I love musicals so very much! I honestly haven't found many I don't. Right now, I'm acting in Bye Bye Birdie as Mae Peterson, so obviously, it's the musical I'm in love with right now! I have every single song memorized, not to mention the rest of the lines... heh.
My current favorite musical, though, is "next to normal." It's actually a very sad story about a Mother who is severely schizophrenic and bipolar, and she and her husband lose a son after 18 months. They go on to have another child, a daughter, but the mother never stops seeing her son, and it drives the whole family to madness. There are a lot of dark themes in it, not for the faint of heart, fair warning. A rather precious song from there is "Maybe," a song sung by the mother, Diana, and her daughter, Natalie. I'd recommend listening to that before trying the whole musical. It's not nearly as sad as some others and helps give some insight into the show.
Another I'm really on that I'm not going to talk about much is "Avenue Q", as it's very inappropriate, but it is HYSTERICAL. That is all I'm comfortable to say about it...
The first year in middle school I did "Beauty and the Beast", as well, and even though it flopped, it was a lot of fun and I'd love to go back and do it again. I was Mrs. Potts, which intimidated me a ton, because I was so ickle and all the other leads were high schoolers, but apparently I have talent and it showed! My costume was also fabulous in that one: I had a bleach white wig that was horribly itchy and uncomfortable :/. I now love this musical beyond compare. I have multiple different recordings of the songs and listen to them a LOT! They're just so pretty!
My all-time favorite musical is "Into the Woods," though. I've dreamed since I was about 7 years old that someday I would get to play the Baker's wife. It may take me till the day I die, but I will play that role. She's such a beautiful character and I would love to portray that. Not to mention the rest of the roles in that show- The Witch is another role I would GLADLY play in this show because of "Children Will Listen." Actually, let's be real. I'd play anyone and everyone in that musical.
To go on, I really like "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and barely missed being in it when I changed schools in middle school. I was VERY sad but I got to do scenes from it so I wasn't THAT sad. We did a 60-minute version the next year, and I was the Narrator
. I just love the way this show turns out every time it's done. There are happy and sad parts, and parts like the "DONT OPEN THE DOOR" moments in horror movies.
Last year, I was in "Seussical: the Musical" and I am certainly a big fan of that too! (looking at you Ive.) I played Mrs. Mayor alongside one of my best friend's as Mr. Mayor. People told us we would be adorable together but we've known each other for WAY too long for that to be okay. My favorite song in that show was one that I sang, "How to Raise a Child," because I was singing that, and since I'm such a child, it was very ironic and it was amusing to sing.
OOH! Another one I'm very much on right now is "West Side Story." I got to sing Anita in some scenes we did last year, and it was way fun. Of course, any play that I get to sing with an accent in is one I'll love. I really love accents. But that one was lottttss of fun! (I also had to get a spray tan. Ick.) On another note, it was way fun. Every single one of the songs is catchy and gets stuck in my head regularly, and most make me want to dance. I regularly sing "Maria" with altered lyrics, because you'll notice, you can say a lot of things to that tune.
Of course, there are also the classics that I'm in love with; Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, etc., etc. But I'm going to stop talking now. The point is: throw me a musical and I will probably love it. Rephrase: I'll love it.