I'm just going to let you know now, this may not be what you consider a "Top Musical" post, but these are the one's I like the most. Also, nothing in this post will be from High School Musical because HSM sucks. Anyways, on with the list.
I like musicals. Not just any kind of musical, but Broadway Musicals. I don't know what it is, but something about the music and the acting really speaks volumes. There are some that I've seen that are just flat out silly, but the others that are more serious are what I love most.
This play is set in 1926 and is a fable that's based on corruption in the criminal justice system. Much of what happens in this play, like the favoritism and obsession of celebrity criminals, happens today and has been able to stand the test of time. There are tons of good musical numbers in this play and it's hard to point out which one is my all time favorite, but for now I'll choose one to showcase. Mr. Cellophane really spoke volumes about this character and everyone who can relate to him. It showcases how the character is still standing by his wife, Roxy, even though she was cheating on him and no matter what he does for her, he still get's overlooked. Even during his conversation with the lawyer, he's still and after thought. He's the last to know information and a pushover. We've all felt like this at one point in our lives and dressed as a sad clown really sets the mood for how lonely one can be. Check out the song below.
#2 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Everything about this play blew me away. The Gothic feel, the story line, even the grotesque cannibalistic references. When I first saw it, I couldn't believe that I actually watched this. What stayed with me though was the music scores. They did an amazing job with the scores, from the opening sequence to the credits, the music kept me invested. One of my favorite songs is Epiphany. It shows Sweeney at the point of a breakdown as he as an Epiphany. Again, this is something deep down some of us has felt, obviously not this extreme though. Though this man is broken in every way possible, he decides to take fate and vengeance in his own hands. Check out the video below.
#1 Phantom of the Opera
It wasn't until recently that I actually got around to watch the film and the original play. I always knew the music and thought it was amazing, but since my wife had the DVD, we decided to go ahead and watch it. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. There's nothing more I can say about the play except that it is a masterpiece and anyone who gets a role in this play, has some big shoes to fill. My favorite piece out of this play is the theme song itself. When you hear it on video, it sounds amazing, when you hear it live, it gives you chills. Check out the video below.
As a bonus, check out the version of this song that features Antonio Banderas and Sarah Brightman. The phantom is supposed to be menacing, yet seductive. If there's one person that could pull off both, Antonio Banderas can.
Do you agree with my top 3? Let me know in the comments below!