Why I Love Crutchie

Besides Jack Kelly, my other main favorite Newsies is Crutchie.

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Crutchie is the most vulnerable of all the Newsies. He after all has to walk around with the aid of a crutch because he has a bum. But his relationship to Jack so special. The two of them are best friends and sleep together. Jack is so protective of Crutchie and that is special to watch. Crutchie has such a wonderful spirit and you see lot of his optimism through the show. For the strike he creates a sign to put on his crutch so he strongly believes in the cause. Even when he is arrested and sent to the Refuge, he still has a lot of hope. You can clearly see that through his song, Letter From the Refuge. That song shows that he still believes in the cause despite his situation. It is a letter sent to Jack and that deepens his relationship anymore. He still wants the boys to look after each other. When I saw Newsies August 2016, the Newsies I fell in love with Jack and Crutchie the most out of all Newsies.

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Why I Love Jean Valjean

Jean Valjean is the protagonist in Les Mis. He is an ex-convict unfairly sentenced for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family. He is one of the best protagonists in the world of musicals.

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He is a character that goes through a wonderful transformation. When he is released from prison, he is stuck on parole forever. Being in prison has hardened him to become a hateful and angry man. It is his transformation that makes him such a wonderful character in so many ways.

It wasn’t until he meets that bishop that he realizes he needs to change. He feels like society will always hate him. The bishop showed him an incredible act of mercy by inviting him to eat and sleep at his house. But Valjean hardened through prison repays by stealing his silver. But the bishop forgives him and gives him the silver. He has taught Valjean the ways of the Lord.

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It is in this particular moment, Valjean has realized just how much prison has hardened him and realizes that he needs to change his ways. He notices the compassion the bishop has shown him. In order to change his ways, he needs to break parole.

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So Valjean has become mayor and starts to show compassion to those of others. He opens up a factory. He helps the less fortunate. So his transformation has truly begun. He was given a second chance at life and starts to live by the ways of the bishop. He indirectly is responsible for the firing of Fantine. He shows compassion to her by promising to raise her child, Cosette, on her deathbed. So Valjean understands the value of compassion at this point. In addition, when an innocent man is accused of being the “real” Valjean, Valjean turns himself in to protect the man.

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Valjean discovers just how broken Cosette is. She has been abused by the Thenardiers. Valjean has become a father in the most unexpected ways. Jean Valjean has never known love and neither has Cosette. So the two form such a special bond. Cosette is the main happiness in Jean Valjean’s life. She helps him with his transformation to becoming a better person. You might think he is sheltering and protecting Cosette too much, but let’s remember he is an ex-convict on the run and knows that Javert is after him.

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In act II, Valjean realizing that Cosette loves Marius, he does an amazing act of courage. He realizes that his daughter loves Marius. He picks up on the fact that Marius might die on the barricade so he ends up going to the barricade to protect Marius in order to make sure that he lives. Marius and the students eventually realize the uprising is a lost cause. After “Drink With Me”, Jean Valjean prays to God to make sure Marius lives. So Jean Valjean has learned to love God and it is clear that he has such a strong spirit.

During the final battle, Marius seriously gets injured and he falls unconscious so Valjean carries him through the sewers and eventually rescues him from death. This act of courage shows just how much he loves Cosette. It shows that he is capable of both compassion and courage.

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Valjean dies at the end. But he gets to die with Marius, his now son-in-law, and Cosette by his side. He has finally redeemed himself. He has become such a compassionate and saint-like man. He has lived a tough life of being an ex-convict, but he learns to love through Cosette. He has learned a lot of lessons through the bishop and that is why he was able to become a better person.

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So his transformation makes him such a well-loved character. To start out as a hateful, harsh, and angry man into a compassionate and saint-like man is so inspiring. He has developed a wonderful love for God. Due to being to prison, he rescues an innocent man from being sentenced to prison. He also rescues a man trapped under a cart. So he does many moments of risking himself for the sake of other people. Cosette has taught him how to love and he would anything for her even if it means losing her forever. That is why he rescues Marius. So his transformation and his actions make me love him so much.

Why I Love Fiyero

I already did two characters I love from Wicked: Elphaba and Glinda. Well, I only love and am emotionally attached to three characters from Wicked, who are Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I will do my best I can at discovering why I love Fiyero because I have a hard time pinpointing why I love him.

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Just like Beast, part of why I love him is his transformation from when you first meet him to what he eventually becomes. You first him and he is a bit of a jerk and doesn’t seem to care much about anything. At this point, he and Glinda start going out and they become a couple.

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He starts to soften up in the Lion Cub Scene. This particular scene makes no sense if you weren’t paying attention. This is also the scene where you realize this musical is home to love triangle. Elphaba realizes her feelings for Fiyero in this scene. If you were paying close attention to how Fiyero is interacting around her, you can tell that he does have a crush on Elphaba. But he has no idea he has a crush on her at all, but if you were, it is a sign of foreshadowing in act II. Even after this scene, he realizes he can’t stop thinking about the incident so another sign of him realizing he has a crush on her in act I.

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Fiyero goes through big changes from act I to act II. At the opening of Act II, Fiyero is hearing rumors spread about Elphaba and he can’t believe Glinda is supporting all of this. He thinks those rumors are insane and realizes he actually loves Elphaba. So a huge reason why I love him is the huge curveball he throws in the middle of the love triangle. Like I said, he was in a relationship with Glinda from act I to the beginning of act I so Elphaba has unrequited love for Fiyero, but now the unrequited love jumps to Glinda so this love triangle isn’t straight forward at all. He realization that he loves Elphaba helps mature him a lot.

He immediately goes looking for Elphaba. He does find her disguised as a Guard in the Wizard’s Palace. Those two go running off in the woods somewhere and bring up their love for each other. Just by listening to the melody, you can tell they are a mature couple. Fiyero actually sees Elphaba for who she is, which is part of why I love him. So he matured a lot from when you met him to “As Long As Your’e Mine”.

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So besides being mature, he is also courageous. This fight happens between Elphaba and Glinda. Eventually guards come and try to arrest Elphaba, but that doesn’t come far. You see, Fiyero comes to her rescue and demands that they “let the green girl go”. So in that moment, you see just much Fiyero loves her. He is willing to risk his life in order to protect Elphaba. Due to that, they sent him in the fields to torture him, but still he did what he had to do to protect Elphaba.

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Describing why I love Fiyero is so difficult. He goes through a ton of character development. He starts off as being this rather rude and annoying guy to a mature and courageous young man. He sees Elphaba for who she is. It is love for her that makes him a better person.

Fiyero is probably the biggest reason why Wicked’s love triangle is my favorite of all musical love triangles. It is just his realization of his feelings for Elphaba complicates things even further because you don’t see it coming at all because you expect Elphaba to have unrequited love the entire time.

But its not true, which makes “I’m Not That Girl” and “As Long As Your’e Mine” ironic.  I like to call Elphaba and Fiyero an unexpected couple since no one sees it coming. Another reason is because it was the first one I ever bonded with. I feel like the trio matures in the same way the love triangle does.

Why I Love Glinda

My very first character I talked about on this blog series is Elphaba. If you love Elphaba, it is very hard not to love Glinda. She starts the top of the show in a bubble and is basically in a way the narrator of the entire show. She does say that she did know Elphaba and goes on saying that they both went to the same college.

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Glinda is very popular at school. She is very outgoing and funny, which are two reasons why I love this character. She is a comical character, but also very real. She is a girlie girl and all she seems to wear throughout the entire show are dresses. She does eventually become Elphaba’s best friend and the musical revolves around their friendship. They both bonded at a school dance where Glinda made Elphaba’s silly dance quite magical and I love that moment in the show. It is where Glinda and Fiyero become a couple, but eventually they become part of a love triangle.

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In the entire “Popular” scene, you notice just how funny Glinda is. It is a fun scene to watch and you watch Glinda trying to give Elphaba a makeover.

Eventually Elphaba realizes her feelings for Fiyero. So Glinda, Elphaba, and Fiyero create  a very complex love triangle. Elphaba realizing her feelings for Fiyero doesn’t pursue him because she doesn’t want to risk losing her friendship with Glinda.

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Well, look what happens in act II. First Glinda hears rumors spread about Elphaba and she knows they are not try. She is trying to stay happy for the citizens of OZ, but feels quite sad so she trying to hide how hurt she is. She also has to put up with Fiyero breaking up with her and ending up with Elphaba. But just like Elphaba, she doesn’t try to steal him back.

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You eventually realize just how much Elphaba means in Glinda’s life. She realizes that Elphaba was the only friend that mattered. Their bond is so special that they don’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship. They realize they have to part ways, but are able to to express that they changed each other for good.

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Much of my love for Glinda comes from how funny she is and that she is so real in the fact that she feels a lot of pain in the second act with the unrequited love jumping to her and having to be annoyed by rumors spread about her best friends. Than she has to part ways with Elphaba. The fact that she is a comic character that has pain her life makes her feel like a real person. I just love her bond with Elphaba so much. Because of the bond, I can’t seem to separate the two so Glinda is my second favorite female musical character.

Actors and Actresses I Have Loved That I Have Seen in the United States

Most of the musicals I have seen are touring companies in the United States. I have seen touring musicals in Missouri, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Those are the only states I remember seeing musicals in on tour. So I decided to make a list of those I have seen in The United States because I live here. I already did a list about actor and actors I have seen in both the United States and in the West End, but this time only talking about those I have in the country I live in. Some of these actors have the character names because I don’t know who I saw as them, but know I loved them.

  1. Matt Shingledecker
  2. Jasmine Easler
  3. Phantom
  4. Ashley Parker Angel
  5. Talia Simone Robinson
  6. Joey Barreiro
  7. Pippin Ensemble
  8. Nick Cartell
  9. Amanda Jane Copper
  10. Sound of Music Children
  11. Raoul
  12. Anthony Crane
  13. Kaleb Wells
  14. Lisa Karlin
  15. Raoul
  16. Allison Guann
  17. Lyndie Moe
  18. Les Mis Ensemble
  19. Mary Kate Morrisey
  20. “Annie” Children
  21. Joshua Grosso
  22. Rent Ensemble
  23. Annie Ensemble
  24. Sophie Knapp
  25. Skyler Volpe
  26. “Annie” Miss Hannigan
  27. Phantom
  28. Mellissa Mitchell
  29. Phantom Ensemble
  30. Sammie Ferber
  31. “Sound of Music” Maria
  32. Christine (Understudy)
  33. Jillian Butler
  34. Aaron Alcarz

The link below is my entire post of the actors and actresses I have seen professionally in both the West End and the United States that I loved so in that post have Les Mis actors in both the United States and the West End.

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/actors-and-actresses-i-loved-in-musicals/

Why I Love the Beast

The next character I will explain why I love the Beast.

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In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast in my opinion is so complex. For starters he is under a curse an enchantress put on him because the enchantress saw no love in his heart. The Beast after all is a prince. The enchantress says the curse will not be broken until he learns to love and if someone learns to love in return. But he only has until the last petal falls on an enchanted rose. As years went by, he slowly fell more and more into despair. The curse affects the people who work there as well and they become enchanted objects. That is just some backstory about the Beast.

The Beast originally imprisons Belle’s father. But Belle ended up taking her father’s place. The Beast obviously at the beginning has this anger problem. He eventually does open up to Belle. After he loses his temper after finding Belle in the West End, Belle escapes. But the Beast realizing what he has done rescues Belle from being eaten by Wolves. That is a big step for him because he ends up saving on so he starts to learn how to love and becomes less selfish, but he still has anger problem, but he slowly is learning to love.

A lot of my love for him comes from how he develops through the course of the Beast. The Beast learns how selfish he was and starts to learn his lesson because of Belle’s presence in the castle. Soon after the wolf attack, you start to see Beast finally learn to love. Belle teaches him that beauty comes from within. His feelings for Belle start to be noticed during “Something There” so we learn that he slowly has love for his heart and that the curse has have capacity to be broken. During “Beauty and the Beast”, it is discovered that the two love each other. Right after this scene, through this mirror she allows Belle to see her father. Belle is terrified by what the towns people are doing to her father so the Beast lets her go and that shows he has learned that love does come with sacrifice at times. This is where “Evermore” happens in the new 2017 movie.

imagesSo Belle finally has learned to love, but he doesn’t know if Belle has learned to love him as well. The audience obviously knows the two are in love, but Beast doesn’t know it. Belle does eventually come back after she learns they are getting ready to hunt the Beast and it is in that moment just how much she loves him. Beast seeing that Belle has returned starts attacking Gaston in order to make sure Belle is safe. Beast almost dies in the story but he doesn’t. In the end the spell has finally been broken and he no longer is a Beast and the enchanted objects are now human again. So really a lot of my love for the Beast has to do with his transformation from a selfish and angry man to a man filled with love in his heart and what it means to love. Love means sacrifice and it shows that through him finally letting Belle go and eventually protecting her.