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Although he has made his career in opera, Dale Johnson is a huge musical theater fan. He discussed his favorites in each genre.


"Gypsy," for the sheer ­brilliance of it.

"Follies," because it is Sondheim.

"Hamilton" is one of the most beautiful pieces written.

"My Fair Lady" marries score to text.

"The King and I" gets Rodgers and Hammerstein on the board.


"The Marriage of Figaro." It's my desert island opera.

"Norma" is the epitome of bel canto.

"Tosca" has such passion and striking characters.

"Madama Butterfly," for the sheer genius of the storytelling.

"Silent Night." I'm very proud of it.

Graydon Royce