part.
The fact that all the actors sang live during filming made it even more special.

2. Wicked
This musical is amazing. I saw it in London on the West End a few years ago and fell in love with it. The scenery and costumes were brilliant and so perfect for the whole story. The story is so moving and special, I really loved the storyline and the songs helped to express all the emotions. The music is a masterpiece, great melodies, lyrics and arrangements and the actors made it perfect with their singing. I was especially touched by Defying Gravity and As Long As Your Mine. Oliver Tompsett was a brilliant Fiyero, loved him. I had to buy his CD instantly and I never regretted it.
Idina Menzel has a gifted voice.

3.  Oliver!

I know the story of this musical by heart, partly because I had to read it for my final exams in English at high school and also because we performed it with our theatre group two years ago. And the highlight: I saw it in London with Jodie Prenger as Nancy. The musical is so adorable, with all the kids included and it was so much fun listing to these great songs and seeing the creative choreographies. I was happy when our theatre group decided to perform it. I auditioned and was part of the choir and it was such a great experience. I also added some pictures for you.

Waiting Backstage

4.  The Sound of Music

This Musical is so cute. It’s about a family living in Austria and a nun is going to take care of the children and she falls in love with their dad. There is a movie on this Musical with Julie Andrews as Maria. It’s so adorable and the kids are great. I love the lively and sparkling songs. My highlight last year, was when I went to see this show in London in an open air theatre. It was amazing how they included the nature with the trees and lawns into the stage and the show was so great. The children were awesome and their dances were so creative. One of the girls was played by Isabelle Allen, who played little Cosette in the Les Mis movie, she was brilliant, so talented.
Well, I was so excited when our theatre group announced that this was going to be our next show. Auditions were a couple of weeks ago and I am in the nun’s choir now, so happy. I wanted to audition for a role first, but I am too busy with my Bachelor exams coming up.

5. Hairspray

This was the hardest pick, because there are so many other Musicals. It’s gotta be Hairspray though. The music is so awesome and I love belting them out and dancing to them. I saw the movie in Canada and I instantly had to buy the DVD when it came out. I love Tracy’s story and the songs just make you feel good :)

What is our favourite Musical? 


  1. This post made me realize I should watch more musicals! Will make it a late-2014-resolution ;-) Great pictures, S.!

  2. Good post Simona! I'm a big musical fan too, but must confess that I really don't like Les Mis at all - when I went to see it in London I left at the interval, and I didn't like the film at all. I love some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals - must have seen Phantom of the Opera a dozen times, Evita half a dozen too (including the recent excellent one with Marti Pellow as Che). I also saw Marti Pellow in Jeckyll and Hyde - didn't know any of the songs, but it was excellent - and I loved both Hairspray and Oliver too. Mama Mia was a better stage show that film, and another I'd really recommend is Blood Brothers which I've now seen a few times.

    Cheers, Anne

  3. Yay! I loved reading this and the pictures of you are awesome. Now I want to sit down and watch a bunch of musicals!

  4. Such a great post, Simona! I love musicals too! Love Les Mis and Oliver. I saw Oliver yonks ago at the London Palladium with Barry Humphries as Fagin. He was brilliant. I've seen Wicked, but was underwhelmed by it, a bit too green and dark for me ;) My daughter and I love watching Hairspray together, such great feel-good songs. Love all the old musicals too, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Chicago. Far too many to mention.

  5. I love the pictures of you in Oliver!! They're so sweet. :)

    I couldn't agree with this list more. I'm obsessed with Les Mis! :) x