A sudden burst into song and dance wherever you are.
Yes, we are talking about musicals. We, being the keyword because this is a join post between two best friends, Annette (3littlebuttons.com) and Edward (noneedforpostcards.com). We have been best friends for over 15 years ever since we met at university.
A common love we have is for musicals. In this joint post we will both quiz each other about our musical experiences, then give you a run down of our own individual top 5 musicals, ever! So intro over, onto the main scenes…
Why do you like musicals?
Annette – “There’s nothing like being swept away on a journey filled with music and dance is there? I love how live on-stage musicals swallow me up and I completely forget where I am in the moment.”
Edward – “Musicals for me are about making an audience feel a wealth of emotions through expressive performance. The best musicals for me are the ones that make me want to cry, laugh and reflect. Adding song and dance into this context creates a level of engagement that is so appealing. Who doesn’t want to boogie during Saturday night fever? Or cry during Miss Saigon?”
What was the first musical film you ever watched?
Edward – “Probably the first musical film I saw was Wizard of Oz. As I’m sure many children did, I watched that every Christmas without fail. It was magical.”
Annette – “I’m not sure which was first but quite possible The Wizard of Oz too Ed. Or was it Oliver? Either way, I know the words to them both!”
What was the first musical you saw at the theatre?
Annette – “My mum loves musicals and as soon as I was old enough she took me on the rounds of her favourite musicals of all time. I think the first one I saw was Cats! It’s never left me and I we saw it dozens of times before it left the West End. I was always in awe of the naughty acrobatic duo Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer.”
Edward – “Tommy. It was in the mid-90’s and my mum took me. Not many people have heard of Tommy. It is the story of a man who is blind, deaf and dumb. Not the cheeriest of musicals for my first experience but I did enjoy it. Seeing a performance live really engaged me.”
Do you prefer watching a musical film or a musical at the theatre?
Edward – “I’ve had to say at the theatre. There is something so raw about seeing a live performance. The pressure is on and if the production is great it will take you away to another place.”
Annette – “100% a musical at the theatre. It’s just a completely different experience to watching it on TV isn’t it?”
Now we are at the crucial moment in this post. What are our top 5 musicals ever?
Annette – “This is such a difficult one Ed, so I have gone for my top 5 picks of live on-the-stage musicals. These are all ones that I have seen, a few times actually, and each has a message behind them that has never left me.”
5. Starlight Express
2. Miss Saigon
1 . Wicked
Why is Wicked your number one?
Wicked is my absolute number 1 musical of all time. I just love the message that it sends soaring out with every breath. That it’s ok to be different. That different is good. That we should be ourselves and we are good enough.
5. Les Miserables
4. Sound of Music
1. Wizard of Oz
Why is Wizard of Oz your number one?
There was only ever going to be one winner here. This musical evokes childhood memories. You just watch this with family and feel love. Going from the black and white of Kansas to the colour of Oz is literally magic. It feels like it would have been groundbreaking when it was released in 1939 and yet 78 years later it still feels like that. It is the living embodiment of a timeless classic. You really do get swept away with the journey of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and the Lion.
One of my favourite film or musical scenes of all time is when Dorothy says to Scarecrow “I’m going to miss you most of all”. I can’t even explain why but always, always shed a tear in that moment.
Are there any other musicals you would like to mention?
Annette – “Les Miserables was so close to being in my top 5. It’s such a powerful musical; I think everyone HAS to see this one at least once in their lifetime. I still get goose- bumps thinking about that big flag scene. What a sight.”
“But let’s not forget the classics like Annie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins and Charlie and the Chocolate factory that have made musical theatre so accessible to everyone.”
Edward – “I think almost every musical I have seen I have enjoyed. That probably tells you how much I love musicals. I really want to mention something about all the musicals I’ve seen but we could be here all day. However, I need to say a few final words on some of them. Miss Saigon is my number 6! What a story. Emotive and powerful. Alongside Wizard of Oz, I watched Oliver a lot when I was young. Another classic. When I watched the film version of Mamma Mia with Meryl Streep I could not stop smiling. Abba, sun and Greece! La La Land is so recent but I have to say that it is a modern classic. Musical lovers add this to your collection as soon as possible.
Applause. Encore. Bow. Wave to the audience. Curtain falls.
Thank you for reading our views on musicals. It has been lovely taking a trip down memory lane. I hope you all enjoy musicals as much as we do. Please let us know what are your favourite musicals are.
Ann and Ed xx