Perhaps one of the most beloved musicals of all time thanks in main part to its movie adaptation, The Sound Of Music was the last collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. These two incredible musical writers would not only pick up where Showboat! left off and change the face of musicals forever, they would write musicals on a range of subjects that would be as timeless as the incredible music that accompanied them. The Sound of Music was no exception. With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, The Sound Of Music is based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp. The music is set in Austria in 1938, on the eve of the Anschluss. Maria is a novice who takes a job as a governess at the behest of her Mother Superior. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t know the plot … Read more
We’re excited to say that after weeks of fervent discussions on our social network groups (Facebook and Twitter), voting has now closed for the BritishTheatre.com Top 100 Musicals Poll. We’re madly counting the ballots now and we will start advising the results from the 1st September 2016. Thank you for placing over 20,000 votes for musicals. We’ve had a quick look at the ballots and some interesting choices have been made. Don’t forget that this poll has been voted on by you the public, not any musical theatre professionals, and the results reflect your tastes. Get ready for the results.
Voting for the Top 100 Musicals Poll finishes at 11.50pm on Sunday night. We asked a few of our reviewers to put down their thoughts on their favourite musicals. Just back from a stint at the Edinburgh Festival, Paul T Davies gave us his thoughts:- “It took a long time for me to appreciate musicals. My only exposure to them when growing up was my mother’s fondness for the American film versions; we never went to the actual theatre. Some of those films are classics, but I hated them! Saccharine and sugary, the boy always got the girl and it all seemed so fake. Not fashionable to say it, but I can’t stand The Sound of Music– just what do you all see in it? The really annoying thing about The Sound of Music is, even if you hate it, you know every song. There’s one in your head now … Read more