Here's a list of musicals I've seen -- I know some shows must be missing, but I think I've got most of them.  Musicals I'd recommend are listed in bold.  I wrote this list in 2003, so many of the shows are a bit murky and I have trouble providing a definitive thumbs-up or -down.

Title

Date

First Performed

Recommend

Comments

Hamilton
7.13.2016
2015
Yes
Cate joined me on a business trip to New York.  Performed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre we stayed next door at the Marriott Marquis.  It absolutely blew us away, and I think we'll remember this trip for the rest of our lives.
The Book of Mormon
2.12.2015
2011
Yes
With Jack resting comfortably in the hospital apparently recovering from a kidney stone, I took my mom to the Winspear Opera House.  Ryan Bondy played Elder Price, and his facial expressions strongly reminded me of Jim Carrey.
Newsies
7.16.2014
2011
Yes
While the entire family was in New York City.  It was across the street from our hotel at the Nederlander Theatre.
The Book of Mormon
8.29.2013
2011
Yes
We had nose-bleed seats at the Winspear Opera House
The Addams Family
10.13.2012
2009
No
Cute and funny but ultimately unmemorable.
Guys and Dolls
7.23.2011
2008 Yes
Classic, feel-good musical that everyone should see.
Nunsense
7.22.2011
1985
Maybe
Charlotte Gomez starred as Sister Amnesia funny and fun.  Charlotte stayed in character when she spoke to us at intermissions.
Shrek the Musical
10.2.2010
2008
No
Cute and funny in an off-beat sort of way, but it's not especially memorable.  Grandma Irene and I took the train to the Music Hall since it was the day of the Texas-OU game.
Dreamgirls
7.10.2010
1981
No
The reviews were phenomenal, but I found it overly long.  Maybe I was in a bad mood...
Wicked
6.5.2010
2003
Yes
Cate and I went to a matinee performance she loved it.
The Phantom of the Opera
2.20.2010
1986
No
Again with the Phantom?!?
Mary Poppins
10.11.2009
2004
Yes
The Atwoods graciously gave us their tickets so we could go as a family on a Sunday matinee.  Somewhat to my surprise, the show was fun and entertaining.  As expected, Cate enjoyed the show and Jack tolerated it.
Mamma Mia!
8.22.2009
1999
No
I've recommended this show a couple of times, but this version didn't live up to expectations.  Still fun, but the lead's voice and performance was uneven and distracting.
Legally Blonde
8.1.2009
2007
No
A "cute" show this is an example of damning praise.  We enjoyed the show because it was funny and fun, but it's not one we'd highly recommend or would be anxious to see again.
A Chorus Line
7.18.2009
1975
Yes
Always a good show.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7.5.2009
2005
No
We switched our tickets to the Sunday matinee show.  We had planned to go as a family, but both Jack and Lisa decided they were too tired and preferred to stay at home.  Cate and I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the show.
The Wizard of Oz
6.21.2009
2007
No
We took the kids to a Sunday matinee show.  Perhaps not surprisingly, Cate loved it and Jack tolerated it.
The Drowsy Chaperone
6.6.2009
2005
Yes
Since the kids have become obsessed with the soundtrack, we took them to see the show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (Chapman Music Hall).   While Jack had trouble focusing for the entire show, Cate loved every minute.
Happy Days (A New Musical)
5.31.2009
2009
No
Happy Days?  False advertising.
The Color Purple
10.4.2008
2005
Maybe
It's a good show with a lot of varied music, but it's not one I'd kill to see again.  Lisa missed it because she had a wedding at church and didn't want to fight the State Fair traffic and parking to join us.
Jersey Boys
8.2.2008
2005
Yes
Great story and great music.  Even with all the accolades, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
High School Musical
7.5.2008
2007
No
Cute but not especially memorable.
The Drowsy Chaperone
6.7.2008
2005
Yes
Not as good as the original cast but still highly, highly recommended.
Ring of Fire
5.17.2008
2006
No
The music was fine, but there was no story connecting them together.  There were a few Johnny Cash favorites but many more were passed over.
Rain:  The Beatles Experience
5.3.2008
1979
Maybe
Actually a concert rather than a musical, but the performers did an amazing job playing each of the Beatles.
The Wedding Singer
4.26.2008
2006
Maybe
The musical is built around references to the 1980's.  It was entertaining and fun, but not a show I'd see again.
Sweet Charity
7.28.2007
1966
No
Page Davis was surprisingly good in the title role, but both acts seemed to drag a little long.  Also, I think both Lisa and I were tired from a long week, and that certainly doesn't help our artistic appreciation.
Spamalot
6.23.2007
2005
Yes
As funny and good as on Broadway.  The woman they pulled from the audience was much more reluctant to participate.
Chicago
6.9.2007
1975
Yes
With Lisa Rinna as Roxie and Tom Wopat as Billy Flynn.  As usual, they weren't as strong as the cast around them, but still very good.
Camelot
5.26.2007

No
With the "incomparable" Michael York (who spoke as much as sang his part).  Next time, we will Camenot.
Wicked
4.21.2007
2003
Yes
Not quite as good as the first time around, but still loads of fun.  Victoria Matlock played Elphaba and Christina DeCicco played Galinda
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
11.28.2006
2005
Yes
As much comedy show as musical.  Fun and funny with four people from the audience spelling with the cast members.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
10.7.2006
2005
Yes
Tony award-winner Norbert Leo Butz was hillariously over-the-top as Freddy Benson.  Bawdy and fun.
BKLYN (Brooklyn)
7.29.2006
2004
No
Definitely good, but it didn't blow me away.  Others loved it...
Spamalot!
7.18.2006
2005
Yes
When the show opened with the same scene as the movie, I was worried we were in for a long night of simply rehashing the original material.  I needn't have worried.  The music was original and funny.  Truly light musical fare, but it certainly lived up to its impressive reputation.  It rained cats-and-dogs after the show, and I had to abandone my plans to take a take a taxi back to the hotel near the World Trade Center site.  Instead, I had to find and take a subway downtown.  I was soaked to the core.
Mamma Mia!
7.8.2006
1999
Yes
At least as much fun the second time around as it was the first.  Simply fun and highly recommended.  An understudy, Anne Tolpegin, starred as Donna and had a great performance
Bombay Dreams
6.10.2006
2004
No
Beautiful costumes and a song Karen and Lisa were humming on the way out of the theater.  A good show but not one I'm dying to see again
Little Women
6.3.2006
2005
No
With Maureen McGovern as Marmee.
The Drowsy Chaperone
5.16.2006
2005
Yes
At the Marquis Theatre in New York with Sutton Foster.  It is uniquely set as a modern-day fan listening to his favorite 1920's musical and poking fun at musicals along the way.  Highly, highly recommended.  (The day we saw the show, it was nominated for 13 Tony awards)
Wicked
10.8.2005
2003
Yes
Easily the best show of the year.  Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba was an obvious standout.  It should be noted, however, that she flashed a downward-facing hook 'em horns as the curtain dropped (Texas beat Oklahoma 45-12 earlier in the day)
Movin' On
7.16.2005

No
The show features Billy Joel songs (performed on-stage) with Twyla Tharpe coreagraphed dance.  A good show that really came on strong at the end.  I suspect I would've liked it a lot more if I knew more of the songs.
The Producers
6.11.2005

Yes
Although all the hype set our expectations quite high, The Producers easily exceeded them.  Consistently hilarious and offensive to all.
Peter Pan
5.28.2005

No
With Cathy Rigby in the title role.  We should have followed our initial instinct of skipping the show for another drink and conversation at The Angry Dog.
Hairspray
3.19.2005
2002
Yes
Feel-good fun.  There's a serious message under all the frivolity, but it doesn't get in the way of good musical comedy.
Jesus Christ Superstar
10.16.2004
1971
Yes
A moving experience -- the time absolutely flew by.  Lawrence Clayton (Judas) and Lawson Skala (Caiaphas) were stand-out voices.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 9.12.2004
1982
Yes
Always a winner no matter how many times I've seen it.
Little Shop of Horrors
8.14.2004
1982
Yes
Fun and funny.  Great voices.
Big River
7.25.2004
1985
Yes
A great show -- the best of the season and a big surprise.  All the singing and dialog was also signed for the deaf.
The King and I
7.3.2004
1951
Maybe
Starred Sandy Duncan.  A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that's worth seeing, but I'm not sure it's one I need to see over and over.  We last saw it during the Dallas Summer Musicals 1997 season.
Yankee Doodle Dandy!
6.23.2004
1942
No
More of a musical review.  A light and fun show, but not especially memorable.  We had so much going on, we (gasp!) left at intermission.
Chess
5.1.2004
1984
Maybe
Our friend Charlotte was in this show at the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre.  The cast was very good, and we really enjoyed it
Mamma Mia! 10.4.2003
1999
Yes Really hard to live up to the hype, but still a lot of fun and highly recommended
Flower Drum Song
9.13.2003
1958
Yes
Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstien musical
Starlight Express
8.9.2003
1984
No
The musical was okay, but the 3D movie sequences (used for the races) got completely on my nerves
Thoroughly Modern Millie
7.26.2003
2002
Yes
Really fun.  The cast was excellent (Darcie Roberts starred).  Arguably the best show of the year
The Will Rogers Follies
7.12.2003
1991
No
Better than the first time around.  Larry Gatlin starred as Will Rogers
Beauty and the Beast
6.28.2003
1994
Yes

Seussical the Musical
5.24.2003
2000
No
With Cathy Rigby
The Lion King
9.21.2002
1997
Yes
It definitely lived up to the hype
42nd Street
8.24.2002
1980


My Fair Lady
8.17.2002
1956

A classic -- always good
Stomp
8.3.2002
1991
No
While I enjoyed the show, it didn't come close to matching all the hype around it
Some Like It Hot
7.20.2002


With Tony Curtis
Blast
7.13.2002
2001
Yes
Marching bands on steriods
The Wizard of Oz
6.22.2002



Contact
6.8.2002
2000
Maybe
Unusual show.  Several unrelated vignettes expressed through dance
Once Upon A Mattress
5.17.2002
1959
Maybe
Charlotte Gomez played Lady Rowena
MacHomer
2.18.2002
2000?
Maybe
Macbeth as played by the characters from The Simpsons -- very well done, but it helps to be a Simpsons fan.  Rick Miller does all the voices in the show.  As an encore, he does an all-star rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.  At Bass Hall in Fort Worth
The Who's Tommy
1.25.2002
1993
Maybe
This was performed at Bass Hall, and it didn't have the visceral feel of the first performance we saw
Dame Edna the Royal Tour
7.28.2001

Yes
Absolutely hysterical -- we all loved it
The Civil War
6.16.2001
1999
Yes
A great cast with great voices.  We were surprised how good Larry Gatlin was
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
6.8.2001
1978


Preaching to the Perverted
5.12.2001
1999
No
Holly Hughes monologue about her case before the Supreme Court.  McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Morning, Noon and Night
2.3.2001
1999
Yes
Spalding Gray monologue.  Highly recommended.  McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Me Talk Pretty One Day
11.4.2000

Yes
David Sedaris monologue.  He was recording this performance, and he would occassionally re-read a sentence or two.  It was funny that every section he repeated sounded remarkably like the first take.  Highly recommended.  McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Copacabana
8.12.2000
2000


Annie Get Your Gun
8.4.2000
1946


Parade
7.7.2000
1998


The Sound of Music
6.16.2000
1959


Cabaret
4.9.2000
1967
Yes
We had know idea what to expect from this show (I think we were expecting a light-hearted show).  Nonetheless, we really liked the musical
Fame
3.17.2000
1995


Tony n' Tina's Wedding
2.19.2000
1988
Yes
Completely improvised fake wedding.  We had a blast.  At the Sara Ellen and Samuel Weisfeld Center
The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?
1.15.2000
1996
No
An enjoyable show, but how many male bashing jokes is a guy expected to take?  The Majestic Theatre
A Tuna Christmas
12.22.1999

Yes
A Texas-Christmas classic.  With Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.  The Majestic Theatre
Art
12.3.1999


Play (as opposed to a musical) with Judd Hirsch.  The Majestic Theatre
Titanic The Musical
10.9.1999
1997
No
An enjoyable show.  Really different from the movie
Jolson
8.13.1999



The Scarlet Pimpernel
8.6.1999
1997


Sunset Boulevard
7.10.1999
1994
No
Petula Clark was fabulous.  While I enjoyed it, I think I'd rather see the movie again
Footloose
6.26.1999
1998


Jekyll & Hyde
5.22.1999
1997

In this version, they'd toned-down the murder scene -- no more blood and gore
Evita
4.10.1999



Victor Victoria
3.28.1999



Red, White and Tuna
3.13.1999

Yes With Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.  The Majestic Theatre
The Gin Game
1.16.1999
1997
Yes
Play (as opposed to a musical) with Julie Harris and Charles Durning.  The Majestic Theatre
The Pirates of Penzance
9.27.1998
1879
No
I guess I'm just not a Gilbert and Sullivan fan.  Charlotte Gomez was in the cast.  Garland Performing Arts Center
Show Boat
9.1998
1927


Riverdance the Show
8.8.1998

No
We paid $67 per ticket to watch a bunch of dancing automotons?!?  It was the only show where I've been seriously tempted to leave at intermission
Bring in'da Noise Bring in'da Funk
7.18.1998
1996
Maybe
I guess it's hard to live up to all the hype.  I enjoyed it, however
Damn Yankees
7.17.1998
1955

Charlotte Gomez played Miss Weston.  Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
Big
6.28.1998
1996


Oklahoma!
6.13.1998
1943


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
5.30.1998
1982
Yes
One of my favorites -- it's one of the few shows where I bought the cast recording a few days after the performance.  David Osmond as Joseph (Osmonds also played most of the brothers)
Annie
5.9.1998


With Sall Struthers as Miss Hannigan.  Whenever I see her now, I can't help but think of her from South Park
Chicago
4.11.1998
1975
Yes

Rent
2.14.1998


The Majestic Theatre
A Tuna Christmas
12.13.1997

Yes
A Texas-Christmas classic.  With Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.  The Majestic Theatre
Tap Dogs
11.15.1997
1995
Yes
Imaginative and fun.  The Majestic Theatre
Beauty and the Beast
9.13.1997
1994
Yes

Cirque Ingenieux
8.22.1997
1997
Maybe
World premiere in Dallas.  I think it's really hard to live up to the "Cirque" hype -- some of the vignetttes were really entertaining, but I can't heartily recommend it
Les Miserables
7.26.1997
1985
Yes
One of my absolute favorites
The King and I
7.12.1997
1951
Yes

The Music Man
6.28.1997
1957


Smokey Joe's Cafe
6.14.1997

No
The songs of Leiber and Stoller
A Chorus Line
5.22.1997

Yes

Man of La Mancha
4.25.1997


With Robert Goulet as Don Quixote
Master Class
4.19.1997

No
The Majestic Theatre
Deathtrap
1.18.1997


With Elliott Gould as Sidney Bruhl and Mariette Hartley as Myra Bruhl
A Prairie Home Companion -- A Live New Year's Eve Broadcast
12.31.1996

Yes
We enjoyed the show but were disappointed that there was no news from Lake Wobegon
Sylvia
10.19.1996


Play at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center in Austin, Texas.  We saw it with Heidi and Bill Weaver
Miss Saigon
9.21.1996
1989


How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
8.10.1996
1961
Yes
With Ralph Macchio at J. Pierrepoint Finch
West Side Story
7.27.1996
1957


Andrew Lloyd Webber Music of the Night
7.13.1996

No

Damn Yankees
6.30.1996
1955
Yes
With Jerry Lewis as Applegate -- he was fabulous
Carousel
6.15.1996
1945
No
We were expecting an old-fashioned, feel-good musical.  Instead, we got a story about a wife-beating carney
Kiss of the Spider Woman
5.11.1996

Yes

Beauty and the Beast
5.5.1996
1994
Yes
The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada
Aristophanes' Clouds
5.3.1996

Yes
Great parody of classic musical theater.  Ancient Comic Opera Company at the Poor Alex Theatre in Toronto, Canada
An Inspector Calls
1.27.1996



The Phantom of the Opera
9.9.1995

No
The most over-rated musical in the history of music.  How many times will I need to sit through this?
Jekyll & Hyde
8.19.1995
1995

Pre-Broadway Tour.  I distinctly remember a loud gasp from the audience when he cut the leading lady's throat and blood poured down her neck
Les Miserables
8.11.1995
1985
Yes
Imperial Theatre, New York
Crazy for You
7.22.1995

Yes
Classic Broadway musical
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
7.8.1995
1982
Yes
Sam Harris as Joseph
Singin' in the Rain
6.24.1995



Cinderella
6.10.1995



Stage Door Charley
5.6.1995



Grease!
4.15.1995

Yes

Hello, Dolly!
3.25.1995


Carol Channing as Dolly
The Sisters Rosensweig
1.28.1995



A Tuna Christmas
11.12.1994

Yes
A Texas-Christmas classic.  With Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.  The Majestic Theatre
Cats
10.15.1994

No
The second most over-rated musical in the history of music
Blood Brothers
9.8.1994

Yes
Both Petula Clark and David Cassidy (yes, that David Cassidy) were phenomenal.  Highly recommended
The Will Rogers Follies
8.20.1994
1991
No
Marla Maples Trump played "Ziegfeld's Favorite," and she was simply awful.  Every time she was on stage I thought of Citizen Kane (in which he forces his young wife to be an opera singer despite he complete lack of talent)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
8.6.1994

Yes
All singin', all dancin', old-fashioned feel-good musical
The Sound of Music
7.27.1994
1959

With Marie Osmond as Marie
Dreamgirls
7.16.1994



The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular
6.6.1994


The Rockettes with Susan Anton
Jesus Christ Superstar
4.30.1994
1971
Yes

Falsettos
3.16.1994


At The Majestic Theatre
An Evening with Ben Vereen
3.6.1994

No
Ben Vereen with the Dallas Pops Orchestra at The Meyerson
Camelot
3.5.1994


With Robert Goulet as Arthur.  As is often the case, the marque-name was out-shone by the supporting cast
Five Guys Named Moe
11.27.1993


At The Majestic Theatre
The Who's Tommy
10.16.1993

Yes
The performance blew me away -- highly recommended
My Fair Lady
9.18.1993
1956

With Richard Chamerlain as Henry Higgins
Tommy Tune Tonite
8.21.1993



42nd Street
8.14.1993
1980


Guys and Dolls
7.24.1993



Fiddler on the Roof
7.17.1993


With Theodore Bikel as Tevye
Les Miserables
6.26.1993
1985
Yes

Annie Get You Gun
6.12.1993
1946

With Cathy Rigby as Annie Oakley
Crazy for You
5.15.1993

Yes
The Phantom of the Opera
3.6.1993

No
The most over-rated musical in the history of music
Secret Garden
1992



The Wiz
1992



Sophisticated Ladies
1992
1981