Jake’s Top 5 Favorite Musicals

  1. Spamalot

This musical is nothing short of hysterical. Normally, persistently breaking the fourth wall is not something I’m a fan of, but the characters in Spamalot do it so carelessly that it somehow works. Adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, this production ruthlessly mocks the medieval caste system. Wholesome family fun!

  1. Miss Saigon

This, unfortunately, is not wholesome family fun. Taking place during the Vietnam War, this musical follows the journey of a brothel leader and one of its young girls, both of which wanting to escape the confines of their war-torn country. A smashing soundtrack paired with heartbreaking acting moments will leave you in tears.

  1. Hamilton

Hamilton is a masterpiece, and possibly the best production of this generation. Everyone knows what Hamilton is, but for those who haven’t seen it, I’d like to mention that the original cast is worlds apart from what you will see. This production, unfortunately, relies on proprietary performances from some of the best on Broadway.

  1. Dear Evan Hansen

I don’t think that this show is “better” than Hamilton, but I certainly enjoyed it more. The soundtrack is essentially a pop album, which is ironic, considering that the show revolves around suicide and isolation brought on by digital media. This story follows a young man named Evan, who pretends to have been friends with a boy who killed himself, Connor, so that he may bring his family comfort in a time of mourning.

  1. Book of Mormon

This is not just my favorite musical; it may also be my favorite work of art. It pokes fun not just at Mormonism, but organized religion in general, which actually serves to humanize people of the Mormon faith by equivocating its competitors. Incredible vocals, relentless shock-humor, and masterful storytelling join forces to tell a story that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

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