My Fave 5 Friday – Musicals

Happy Friday! This week, in honor of the Teenaged Attitude and myself going to see Wicked tonight, I will be sharing my 5 most favorite musical movies! Now, we love musicals in our house. Well, when I say “we”, I mean everyone but the hubby. And, let me tell you, we watch a wide variety of musicals, and of course we sing along. Who doesn’t, right? But, it was a very hard thing to narrow it down to just 5. I had to really think about the ones that we play the most. We watch everything from the animated musicals to the live action musicals, from the classics to the newest ones hitting the movie theaters. So, here are most favorite 5 musicals:

#5 – Sound of Music (1965 Twentieth Century Fox) 

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Who doesn’t love to watch the Von Trapp family find love and understanding, sing in mountains, and escape the Nazis. I usually try to play this one when the hubby is out of the house, as he’ll just walk through the room and roll his eyes.

#4 – The King and I (1956 Twentieth Century Fox) 

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The first time I saw this one, I was really young, and found it on one Saturday afternoon when I was staying at my grandmother’s house. The lovely costumes and singing caught my attention. This movie also made me love the hoop skirt.

#3 – Aladdin (1992 Disney) 

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I was in high school when this movie came out. My favorite aunt took me to see it, like she did whenever a Disney movie came out. I was in choir in high school, so this was really fun for me. As soon as it hit VHS, mom went out and bought it. I think my oldest daughter has my original copy, and I’d be surprised if it still works. Between how much I played it, and then as many times as both girls watched growing up, before it hit DVD, that is. And, this summer, the suburb that I live in even played it at the free movie in the park. Miss PJ packed up her youngest, and joined the Teenaged Attitude and myself to sit on a lumpy hillside and brave the mosquito population to sing our way through it.

#2 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953 Twentieth Century Fox) 

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I love Marilyn Monroe movies, and I love Jane Russell movies, so this one is toward the top of my list. I can watch this movie all day long, literally, and not tire of it. When the oldest was really little, she loved this move. She loved it so much, we did have to play it all day. Because of that, my first husband (who was a butcher at the time) would go into work singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. The other guys never let him live it down. 😉

And, we are at….

#1 – White Christmas (1954 Paramount) 

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Not only is this my favorite musical, it is also my most favorite Christmas movie of all time. A couple of years ago, a local movie theater did a one time only showing just before Christmas, so Miss PJ and I made the Teenaged Attitude go with us to see it. There weren’t many people there, and I think we were the youngest adults, as rest of the audience seemed to be grandparents with their younger grandchildren. But, I have watched this movie so much that the hubby groans when he sees it come out in every year in December. To me, it’s just not a good Christmas if I don’t get to watch it once a week, and on Christmas Eve. And, maybe Christmas day…. a couple of times. lol.

Again, this was really hard to pick just five movies from so many. Here is a sample of some of the others we watch on the regular, and these are not in any particular order: Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Moulin Rouge, Rocky Horror Picture Show, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Funny Face, The Little Mermaid, Meet Me in St. Louis, Sweeny Todd, Sleeping Beauty, Into the Woods, Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Roust About, Mama Mia, Evita, Hair Spray (new and old versions), Holiday Inn, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Victor/Victoria, and The Wizard of Oz. A couple of musicals that I feel I haven’t watched nearly enough of, and will be fixing that soon, is Oklahoma! and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Do you have any favorites that I missed? Are there any on my list that you love? Please comment and share, I would love to hear from you. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Teri Carpenter says:

    2 of my favorite Musicals are Brigadoon & Gypsy!

  2. Tonia says:

    Hey, Teri! I slightly remember Brigadoon, but I don’t remember Gypsy. I’ll have to hunt these down and watch ’em soon. Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. I also love White Christmas and Sound of Music. I started enjoying musicals as early as elementary school with musicals, both movies and stage, such as Annie, Sound of Music, among others.

    Then in middle school, my mom took me to see Wicked on Broadway and that was a huge important step in my musical journey. I was 12 at the time and the only thing I remember was that “Popular” was my favorite song. Wicked was the beginning of me starting to understand that musicals have an emotional side to them and the importance of an emotional connection. So in many ways Wicked sparked my love of musicals.

    The musicals I grew up with introduced me to many things that make a musical well a musical. From the spectacle to the dance to the comic aspect to the emotions of excitement, love, joy, and sad to an emotional connection. As a matter of fact that list is very similar to today.

    Growing up, all musicals were happy so I was the girl who just assumed all musicals were happy due to it was all I knew. Well 2012 comes along and I saw the movie of Les Mis and was quite surprised that it was indeed tragic and I noticed just how blind I was to certain emotions growing up. I may have known sad was common, but I honestly did not know what it meant for a song to be heartbreak. I didn’t become a true fan of Les Mis until 2013 when I gave that movie a second chance and I saw so much more and realized there is something special about that musical. Les Mis turned that love of musicals into a passion.

    I actually saw Les Mis live among many other musicals. I got to see Les Mis four times with three times at my community college and once in London. It is crazy how much more you discover in musicals as you get older.

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