While Ry and I were jamming out in my car the other day to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack (yes, really), it occured to me that this was not the first time in my life that I was bass-ing out to a musical like the awesomely cool person that I am.
When I actually stopped to think about it, there have been musicals throughout my life that have influenced me greatly, and nearly all of my favorite movies are actually musicals! I had no idea I was that artistically well rounded. 😉
Just for the sake of sharing some good memories, here is a list of some of my favorite musicals/musical films (in chronological order of when they influenced my life):
One of the first movies that I really fell in love with, Aladdin was a huge influence in my childhood. I knew all of the words of the script and all of the lyrics in the songs. I also learned to play the entire score on the piano. I (at the age of 9) performed the entire movie (voices and all) to an airplane full of people on our way to visit family in Florida. I got a standing ovation.
Highlights: A Whole New World, Friend Like Me
The Phantom of the Opera
Even though I posted a gif from the film, what actually influenced me was the Broadway show of Phantom of the Opera. I had the opportunity to see the show live in both Canada and Ohio as a child, and I fell in love with the heavy drama and music. The falling chandelier terrified me a bit at such a young age, but overall I had very fond memories of the show(s) and the songs remain favorites of mine to this day. The film honestly didn’t impress me that much.
Highlights: Think of Me, The Music of the Night
I first fell in love with Grease when I was about 11 or 12, at my first “real big girl” slumber party. It was actually held at my ballet studio, where my instructor had our class stay over and we all put our sleeping bags in the practice hall and wheeled in a big TV with a VCR, ate popcorn and watched the movie twice in a row. It was my first time (of about a million) seeing Grease, but I still remember the experience to this day.
Highlights: Summer Nights, You’re The One That I Want
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling (2001)
Okay, I know it’s not really a film or stage show – but is IS most definitely a musical. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was THE #1 show of my teenage years. I literally “grew up” during the shows seven year run, and it probably one of the most influential parts of my life at the time (as sad as that may be). I had every single episode recorded (I hand recorded them on VHS) and ran multiple BtVS fansites on the web. In fact, much of my web-based knowledge started from my love of BtVS and the fact that I wanted to engage with other fans online. I can honestly say that BtVS literally made me the geek I am today. And Once More With Feeling was probably my favorite episode. A culmination of so much energy and emotion on the show, Joss Whedon really pulled out all the stops with this one, and it really paid off. I’m still waiting for the day this becomes a “legit” Broadway show – I’ll be sure to be the first in line for a ticket.
Highlights: Rest In Peace, Walk Through the Fire
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Even though Rocky Horror is an older film, it first made an impression in my life when I was in college. Every so often on Friday nights I would dress up in my most revealing black leather outfits (hah) and head over to the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland to watch the movie (which also included live stage performances alongside the film), sing along, and be generally frivolous and fun. These memories will always stay with me, as I had some of the most off-the-wall and crazy experiences of my life during Rocky Horror.
Highlights: Time Warp, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
OB-SESSED. Still to this day, Moulin Rouge! is my favorite film of all time (with the single exception, of course, being Back to the Future). From the ever talented Nicole Kidman, to the intricate and beautiful costumes, to the irreplaceable beauty of Baz Luhrmann’s direction, and the goosebump-inducing soundtrack, I just can’t ever get enough. I still listen to the soundtrack regularly and make sure to watch the film each year on my birthday.
Highlights: Your Song, Elephant Love Medley, Come What May
Pitch Perfect (2012)
The newest film of the batch, I have to admit I really didn’t have high expectations for this movie. Not really a fan of Glee, I was afraid this would fall into the same category. However I was pleasantly surprised by the movie and its charm (as well as the soundtrack) and both it and the soundtrack have quickly become favorites of mine.
Highlights: Cups, Trebles Finals, Bellas Finals
What are your favorite movie and Broadway musicals? Please, share them in the comments below!