I admit my least favorite musicals are things like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Though I admit my bias may be due to the fact that in high school, those 3 were always being produced by our theater department. We did 4 shows per year. Those 3 were always standard, and then they'd bring in a new one every year. And of course as students, we were always "treated" to performances made mandatory by teachers whom I felt sure only made us see the productions because they believed we'd somehow forgotten it from last year.
Good gracious, year after year, the same musicals? That's horrifying and incredibly lazy
on the staff's part. I am speechless. Acting and theatre education are my bailiwick and this leaves me cold.
I do give them a weeeeee bit of leeway. Until well after I graduated, we didn't even have a theater/auditorium of our own. We used the Our Lady of Mercy auditorium. (McQuaid is an all guy school and Mercy was the school we worked with all the time for the productions).
So they had very limited access to it. I think they chose the same 3 because
1.) They didn't have to spend money on new scripts, time on learning new music, etc.
2.) Limited access to the auditorium itself meant fewer rehearsals.
3.) The same people were always involved in musicals. They'd recruit Freshmen and let the Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores take over to help them out and that was easier with 3 musicals that everyone already knew.
4.) We were in a Catholic school and so is Mercy, so Bible stories were pretty much an old standard. But even the priests were sniggering about hearing "Joseph you know what they say..." for the __th year in a row.
So there were extenuating circumstances, but it did get old.
But that said, I liked the way that my Alma Mater does its theater productions. 2 Musicals 2 Plays (one of which is always a classic play) and then a Student Production which the Theater Majors pick. The 2011-12 season was quite nice:
"House of Blue Leaves" by John Guare
"Tartuffe" by Molière
"Little Shop of Horrors" Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Howard Menken
"Sweeney Todd" Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler
"Angel Street" by Patrick Hamilton
When I was there I tried out for Sancho Panza in "Man of La Mancha" I didn't get it because, although I do have a good singing voice and I know the songs backward and forward, one of the other tryouts was a vocal performance major and he was going to use it for credit so they kinda gave it to him.
They always have good stuff to do there, but then again they have 2 different theaters and one auditorium there. The Buckner Theater, the Fletcher Theater, and then the Branscomb Auditorium. There's plenty of access to the theater and no shortage of rehearsals.