Musicals Thread (Road Trips)

Welcome! The purpose of this thread is to talk about all things related to the wonderful world of musical theatre. Each week I will post a thread with a topic/question for everyone to respond to. This is also a great place to mention any new musicals you’ve discovered and/or general recommendations for other musical fans. Heard/seen any good shows lately? Have any theatre news to share? Tell us about it!

It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, so that means I’m traveling today. I won’t be around to discuss musicals with you, but I still wanted to create this space so you all can chat away while I’m away from my computer. Of course, I’ll be in here later to read all of your comments and share my thoughts. Try not to burn the place down while I’m gone. J

Because I’m traveling, I thought a good question this week would be do you listen to musicals in your car? And, what are some of your favorite musicals to listen to on road trips? I’m a big fan of listening to musicals on long drives. I find that it helps pass the time because I can imagine the story unfolding on stage while singing along to every song. If I’m alone, I’ll listen to anything. And I sing every song as if I’m in the show (and as if I have talent, which I do not). It’s great fun, but not necessarily a good idea if I have a passenger. My usual travel companion is my husband, so I try to pick musicals that he might enjoy. He’s fairly new to the world of musical theatre, and while he is very open and willing to listen to anything, if he’s awake I tend toward musicals like The Drowsy Chaperone because I already know he likes that one. Plus, it’s fun and fun musicals are the great to listen to on long, boring road trips. Another musical that I’m fond of listening to on trips is Les Miserables. It isn’t necessarily something I’d inflict on my husband, but I love it because it’s so long and there are lots of highs and lows. In other words, it keeps my attention throughout and by the time it’s over hours have passed without me even realizing it. I also like listening to new musicals on road trips. Sometimes I’m not 100% sure what’s happening in the story, but I can usually figure it out as I go. It’s a good time to listen to something new because I don’t have a lot of time where I can listen to an entire musical in one sitting outside of road trips. For this trip, I actually plan to listen to a few of the suggestions I’ve gotten from these weekly threads.

Before I finish, I’d like to bring your attention to the old threads that I’ve copied to the site here. If you’re new to our weekly musical discussions, feel free to go back and read the previous threads and discuss the topics there. Or, just go back and read the silly things I’ve written about musicals over the past 10 weeks (Jekyll and Hyde was a fun one).