We are starting a new tradition here, and I for one, cannot wait! We have decided that every weekend, my daughter and I will watch a different musical. Yes, I love my musicals and it seems right to ensure that I am passing that love on to my firstborn. So far she shows every sign of taking after me as the ones that we have watched so far together have gone down very well.
I can’t quite remember when I fell in love with musicals, and I’m not entirely sure where I get it from as my parents aren’t huge fans. As a girl I adored Doris Day films, and still do, and there are so many classic musicals that have a special place in my heart. I do remember that my mum and I used to watch a Sunday afternoon film together, snuggled up in her bed, whilst my dad and brother watched the football, and as those times have stayed with me, I would like to do a similar thing with Boo.
So we have made a list together of all the films that we want to see as my girl likes making lists and ticking things off (I can’t think where she gets this from??) and so far these are on it…
A young orphan girl’s adventures in finding a family that will take her.
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.
A magical nanny helps bring the two children she’s in charge of closer to their father through songs and magical adventures.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.
Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.
The Lion King
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.
Meet Me in St. Louis
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.
High School Musical
Troy and Gabriella – two teens who are worlds apart – meet at a karaoke contest and discover their mutual love for music.
The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.
The King and I
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam’s children.
When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.
The Sound of Music
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Beauty and the Beast
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince.
The Hunchback of Notredame
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.
A princess, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
(Descriptions all from IMDB)
So we’ve 20 there so far and a few more we’ve been talking about, so we are a fair few months into the year with these.
The plan is that we’ll both snuggle down to a musical, whilst the Husband and Little Man go off and play together. As well as it being a nice thing for us to share, I wanted to create something that gave us a little one to one time, even if it is in front of a screen, so that I know she’s getting my sole attention every week. I can find with having the two of them that sometimes several weeks go by without us having time together, just the two of us, so this should ensure we get that more regularly as I do think it’s important. Of course, with Little Man at home with me 3 weekdays, he gets plenty of time to himself. I think it’ll be lovely for the boys to have time to do their thing, too, which will no doubt be Lego or the Playstation, so that’ll be something for them to look forward to.
I do need to remember that Boo is only 7, so whilst I do want to share favourites such as Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Les Miserables and Chicago with her, I’ve a few years to wait yet!
What’s your favourite musical?