Movie Musicals- The Beginning

This post is dedicated to the musicals that I love that began with film. It is interesting looking at those- because some of them are childhood musicals and some entered my life past childhood when I was in high school and some entered my life as a college student.

Annie- This is one of my childhood musicals. It at one point was my favorite musical. I was optimistic as a child, and I think that was a huge reason why I was drawn to Annie. There is something special about loving a musical since you were a child. There is kind of nostalgia attached to it. The beginning of my love was the 1982 movie. Later in 2014 at the age of 20, I finally saw the stage show, and I did feel like a kid again. My favorite song in Annie is “Tomorrow”.

Sound of Music- This falls in the same category that Annie falls into- childhood musical. Who can’t love Sound of Music when they see it in film or stage. My favorite song was Edelweiss and still is- it was my first piano recital song. The songs are easy to sing along to. I saw the stage show in 2015 at the age of 21, and now love Sound of Music more than ever. I did feel like a kid again watching it- Edelweiss is more emotional than it used to be.

Mamma Mia- I fell in love with this in high school (I think). Cannot believe that just year, Mamma Mia reached a huge milestone in my life- last marked ten years since I fell in love with it. It is very happy and light-hearted. So I was 14 when I fell in love with Mamma Mia.


Les Mis- I was 18 when I first saw the movie of Les Mis, but 19 when I became a fan of the movie. Yes, that sounds confusing, but I am going to explain.

I did first see the movie December 2012. I came into the film blind to a number of things. I did hear “I Dreamed a Dream” before. I was unsure coming in. After Fantine died: I realized something: Les Mis was a tragedy- I was shocked and confused- I did not know to respond. Tragedy was a genre I never saw in musicals and a genre I was close-minded to. At the end, I did not know if I liked Les Mis. Despite the confusion, I started researching the musical (not knowing why). So rocky start.

I do not know why, but I gave the film a 2nd chance. I still sometimes wish I know why I gave it a 2nd chance, but glad I did it give a 2nd chance. If I didn’t give the film a 2nd chance, Les Mis would not have been a part of my life. This time, I was aware that Les Mis was a tragedy so it would not come as much of a shock. I began to realize there was something special in Les Mis. So my love for Les Mis began the 2nd time I saw the film, and that was in 2013. There are so many reasons why I love Les Mis- the brilliant songs, the tragic, but inspiring story, and the characters. I cannot put into words why I love Les Mis.

Marius, Enjolras, and Grantarie during "Red and Black" in the film
Marius, Enjolras, Grantaire

Man of La Mancha- I don’t know what year it was when I first saw the film of Man of La Mancha. However, I know I was still a college student. I remember doing a Spanish project on the character, Don Quixote, who is a character from the book, Don Quixote. I was fascinated by the fact that he is a tragicomic character. Tragicomic does sound like an unusual sort of type of character- those characters are tragic and comic at the same time. Due to that project I wanted to see Man of La Mancha, which is based off of the book. Man of La Mancha is one of the musicals that barely gets attention on this blog.

For someone who loves the language, Spanish, I loved being able to see the movie musical. The songs do have a hispanic feel in some way. I do love Man of La Mancha. I just haven’t really mentioned that I love it.

Beauty and the Beast- I am a 90s kid, so you know I grew up with the Disney classics that include Beauty and the Beast. I did kind of at one point sort of forget about Beauty and the Beast at one point- did not mean to do. However, my love for Beauty and the Beast still began with the classic movie from the 1990s. Even I did kind of forget, I never forget about the song, “Beauty and the Beast”- I don’t know what it is, but there is something about Disney love songs that are so magical and just have this kind of innocence. In 2017- when I saw the live action Beauty and the Beast movie, I was reminded of my love for Beauty and the Beast many many years ago.

Belle and Beast during "Beauty and the Beast" during the Cartoon
Belle and Beast

Lion King/ Aladdin- The same thing did happen with Aladdin and Lion King. I did kind of forget about them, but never forgot about the main love song- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “A Whole New World”- so if I remembered those songs, there had to be have been some kind of memory. That is because after elementary school (at some point)- I just stopped watching them. At least I remembered the main love song.

Aladdin and Jasmine during "A Whole New World" in the cartoon
Princess Jasmine and Aladdin
Nala and Simba during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" during the cartoon
Simba and Nala

White Christmas- this is one of my favorite holiday movies. It is one of the main three Christmas movies I want to see every Christmas holiday. It is hard to exactly describe why I love it.

Fiddler on the Roof- I got to see this in 2014 when a church friend leant us 5 movies before a snow storm, which was back when I was a student at CPCC. School was cancelled for about two days. So part of what I did was watch the movie musicals that I was leant. Fiddler on the Roof was one of the movies. I love Fiddler on the Roof- despite the actual movie musical being 3 hours long- yes, I don’t mind stage musicals being 3 hrs, but a movie musical being 3 hrs can be a bit too long. In 2014- I was 20. The other movies that were leant at the time were Oklahoma, South Pacific, Camelot, and West Side Story- I ended up watching all of them.

What are some stage musicals you fell in love with beginning with film?


The Importance of the Crew in a Musical

I wonder why I never talked about the backstage crew in a musical. They are the ushers, stage managers, costume designers, lighting designers, and so on. People ALWAYS think about the work that the actors/actresses put into a show. What about the crew? Are the crew just as important?

The crew are just as important as the cast. Without the crew, you have no show. They are the ones who are responsible for EVERYTHING. They are the ones who hire the cast. They are the ones who make the magic on stage happen. They are the ones who teach the actors/ actresses the choreography, blocking, and help them become the characters. The costume designers and makeup designers make the actors/ actresses actually look the part. The crew help with quick changes. We have to remember the crew- without them, there would be no show.

Do you agree with me?

Princess Bride Movie Review

Westley and Buttercup on a poster of The Princess Bride in a magical and enchanting setting

A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. 

The Princess Bride is one of those movies that everyone needs to watch. It is a movie full of adventure, comedy, and true love. I don’t remember when I first started watching it, but it was a LONG time ago, but a few days ago I watched it again. It was still just as funny, and had the same adventure and true love that it had before. It has very memorable lines and characters.

Possible Spoilers:

You have characters like Buttercup, the brave and clever Westley, Fezzik, Vezzini, Inigo Montoya, Prince Humperdinck, and Count Rugen. There is no way to forget them. Prince Humperdinck is the chief antagonist. How can you forget about the six-fingered Count Rugen, the secondary antagonist? Words and lines like “INCONCEIVABLE”, “As You Wish”, and “My Name is Inigo Montoya, You killed my Father, Prepare to Die” make it memorable.

It has this incredible world. Places like the fire swamp, cliff of insanity, and so on make it a wonderful place. The true love is found between Westley and Buttercup- it is truly their story. Prince Humperdinck will stop at nothing to make sure they are never together.

It is hard to explain why I love this movie. It is just incredible- that’s all there is. Sword fights, true love, comedy, miracles, and adventure together make A Princess Bride the story that it is.

Goals for 2019

Happy New Year!!!!

We all have goals for each year. What are mine?

  1. See at least one musical- I am seeing the US Tour of Miss Saigon with mom and dad (Christmas Present from Santa). Even though I already am seeing Miss Saigon, I still want to see more than one musical.

2. Want to see at least one musical with Club Blume- for those who still don’t know, Club Blume is a group of young adults who love theatre.

3. Editing my Fairy Frogs story- I still can continue working on what these characters look like- that has not been easy. Once I do some editing in terms of grammar and some big picture ideas. Once that happens, it will be sent out to other readers to give me more suggestions. This is my first book- I am literally writing a book without ever writing a creative writing class before.

4. Improving this blog- I want to improve this blog some. I want to see where it goes from now. It will still mostly be about musical theatre and will still have some of the other things I usually put on it. I want to figure out how to talk about the musicals that barely get attention.

My Journey With Tragedies

That title of my blog does seem strange, but my journey with tragedy has been interesting.

As a 9th grade girl, in literature I first heard about the genre when we began to study “Romeo and Juliet”. My thought was tragedies are pure sad and nothing else. As a result, I did not want to give that genre a fair enough chance. I basically ignored that genre and did not want tragedies in my life. Every single time in high school when I knew we were about to study a tragedy in literature, I did the same thing. I told myself I will NEVER love a tragedy. I thought they do not belong in theatre especially in MUSICALS. Little did I know what was about to happen in my first year of college.

Major Spoiler:

Les Mis was in movie theaters, and my mom and dad wanted to take my sister and I. They told me some things: they did not tell me the genre it was in. I was a bit unsure, but I was aware of the song “I Dreamed a Dream”- it was the only reason why I watched the film. I saw it December 2012- it was after Fantine died when I realized Les Mis was a TRAGEDY. I was shocked and confused at that moment. I did not know to respond to Les Mis being a TRAGEDY- I thought ALL musicals were happy and comic. By the end of the film, I literally thought Les Mis was too DEPRESSING, and did not know if I was a fan of Les Mis or not. I was so unsure of that musical, but despite that still decided to start researching the musical and don’t know why.

Sometime in March 2013, I decided to watch the Les Mis film again. This time I was able to calm down. I was aware of the tragedy this time. I began to realize there is something SPECIAL about Les Mis. If I didn’t give Les Mis a 2nd chance, it NEVER would have entered my life. I think it was the 2nd time when I realized that Les Mis was inspirational and uplifting, but my question was WHY? I was asking myself, “how can a TRAGEDY be inspirational? I dug even deeper to figure it out. I soon was able to discover the underlying spirituality found in Les Mis.

By summer 2013, I was officially obsessed with Les Mis. What I am saying is that Les Mis showed me that TRAGEDIES were not what I thought they were in high school. I learned that tragedies can go past their tragic nature. That means they are not pure sad- think about Les Mis- tragic scenes are constantly happening- it looks as if there is nothing but tragedy in the characters and plot, but if you look closer, you realize it is so much more. It is home to forgiveness, compassion, love (in different ways), sacrifice, humanity, and redemption- which is why it goes past its tragic nature.

So I went from this girl who once told myself I will never love tragedies who can love them. I do not just love Les Mis- I also love Rent and La Bohème.

However, I am particular about them. I am not someone who will see EVERY tragedy. It has to be the right one. Tragedies for me- they have to go past their tragic nature in some way. They have to leave you satisfied at the end, and you can leave sad, but glad you saw it. There has to be something that kinda gives you a break- comic relief for example or some kind of happiness.

What kind of tragedies will I just not watch? I like to call it the #8 tragedy- I am basing this off a straight play I saw a few years ago called #8. I hate talking about the play because it was an awful experience. It dealt with the Holocaust, but was required to go for a class assignment. I do not want to watch the tragedies where by intermission, you are so emotionally disturbed that you already WANT to leave the theatre. It means there is no time to give you a break- there is constant tragedy (yes, Les Mis is tragedy after tragedy, but it keeps an underlying spirituality as tragic scenes are happening). At intermission, you are so uncomfortable that you are NOT looking forward to the rest of the show- that is not the kind of tragedy I do not want to see. When you already are that uncomfortable at intermission, you will get even more uncomfortable for the rest of the show- at the end, you wished you never went to see that show. I just do not want to repeat that experience. I do not want to experience tragedies in that way.

I can love tragedies- but will not love all of them

There is a huge difference between tragedies that are like Les Mis and tragedies that are like #8- one is full of courage, love, and hope, but the other was disturbing and too uncomfortable.

My Christmas 2018

The above picture is a basic idea of what I got for Christmas this year. It consists of three books. The book in the upper left is a book full of Christmas classics. I now have a book that can help me create characters after the Fairy Frogs book. The other book is a biography of Stephen Schwartz up till Wicked. I got two books- “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. The bracelet you see is an Alex and Ani Bracelet and is one of their holiday bracelets and represents a snowglobe.

The stocking is ALWAYS the first thing I open. I got some chocolate like Dark chocolate kit kats and M&M’s. I got a Time Turner necklace- also from Alex and Ani. I was hoping- somehow- tickets for a musical would show up in my stocking- and I was right. Three tickets for a musical were in my stocking- my mom, dad, and I are seeing Miss Saigon in February- I was interested in that musical ever since hearing that it was written by the same guys who wrote Les Mis. Miss Saigon was one of the three musicals I hoped to see in 2019. In my stocking, I also found this block, which said “when something bad happens, you let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you”.

Blog Anniversary 3

Recently today, I got a notification saying that today marks my 3rd blog anniversary. I have been blogging for three years now. I love the wordpress community. I love my followers who like and comment on my posts. I cannot believe today marks anniversary 3. I still remember not wanting a blog three years ago- I got hooked from day 1. I will continue blogging. I wonder where my blog will go from now. Here are some blog ideas I will continue doing and might start up:

  1. Month in Review
  2. Musical Reviews
  3. Year in Review
  4. Analysis of all Musicals seen in One Year
  5. Book Reviews
  6. I will try to talk more about musicals that barely get mention on my blog
  7. Progress on my book