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    What musicals/plays do you like? Has anyone seen "Oklahoma!"? Do you like musicals at all? I thought "Oklahoma!" was kind of wierd because everyone picks on Judd and then they are happy when he dies, but he hasn't really done anything to them, and Gershwin makes it seem like Judd's death is a good thing. At least that is the way it was in the tape I rented of it. I never saw it in the theatre. If you saw the tape, don't you hate the type of scenes like when the girls are dressing and when the main girl is having the dream? If noone ever saw it, then just write your opinions on other musicals you've seen.
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    I love musicals. Everytime I go on a road trip I pack a few CD's of muscals to pass the time. The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite. I saw it in Toronto at an impressionable age (15.) I also really like Evita, Les Mis, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats and the West Side Story. I've seen the West Side Story as performed my St. Ignasius (sp?) high school in Cleveland. The rest I've only seen the movies or haven't seen at all ... but I have the soundtracks to all of them and more. It's kind of embarassing, but I know the words to almost all of them ... spoken lines, too.
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    You should look up "Oklahoma&#33;" I love the song "Poor Judd is Dead." It&#39;s great.
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    Musicals aren&#39;t my favourite. They sound for me very similar each piece. About plays, i would say i like Schiller and Shakespeare plays best

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    Originally posted by daniel@Aug 7 2004, 04:53 AM
    Musicals aren&#39;t my favourite. They sound for me very similar each piece. About plays, i would say i like Schiller and Shakespeare plays best
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    Me, too. I only like a few of the songs from certain musicals. B) I love Macbeth.
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    Originally posted by Rhadamanthus@Aug 6 2004, 09:42 PM
    What musicals/plays do you like?
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    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the phantom of the opera&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; LOL. My dream and goal is to be Christine in the Phantom...I mean play the part. I have never seen The Phantom of the Opera, but....I do have all the sheet music and whole entire script as well as the 2 disc CD of the original cast and another version of it&#33; There is also a musical called, "Phantom," based on the same story...and written at the same time as Andrew LLyodd Webber wrote his. The music is so beautiful it can break your heart *sniffles.* I love My Fair Lady, especially the song, "I Could Have Danced All Night," which I have sung many many many times lol in public. I want to see Rocky Horror Picture Show...because I did the timewarp with some people in some talent show and it was so fun&#33; I know so many songs from musicals...but I haven&#39;t seen many&#33; I seen, "The King And I," on video...it was awesome&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; I seen, "The Sound of Music," on video also. I seen "South Pacific," which was not a favorite of mine...it was kind of corny too me...but I sang Bali Hai from that musical...which was very very very fun...and it is a beautiful song. I seen The Wizard of Oz which I hated because it is so overplayed. Oh&#33; I want too see the Lion King on musical&#33; And I want to tour as Tuptim from, "The King and I." I love musicals&#33; Tee hee&#33;&#33;&#33;
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    Originally posted by Rhadamanthus@Aug 7 2004, 03:06 PM
    I love Macbeth.
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    I LOVE THAT PLAY&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;
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    me too . I love shakespeare, all his work is nice, so far I&#39;ve read king lear, macbeth, and hamlet . they&#39;re all wonderful

    MacBeth was turned into an opera by verdi. I heard a bit of it, with fischer-dieskau, I was impressed by how verdi manages to keep the atmosphere of the play, despite the cuts, and the less than perfect italian libretto (not everybody is shakepeare) .

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    Oh yeah, Shakespeare is the best. I don&#39;t like to read it, though. It needs to be performed&#33; I&#39;ve seen the Comedy of Errors at OSU and the Tempest, which was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (that performance was great.) I also enjoy the movies, both recent and old ones.
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    Has anyone seen Les Miserables? I&#39;ve heard about this play so many times, but I&#39;ve never heard what it&#39;s about. The poster intrigues me with the painting of the child. The story doesn&#39;t sound too perky from the title does it? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Angel of Music
    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the phantom of the opera!!!!! LOL.
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    I caught the Phantom film a few mths back...
    There simply was too much nonsense and practically too much singing.
    They shouldn't have toyed with the original stage play.
    Leave it alone people!

    I love Shakespeare also... except Merchant of Venice.

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    Yeah, I nearly forgot.. I quite like Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
    The song Summertime is a classic, sleek.

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    Into the Woods is one of my favorites.
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    Cats / Les Miserables/ Joseph and the amazing dreamboat .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quaverion View Post
    What musicals/plays do you like? Has anyone seen "Oklahoma!"? Do you like musicals at all? I thought "Oklahoma!" was kind of wierd because everyone picks on Judd and then they are happy when he dies, but he hasn't really done anything to them, and Gershwin makes it seem like Judd's death is a good thing. ...
    I don't know what Gershwin has to do with this, but you prove perceptive in identifying the Judd problem as you do. Oklahoma! was the first of the several musicals I've had an opportunity to direct, and the Judd issue can indeed make one uncomfortable. As an ironist I seek out irony in drama, and the relationship of Curly and Judd is a splendid example of irony. We have a story proposing a friendly relationship between antagonists, farmers and cattle herders ("cowmen") (a classic "western" conflict), and the "hero", Curly, who should be working to promote the friendship, actually spurs up antagonism and hatred. Of course, the "friendship" between cowmen and farmers is cemented through marriage in this play, not through a more logical agreement of pure tolerance and cooperation and understanding of the conflicted parties. When one considers the era in which this play was written and the various conflicts facing America and the world in that era (conflicts such as race and religious and nationalistic bigotry), one may find the solution Oklahoma! proposes as ironical, as well. Marriage was often the last solution for settling such prejudices, in favor of less intimate solutions such as treaties and mutual agreements of give-and-take.

    It remains a problematical story. But the music, by Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, still reigns superb.

    You might enjoy reading the following article: https://www.onstageblog.com/columns/...ve-on-oklahoma


    Meanwhile, continue exploring musicals, theatre, and music in general. With your apparent sense of perception, you should find much to ponder. And, you should find that that very pondering enhances your understanding of life itself. Which is what art is actually all about.

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