You know how sometimes people are like "If I could have live in any time period/location it would be -" and then they finish the sentence? Yeah. You know. I don't do that. But I do know that "If there were any time period I would absolutely not go back in time and live in it would be the French Revolution." It. seems. scary.
But I love musicals about the French Revolution.
By which I mean, I don't really like Les Mis but I love The Scarlet Pimpernel and I loved Tale of Two Cities because it reminded me of Scarlet Pimpernel with flashes of Jane Eyre but only because of the lead actor.
Excerpts from bluegobo.com below.
I'll warm you. I'll rouse you.
ETA: Please see Samantha's comment below about the time differences referenced in the musicals above. And technically, The Scarlet Pimpernel is about the Reign of Terror. In my opinion, if a musical is set in France, and there's fighting, and everyone has different classes of British accents in order to distinguish themselves - it's a musical about the French Revolution.