Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mommy's project 52: MUSICALS

I am a week behind, but I didn't want to rush on this topic.  I love musicals!  I've mentioned it before and with mentioning it normally give my mom her due.  She helped me learn about musicals by taking me to them live and also watching them on TV, movie screen, and renting them.  Musicals make me happy, because normally they have great tunes with easy to remember refrains of songs.  Below is a list put together by American film Institute for the top 25 greatest musicals.  I disagree with a few and haven't seen all of them, but have a few I would add.  So my top 25 follows there's.  I've been lucky to find another kindred spirit when it comes to loving musicals- my son.  His first musical he watched was at the age of 2 "The Wizard of Oz".  He has seen many of the below listed and I think he would put at the top of his list "Singin' in the Rain" too.  

Along with musicals comes their soundtrack which I have quite a few of.  The kids love guessing what movie the song is from.  They recognize many of the songs and the movie within a few chords of music. The addition of soundtracks makes my music collection on Itunes very eclectic.

 We drive hubby/dad nuts because he is not a musical lover.  However, he has watched "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" with me and didn't mind it too much.  He did mind the time my mom, me and him went to the movies to see Evita, which Madonna starred in.  Neither of us knew that the whole movie was a musical.  It was a little painful to sit through the whole song/dance dialogue knowing this was not his thing.  But we all survived and now is a running joke between the three of us.  

Sorry if you aren't a "musical" lover.  You really don't know what you are missing- a lot of joy and smiles. If you do like musicals or want to try them out check my favorite "25 musicals" list below. Your kids will probably enjoy them too.  Kid favorites: The Muppet Movie, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid- to name a few, but don't just stick with the "kid friendly" .  My oldest loves Singin' in the Rain and laughs throughout parts of the movie.
1Singin' in the Rain1952MGM
2West Side Story1961United Artists
3The Wizard of Oz1939MGM
4The Sound of Music196520th Century Fox
5Cabaret1972Allied Artists
6Mary Poppins1964Disney
7A Star Is Born1954Warner Bros.
8My Fair Lady1964Warner Bros.
9An American in Paris1951MGM
10Meet Me in St. Louis1944MGM
11The King and I195620th Century Fox
1342nd Street1933Warner Bros.
14All That Jazz197920th Century Fox
15Top Hat1935RKO
16Funny Girl1968Columbia
17The Band Wagon1953MGM
18Yankee Doodle Dandy1942Warner Bros.
19On the Town1949MGM
21Seven Brides for Seven Brothers1954MGM
22Beauty and the Beast1991Disney
23Guys and Dolls1955MGM
24Show Boat1936Universal
25Moulin Rouge!200120th Century Fox
Here are mine:  I don't know if I could ever put them in order from favorite to least, but I do think Singin' in the Rain, Meet me in St. Louis, Music Man, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Holiday Inn, Brigadoon, State Fair, In the Good Old Summertime, and White Christmas have all been watched several times (more than 5)
1. Singin' in the Rain
2. Meet me in St Louis
3.The Sound of Music
4. Music Man
5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
6. The Wizard of Oz
7. Chicago (2002)
8. My Fair Lady
9. Mary Poppins
10. Holiday Inn
11. King and I
12. Lost Horizon
13. Summer Stock
14. Annie
15. Fiddler on the Roof
16. Beauty and the Beast
17. The Muppet Movie
18. Brigadoon
19. The Little Mermaid
20. State Fair
21. In the Good Ole Summertime
22. White Christmas
23.Top Hat
24. Yankee Doodle Dandy
25. Oliver

1 comment:

  1. I love musicals! I have seen almost all the movies on your list, too. There's something to be said for musical theater that you just don't get out of a speaking movie. We recently watched Phantom of the Opera with the kids, and they were enthralled. I will definitely be adding musicals to our rental list when we have movie nights, and rainy days.