top 10 :: my favorite musicals
I watched very little television growing up in my parent’s home. Other than an episode of Reading Rainbow every now and then, my earliest memory of any screen time I had was not until the third grade. I’m grateful for this really. My parents filtered out much of the junk and left room for classic shows and movies that I still love today.
Little House on the Praire aired every morning at nine o’clock on TBS. I was home-schooled at the time and Laura Ingalls was my first subject of the day. To this day, my mom and I begin to feel nostalgic (in a sappy sort of way) when we hear the opening theme song (anyone else imagining three sisters running through the prairie grass about right now?).
It was around this time that my mom also introduced me to the world of musicals. These movies quickly made an impression on me and I devoured as many of them as I could. I can’t imagine my childhood (or life for that matter) without the friendships I’ve shared with ‘Fräulein Maria’, ‘Dolly Levi’, ‘Esther Smith’, and my dear ‘Calamity Jane’.
I will never forget the time I first saw The Sound of Music. Then and now, it remains my favorite. And in honor of last night’s 84th Academy Awards, here are nine more classics that are winners in my heart.
1. The Sound of Music- “I tried to give this dress to the poor, but they didn’t want it!” Oh how I love you, Maria.
2. Meet Me in St. Louis- Of all the musicals, I have re-watched this one the most. I can’t imagine it ever growing old on me. To this day, I wish I could dress like Esther, ride around on an ice truck, make homemade catsup on the stove, and hang out of a trolly while singing my heart out.
3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers- Don’t you just love a girl who has her priorities straight? Like Milly for instance, who refused to marry Adam Pontipee until “she finished her chores”. I must also say that I used to have a major crush on Benjamin Pontipee, which left me jealous of a girl named, Dorcas.
4. Calamity Jane- Doris Day is just so great in this one.
5. Fiddler on the Roof- Joe and I got to see Chaim Topol in person during in his final tour of Fiddler when they came to Minneapolis, it was wonderful!
6. State Fair- I credit this movie for my fascination with the Minnesota State Fair. We go every year, and I must watch this movie the night before, it’s tradition.
7. Hello, Dolly! - When Joe asked me to marry him, I was on the fence. That was, however, until he busted out his Louis Armstrong impersonation. Sealed the deal!
8. Annie- To this day, I have a hard time watching anything starring Carol Burnett. Regardless, I can’t help but love this little curly redhead.
9. The Wizard of Oz- I’m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to realize that this movie was just Dorothy’s dream and that her uncles were the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion.
10. White Christmas- I remember watching this one for the first time with my grandmother, who loved Bing more than any of us.
Would you believe that I have never seen My Fair Lady and Singin’ in the Rain all the way through? And it’s been so long since I’ve given Carousel, Oklahoma, The King and I, and South Pacific a try. They never stuck with me when I was young, so I haven’t bothered since.
What are your favorite musicals? Do tell.