Updated Favorite Musical Theatre Characters

This list has shown up multiple times on my blog. The only reason why this tends to repeat is when I add on a favorite character. So, where I a list of characters I love.

  1. Annie
  2. Aladdin
  3. Aldonza
  4. Angel
  5. Anna (Frozen)
  6. Babkak
  7. Belle
  8. Beast
  9. Crutchie
  10. Cosette
  11. Christine
  12. Chip
  13. Chris
  14. Cogsworth
  15. Davey
  16. Don Quixote
  17. Eponine
  18. Elphaba
  19. Enjolras
  20. Elsa
  21. Fantine
  22. Fiyero
  23. Friends of the ABC
  24. Gavroche
  25. Glinda
  26. Grizabella
  27. Harold Hill
  28. Jack Kelly
  29. Jasmine
  30. Jean Valjean
  31. Kassim
  32. Katherine Plumber
  33. Kim (Miss Saigon)
  34. Lumiere
  35. Maria (Sound of Music)
  36. Marius
  37. Mimi
  38. Mrs. Potts
  39. Mufasa
  40. Nala
  41. Newsies
  42. Omar
  43. Oliver
  44. Pippin
  45. Pumba
  46. Raoul
  47. Roger
  48. Sancho Panza
  49. Simba
  50. Timon
  51. Von Trapp Children
  52. Winthrop
  53. Young Cosette
  54. Zazu

A lot of my favorite characters in the musical theatre world are survivors while many do lose their lives as well: I actually believe most are survivors. It is interesting how varied these characters all- their lives are so different: that is based off of where they live, their age, their family, etc. Some are not human. You will notice I love a lot of characters- most of them are young: I do have an all-time favorite: Elphaba is my favorite musical theatre character.

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Examples of Tear-Reducing Songs

Ever since middle school, I have known about the emotional side of musicals. However, there was something I was blind to. I did know that musical songs could be sad, and that the emotion was common. There was something I would learn the hard way. I would learn I was 100% blind to heartbreak and 100% to just how intense emotions can get in musicals- I would learn this in just one musical: this was discovered in Les Mis. What are some examples of songs I have actually cried during- this is based off seeing it live or any way I have listened to the songs.

  1. I Dreamed a Dreamed
  2. Come to Me
  3. On My Own
  4. A Little Fall of Rain
  5. Drink With Me
  6. Bring Him Home
  7. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  8. Rent
  9. One Song Glory
  10. I’ll Cover You (Reprise)
  11. Life Support
  12. Will I
  13. Your Eyes
  14. Sun and Moon
  15. Last Night of the World
  16. I’d Give My Life For
  17. As Long As He Needs Me
  18. For Good
  19. I’m Not That Girl
  20. Edelweiss
  21. Beauty and the Beast

As you can see, I am hit the hardest in Les Mis- in any version of that show: I Dreamed a Dream is usually the first moment I become an emotional wreck. Some of these songs actually surprised me. I am starting to have a more emotional response to more and more musicals these days- even the happy musicals are affecting me- as in even they can reduce me to tears at just one moment. For some of these songs, I am only reduced to tears seeing them live, and for others, it doesn’t matter if it is live or not- all it would take is just a listen and I would be crying.

What makes Belle an Effective Opening Number

While the prologue of Beauty and the Beast starts the show, the show doesn’t truly start until the opening number. Both Arabian Nights and Belle are long numbers- but at the same time effective. Why is Belle an effective opening number?

Possible minor Spoilers:

When it comes to Disney musicals, long opening numbers may not make sense. However, there are times where they actually are quite effective. The entire song makes you get to know the entire village Belle lives in. Belle actually opens the song up, and she is the protagonist of the musical. The song also introduces you to Gaston, the villain of the musical. So, in just one number, you know exactly who your protagonist and antagonist are. You get to know exactly what the village thinks of Belle, and you get to know important parts of Belle. Those are things such as that she is a bookworm, and that the town think that she is odd- that to me shows that she is unique. Just like Arabian Nights, you get to know the setting so well in just one number.

Yes, Beauty and the Beast is a romance between Belle and Beast, and that it mostly takes in the castle- but this opening number is crucial. When it comes to a romance- usually one of the characters is more prominent meaning they fit the profile of main character better. That is the case for Belle- the story truly kicks off when she takes her father’s place. So, Belle is truly is the main character of Beauty and the Beast.

Favorite Aladdin Songs

Now, I will write a list of my favorite Aladdin songs. I am only talking about the stage show. It is not going to be in any particular order.

  1. A Whole New World
  2. A Million Miles
  3. Proud of Your Boy
  4. Friend Like Me
  5. These Palace Walls
  6. One Jump Ahead
  7. Arabian Nights
  8. Omar, Babkak, Aladdin, Kassim
  9. High Adventure
  10. Prince Ali

I think this is my top ten. Some of these songs will always be in my top ten Aladdin songs.

How do you know you Have an Emotional Connection?

One of the hardest things to understand in a book, musical, play, or film is how do you know you have an emotional connection. The emotional connection is crucial: it is the want, desire, and reason for loving feeling the emotions: no matter what they are.

Look- the emotional connection is complicated to explain. There has to be a reason for loving what you are feeling. Long after the curtain falls, you usually keep the characters’ alive, but that only happens if the emotional connection exists. There are both positive and negative emotions: look, it is natural to have a want and desire to feel the positive emotion. So, why would you want to feel the negative emotions, which are the ones that hurt- that does come from emotional connection. It really is not easy to describe how you know you have an emotional connection.

One of the reasons comes from being able to relate. I relate to Belle, Anna from Frozen, and Elphaba- so it is very easy to emotionally connect to those three characters for instance. If you relate to characters, the emotional connection is going to exist: but you still need to get into the songs and plot as well.

What about the characters you don’t relate to? Any character I have emotionally bonded with are characters I love. Glinda, Fantine, The Friends of the ABC, The Newsies, Eponine, Aladdin, Jasmine, Simba, Nala, Annie, Roger, Mimi are examples of characters I do love—-some of them I still do not know why I love them and others I know the reason. What I tend to look for in a character is complexity and believability- there have been a few exceptions. Strength, courage, compassionate and romantic are just four of the characteristics I have found in characters I do love. I want characters to be flawed as well- I know that sounds crazy, but it adds to the complex and believability side.

If you go to a musical, and you reach an emotional song——and get emotional or end up in tears, that usually means you formed an emotional connection. If you go a musical, and end up on the edge of the seats—-that also can be sign of emotional connection. If you go to a musical and you are intrigued and want to know what is going happen next—–that usually means you have an emotional connection. If you go to a musical, and at the end you have fallen in love with the musical—–that defiantly means you formed an emotional connection.

Still, describing how you know you formed an emotional connection is not easy.

Songs Connected to Friendship

As a continuation of yesterday’s post, I decided to make a list of musical theatre songs that are connected to friendship. Friendship is one of the types of love that seems to be overlooked. Even some of the friendships are underrated, in my opinion. Some of them may not seem like they are related to friendship, but in my eyes they are.

  1. High Adventure
  2. Omar, Babkak, Aladdin, Kassim
  3. What is This Feeling
  4. Popular
  5. One Short Day
  6. For Good
  7. Red and Black
  8. Do You Hear the People Sing
  9. Drink With Me
  10. A Little Fall of Rain
  11. Santa Fe (Prologue)
  12. Carrying the Banner
  13. The World Will Know
  14. Seize the Day
  15. King of New York
  16. Once and For All
  17. La Vie Boheme
  18. Goodbye Love
  19. Finale B

Who are my Favorite Friendships in Musicals?

I have mentioned more than once who my favorite friendships in musicals are. I now can update that because I can add one more to that list. Even my favorite friendships vary.

Major Spoilers:

Friends of the ABC

  • I have loved Enjolras and the students for (I think) six years now. I love the brotherly bond they share, and it is a bond that makes them feel like family. Enjolras is their leader. They have a cause they truly believe in and have high hopes for it. It is amazing how passionate they are about it. Even when Enjolras gives them a chance to leave to not waste lives, they still keep their ground and stay- their bond is that strong. No matter what- they are still are going to fight- even when they know they are going to loss and loss their lives.

Eponine and Marius

This is an unpopular opinion, but I love their friendship. It may not be in the book, but only in the musical, but I still love that exists in the musical. Eponine and Marius are seen as close friends in the musical. Eponine is deeply and strongly in love with Marius- he is the only person who shows her kindness, and that is why she loves him. Marius is in love with Cosette, but Eponine risks her life several times for him just to protect him and make sure he’s happy no matter the cost. He is all she has in life, and the only good thing in her life. Her unrequited love leads her to the barricade.

Marius is aware that Eponine has a tough life and is worried about her. When he saw her at the barricade, he sends her away with a letter to Cosette: this might seems selfish, but he only sent her away in hopes to protect her from any harm from the barricade. He did not want her to get hurt or killed during the uprising. However, Eponine did come back and sacrificed her life for Marius noticing that he was about to get shot. The wound she got was fatal- the first thing Marius said was why she came back: that was only because he was worried. When she collapsed, he noticed her gunshot wound and realized that she was dying. He was devastated, but he still decided to show her compassion by holding her and comforting her. It may not have been easy on Marius, but at least he was with her- that was all that mattered to Eponine- much more than the physical pain she was in.

Do you know how I know that Marius knew Eponine lived a tough life: it was what he said after she died: “Her name was Eponine. Her life was cold and dark. yet she was unafraid”

A Little Fall of Rain- Eponine and Marius in the movie
A Little Fall of Rain

Newsies

  • The Newsies are a parallel to the Friends of the ABC. Just like them, they have a leader, who is Jack Kelly. The Newsies have a brotherly love for each other, and the Newsies are one family. They have a cause (the strike) they truly believe in, and never give up.
Newsies- The World Will Know
Newsies

Jack Kelly and Crutchie

  • While on the topic of Newsies, I have to bring up the bond between Jack and Crutchie. Jack Kelly is the leader of the Newsies, and is best friends with Crutchie. Crutchie is the most vulnerable of the Newsies because he has a bum leg, and has to walk with the aid of a crutch. Out of all the Newsies, Jack has the closest bond to Crutchie. Jack cares a lot more about his brothers than the strike- it hurts him a great deal when he sees all of the Newsies getting hurt especially when he sees Crutchie getting arrested knowing that his friend will be taken to The Refuge. It is quite an intimate and special bond Jack and Crutchie have- it is strongly shown in the opening number: “Santa Fe (Prologue)”.
Crutchie and Jack Kelly- Santa Fe (Prologue)
Crutchie and Jack Kelly

Cogsworth and Lumiere

  • Is it weird to love a friendship between a talking candle and a talking clock? That is exactly what Cogsworth and Lumiere are. I still do not know what I love about these two.
Lumiere and Cogsworth- Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film (2017)
Lumiere and Cogsworth

Elphaba and Glinda

  • There is no way to have a favorite friendship list without Elphaba and Glinda. That is because Wicked revolves around their friendship. Wicked has two unexpected relationships, and one of them is the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda. They hated each other in the beginning even though they had to be roommates. It was at a school dance when they finally bonded- Glinda made something magical out of Elphaba’s silly dance. They finally were able to become friends. They would not let a boy get in the way of their friendship- they both end up with unrequited love for Fiyero, and they each decide to not pursue him or steal him away from their best friend- yes, Wicked has an unrequited love shift. “For Good” perfectly explains their relationship, and that song is the most emotional song in the musical.
For Good- Elphaba and Glinda

Rent Friends

  • The group of friends in Rent is another group of friends that are like family. They do everything together: Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, Maureen, Collins, and Angel are those group of friends. Sometimes it is a struggle, but there is always love found among all of them.

Aladdin, Babkak, Omar, Kassim

  • I only fell in love with this particular friendship a week ago. I know reasons why I love Aladdin. I barley know Aladdin’s three friends. There is something about seeing all four on stage or just Babkak, Omar, and Kassim that is incredible to watch.