Is Waiting Worth It?

It can be hard to be patient at times especially if you wanted to do or go to something so much, but you still had to wait. Waiting is so worth it in so many ways even though it is hard. I am saying this because I am looking forward to tonight. I have waited five years to see Rent, a musical that has become so meaningful over the years. And now tonight I finally get to see it and I believe it was so worth the wait because almost exactly five years since I fell in love with it, I am seeing it live for the first time. So I am seeing it live for the first time at a big milestone in my Rent journey.

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Then I waited two years to see Les Mis in London. I waited since 2013 to see it in London. I first saw the stage show in 2013, but it was only a community college production. I still wanted to see it professionally but I just needed to see it in London, which was where it originally opened and where the production with the revolve was. So waiting two years was so worth the wait. I saw it in London when it was in the middle of its 30th years and that was in 2015. It was worth the wait because of the cast I saw and so much more.

So what I am saying, waiting is worth the wait even though difficult. So glad I waited five years to finally get the opportunity to see Rent live. So waiting is so worth it especially if it exceeded your expectations and if you had a good time. There is something to look forward so you feel excited when that opportunity finally happens.

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Love in the Face of Fear

Life is crazy. There are times where fear enters our lives and it can be traumatizing and even hard to cope with. It will take a while to heal from. Fear that is shown on television is way different than you experiencing it yourself when you were in close proximity to where the scary thing happened. But we should not fear control our lives, but instead it is important to show love in the face of fear. Showing love helps you heal from a scary event that happened in close proximity. It can feel better if you talk to people who you trust. You might feel unsafe at times. Love is stronger than fear. The devil wants you to live in fear rather than love, but through the grace of God, he allows us to overcome fear and experience love instead. Yes, these things happen and you just wish it never happened, but once it happens, it happens. If that particular community means something to you where something fearful and traumatizing happens, don’t forget the meaning of that place and not let that event make you forget the meaning of that place and don’t let it ruin your experience especially if it happened while you are at school or even in your neighborhood. So love conquers fear.

How I Feel About “Sung Through” Musicals

One type of musical that exists are the “sung- through” musicals. Those are the ones that are pretty much all sung with just a few lines of spoken words. What exactly are my opinions on those musicals? Well, I have nothing wrong with the “sung-through” concept especially because three of them are favorite musicals of mine. The first is Rent, the second is Phantom of the Opera, and my all-time favorite “sung-through” is Les Mis.

Rent is a musical I have loved since Fall of 2012. The closest I ever got to seeing it live is the final Broadway cast film. Now, on Saturday, I am going to see it live for the first time. It is “sung-through” and such a meaningful musical. It reminds you of how precious life is and teaches you how to live life, which is in love. There is nothing wrong with it being “sung-through” because it is one of the best ways to tell this story. It takes place during the HIV/AIDS epidemic when it was really not a good time and there is a lot of fear and uncertainty. It is about these group of seven friends and their life in a year. Its score is so wonderful.

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Another favorite “sung-through” musical of mine is Phantom of the Opera. It is a show filled with so much mystery. It is basically a love triangle between Christine, Raoul and the Phantom. It is very haunting, but at the same time very beautiful. Christine and Raoul are a very sweet couple and they belong together. The Phantom, who loves Christine, has had a very bad life as people have judged him for his deformed face and have not showed him love or even compassion. He acts as Chrstine’s “Angel of Music” and wants her all to himself. Even though he doesn’t respond well to the unrequited love, he is why this love triangle is so exciting and filled with so much mystery. It makes sense why it is “sung-through” because it takes place during the Paris Opera House. It score is so full of mystery and darkness through the haunting songs, but its songs are also very beautiful.

 

My all-time favorite sung-through musical is Les Mis. Due to Victor Hugo’s book being so covered with several emotions, it makes sense why Les Mis is “sung-through”. It is heartbreaking, but filled with love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity and redemption. It is a wonderful story about ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey on becoming a better person after given a second chance at life when the bishop sets him on the right path. But he is always on the run from Javert even when he is raising Cosette after he makes a promise to her mother, Fantine.

It has this wonderful love triangle where you can feel the hope and light and the heartbreak and pain found in it. Eponine is deeply in love with Marius, but Marius loves Cosette. Despite that, Eponine would do anything for Marius even if he wouldn’t do the same for her.

Then there is the uprising that Enjolras is leading and they are so passionate and hopeful towards the cause. There is something so human about this story. Its score brilliantly captures the heart and soul of all of these characters. Describing the plot is so complicated and I cannot even fully say why I love it so much.

 

What are your opinion on “sung-through” musicals.

“Bent Over” Spirit That Dwells

 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”  Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

-Luke 13:10-14

At yesterday’s Gathering, the sermon was based off of this sermon. In this scripture, it talks about a women who has been crippled for 18 years and it says that an evil spirit caused her to bent over. No would notice her because she was crippled, but Jesus did. He called her over and cured her of disability: of both her crippled spirit and her physical crippled nature.

In life, Satan wants to fully cripple our spirits. All because of our past, we can’t be fully what God wants us to me all because of a “bent over” over spirit that dwells in us. I never believed that our spirits could be “bent over” all the time. That makes no sense because I don’t feel like I have a “bent over” spirit at all. God wants us to be who he wants us to me and to that, we need to cured of this “bent over” spirit. Our past should not hold us back even if it can make us feel insecure at times. If we put our faith in Christ, there is no way that the devil can control us.  Once our spirit is cured, than we should praise God, which was what I was doing at the Gathering last night and the music was led by the Gospel Choir. Satan wants to destroy who we are meant to me and can hold us in bondage.

Reasons to Love Elphaba

Besides Glinda, Elphaba is the second protagonist in Wicked. Not only is Elphaba my favorite character from Wicked, but she is also my all-time favorite character in musicals. That means that I have such a personal bond with her and there are many reasons to love the character.

For starters she is complex, strong, and brave, which are three characteristics I love about her. Her complexity helps her become real, her bravery shows up in different ways and you see her strength starting in “Defying Gravity”, but I think she is strong before the song. At one point she does show her bravery is when she decides to go up against the Wizard and when she tries to save Fiyero when he is in danger of being tortured.

Being a strong character means that you are able to thrive in tough situations and care about those in your life. Elphaba is also loyal, smart, determined big-hearted and as Fiyero says talkative, and she believes in equality and staying true to herself.

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Her loyalty is shown when it comes to her best friend, Glinda. When the two both fall in love with Fiyero, when Glinda is in a relationship with him, she does not pursue him because she doesn’t want to destroy their friendship. So her friendship with Glinda is another reason why you can easily fall in love with her.  Elphaba can be impulsive at times and that is when you see her magical powers, but at the same she doesn’t know how to control them.

Many of these characteristics are things I can relate to, but not all of them. Like her, I am smart, determined, big-hearted, different, impulsive, and sometimes feel misunderstood at times, and believe in equality and staying true to myself. In addition, I can relate to the whole aspect of friendship. Because of my relatability with her, it is a huge reason why I have such a strong bond with her.  Because I cannot seem to separate Glinda from Elphaba, it makes Glinda my second favorite female musical character. Elphaba is one of the biggest reasons why Wicked is a spectacular musical.

 

Reasons to Love Galinda (AKA Glinda)

Glinda is one of two protagonists in Wicked. There are many reasons to fall in love with her. For starters, she gets to wear some of the most beautiful dresses such as her bubble dress or her pink dress. She is quite complex, strong, and loyal. One of the biggest things I love about her is her humor. My favorite comic moment of Glinda happens in “Popular” especially because that was my favorite song as a 12 year old.

Spoiler Alert:

She ends up being Elphaba’s best friend and they bonded over this beautiful moment in “Dancing Through Life” where Glinda joined in to Elphaba’s silly dance and made something magical out of it. Her relationship to Elphaba is a big reason why I love her. I love that she is a comic character who expresses heartbreak, loneliness, and sadness at times, which happens throughout the second act. She has to hear these rumors and lies spread about her best friend and Fiyero breaks up with her to start a relationship with Elphaba and she and her best friend have to part ways.

I know more of why I love Glinda than Fiyero, but she is still hard to get to know. Glinda is the second best female musical character I have ever come across. Most of that is because I cannot seem to separate her from Elphaba.

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Tomorrow I will talk about why I love Elphaba.

Reasons to Love Fiyero

Fiyero is a character that is hard to get to know. I have loved him for eleven years now. It can be hard to understand why I love him. But I have a better clear idea on why I love him now. Most of why I love Fiyero is connected to the main love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero.

Spoilers ahead:

You first meet Fiyero in “Dancing Through Life”. At first, it can be easy to see him as a rude and rather annoying person and as a person who doesn’t really care about anything, which includes school. But the song is one reason why I love this character. At this point, he is in a relationship with Glinda. But things take a turn during the Lion Cub Scene. I feel like a lot of his development happens during regular speaking scenes. Just by observing this scene, it is obvious that he has a crush on Elphaba because of how he was interacting with her. But it can be easy to not notice that when you first see it. Then there is the whole “Thank Goodness” scene and after hearing rumors spread about Elphaba, he realizes just how much he loves her and breaks up with Glinda. So he makes this love triangle so tricky and so ironic.

A huge reason why I love him is his development from his days at Shiz all the way to the end. He truly matures throughout the musical and eventually becomes more courageous. You see his courage after falling in love with Elphaba. All throughout “As Long As Your’e Mine”, you realize that they are a mature couple.

At one point during the catfight scene, guards arrive to arrest Elphaba, but Fiyero demands that they “let the green girl go” and that shows courage. So he no longer is that rather cool and rude boy at this point, but instead a mature and courageous boy and that scene does show just how much he loves Elphaba. So the love triangle is one of the biggest reasons why I love him so much. Plus, another reason is that he truly accepts Elphaba and sees her for who she really is. He still is hard code to crack and can be hard to understand why you love him.

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