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  1. 23 Oct '12 08:36
    My favourites are West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera. What are your favourites, if any?
  2. 24 Oct '12 17:00
    Originally posted by lolof
    My favourites are West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera. What are your favourites, if any?
    in general i hate them, however i went to see one called 'shockheaded peter' and it was amazing.
  3. 24 Oct '12 17:50
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    in general i hate them, however i went to see one called 'shockheaded peter' and it was amazing.
    That musical is new to me. Quite often, people who love opera and classical music find musicals too simplified, although they run in London for many decades.
    I love the film version of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story - the music, dancing, acting - brilliant actors. And Phantom of the Opera for its music.
  4. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    24 Oct '12 18:07
    Originally posted by lolof
    My favourites are West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera. What are your favourites, if any?
    Jesus Christ Superstar.
  5. 24 Oct '12 19:17 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by lolof
    That musical is new to me. Quite often, people who love opera and classical music find musicals too simplified, although they run in London for many decades.
    I love the film version of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story - the music, dancing, acting - brilliant actors. And Phantom of the Opera for its music.
    i was forced to sit through les mis twice and almost scratched my eyeballs out to shove in my ears.


    shockheaded peter is based on a german childrens story, similar to hans christian andersen but much darker with more child killing and humour. here's i preformance of one of the songs.

    YouTube
  6. 24 Oct '12 20:09
    Originally posted by FMF
    Jesus Christ Superstar.
    I saw it in Gothenburg a long time ago and I liked it then. I wonder if I would still feel the same now?
  7. 24 Oct '12 20:15
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    i was forced to sit through les mis twice and almost scratched my eyeballs out to shove in my ears.


    shockheaded peter is based on a german childrens story, similar to hans christian andersen but much darker with more child killing and humour. here's i preformance of one of the songs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7D-VBRtLqo
    I saw Les Miserables in London, didn't like it very much for some reason, difficult story, much going on. I very much like the film versions without any music that I've seen later.

    Thanks for the link, I'll have a look.
  8. Subscriber Pariah325
    Knife Wielder
    27 Oct '12 03:45
    Book of Mormon.

    Loved it. Funniest thing I've ever seen.
    P
  9. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    27 Oct '12 06:39
    Originally posted by lolof
    I saw it in Gothenburg a long time ago and I liked it then. I wonder if I would still feel the same now?
    As it so happens, I listened to the soundtrack album the other day, and the music holds up well, I'd say.
  10. Standard member karoly aczel
    the Devil himself
    27 Oct '12 13:51
    "The Pick of Destiny" by Tenacious D was pretty good.

    The 'traditional musicals' are just.... wrong somehow
  11. 27 Oct '12 18:13
    Shockheaded Peter, Book of Mormon, The Pick of Destiny - these are all new to me. Perhaps I can find them on DVD.
  12. 27 Oct '12 18:16
    Originally posted by FMF
    As it so happens, I listened to the soundtrack album the other day, and the music holds up well, I'd say.
    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice made good music - evergreens some of them probably.
  13. Subscriber Pariah325
    Knife Wielder
    27 Oct '12 18:36
    Originally posted by lolof
    Shockheaded Peter, Book of Mormon, The Pick of Destiny - these are all new to me. Perhaps I can find them on DVD.
    Do your research on Book of Mormon before seeing it. It is vulgar. A lot of people walked out during the show. It's done by the creators of South Park. Won a ton of Tony awards for it, and it is great, but just know what you are in store for first...
  14. 27 Oct '12 18:41
    Originally posted by Pariah325
    Do your research on Book of Mormon before seeing it. It is vulgar. A lot of people walked out during the show. It's done by the creators of South Park. Won a ton of Tony awards for it, and it is great, but just know what you are in store for first...
    Thanks for your advice - I'm not usually sensitive about religious references but South Park is shown on Swedish television and I don't like it very much. I will do some research before seeing it. 🙂
  15. 30 Oct '12 16:40 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by FMF
    As it so happens, I listened to the soundtrack album the other day, and the music holds up well, I'd say.


    Yes, indeed.

    I was lucky enough to see the production with Steve Balsamo as Jesus in London when it was revived. His performance of the Garden of Gethsemane simply had the audience transfixed. You can see a performance here.

    YouTube

    I was also flicking through the channels one day and came across some awful awards programme. Anyway, Andrew Lloyd Webber had one for the revival of JCS, and Steve Balsamo came on to perform this. It's one of the very few times I have seen a truly spontaneous and genuine standing ovation.

    Lloyd Webber was very gracious when he came up to accept the award, as he was aware that Balsamo had stolen the show. He simply commented that, after that performance, any award was redundant as the performance was reward enough.

    It was a pity that he didn't work more with Tim Rice. Lyrics are often underestimated, and JSC has some memorable ones.