Good Musicals: Do they exist?

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Good Musicals: Do they exist?

Postby quasarwutwut » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:30 pm

I don't like musicals and I don't like musical theater. I run into a lot of people who seem to share the same opinion, but I'm wondering if I'm unaware of some sort of little-known indie scene that is chock-full of great productions that Andrew Lloyd has purchased and locked in a vault somewhere so no one can hear them. Admittedly the bulk of my exposure is to what I guess are "mainstream" productions, Broadway etc. I think the closest I've come to enjoying one would be the film "Once", but even that was a bit of a stretch for me.

What I'm hoping for is for someone to say, "I was like you, but once you hear/see _____ you will never feel this way again!". I would love to be turned on to something I don't know about.

Anyone have any hot tips, or am I doomed to a Rent-free lifestyle forever?

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Postby Lep » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:11 pm

Few and far between, I would say, unless you just like Broadway-type shows. Some dance companies are edgier and more fun (some are dreadfully dull, of course).

Choreographer Alain Platel often uses a live (very good) band, Aka Moon, whom I've enthused about here before.

Internets video, of course, doesn't do it justice:

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That was VSPRS, which I loved. In their following one, "Pitié," the music was even better, but the show was not as good, I thought.

And Marc Ribot has composed for Ultima Vez.

I don't know why all these types seem to be Belgians...

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Postby Sven Killer Robot Spacema » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:14 pm

I hate musicals too. I got dragged to Spamalot. I drank beer at a microbrewery beforehand and I had to climb over this huge fat guy to take a piss. It was a bit long but not too bad. if you like Python might be worth renting a DVD if there's one out there.

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Postby Lep » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:23 pm

I searched around for the Nets for Tooth of Crime, but everything I found was sucky college productions.

It has been guessed that Sam Shephard based the main character on Patti Smith (but in the play, it's a man), with whom he had worked earlier. (I think they may have been an item as well.)

It would be hard to do... very dated, and I would imagine the tone would be hard to get right. I've always wanted to try, though. Maybe one day I will, though I haven't even heard the music! The original or that of the T-Bone Burnett remake of the score in the 90s.

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Re: Good Musicals: Do they exist?

Postby steve-o » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:26 pm

quasarwutwut wrote:I don't like musicals and I don't like musical theater. I run into a lot of people who seem to share the same opinion, but I'm wondering if I'm unaware of some sort of little-known indie scene that is chock-full of great productions that Andrew Lloyd has purchased and locked in a vault somewhere so no one can hear them.


No. All musicals blow. End of story.

Unless you're talking about Cannibal: The Musical, that is.

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Postby Lep » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:31 pm

On a related note, there are plans for a musical of "American Psycho," or maybe should that be "American Psycho!"

I'm 99.99999% convinced that this will suck really hard. Unless they can actually get Whitney Houston and Phil Collins to be in it.

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Postby Jake » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:51 pm

I quite enjoyed Hedwig and the Angry Inch when I saw it off Broadway a hundred years ago. Which was kind of indie. But still super gay. In a good way. But that's the only musical I can think of that has any real "punk" aesthetic whatsoever.

I like all the classics though. Pretty much anything with Judy Garland or Julie Andrews. Or Fred Astaire. But I also love Patti LuPone.

Confession: I was way, way, way into Les Miserables in high school. Ask Phil. Pretty embarrassing in retrospect. But I was dating a theatre girl, so...what can you do?

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:08 pm

Okay, I'm about to lose all my indie cred, but 'Singin' In The Rain' is actually pretty awesome. If for nothing else, this kool sequence with Donald O'Connor:

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Postby Ad » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:30 pm

Okay, I'm about to lose all my indie cred, but 'Singin' In The Rain' is actually pretty awesome.


Not at all...I love that movie.

Also, 'West Side Story.' I guess it's because I saw it when I was a little kid and decided right then and there that I wanted to be in a gang. Then I reached the wise old age of about 10 and realized that real gang members don't sing and dance and don't dress nearly as well. I still think it's great though.

John Waters 'Cry Baby' featuring Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Tracy Lords, Patty Hearst, etc, etc. is probably the best musical ever filmed, though.


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