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|Best Rock Musicals|
Being a theatre enthusiast and rock'n'roll fan, I just figured my first list should be of the ten rock musicals I consider to be the best.
|1||Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik|
Sensational. Absolute success and wonder. The play which this musical is based on is already marvelous on it's own (Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind; look this guy up) but the adition of music seems almost essencial after this version. The themes are timeless and always moving, like sexuality, suicide and the pressure of society, especially coming from adults towards adolescents. The score is very much a folk-ish alternative rock with beautiful lyrics. The story is relatable and inevitably packs a punch everytime. There is no film adaptation yet, but even the crappy bootleg youtube videos can communicate the energy and message (even though seeing the live show -if done by a good cast and director- is a whole other experience; trust me, I've seen it four times). Listen to "Mama Who Bore Me", "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" and "I Believe". Or just listen to the entire soundtrack, really.
|2||RENT by Jonathan Larson|
My favourite rock opera of all time, written about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, the LBGT community and heroin addiction. It's characters are a bunch of young misfits, many of them artists, living in New York and dealing with love, career and loss. It's music is wonderfully written and surprisingly positive, despite it's dark thematic. Listen to "Rent!", "La Vie Boheme" and "Out Tonight". (I would recommend the movie soundtrack for a first listen).
|3||Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice|
Another LLoyd Webber-Rice gem, it tells the story of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, one of the most complex and misunderstood biblical characters. It's controversy is just as grand as it's quality. Listen to "Superstar", "Heaven on Their Minds" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him".
|4||Next To Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey|
In a world full of musicals about people falling in love filled with standard show tunes, there is a light. Pulitzer-winning and Tony-snubbed (Billy Elliot was awesome, but please), this musical's themes are harsh and usually ignored in this field, like modern psychiatry, mental illness and drug abuse. The songs are genius and that's the only word I could find to express what I think of them. Listen to "Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I'm Falling", "I Am The One" and "Superboy and The Invisible Girl".
|5||Evita by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice|
I almost refused to write anything about this. Well, the rock opera is obviously about the notorious Argentine First Lady Eva Per?n and it's completely sung-through. I don't think I have to mention the movie, right? Listen to "Buenos Aires", "Oh What a Circus" and "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" (duh).
|6||Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken|
Based on low-budget 1960s dark comedy movie of the same name, this comedy-horror musical, scored by Disney homeboy Alan Menken, is brilliant enough for having as antagonists a Venus flytrap and a dentist. Menken is obviously a very talented composer, so it's actually predictable how great the music is. Listen to "Feed Me (Git It)", "Dentist!" and "Suddenly, Seymour".
|7||The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien|
One of the most random musicals ever created, it pays tribute to weird sci-fi and horror films. It's protagonist is a bisexual transvestite mad scientist, who (seriously) creates a tan, blonde surfer hottie a-la Frankenstein. The plot and characters, though somewhat shallow, are hilarious and likeable. The music is of the strangest kind. Listen to "The Time Warp", "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me" and "Sweet Transvestite".
|8||Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers|
BBAJ is a political satire about the infamous 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. It's staging is very cabaret-like and audience engaging (it even includes a lap dance!). Mr. Jackson is portrayed as an emo rock star, who claims "life sucks and [his] life sucks in particular". It all may sound immature, but that's where the wit of the play is. The songs are simple, infectious pop-punk tunes. Listen to "Rock Star", "Populism Yea Yea" and "The Saddest Song".
|9||Godspell by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak|
Based on the Gospel of Matthew, this musical is divided in parables and it's music is versatile and timeless. The play can be easily adapted and turned into whatever you like and it's portrait of religion is anything but cheesy or overly serious. Listen to "Day by Day", "Save the People" and "All For the Best".
|10||Hair by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt McDermot|
Hair is filled with anti-Vietnam, sexual revolution and drug culture anthems. It's music is spectacular hippie rock and it's story is engaging and poignant, if not a little messy, but I wonder if that's the point. The characters are very symbolic and share notable similarities with biblical characters. Listen to "Hair", "Ain't Got No" and "Aquarius".
|Cool list! I'd add Passing Strange and Hedwig & the Angry Inch. |
|Awesome! Jesus Christ Superstar is probably my favorite rock opera, though RENT has some good ones, too.|
|Next to Normal is my personal favorite, dealing with major depression myself.|
|hedwig is fantastic ^^|
Godspell and Hair are my favorites here, probably.
|I love Spring Awakening. But yeah, Ashman and Menken are gods among men.|
|7 is like the only musical I like/love|
|first list feature damn haha|
|holy shit 1 is 1|
that musical is amazing! I saw it on Broadway a couple of years ago with Hunter Parish. Such an incredible production. I really should get into musicals more, I pretty much unanimously love what I've seen.
great list man
|I figured you'd be into Rent, AIDS.|
|I almost added Hedwig! If the list were longer, Hedwig would be number 11 for sure. I love Passing Strange |
too, but it'd definitely be below/near Once!
|9 is such a fun show omg|
|Jesus Christ Superstar is by far the best. |
|As regards 'new' stuff, I like Passing Strange the most, but Hedwig and Spring Awkening are close.|
|Playing Ernst in a recent production of Spring Awakening was pretty much the most amazing experience of my life. I'm not actually a huge Rent fan, but SA and JC Superstar are absolutely A++ shows.|
|If you haven't seen Next to Normal I'd highly suggest it. As someone with mental illness it broke my heart in all the right ways.|
|I really like number 3. Good work with that list.|
|So glad to finally see a list like this. I wanted to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson so badly when it was on Broadway, but I waited too long and missed my chance. I heard it was brilliant. 1 deserves to be 1 and most people who criticize RENT are theater kids who are tired of hearing about it. It really is brilliant.|
I have tickets to Once for the end of this month and I'm excited to see it, even if it didn't make this list.
|I saw Once with Steve Kazee and it was fantastic. Very new for Broadway. All folksy emotional music.|