Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Great Musical Experiment

I grew up watching musicals, like, lots of musicals. I can hum the music that Eliza and the Prince danced to in My Fair Lady. I can sing every song from The King and I. When I was younger, me and my mom would decide which musical we would watch that night, not whether or not we would watch one. Because of this, it was rather surprising to me that Zach, a music major non-the-less, was severely lacking a musical film education. (side note, a song from Chicago just came on my coworker's computer) We've decided to remedy that....

I've been wanting to go as Velma Kelly for Halloween for years

We're going to go chronologically and watch all of the important musical films from the last 90 years or so. I'm really, really excited! Zach is pretty excited too, I think. I think he trusts me to pick good ones, and not make him just watch Carousel. Which brings me to the next point....there are some that we've decided to leave out due to me seeing them and hating them. I know that's not exactly fair, but I really don't want to have to watch Cats. So without further ado, here is the list:

Anything Goes1936
Some like it Hot1939
The Wizard of Oz1939
Yankee Doodle Dandy1942
Meet me in St Louis1944
Annie Get Your Gun1950
Singin' in the Rain1952
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes1953
Kiss Me, Kate1953
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers1954
Guys and Dolls1955
The King and I1956
Damn Yankees1958
South Pacific1958
West Side Story1961
The Music Man1962
Bye Bye Birdie1963
My Fair Lady1964
The Sound of Music1965
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying1967
Thoroughly Modern Millie1967
Hello, Dolly!1969
Sweet Charity1969
Fiddler on the Roof1971
Jesus Christ Superstar1973
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975
All That Jazz1979
Victor Victoria1982
A Chorus Line1985
Little Shop of Horrors1986
Cannibal! The Musical1996
Les Miserable1998
Moulin Rouge!2001
The Phantom of the Opera2004
Walk the Line2005
Mamma Mia!2008

Then, as the piece de resistance, we're going to go see Wicked live! It seems like a good way to end the project - ending with one that's new and currently touring. Please let me know if there's something good I left out! There are a lot of these that I haven't seen myself, so I'm really looking forward to it. I've never actually seen Singin' in the Rain, if you can believe it!

I want to be Julie Andrews


  1. What a great idea! You should keep updating on what Zach (and you) think of the movies!

  2. I'm planning on it! There will be an entry for each one.

  3. Glad that I raised you right! : )