What’s your favourite musical?

Some people love them and some people hate them.  I’m definitely in the first group.  I’ve grown up with Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard of Oz and, thanks to my girlfriend I now know the wonders of other great Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Oklahoma and Carousel.  I love them because they’re great stories with some very memorable tunes thrown in to liven it all up.  On Friday night I went to the Broadway Broads concert that the Christchurch Symphony presented, featuring the amazing voices of Naomi Ferguson and Ali Harper, among others.  They sung some fantastic renditions of songs from Broadway musicals, including I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, and The Worst Pies in London from Sweeney Todd.  I was smiling the whole way through because I knew most of the songs and was very tempted to sing along myself. 

My top five are:

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

2. Mary Poppins

3. Annie

4. Bugsy Malone

5. Oklahoma

Do you have a favourite musical or do you absolutely loathe them?