I have seen this being on wordpress for a while now, and I think it is time for me to do this, but I decided to put my own twist on this.
1. What was the first musical you ever saw? The first musical I remember seeing live is Wicked, but know I saw musicals earlier since my parents told me. Either the first musical I saw live was Seussical the Musical, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, or Lion King. Wish I knew which one was first.
2. What was your favourite musical growing up? Annie was my favorite musical in elementary school; but starting in middle school, Wicked became my favorite musical. So Wicked was my favorite musical growing up.
3. Were you ever in a musical? No, and probably never will since I can’t sing very well, but still love to sing to musical theatre songs.
Originally it said what was the first musical you saw in the West End, but I saw a musical on Broadway and in the West End so I decided to bring up both.
4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway? Wicked- aged 12; year 2006 with my mom. Favorite song: “Popular”. This was a turning point in my love for musicals. Wicked sparked my love for musicals.
5. What was the first musical you saw in the West End? Les Mis- it wasn’t just seeing Les Mis. It was a dream fulfilled. Les Mis was the musical that challenged everything I once knew about musicals. I thought ALL musicals were HAPPY; I thought a musical song could never be HEARTBREAKING; the list continues. My love for Les Mis started with the film eventually leading me to develop a dream for seeing it in the West End. When I found out I was seeing Les Mis in London, I just ran up to my mom and started crying. I live in the United States so I had no idea when that dream was going to become reality. That dream came true July 30th, 2015. I remember actually seeing the Queen’s being like there is no way I just saw that: even buying my souvenirs to noticing I had an understudy for Jean Valjean to noticing how close I was to viewing the stage- it all felt like a dream- then I heard the first of the orchestra- I just knew then that this dream was going to be reality and that it was going to be more than expected, and I was right.
6. Favourite film adaption of a musical? This ties into #5. Les Mis is my favorite film adaption all because of the impact the film would have on my life. Back in high school, I told myself I will never love a TRAGEDY: I thought they were pure sad. But Les Mis told me they are not what you think they are: Les Mis after all is home to so many spiritual elements. The film taught me so much and would begin my obsession and passion for Les Mis.
7. Overrated musical? Hamilton- I almost feel like the love for this musical grew almost too quickly. Some people have called me a “fake” musical fan for not being willing to give it a chance. Well, I don’t like hip-hop one bit. I have a hard time understanding the hype behind. I just think it is overrated.
8. Underrated musical? Newsies is one of the underrated Disney musical. Yes, it is a Tony-Award winner, but Disney musicals like Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast are put in the spotlight so much more. The stage adaptations have only been playing in the United States: played on Broadway for two years, toured for two years; and been playing in local and regional theaters across the country and it has been at my hometown’s community college. I wish other countries could experience this musical. It is very energetic musical filled with very fancy dancing. It is unique in the fact that is mostly filled with young males- how many musicals are mostly young males? The score is mostly energetic, but a few songs are emotional. It is based off of a true event: Newsboy Strike of 1899, an event that I feel like more people should know about.
9. What musical made you cry? Les Mis automatically comes to mind. After 5 years, I would think I would be immune to it by now, but nope I still am an emotional wreck watching it. Whether it is the movie, 25th concert, the soundtrack or the stage show, I still am in tears. After all, it is heartbreaking song after heartbreaking song with barely a break to recover yourself, and is so powerful that it just has this impact on you. The emotional impact is a huge reason why Les Mis is the sensation that it is.
10. What musical made you laugh? Wicked automatically comes to mind when I think of musicals that makes me laugh. Last time I saw Wicked, Amanda Jane Copper’s Glinda made me laugh during all of Glinda’s lines where she is supposed to be funny. It just is is clever show where you laugh at a number of times throughout the the show.
Okay, 11/12 originally said favorite musical theatre actor/actress. I didn’t think that was fair either. How can I just pick if I always come across new actors/actresses each and every single time? Plus what happens if you comes across standbys and understudies who are just as good as those who are not? Plus, I have never seen the same actor or actress in more than one lead role. So I went to thinking about my standouts- one of these picks is going to make a point about something that some people fail to understand.
11. What is a standout actresses in a musical? Mary Kate Morrisey- standby for Elphaba (2016). People fail to understand just how TALENTED standbys and understudies are, which is why I used her for this one. She embodied Elphaba perfectly while still making the role perfectly. She changed Elphaba’s voice from act I to act II to show how Elphaba went from being this innocent young girl to this mature young woman. She showed everything that makes Elphaba who she is. She actually made me appreciate a song I always hated: “No Good Deed”- I mean I finally felt the energy and the emotions finally stuck.
12. What is a standout actor in a musical? Joshua Grosso- Les Mis North America Tour (Marius). He comes to mind a lot lately. For the love triangle, he was paired with Jillian Butler (Cosette) and understudy Talia Simone Robinson (Eponine). What happens when your favorite character in the Les Mis love triangle is Eponine, but the standout actor is Marius? His Marius was charming and awkward- awkwardness was an added personality trait for me. The little things he did with his character like acting stunned after Eponine died and then saying “grow” in quite a heartbreaking way. He focused more on comforting Eponine in “A Little Fall of Rain” than acting heartbroken, and that to me was very effective- I love how he waited till the end to show how hurt he was. He treated falling in love with Cosette like “I’m in love but what on earth do I with this emotion”. He was very emotional during “Empty Chairs At Empty Chairs”. The way he played Marius, and the little things he did actually made him almost a core favorite Les Mis character in my mind. I feel like he perfectly understood who Marius was as a character- he actually became my favorite Marius.
13. What musical are you dying to see? Frozen is a musical I am just dying to see. Every since hearing about it being on Broadway, I was so badly wanted to see it. But have to wait till it tours since I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is a nice place to live if you live in the United States and don’t live near New York City because it is popular stop for tours.
14. What is your all-time favorite musical? Here me out on this: I have a two-way tie. Les Mis and Wicked have been competing with each other for five years now. So many people have saying to me it has to be Les Mis because you have so much more knowledge of it and you are obsessed with- I feel like it is much easier to get to know the Les Mis characters. What makes Les Mis harder to push past Wicked for me is that Wicked has the spectacle/dance I want in a musical and Wicked is a home to a character I strongly relate to (Elphaba). Les Mis despite being not having the dance/spectacle I want makes up for it throughout its extremely powerful and epic emotional nature.
So I had to alter things up a bit because some areas didn’t seem fair to me. One I had been to both the West End and Broadway so I wanted to show it in the tag. Two, I don’t have an all-time favorite musical-theatre actor or actress so I thought of my standouts- I wanted to use one of my standbys or understudies to show they have just as much TALENT as those who are not.