Musical or musical score?
I have practically made my CD of the original cast recording of “Camelot” see-through, playing it so often. (Julie Andrews AND Robert Goulet AND Richard Burton, in their prime!) But sitting through the production which can be HOURS long (factoring in at least 1 and often 2 intermissions). . .that isn’t so great!
Anything I’ve actually done the playing for (piano) is high up there just because when I play, I invest a lot of ‘myself’. . .so Carousel, South Pacific, Godspell (give me a break, it was 1975!!!), Oklahoma, Brigadoon, and Babes in Arms still bring a lump to my throat and an ‘itch’ to the fingers.
Never could get into A Chorus Line; saw Once On This Island in the early 90s and enjoyed it at the time but the songs didn’t really ‘live on’ in memory; ditto with A Little Night Music.
Fiddler, Mame, Hello Dolly, The Fantastics, The King and I all have been enjoyed by me to a greater or lesser degree depending on ‘external’ factors more than the actual music or storyline.
They really pounded West Side Story into us in high school so it’s not really a fave although my kids had a ritual when they were little of running through the living room and kitchen and circling back whenever I would play “Tonight”. I never knew why! For some reason, they also liked to do the same to “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, go figure.
Never saw Cats (and I’m an ailurophile!), hated J.C. Superstar which again was POUNDED into us ad nauseam, liked Phantom of the Opera for the voices (Brightman, Crawford) but not for the story line.
My Fair Lady is still a treat.
Too many ‘edgy’ musicals (Avenue Q and Rent, for example) that probably have some musical worth but I’m just one person and the older I get, the more I tend to weed out the ephemeral, the trendy, even the adequate, for the really STERLING stuff.
So I’ll probably find more hidden diamonds in the old, find more meaning in some that currently have less meaning for me, may even find some new musical favorite (not Wicked, can’t separate it from the book which is awful as well as some problematic storylines though a couple of the songs are absolutely terrific).