By Rob Shapiro (musical theatre writer)
A friend of mine asked me for a recommendation for musicals to listen to, ones he probably hadn't listened to. I thought of the scores I love that don't always get mentioned - City of Angels, Parade, Violet and Floyd Collins. I also thought about movie musicals too - Moulin Rouge! and Evening Primrose…
After compiling my list, I realized that there were a whole bunch of musicals I had forgotten about - the ones I watched as a kid. I was fortunate to grow up during the Disney renaissance of Alan Menken/Howard Ashman movie musicals, but there were also others that had a great influence on me that are worth revisiting. The ones we don't talk about as much - movie musicals like "The Aristocats", "Bedknobs and Broomsticks", "Snoopy, Come Home" and "Charlotte's Web". And here's the thing I didn't realize until I started researching this blog: the songs for those four movies were written by the Sherman Brothers.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane!