For the Love of Musicals

Today I won tickets to see the musical Grease on stage tomorrow night, and in celebration of this marvellous win, I have decided to share a review of my favourite musicals!

I am a bit of a musical junkie. Every chance I get to go and see a musical I will take it. Lucky enough for me, there have been more and more musicals coming to Brisbane each year and every year I seem to find a musical or two that I just have to see. So I have done up a little list of the musicals I love the most. I hope you love these choices as much as I do! 

Les Miserables

Les Miserables is by far my favourite musical! This was the very first musical I had seen when I was 12 years old and I almost know all of the songs off by heart. The deep, emotional tail really captured me and the heart wrenching songs really added to the emotion. When this stunning musical was turned into a movie I was beside myself! I love the movie also but nothing can beat the intensity of seeing the musical played out live on stage.


Wicked really surprised me because I did not expect it to be as good as it was! I went into this with no exceptions. I did not know the story line or the songs but this musical really swept me off my feet! The story is imaginative and fits well with the original Wizard of Oz tale and the songs are epic and catchy. The colourful sets and costumes also really add to the whole Wicked experience! 

The Producers

I saw this musical on stage before the movie featuring Will Ferrell and Matthew Broderick came out, and I loved it, but I didn't love it as much as I loved the movie! I am obsessed with this movie. I even saw it in the cinema three times when it came out. On stage it was great, but for this particular musical I thought the casting and the delivery of the humour was much better in the movie version. 

Phantom of the Opera

Now this is a classic when it comes to musicals. You could hardly call yourself a musical lover if you have not seen this. The tale is timeless and so is the music. It is dark, eerie and visually stunning with epic costumes and grandiose sets that transport you back in time. This is a truly haunting and thrilling musical to experience.

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is just a good, fun musical with some great songs! It is all about the life and times of the band called 'The Four Seasons' which features all of their best songs. If you have never heard of the band, I am sure you have heard of their songs such as 'Walk like a Man' and 'Big Girls Don't Cry'. Jersey Boys is the type of musical where you have to resist the urge to sing along. This one sure does make for a good fun night out.

Guys and Dolls

This musical was special for me because I got to see it on Broadway in New York with an A List cast! I also had no expectations for this musical. I did not know the story line or the songs but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The acting was fantastic as was the story line and the songs. It is pretty much a classic romantic comedy tail wrapped up into a lovely musical. 

Avenue Q

What can I say about Avenue Q? This is one of the most bizarre yet amazing musicals I have seen. I would probably call this the XXX version of sesame street. This musical features puppets singing songs about porn, alcohol and there is even a puppet sex scene. I had so much fun at this show and my boyfriend loved it too! This is definitely a musical you can take your partner to and I can guarantee you will both walk out laughing! 

War Horse

This is another surprising one for me. I had no interest in seeing this if I hadn't received free tickets, but it really was a stunning stage play. It is more of a play than a musical this one and I was a bit hesitant that it would be too sad and boring but it was far from it. It has a very well rounded story line that flows seamlessly and the emotions they were able to portray through a horse puppet is amazing. The highlight for me was the giant horse puppets. They were so realistic, I could hardly keep my eyes off of them.

Have you seen any of these musicals for yourself? What is your all time favourite musical?


Rachel @ Grayberry said...

I like Wicked best overall probably... because it was one of my favorite books first. But I love the music from Les Mis the best... Hairyspray is quite good, too.

Dee @ A Deecoded Life said...

I only saw Wicked and Phantom and they both moved me to tears! Stunning indeed.

Congrats on your win. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the comment you left on my Oktoberfest post! I've only seen Wicked in person, but it was awesome!

Lindsey Louise Bales said...

i love musicals! guys and dolls has always been my favorite!

lindsey louise


Anonymous said...

This sounds bad but I have never actually been to a musical. I have always intended to but the timing has just never been right for me. The top ones I want to see are Les Miserables & The Phantom of the Opera.
I also hear Lion King the musical is supposed to be incredible!

Kate | Diaries of an Essex Girl

Marielle said...

I love Wicked, Phantom, and Grease! Xanadu and Book of Mormon are hilarious, and Spring Awakening is powerful.

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