My absolute all time favourite is "Into the Woods" by Sondheim. All fairy tale characters coming together. First act ends happily ever after, 2nd act, not so much. The music is fabulous. We did a revue of Sondheim's music in high school and I got to sing the part of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wicked is a new favourite. Dr. Horrible was fantastic. And I loved the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I went through an Evita stage.
GirlWho is turning out to be a huge musical fan, so I'm looking for musicals that aren't necessarily for kids but that I won't get a phone call if she quotes/sings from them at school.
If I see Bye Bye Birdie one more time, I may tear out my hair.
We're big Hairspray fans here. It's cute. Substantially different from the film, but really good.
Has anyone else seen Cannibal! The Musical? That was in heavy rotation in my swinging single days because my friends thought it was funny that Packer's horse's name was my name. That name later became Cartman's mom's name, which of course was extra hilarious. Anyway, that's a fun and twisted musical.
Of course, I love Oklahoma. Not really. But it's weird that my state song is a show tune.
I've played professionally in pit orchestras for a few years (years ago), but we did standards. I love Jesus Christ Superstar, Wizard of Oz, and West Side Story, which I've played three times. Wrangled 8 instruments for that one. If you can find a recording of The Secret Garden with Mandy Patinkin, it's such gorgeous music and singing all around.