Friday, July 3, 2009

The Greatest Musical

I've often read that Gypsy is considered to be the quintessential American musical. Now I'll admit, it has great tunes. But the greatest American musical? Too dark. I've thought about this. I started to choose The Wizard of Oz because of the nostalgic remembrances of being a kid and being allowed to eat supper in the living room on tv trays. But I think The Sound of Music is the greatest musical. It has everything: wonderful singalongable tunes, war, Catholicism, class struggle, nationalism, conflict, sex, suspense, intrigue, spies, romance, beautiful scenery, and a fundamental decency that assures us that good people win. Hell it‘s got everything but a good hairstyle for the heroine. I feel it’s the perfect musical.