Who is Fiyero?

Fiyero is the male romantic lead of Wicked and just like Marius part of a love triangle.

Fiyero is a character that is very hard to get to know. He goes through a very incredible arc through the course of the story. He starts out as a bit of a jerk when he arrives at Shiz. This one moment is important: he starts going out with Glinda.

In the Lion Cub Scene, Fiyero starts to soften up a bit. It almost appears that he has a crush on Elphaba, but deep down does not realize it. The Lion Cub Scene is his first big major character development scene. What is fascinating about Fiyero is that he seems to develop a lot during speaking scenes a lot more than singing scenes. All throughout act I, he has a stronger connection with Elphaba than Glinda foreshadowing act II.

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Act II, at the beginning he is hearing all of these rumors about Elphaba. He knows they are not true. This is the moment when he realizes that he loves Elphaba. So he goes from a jerk to someone who cares and now he has matured. To Glinda’s surprise, he choose to break up with her.  You find more maturity in him when he confesses his love to Elphaba during “As Long as Your’e Mine”. But you see just how much he loves her when the guards are about to arrest her, but he arrives and tells the guards to let her go. That to me takes courage. So he is also courageous and due to that, he is taken to the fields to be tortured.

Fiyero is much more complex than he appears. He starts out as this cool guy waiting to have a good time who is a bit of a a jerk to this mature and courageous young man. By the end, he has accepted Elphaba for who she is.

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“Summer Nights”

June 16th, I got to see Grease at CPCC. So in one month, I saw two musicals at the same college. I was expecting CPCC to also do an incredible job with Grease as well. About my history with Grease, I saw the movie in elementary school, and I remember that my favorite song was “We go Together” because of the silly lyrics. I was glad that I actually saw it live. When I saw Les Mis with my family at CPCC five years ago, we sat in row Q, but for Grease, we were in row S so it was crazy how I was in almost the same row.

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Just like Oklahoma, Grease used a minimal set, and it worked. They moved the set pieces on and off. I loved the lighting they used, and at different times throughout the show, the different lights changed colors and I loved seeing that.

About the cast, the moment the show began, I heard the ensemble start singing and they just were incredible. Just by hearing that opening, I knew I had once again another cast that I would love. CPCC knows how to cast a wonderful cast. It was like seeing Grease for the first time. There were songs I never heard before like “Freddy my Love” and “Magic Changes”, and those were incredible. CPCC got special permission to use songs that were not originally in the stage show and I am glad that they did. It made this production unique. The different costumes were wonderful and I loved the T-Birds the Pink Ladies costumes.

Grease is just a fun and exciting show to watch. It is different than watching the movie.

Who is the Phantom?

In my opinion, the Phantom is the antagonist of Phantom of the Opera.

He is a very mysterious and dark character. He is a troubled man with a very tragic and horrible past. He has been judged his entire life for his deformed face and was never shown love or compassion growing up. He is ashamed of his face so he hides it by wearing the mask. He falls in love with Christine, but that love falls unrequited, but he doesn’t deal with it well. He responds to his entire situation in revenge and in destructive ways. He wants everything to go his way. He wants Christine to be the star and tricks her by pretending to be her “angel of music”.

Phantom manipulatives Christine on multiple occasions. He threatens the Opera house in many house. He causes the chandelier to fall during a performance. So he does many destructive things during the course of the show. When Christine falls in love with Raoul, he feels betrayed and seeks even more revenge, and he plans to kill Raoul and wants Christine all to himself. In the final lair scene, he makes Christine choose between having him kill Raoul or staying with him. But through an act of compassion shown by Christine, he finally lets them go. Christine kisses him and that allows Phantom to let him go. The Phantom does not know how to handle situations well and cannot accept his deformed face and has led a very tragic life.

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Who is Belle?

Belle is the main character of Beauty and the Beast.

She is an independent young girl who wants more to life than her town. She is seen as odd to everyone in her town. She is a bookworm and strongly loves her father. This is especially shown when she takes her father’s place at the Beast’s castle. This act takes a lot of courage, but it does show just how much she loves her father. She can tell just how cold and selfish the Beast’s heart is.

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Belle does teach the Beast important lessons later on. She does teach him the importance of love. She and Beast soon fall in love with love, but slowly over time. Even though she was originally imprisoned, the Beast eventually lets her go. You see her love for her father when she looks in Beast’s mirror and sees her father treated unfairly by the citizens in her town. So Belle overall is this strong, independent, brave young woman who shows that beauty comes from within and knows the power of love.

Who is Marius?

Next character on this series is from Les Mis.

Major Spoilers:

Marius is more complex than it appears. What people may not know is that he has a political conflict going on go on with his grandfather. He left his grandfather to live a life of poverty. He is this complex, young and awkward revolutionary, who is part of the students of the ABC. He is good friends with Eponine, but is oblivious to her love for him. He is sweet and kind and you can see that through his friendship with Eponine and his love for Cosette and his friendship with the revolutionaries.

He is part of of a youthful love triangle between Eponine and Cosette. He is in love with Cosette and asks Eponine to find Cosette for him and she does. He constantly is naive to her feelings for him, but he still is good to her. Marius and Cosette are quite an adorable couple. They bring hope to this tragic tale and they are perfect for each other in many ways. Marius is capable of a lot of bravery of compassion.

In act II, you get to see just how much bravery and compassion Marius is capable of. It is the barricade scenes. Marius decides to fight with his friends, and that takes a lot of courage. When he first notices Eponine, he sees her away with a letter to Cosette. He sent her away in hopes to protect her because he cares about her and did not want her getting hurt or worse killed.

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Unfortunately Eponine does come back to the barricade. She shields Marius from a bullet heading straight towards him. Marius does not realize at first that she got shot, but when he does, he is devastated. You see in that moment that he is quite upset, and that shows that he did care about her. He decides to show compassion by being with her and comforting till she dies. So Marius is capable of loads of compassion. Even though he was breaking, he was still brave for Eponine and never left her side in that moment.

Marius is a survivor because he almost died but was saved by Jean Valjean. He deals with survivor’s guilt wishing he had died with his friends. He does not understand why he survived and why all his friends died. He does not know who his savior is. All he has left is Cosette and it is love for Cosette that brings hope. He has to deal with a lot of trauma because all of his friends died and now all he has left is Cosette.

I feel like Marius is under-apppreciated. He is a kind, sweet, and compassionate young man. I love that about him and I also love his awkwardness. He cares about Eponine, and I can understand why he is oblivious to her love for him. He just has a lot going on because he has a political conflict going on with his grandfather, is a revolutionary, and let’s remember on essential fact: Eponine never told him she loves him until her death. I want Cosette and Marius together as they bring hope to this tragic tale. So overall Marius is a complex, awkward, sweet, kind, compassionate, romantic and brave young man.

Who is The Leading Player?

I started with a character from Pippin because Pippin is a musical that is rarely talked about on this blog. The only character I can really analyze from that musical is The Leading Player.

The Leading Player is the antagonist and narrator of Pippin. She opens up the musical. She is very crafty, manipulative. and playful. In “Magic to Do”, she is full of surprise and is quite playful but at the same time there is a tad bit of evil in there. But once it transitions to “Glory”, you get an idea of how dark the Leading Player really is. She knows what she wants to do with Pippin, which is quite dark and evil. Even though she knows what she wants do with Pippin, she does not make it clear to the audience making her quite shady.

She is very playful around Pippin making Pippin believe that he can trust her. That allows him to listen to her so she is able to easily manipulative him. Not only does she it make it not that obvious to Pippin, she also makes it that not clear to the audience. So she tricks both the audience and Pippin.

She is this shady, crafty, dark, and playful character and is so intriguing.. Eventually Pippin eventually goes against the Leading Player’s wishes. The Leading Player is so complex. Everything I know about the Leading Player is based off of Lisa Karlin’s just brilliant performance of the Leading Player: when I saw Pippin May 2015 I was much more intrigued with the Leading Player than Pippin and part of that was because of the portrayal.

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Blog Series: Analyzing Musical Characters

I am about to start a new blog series. In the past on my blog, I have analyzed musical characters before. But they have been spread apart, but never all together. I have been thinking what if they have been in all in one place. So that is what I will be doing. So this blog series, I will be analyzing musical characters from different musicals all in one series. I may not be able to do ALL the characters I want to analyze but I will do the ones I know how to do.