The Tours I Saw so Far

Many followers know by now that I have to rely on Blumenthal to see a musical. Today’s post is going to just focus on the tours. It does not matter if it is Blumenthal- it will include all of the tours I have seen. That would mean some musicals will be left off, and some repeats will not be on this particular list. I do not know what my first musical in person was, but I know it was a tour. What is that list of tours I have seen so far? I will try to keep them the most in order as I can- only the first three may not.

  1. Seussical the Musical-N/A
  2. Cats-N/A
  3. Lion King- N/A
  4. Wicked- 2008 (I think)
  5. Mamma Mia-2009
  6. Addams Family-2011
  7. La Cage-2012
  8. Wicked-2013
  9. Phantom of the Opera-2014
  10. Porgy and Bess-2014
  11. Annie-2014
  12. Pippin-2015
  13. Sound of Music-2015
  14. Wicked-2016
  15. Newsies-2016
  16. Rent-2017
  17. Les Mis-2017
  18. Lion King-2018
  19. A Christmas Story-2018
  20. Fiddler on the Roof-2019
  21. Miss Saigon-2019
  22. Aladdin-2019

These tours do exist from Jacksonville (that is where I do not remember seeing a musical), Greenville, St. Louis, and Charlotte. I already have some in Blumenthal’s current season that I hope happen: Les Mis, Anastasia, Frozen, and Wicked.

The Act I Finales

They are important to a musical. What is the importance? In my opinion, at the end of the act I, you usually know you love the musical. The act I are either sad or heartbreaking; empowering or exciting; or it is hard to explain. There are some act I finales that will always be in my top favorite act I finales. I think some people will actually agree with me. I will list some of those below.

  1. La Bie Boheme B
  2. If I Can’t Love Her
  3. I’d Give My Life For You
  4. Santa Fe
  5. Let it Go
  6. Crashing of the Chandelier
  7. Defying Gravity
  8. One Day More

When I actually think of act I finales, it is Defying Gravity and One Day More that come to mind the most. As a matter of fact, Let it Go sounds so much and reminds me so much of Defying Gravity. All three songs are empowering songs. It is “If I Can’t Love Her”, “Santa Fe”, and “I’d Give Give My Life For You” that fall under the category of sad/heartbreaking songs- only “If I Can’t Love Her” and “Santa Fe” are under musical comedies- well, “If I Can’t Love Her” is a musical comedy romance. When it comes to the tragedies- you do not want the act I finales to drive you away from the plot- you want them to keep you want to watch act II- not the other way around.

What are some of your favorite act I finales?

Have you Ever been said “Broaden your taste for musicals due to being obsessed with one”

As so many know, I am obsessed with Les Mis. To some people, it might seem as if I am not expanding my passion for musicals. However- that is not actually the case. My passion for Les Mis is responsible for my passion for musicals: if I did not, certain musicals would have not been in my life or been given a chance. Before Les Mis, I would not let tragedies in my life. Lets look at some of the things I learned some Les Mis, and later focus on some of the new musicals that entered my life after Les Mis entered my life. Look, Les Mis would not have been able to enter my life without Wicked.

What I Learned From Les Mis

Tragic musicals do exist- I was not raised on tragedies in musical theatre. I was around Disney musicals, Wicked, Mamma Mia, and musicals of that kind. How was I supposed to know that tragedies were a part of the musical world.

I can love tragedies- here me out on this: as a high school girl, I told myself I will NEVER love a tragedy. I thought they were pure sad. Les Mis entered my life in my first year of college (2013). I realized tragedies were not at all what I once thought they were. They are more than just tragedies- they have a hopeful side to them and are not too depressing.

Tragedies go beyond being sad- this goes back to what I just said. In 2013, I picked up on the fact that I felt uplifted by Les Mis. I wanted to know WHY. I soon was able to understand its underlying spirituality: hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption are why it goes beyond its tragic nature. A tragedy cannot be a tragedy without the catharsis.

A death scene can be memorable- once again, I did believe that a death would be unmemorable especially to a favorite character. I even thought a death scene could not happen through song. Les Mis proved both of those wrong- the various deaths are memorable even if it is a favorite character.

Heartbreak is a musical emotion- I was not blind to sad. I picked up on the emotion of sad in middle school. I thought sad could not push any further. Boy, was I so wrong. I discovered the emotion of heartbreak through song in Les Mis. Heartbreak is a more vulnerable, fragile, and deeper form of sad. Heartbreak opened a new window- knowing that emotion exists made it easier to pick up on negative emotions in other musicals.

  • These are just a few of the things I learned from Les Mis. Just because I talk about Les Mis a lot does not been I do not branch out. I still want to see new musicals. What are some musicals that entered my life after 2013?

Musicals that Entered my Life after 2013:

  1. Man of La Mancha
  2. Newsies
  3. Pippin
  4. Music Man
  5. South Pacific
  6. Fiddler on the Roof
  7. My Fair Lady

So, I do allow other musicals to enter my life. There are musicals that I want to give a chance- those are not in my life yet. What are some of those?

Musicals I Still Hope to See:

  • Anastasia
  • Hadestown
  • Something Rotten
  • Frozen- yes, I already love it (but still need to see the stage show)

I already love a wide range of musicals already: Mamma Mia, Music Man, Sound of Music, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Frozen, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Lion King, Pippin, Rent, South Pacific, Godspell, My Fair Lady: this is a combo of those I grew up with (as in childhood to the end of high school) to college.

This has been said to me a couple of times- Broaden my taste for musicals. Expand it more. Those things are said to me when I have an opportunity to see Les Mis again- usually when I am given a chance, I want to see the show again. Well, this year: I have an opportunity to see Les Mis a sixth time. Some people think I do not expand it that much only because I am obsessed with Les Mis.

My Theme Song in High School

If I go back to high school, and choose a theme song, what would I choose? That theme song would be “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. It literally was the theme song I had in High School. The word, “Believe”, was important in my high school journey especially at mid-terms and finals. At my high school, we were in the same classes all year long. When it came to those exams- I had to “believe” that I will pass- as in not getting a “C”, but getting an “A” or a “B”. I truly had to believe in myself to get through high school. I was a determined and hardworking student- even in classes I did not like or even when I was stuck reading a book I was not enjoying. I love to learn, but I do not like to study. The song, “Don’t Stop Believing”, was defiantly my theme song when it comes to high school.

If you had a theme song relating to high school, what would you choose?

All the States I Been to

Now that I been to Lake Tahoe, how many states have I been to. I will write an updated list.

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Illinois
  8. Kentucky
  9. Maryland
  10. Missouri
  11. Nevada
  12. New Jersey
  13. New York
  14. North Carolina
  15. South Carolina
  16. Tennessee
  17. Virginia
  18. West Virginia

I have been to almost half of the states in the United States. The cities/towns I have been to range from Charlotte (my hometown), Hendersonville, Blowing Rock (etc of NC cities) Nashville, Greenville, St. Louis, Ponte Vedra (which is near Jacksonville), Lake Tahoe, NYC, Keystone, Anchorage, Denali (etc of Alaska cities), and Chicago. I have traveled to a number of places in my country.

What State- Where are We?

Yes, during the week of July 16th-20th, I was in two states. That was because Lake Tahoe was part of two states- mostly in California and the rest being in Nevada. It is surrounded by mountains and is a clear lake with multiple colors. I was there with my family and cousins. We spent time in both California and Nevada- sometimes it was hard to tell if we were in California and Nevada.

Above is one of the many views we experienced during our trip. So, some of the mountains still had snow. Either that view was from the hike or from the overlook going up from the Gondola. The main hike was defiantly in Nevada.

The picture above is from the hike on the stateline. Nevada is a dusty and dry state. We were still on our way to the beginning of the trail- this still is the stateline. The hiking trails are Nevada- basically at Lake Tahoe. Everything else- for the most part are in California.

Above, you defiantly get an idea of the various colors that are found in Lake Tahoe. This is from the overlook going up the Gondola. It gives you a lot of various views.

At the activities at the very top, you constantly can back and forth between Nevada and California. Here is another Stateline picture.

Above is from Emerald Bay. What I found unique is the island. I didn’t do any of the activities in the lake. I did some short hikes- I discovered this kind of hobbit-like house and a big waterfall.

The last activity we all did was go on the MS Dixie Cruise the last day. It gave you a different view of the lake. It did take you back to Emerald Bay, which gave me a different perspective for the island- now I saw this castle-like house on the top of like. Every couple of years, my family and my extended family on my mom’s side get together.

Things I love about the States I been to (as in what I did)

Since I recently went to two new states, I thought I would bring up the states I been to, and bring up what I loved about them. Some states will be left out if I don’t remember a clue about them.

Alaska

  • Nature- how can you not love Alaska’s nature. I saw glaciers, whales, otters, waterfalls, mountains and various types of nature during my trip to Alaska.

Colorado (Denver/Keystone)

  • I was only in elementary school when I went to Colorado. Just like Alaska, their nature is wonderful. During this trip, there was rafting and of course, we were around mountains. We were in Colorado.

California/Nevada

  • You might be wondering, why did I put two states together. My latest trip with cousins included these two. I will explain why these two are placed together.
  • Lake Tahoe- Lake Tahoe is a gigantic lake that is mostly in California, and at the same time takes up Nevada. During my most recent trip with cousins, I went back and forth between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is extremely clear and there are several colors in that lake. Surrounding the lake, you can see mountains, and in my visit, there was still snow on top of some of them. Lake Tahoe has hiking trials to walk on as well. Lake Tahoe is one of the biggest lakes in the world- you will realize how big it is when you actually visit.

Florida (Jacksonville to Orlando)

  • Disney World- Of course, many know that Disney World exists in Florida. It is a magical place. I have been there three times- the latest being in 2016 on Spring Break. That is one of the best parts about Florida.
  • St. Augustine-it is hard to describe why I love St. Augustine. I have been there a number of times. It is always fun to go there.
  • Beaches- I am not a beach person, but a mountain person. However, I enjoy walking on the beach and hearing the sound of the waves. I did mention that I collect snowglobes and playbills, but one more thing I collect is seaglass. It is not seaglass I buy from the store I collect- it is the seaglass I find on the beach.

Illinois

  • Chicago- what I love about the city of Chicago is the Art Insitiute and the Bean. I been there in 2015. I remember loving both of those places. It is also has a large American Girl Store.

New York (NYC)

  • Broadway- Whenever I think of NYC, I think of Broadway. I had my first experience on Broadway in 2006- I was 12 at the time. My mom and I were in NYC alone. The two of us saw Wicked. Wicked is still the only musical I saw on Broadway.
  • Times Square
  • Central Park
  • Statue of Liberty
  • There is more I love about NYC- Natural History Museum, American Girl- those are other things I did during that trip. What is crazy about the places I went to my NYC- a good number of them are the same places the girls in my Greatest Discovery book are going to.

North Carolina (where to start)

  • The Nature- It has both mountains and beaches. I mostly went to the mountains: Crowder’s, Sugar, Grandfather are three of the mountains I went to. A lot of my time hiking was in North Carolina.
  • Kanuga- it is an Episcopalian Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. I have been there for Parish Weekends, Winterlight (High School Youth Conference), and Thanksgiving. It is one of my happy places. I can’t put into words how much it means to me. It is another place I have gone on hikes.
  • Theatre- I live in Charlotte, home to Blumenthal Performing Arts. I am glad I live there because I get tours year after year after year. Each season, there is always a musical I want to see through Blumenthal Performing Arts. Blumenthal Performing Arts consists of more than one theatre- the main one being Belk Theater. So far, the only two theaters I have seen a musical in belongs to Belk Theater and Ovens Auditorium. Below are some of the shows I have seen through Blumenthal.
  • Etc- To end North Carolina, I will post a few more pictures from North Carolina. I have lived in North Carolina since I was 3. I have been in Charlotte since I was 8. There is Great Wolfe Lodge- with this incredible Water Park and this wonderful interactive game called MagiQuest- it allows you to literally think and sometimes you have to run in the lodge because sometimes you might have thirty seconds or so to get to the next location: you have clues to get to various place. It is super interactive. I live in North Carolina- that is why I said, where to start.

Missouri (St. Louis)

  • Fox Theater- St. Louis is another major touring city. The Fox Theater is a gorgeous theater. It is not just gorgeous by the acoustics, but by the architecture as well. Below, are pictures from the times I saw Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. I included the architecture of the theater as well.
  • Powell Hall- right near the Fox, there is a beautiful place for symphonies. It is called Powell Hall. I went to a Christmas Symphony there. St. Louis has two beautiful performing arts spaces.
  • The Gateway Arch- One of things St. Louis is known for is its Arch. I love that, and is one of the first things you see.
  • Forest Park- The MUNY (an outdoor theater), the zoo, and museums are all found in Forest Park. Believe it or not- it is bigger than Central Park in NYC.
  • City Museum- this is a very fun museum in St. Louis. It basically has outdoor and indoor playgrounds- different than a regular playground. It gives you a lot of things to do. It is a wonderful museum for children. I have memories of playing in the playgrounds- those were a lot of fun. They are unique in many ways.
  • City Garden- it is interactive like City Museum, but it is basically has only statues. You are allowed to interact with everything. You are allowed to climb on anything that is in there.
  • St. Louis Cardinals- another thing St. Louis is famous for is their baseball team. When I was younger, I went to their baseball games, and each time, they won. The St. Louis Cardinals is another thing I like about St. Louis.

South Carolina

  • Peace Center- it is Greenville’s touring theater. It, like Fox Theater, is a gorgeous performing space. I saw two musicals there. The first, Phantom of the Opera, was a date with mom. The second, Les Mis, I saw with Gardner Webb University. I am glad I was able to see two musicals in that venue.
  • Greenville- there are other things I love about Greenville, but I can’t describe. The pictures below are from Greenville.
  • Charleston- the only other place I been to in SC is Charleston. I first went as a 5th grade trip. I don’t know if I have been to Charleston since.

Georgia

  • Atlanta- This was the city where I was born. I love the Atlanta Aquarium. I love the Atlanta Braves as well- their baseball team. That is because I was born in Atlanta.

Virginia

  • Even though I have been to this state a number of times, it is hard to say what I like about this state. I can think of one thing, which is the Virginia Creeper Trail, which I don’t remember doing, but it is a highlight of the state.

The Other States:

  • Alabama- I can’t think of a single thing I loved about this state
  • Tennessee- I did go to Nashville either on the way back or the way to St. Louis. I don’t even remember exactly what I liked about the state.
  • Kentucky- the same rule applies to Kentucky that did to Tennessee. I don’t remember what I liked about Kentucky either.
  • New Jersey- I don’t know what I like this state, but I know I went there
  • Maryland- I don’t know what I like Maryland- even though I have been there
  • West Virginia- Only have been to small cities, I can’t think of a single thing I like about this state