Musicals I Love where all My Favorite Characters Live

Why haven’t I thought of this before? I thought of writing a list of musicals I love where every single character I love survives the musical.

  1. Wicked
  2. Phantom of the Opera
  3. Sound of Music
  4. Annie
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Mamma Mia
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Newsies
  9. Pippin
  10. Grease
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A-Z Musical Theatre Tag

I saw someone on wordpress do this yesterday, and I decided to give it a go. The colors are separating each section. Stars is not just representing big names: I went for actors/actresses I have seen plus big names.

Show                  Theatre                            Association                               Star

Annie               Apollo Victoria                  Aisle                                Amanda Jane Copper

Band’s Visit    Belk Theater                    Balcony                                        Ben Jacoby

Cats                                                            Cast Board                              Christy Altomare

Dear Evan Hansen  Dover Theater   Dress Circle

E                                                                 Ensemble                                  Eva Nobleazda

Frozen        Fox Theater

Godspell        Gershwin Theater             Grand Tier                                 Grace Morgan

Hairspray      Halton Theater

Into the Woods         Imperial                                                                      Idina Menzel

Joseph                                                                                                              Joshua Grosso

K                                                                                                                   Kristen Chenoweth

Les Misérables                                         Lottery                                                Lisa Karlin

Music Man         Majesty’s                  Mezzanine                             Mary Kate Morrissey

Newsies              Nederlander                                                                      Nick Cartell

Oklahoma             Ovens                   Overture

Pippin                 Peace Center           Playbill                                            Patti Murin

Q                         Queen’s

Rent                                                                                                                Ramin Karimloo

Sound of Music                                         Souvenir Stand                           Skyler Volpe

T                                                                    Tours                                Talia Simone Robinson

U                                                                   Understudy

V

Wicked                                                      West End Live                          Will Chase

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Most of this is in relationship to the United States. Just about all of the actors/actresses I listed I have seen before, but only a select few I have heard of before, but never seen before: I actually limited the stars to those in the United States. About “stars”, it was not going to be just big-name actor and actresses. It could include any of the actors/actresses I have seen before or any of the ones I have heard of.

The others sections I opened up to the West End. Those theaters are a combination of touring, college and West End/Broadway theaters.

 

Little Things in Musicals I Get Excited Over

What are some tiny things in musicals I get excited over?

1. Hearing the orchestra warm up

2. Hearing the first notes of the show

3. Learning I am going to see a musical

4. Discovering I am going to love a musical- this can happen during a live performance, during a movie, or music alone

5. The crescendos

6. Feeling the first goosebumps

7. Beginning of tears

8. Receiving a playbill (most of those were given at the door, and only one had to be bought)

9. Buying souvenirs- bought things like CDs, T-Shirts, and Posters

10. Seeing the set

11. Discovering something new about a character and/or the musical

12. Hearing first lyrics of a song

Some of these seem odd, but so true.

Top South Pacific Songs

The next show in this series, I will be exploring my top songs found in South Pacific, the 2nd best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

Possible Spoilers:

1. Some Enchanted Evening- this to me is the title song of the musical. It is a beautiful song sung by Emelie to Nellie towards the beginning of the musical. It is one of the initial songs exploring the love the two have for one another

2. There is Nothing Like a Dame- I just love the overall fun nature of this song. Whenever I think of showtimes, I think of melodies similar to this song.

3. Younger Than Springtime- Like any Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, there are two romances. The main storyline focuses on Nellie and Emelie. Younger than Springtime focuses on Liat and Joe Cable, which is a beautiful song, but does turn out to be tragic in the end

4. You’ve Got to Carefully Taught- the thing I really love about this song is that it shows that racism is something that we learn; not the fact that we are born racist. Racism is one of the serious factors that is part of South Pacific

5. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair- Another fun sounding song. Well Nellie just found that Emelie’s children are of a certain race, and she is basically thinking of leaving them. That is basically what this song is about.

6. This Nearly Was Mine- This is a heartbreaking song. This is actually a breakup song. Nellie actually just broke up with Emelie. Actually I think breakup songs line up with the same emotions unrequited love songs deal with. So the two situations I believe are very similar. Due to this heartbreaking song being in South Pacific, it makes South Pacific both complex and realistic.

7. Honey Bun- oh my gosh, this song is hilarious watching and has a very fun melody

8. A Wonderful Guy- there is a bit of irony in this. Nellie actually sings this right after “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”. So why would Nellie sing how much she loves Emelie right after thinking about leaving him? So see the irony behind that.

Just for now

Wrapping Up of Analyzing Musical Character Series

For the longest time, I have been doing a series on analyzing various musical characters. I loved how many of them have been together instead of being so scattered. It has been one of my favorite blog series ever. I realized that I knew some of these characters much more than I thought. I wish I could do more characters, but I felt like it was time to finish the series. I hope people enjoyed the different characters I analyzed. All of these characters come from musicals that are meaningful to me.

Favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein Songs

One thing I am surprised I never mentioned on this blog is a list of my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. They are one of my favorite composer/lyricst teams. They wrote some of my favorite musicals.

  1. Edelweiss
  2. Do Re Mi
  3. Sound of Music
  4. My Favorite Things
  5. Something Good
  6. Some Enchanted Evening
  7. There is Nothing Like a Dame
  8. This Nearly Was Mine
  9. Younger Than Springtime
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’
  12. Shall We Dance

Sound of Music is my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical followed closing by South Pacific.