Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a list of the top ten musicals that were captured live on film or video.
A musical on video can mean a lot of things. For the purposes of this list, it's a distinction from film adaptations of musicals, and it is limited to only musicals captured in live performance, so there are no television adaptations (like Bette Midler in Gypsy) or even stage productions reconfigured for TV (like the original production of Passion). I've also excluded concert versions of musicals, no matter how elaborately staged, which leaves out several productions quite near and dear to my heart such as the Lonny Price-directed Patti LuPone versions of Company, Passion, Candide and Sweeney Todd, among others.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.