I only know three musicals.

My dad is a creature of habit. Every Easter he watches Jesus Christ Superstar. Every Fourth of July he watches 1776. And when I was a little Amy, he made me watch A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum over and over and over again (it was either that or Blazing Saddles).

As a result of his bizarre-though-benign parenting, I ended up memorizing most (if not all) of these three musicals. I am still not sure if this is a good thing or not.


Jesus Christ Superstar(movie, score, assorted recordings, libretto) Personally, I prefer Original Album Deep Purple Jesus to Wimpy Movie Jesus, but the movie does have tanks. And Disco Judas. (Tanks first appear at :31.)


1776(movie, score, assorted recordings, libretto)  Thanks to this movie, I am sometimes tempted to sing “Will someone shut that man up?” during lengthy meetings, though I have managed to resist so far. (That line is at 4:18.)


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(movie, score, assorted recordings, libretto) I suppose I can credit this one for fostering my early love of Roman history and teaching me that there at least seven geese in a gaggle. (Skip to 2:23 for geese, but the whole clip is great.)


- Amy, who was raised with sarcasm, bad puns, and  history

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12 responses to “I only know three musicals.

  1. That seems like a full, rich upbringing to me.

  2. Eleanor "Serene" Mendicino

    I love musicals — I sometimes wish my life was a musical and that everyone would just burst into song or that there was great background music during the best (and worst) parts.

  3. Certainly not the best musicals around.

  4. I agree with Rosemarie but it’s the memories that count! :) I love musicals and have many favorites including The Music Man, Oklahoma (although I always skip the Judd parts), Chicago, and A Chorus Line.

  5. Grew up watching the same movies, including Blazing Saddles, History of the World etc. Glad to see the title of the last one, I could not remember the name of that movie.

    • Don

      one clip, one zero mostel, one buster keaton (!), one jack gilford … nearly half a gaggle … thanks to you, and your dad, one big smile. Don

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