Musicals: Old and New

Written By: Charlotte

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I love musicals. I love the songs and the stories. I like old musicals and new ones, although not too old because I find it distracting when it is in black and white because I prefer films more than stage shows. So here are a few of my favourite musicals, I’m going to go from my least favourite to the best.

My least favourite musical is a tie between Calamity Jane and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Just because these are my least favourite doesn’t mean they are not amazing, there are just others I prefer more. Calamity Jane follows the story of an Indian scout called Calamity Jane. Calamity travels to Chicago to recruit an actress to perform back in her home town, Deadwood, Dakota Territory. It is a story of her friendship with Katie Brown and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. In Seven Brides for Seven Brothers a backwoodsman called Adam Pontipee brings home a wife (Maggie) and his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. The seven brothers have names beginning with each letter of the alphabet beginning with the oldest Adam and then Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank and Gideon.

Next on my list is Les Miserables but it is the 2012 film version that I like. The film follows the story of Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory workers daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. My favourite songs are probably ‘Red and Black/ABC Café’, ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘On My Own’.

Next is the High School Musicals! That’s right I think they’re great and I don’t care what you think. The follow the story of some teenagers and their life through high school, hence the name. There are three movies in total and my favourite out of them is probably the last one. My favourite songs are ‘When There Was Me And You’ (HSM 1), ‘Breaking Free’ (HSM 1), ‘Work This Out’ (HSM 2), ‘Gotta Go My Own Way’ (HSM 2), ‘Bet On It’ (HSM 2), ‘I Don’t Dance’ (HSM 2), ‘Now Or Never’ (HSM 3), ‘Scream’ (HSM 3) and ‘Can I Have This Dance’ (HSM 3).

Now there is another tie between Moulin Rouge and The Phantom of the Opera. In the Moulin Rouge a poet (Christian) falls for a beautiful Courtesan (Satine) who a jealous Duke covets. It follows the story of Satine and Christian’s forbidden love. Some of my favourite songs from this musical are ‘Your Song’, ‘El Tango de Roxanne’, ‘Elephant Love Medley’, ‘Come What May’ and ‘Come What May (Reprise)’. In The Phantom of the Opera a young Soprano (Christine) becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House (The Phantom). Some of my favourite songs are ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’, ‘All I ask Of You’, ‘The Music Of The Night’ and ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’.

Now for my favourite musical, Pitch Perfect! It is fairly new and it is such a good film. In Pitch Perfect Beca, a freshman at Barden University is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls a capella singing group. She injects some much needed energy into their repertoire and The Bellas take on their male rivals in a competition. Some of my favourite songs are ‘Cups’, ‘The Riff Off’, ‘The Pool Mash up’, ‘The Trebles Finals’ and ‘The Bellas Finals’. I can’t wait for the sequel which is set to come out later this year!