So many. So so so many. I love musicals. I was brought up on them. My mum and dad took my sister and I to the theatre from a young age. Dad often recalls the story of how I sat enchanted for the whole of of the show while other children wriggled and talked. I have never lost my love of theatre and love going I think it's just magical. If I had one wish that was purely selfish just for me I'd wish to be able to sing! I love to stand on a stage and belt out a song. However that's not to be. My true passion and luckily for me my job is dancing! I started young. This is me making my stage debut as a duckling!
My Fandom 5 is going to focus on musicals with some brilliant dances in.
1. West Side Story
My favourite musical. Ever. I cry at the start because they are so happy and and I know it's sad later. I just adore it. The super cool Jets versus the flamboyant, colourful Sharks, the costumes, the music, the style. In this I'd love to play Anita. She's sassy, passionate and doesn't take any of Bernardo's crap. Oh and she gets the BEST dance routines. Here she is singing her signature song 'America'. Love her.
2. Singing in the rain
Two words Gene Kelly. I'm not ashamed to say I have a massive crush on him. I think he is fantastic. So many wonderful dances in this 'Make 'em Laugh' is a brilliant number but my favourite will always be 'Good Mornin'.
However I love Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Seldon but my favourite character in this is the hilarious Lina Lamont. I love her and her accent. My favourite scene.....
This is one of the first musicals I remember going to see. We went to Blackpool to watch it with my Nanna and Grandad. Brian Blessed was Old Deuteronomy and you could go on stage at the interval and get his autograph. One of the most magical moments was at the start of the second half the Cats came through the audience during the overture. One cat took my hat off me and put it on. Another did a handstand on the rail of the orchestra pit. I can close my eyes and still see it clearly. My favourite cat is Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat.
4. Phantom of the Opera
Ok so we have moved away from dance slightly to indulge the dream of me being able to sing! And if I could I'd sure as heck love to sing like Christine Daae. This is the musical most performed in my shower to my audience of shampoo and conditioner. They are my biggest fans!
5. Les Miserables
Now I'm not talking about the film. I mean the stage musical. I love this musical whole heartedly and unashamedly. I am currently listening to the soundtrack and crying. It's just brilliant. Now I know what your thinking. You think I want to be Eponine or Fantine. You'd be wrong. Don't get me wrong they have amazing songs and stories to play out. However my favourite character is Gavroche. "Little People" is a brilliant song and young me would annoy my parents playing it on repeat and working out dances to it.
Honourable Mention - Bob Fosse
I couldn't talk about musicals with out mentioning Bob Fosse. I love all his choreography. It's witty and wonderful. The stylisation of the movements are just brilliant. So I would be any dancer in any musical by Bob Fosse. Here is my favourite piece of his choreography for you to enjoy. It's Rich Mans Frug from Sweet Charity.
I really enjoyed this weeks 5 thanks to Nicole at How To Fangirl for Adults for the brilliant suggestion. And as always thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for starting all the fun! I'm off to sing and dance about my house!