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Top 10 Musicals Revisited: 1960 - 1969 

Of the musicals listed below, which is your Top Musical of 1960-1969?
CABARET 40%  40%  [ 6 ]
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
1776 20%  20%  [ 3 ]
MAN OF LA MANCHA 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
CAMELOT 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
THE FANTASTICKS 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
HAIR 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
OLIVER! 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
HELLO, DOLLY! 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 15

Top 10 Musicals Revisited: 1960 - 1969 
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Post Top 10 Musicals Revisited: 1960 - 1969
Some time ago, we did a series of weekly polls where we voted for our Top 10 musicals of each decade and then I compiled a list working out statistically what the Top 10 musicals were for each decade. I thought it might be fun to revisit the topic as those threads were among those lost when the board was moved. However, I thought we would take a slightly different approach this time. I saved the lists when I did the stats and so I have the ordered lists for each decade. I thought that we could, week by week, revisit each decade, this time using a polling feature with a vote for your favourite musical out of the Top 10 we collectively chose last time and then a few questions. Participation will be open ended in each thread, in other words there will never be a cut off date and new members can vote and respond whenever they like. Please don't skip ahead and try to start a new decade earlier. This can be great fun if we work together. As I remember, the discussions last time around became very interesting.

TOP 10 MUSICALS: 1960 - 1969

Vote for your number one musical of the decade, listed above in the order in which they ranked during the previous polls and answer the questions below.

1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why?

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why?

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why?

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it?

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss.

For the sake of having an easy reference, other musicals that featured in the old poll included: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Sweet Charity; Mame; Bye Bye Birdie; Anyone Can Whistle; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever; Funny Girl; Promises, Promises; The Canterbury Tales; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Zorba; 110 in the Shade; High Spirits; Baker Street; No Strings; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; I Do, I Do; Robert and Elizabeth; Dear World; She Loves Me; Ben Franklin in Paris; and The Apple Tree.

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Post Re: Top 10 Musicals Revisited: 1960 - 1969
Not having too much knowledge of the Golden Age and what makes a good musical during this period, so I will judge by my favorites. I also have little knowledge of these musicals scripts, so I'll judge based on the OBC's.

1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why?
How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying or You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. They are both very fun, and have wonderful scores which works brilliantly with the forwarding of the plots.

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why?
I hate Hair. I think it is a horrible musical. The music doesn't seem written as a unit, and the book is weak. Loathe it.

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why?
Again I will post my own top 10 list:
Cabaret
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
Anyone Can Whistle
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Promises, Promises
Fiddler on the Roof
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
Oliver!
Dear World
Mame

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it?
How To Succeed In Business Without Even Trying and Anyone Can Whistle are frequently played, especially the former. I love the recording!

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss.
I would like SOMEONE to rework Anyone Can Whistle. I think there is a Gem hidden there, just waiting to shine. I have no idea on how to solve its problems, but I think it has great potential!

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1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why?
My a hair, Fiddler on the Roof, although Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, How to Succeed (WHY ISN'T IT ON THE LIST) and (to a lesser extent) Forum come really close. Fiddler is just a stunningly beautiful piece of work. Just wonderful.

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why?
I'd say either Hair (which is a hot mess, but an enjoyable one) or Hello, Dolly. I don't actively dislike either--like I said, Hair is an absolute train wreck, but it's just infectiously fun in its stupidity, and Dolly is happiness porn, but it's like pure sugar, so you can't outright hate it--but they stand a sizable notch below the others.

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why?
How to Succeed, easily. That's near the top of the decade for me, so the fact that it's not on the list is really disappointing. It's a brilliant satire, and, in my opinion, it's Loesser's best show (better than Guys and Dolls, I'd say). It's also in my top 3 musical Pulitzer winners. Just the fact that it's in that group says something.

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it?
The OBCs to Man of La Mancha and Camelot are two of my regular listening choices. The Brian Stokes Mitchell revival recording of MOLM is pretty great too. Also revivals, the 1998 recording of Cabaret, the 1996 recording of Forum, the 2009 recording of Hair (LMAO), the Pearl Bailey recording of Hello Dolly (step aside, Carol Channing), and the 1995 recording of How to Succeed are all regularly played on my iPod.

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss.
Someone, please, revive Mame. It's pure sugar, like Dolly, only better. It could be a great star vehicle!

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1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why?
Got to go with Hair. In addition to being one of the first musicals to introduce a rock score to a Broadway stage, it was one of the first shows (right up there with Company, among others) to deal with an idea, a movement, a paradigm, rather than any specific plot (though there was the barest of one sprinkled through it).

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why?
I'd say they all deserve a spot. There isn't really a musical in this Top 10 list that I disagree with.

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why?
As a Fosse fan, I might nominate Sweet Charity, but that isn't predicated on quality so much as my love for the direction and choreography of Bob Fosse on just about any show, hit or flop.

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it?
I did vote for Hair, so I can't discount the original Broadway cast recording. For all its imperfections, the ambiance of the recording itself is raw and exciting and energetic, and it's one of the most effective snapshots ever captured of a show onstage, which when you think about it is what a cast recording is supposed to be and the best cast recordings are.

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss.
I've been working for some time on ideas for a screenplay of Hair that is more faithful to the original play than the 1979 motion picture which shares a common title, some characters, and some songs. It's one of the few things I've written/adapted for which I am actually documenting my creative process. The blog is currently not as up-to-date as it could be, but I'm planning an update soon, I promise! (He said frantically.)

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1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why? 1776. The libretto is one of the top three strongest books of a musical and is constantly teasing the audience in the best possible way.

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why? Oliver. The score is top-notch, but doesn't hold up as a whole.

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why? Bye Bye Birdie. The first real 'rock musical' and one of the better satires.

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it? Mame.

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss. Mame

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1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why?
I voted for Cabaret a while back and I stand by that, though I do also love Fiddler, Man of La Mancha, and Camelot dearly.

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why?
Hello, Dolly! I don't dislike it, but it's not really at the level of the others on the list, in my view.

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why?
I'd have likely given a spot to Mame. One of those good old classics that is known, but perhaps doesn't get enough appreciation. (and is, IMO, more deserving of a spot than Hello, Dolly!).

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it?
I love the 1998 revival album of Cabaret. Though some of the show's purists may deride it as tasteless or oversexed, I adore it simply for how the score was handled.

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss.
This is a tough one... I'd love a film remake of Cabaret that was faithful to the stage version. (I enjoyed the 1972 film, but it really was more of an adaptation of I Am A Camera featuring songs from Cabaret. And though I love Liza Minnelli in general, I thought she was miscast as Sally Bowles.) Though I'd also love to see film versions of Camelot and Man of La Mancha featuring casts that could sing well.

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1. Which is your favourite musical from this decade? Why?
Tough choice between 1776 and Fiddler, but 1776 has the slight edge for me. I'm a bit of an American history nut, so I love the way it so successfully takes this iconic textbook moment in history and breathes exciting life into it. It's witty, thought provoking, and full of wonderful characters.

2. Which musical on the Top 10 list is least deserving of a spot? Why?
Well, I've never been much of a Hair fan, so I guess I'll go with that one. I just find it so sloppy, I don't really care about the characters much, don't like a lot of the songs.

3. Which musical from this decade that didn't make the list do you think should have appeared in the Top 10? Why?
Probably How To Succeed. It's a well-constructed comedy, a great satire, with a terrific score.

4. Which cast recording of a show that premiered in this decade is your favourite? Why can't you stop listening to it?
The 1996 Broadway revival recording of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is probably my favorite. It's tuneful, infectious, great performances; it's just fun to listen to!

5. If you could pitch a film version, television adaptation or revival for a musical from this decade, which would you choose? Who would you cast? Discuss.
Oh my gosh, it would have to be a film adaptation of Anyone Can Whistle, just for the sheer insanity of it. And Angela Lansbury would HAVE to be in it!

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Thank you for the informative posts.


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