While writing the reviews for the last two shows I’ve recently seen, I started looking things up on youtube. One thing let to another and the reviews still aren’t done. BUT I decided to make a quick post about my top ten songs in Musical Theatre, while I am at it. I realised that the list of shows the songs are from is pretty short. I’ve seen a lot more shows, but none of the songs stuck with me like these ten did, most of them for years. So, here we go:
10. Hasa diga eebowai- The book of Mormon
The review about the show is somewhere here on this blog. I really love the choir elements of the song, even if the lyrics are crude. Sound-wise it reminds me of The Lion King.
9. Hello- Book of Mormon
Same Musical, I know, but the song really stuck with me, actually still does. Every time I see a Mormon missionary the opening number of the show starts playing in my head.
08. For Good- Wicked
Simply love the duet between the two ladies. Great song!
07. Turn it off
Once more, Book of Mormon. I find this song to be really funny and incredibly sad at the same time.
06. He lives in you- The Lion King
I like both the version in the movie and in the show. Again: the choir
05. La Haine – Romeo et Juliette
I doubt this sing is well know, but I adore it. The way these two ladies sing these powerful and timeless lyrics. SO good! So you know what I am talking about, here is the video with subtitles. “How can you commit so many crimes and case so many victims in his name? Hatred, she comes and lies on your soul. So, listen to the women’s voices!
04. Belle – Notre Dame de Paris
My exchange partner introduced me to this song 20 years ago. Back then this musical was huge in France and I didn’t understand much, but Garou’s voice (the hunchback) fascinated me. It still does. Or the end, when all three voices come together. For me this song doesn’t work without Garou’s voice though, so I could never see the show with anyone else playing the role.
03. Defying Gravity- Wicked
I loved everything about this song. It’s one of the numbers where great lyrics and great music come together.
02. What part of my body- Bat out of Hell
The only number in musical theatre that ever made me cry. Sobbing, to be honest. It wasn’t only the music and the lyrics however, but mainly the chemistry and raw display of the two amazing people on stage, who originated the roles of Falco and Sloane. Another two roles I don’t think I can bare to watch being played by anyone else. (The song starts at 11:05 in the video below)
01. Les rois du monde – Romeo et Juliette
The song I’ve listened to the most out of all musical theatre songs. I spent hours trying until I could pronounce the words in the chorus at the speed they are doing it. It helped my French grade immensely. How amazing is that choir? The rhythm of it and the speed…
My secret all time number one, but it’s not a musical (yet?)
Colors of the wind- Pocahontas
Even as a child I found the lyrics very touching. We had a VHS tape of the trailer to the Pocahontas movie and I watched it so often it drove my parents mad. I still find them to be true. Today more so than ever.