After the Curtain Falls…What Happens

This is something I never touched on my blog. What happens when the curtain falls? What happens long after the curtain falls? I speak from the point of view of an audience member.

The first thing that happens when the curtain falls is reflect on what happened during the performance. I am the one who likes to reflect on the show. I want to be able to remember the show- but there have been experiences where I did not like the musical. If I am seeing the musical again, I end up adding something to the character- if the actors and actresses were able to. I like to talk about the performance that same day- that is what happens after the curtain falls automatically.

If it is a new musical, I usually know if I love the musical. When the curtain falls in that instance, I am glad I have found a new musical I love. I still reflect on what I saw. The review does end up on this blog- I have to remember what I saw- enough to end up as a review. If I love the musical- I do want to be able to remember their stories, their songs, and the characters.

What happens in the future? For me, in the meaningful musicals, the characters live in me. They become a piece of me. Long after the curtain falls, their stories mean something. Their songs are no longer songs- they are songs that mean something when you listen to them. You want to learn about them. When they live in you, it means you care about them and have an emotional connection. There are characters that have been in my life since childhood and characters that are much newer.

After the curtain falls, a musical that is already meaningful can become more meaningful. You might feel more emotional and vulnerable that time around. The actors and actresses play a huge part in what happens long after the curtain calls- some of them play a small part in who characters are and some play a huge part in who characters are.

After the curtain falls, you remember seeing the musical. That is true even if you didn’t like the musical. There have been musicals I didn’t like where I do form some emotional connection and loved a few songs.

Just because the curtain falls, it doesn’t mean your journey with the musical ends. The meaningful musicals continue to be in my life. The memories I have with them and why they made the impact are reasons why they are meaningful. Long after the curtain falls, you can still remember the experience of that one performance- who you were with and who your standouts were and parts of the staging.

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Favorite Musical Theatre Couples and Why

Major or Minor Spoilers:

Elphaba and Fiyero

They are what I would call the “unexpected couple”. You never expect them to get together. When Elphaba first meets him, she can’t stand him. He doesn’t make a good impression at first. Then the Lion Cub Scene happens, and he softens up a bit. You discover that she is starting to fall in love with him, but unrequitedly- you feel like he will always be with Glinda. Then he hears all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and knows they are not true. He realizes that he loves Elphaba instead of Glinda- so now the unrequited love shifts to Glinda.

Elphaba and Fiyero may be a young couple, but they are a mature couple. It clearly shows during “As Long as Your’e Mine”. They do protect each other- after all he protects Elphaba from being arrested, which leads him to possibly being tortured, which leads Elphaba to do spell after spell after spell to protect Fiyero.

Elphaba and Fiyero during "As Long as Your'e Mine"

Belle and Beast

This musical is actually a romance. The Beast is actually a human transformed into a Beast after an enchantress discovered there is no love in his heart. So she transformed him into a heart. The spell would be broken if he will fall in love and will be loved another. The love also affected those who lived in the castles.

Belle became prisoner in Beast’s castle after taking her father’s place. First Belle despised the Beast. She saw how unkind and how selfish he was. After she ran away after Beast scared her for being in the West End, Beast began to soften up. He ended up saving her life, but he still had a hard time controlling his temper. Slowly over time, they began to have feelings for each other (“Something There”). Then at “Beauty and the Beast”, you knew they were in love. The whole “Beauty and the Beast” scene is so magical to look at. I don’t know what it is about Disney love songs- there is something magical about them. Beast was willing to let her go- Belle and Beast protected each other. After all, when Belle realized Gaston was going to hurt the Beast, she wanted to hurt him and when Belle came back, Beast fought Gaston in order to protect Belle. Their love for each other caused the spell to be broken.

Dan Stevens as Beast and Emma Watson as Belle during the 2017 live film of Beauty and the Beast during the song, Beauty and the Beast

Cosette and Marius

Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius in the musical film, Les Misérables

One of the things I love about these two is how they bring hope to this tragedy. Cosette represents love and hope- so it makes sense why she and Marius ends up together. These two are some of the only survivors in Les Mis. While they have lost so many important people in their lives in the end, at least they still have each other. They are such an adorable couple in so many ways.

Katherine and Jack

This is another Disney couple that I love. They are my favorite contemporary Disney couple. Even the song, “Something to Believe In” carries the same magic that the classic Disney songs have. Katherine is the reporter of the strike and Jack is the Newsies’ leader. She does help him with the inner conflict he is going through in act II. Their love clearly shows during “Something to Believe In”

Katherine and Jack during "Something to Believe In" during Newsies

Christine and Raoul

Before the events in the story begin, they once upon a time were childhood sweethearts. When Raoul first recognized Christine, he wanted to be in relationship with her. Raoul is the one who would protect Christine no matter what. After hearing from her about the Phantom, he would do anything to protect her. I have always loved them- “All I Ask Of You” is one of the biggest reasons that explains it.

Christine and Raoul during "All I Ask of You"

Mimi and Roger

They are one of the hardest couples to explain why I love them. There are three couples in Rent, and Mimi and Roger are the main couple. They do connect in “Light in my Candle”, but do not become a couple until “I Should Tell You”. It takes about a lot of act I to become a couple. Roger is the one who is unwilling to get in a relationship while Mimi wants to. Both of them have HIV. These two struggle in their relationship at times and do fight at times- they still love each other despite the problems. I wish I knew further why I love them; I think a lot of it comes from them being realistic and their songs.

Mimi and Roger during "Light my Candle" in Rent

Conclusion

These are just a few of my favorite couples. All of them share a few things in common. They all are young couples, and they all have a main song that I am attached to. The main song is a key element to loving a musical theatre couple. A couple’s main song does show you that those characters have fallen in love. Usually it can be hard to tell if they have fallen in love or not- which is definitely true if the musical is not a romance.

How songs make You love a Couple in a Musical

Romance is the most common theme in musical. It shows up in many ways and serves many purposes. In some ways, it takes up the entire plot, in some it is a subplot that is a couple, and some it is a subplot that is a love triangle. You might think it is just a love triangle that is complex, but sometimes a couple alone that is complex. What makes you love a couple? One of the best ways to love a couple belongs to their song or songs (I said song or songs because some couples have multiple songs- after all, some plots are a romance). I will try my best to explain why songs can help make you fell in love with a couple.

If you don’t have the song, it is nearly impossible to realize there is a couple. In a romance, the first song does make you pick up on the fact that they are developing feeling feelings for each other (“Something There” for instance). Then after afterwards, there is usually a song, there is usually a song that tells you that they in love (“Beauty and the Beast” for example. The songs are key to helping you realize there is a couple in a realize, or else, you fight not pick up on romance.

A lot of times, if I love a couple’s main song, I end up loving the couple. I love songs such as “Heart Full of Love”, “All I Ask of You”, “Can you Feel the Love Tonight”, “Something to Believe In”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “As Long As Your’e Mine”, “Till There Was Mine”, “I Should Tell You”- etc. These songs were all key to helping me love these couples.

Major Spoilers:

In the love triangles- it is key to fall in love with the couples. Once you realize why the love triangles are set up the way they are, you learn to love them more. Songs such as “Heart Full of Love”, All I Ask of You”, and “As Long As Your’e” do make me love the couple. “As Long as Your’e Mine” is the most interesting song since it is ironic since Elphaba originally had unrequited love for Fiyero.

All of the romantic songs are beautiful songs. I find it interesting how romance comes mostly comes from young couples. So the songs make you realize that two characters have fallen in love- you easily could have missed that if you didn’t have the song.

My Journey with the Les Mis Movie

As many musical fanatics know, there is always a way you become a fan of a musical. It is either by songs, stage, or film. Where did my love of Les Mis begin? It was by the musical movie.

I first saw the Les Mis film in December 2012. I came into the film with a very slim knowledge. I knew of the song, “I Dreamed a Dream”. I barely knew the plot. I knew of the actresses, Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway. I was unsure coming into the film- I only went to listen to “I Dreamed a Dream”. Right after Fantine died, I came to a realization- Les Mis is a tragedy. I was shocked and confused after realizing that. After all, I never knew musicals could be tragic. I did not know how to exactly respond. By the end of the film, I did have “Do you Hear the People Sing” stuck in my head, but at the same time, I did not know if I liked Les Mis. So I had a rocky start to Les Mis. I was NOT an emotional wreck watching Les Mis this time around.

Fantine singing "I Dreamed a Dream" during the film, Les Mis

Despite not knowing if I liked Les Mis, I started researching the musical. I also wanted to listen to the songs on Pandora. I have no idea why I wanted to do that.

March 2013- I don’t why I did this, but I decided to watch the film a 2nd time. Due to knowing the film’s tragic nature, I was able to calm down. I got so much more out of it. This time around, I truly became a fan of Les Mis. By the end, I felt uplifted. I was thinking “why would such a tragic musical make you feel uplifted?”. So I continued researching it. By Summer 2013, I was officially obsessed with Les Mis. I know the 2nd time was when I began to have a beautiful bond to Eponine; I have no idea when I began to have an emotional connection to the other characters I have an emotional connection to. If I didn’t give the film a 2nd chance, I never would have a Les Mis fan.

Eponine singing "On My Own" during the film, Les Mis

Summer 2013- I think my family was on vacation in Florida, and we were in target in the DVD section. My mom told me, will you find it? I did not know what she was talking about at first. She told me- you know what I am talking about. I realized- my mom was talking about Les Mis. My emotional response to the film grew over time.

Present- now it is 2019, and I have watched the film so many times. Now, I have to buy another copy of the film. Usually in that amount of time, I don’t wear out a DVD. I still am an emotional wreck watching it. This film was why I love Les Mis, which led to my obsession with Les Mis. Without the film, Les Mis wouldn’t have been in my life.

Uniqueness of Each Musical Year

I thought this would be an interesting post idea.

One of the most fascinating things about being a musical theatre fanatic is just how different each musical year is. That is because the musicals you see vary, and the same is for just how many musicals you see. Some years you might see just two musicals or three or four or five. The number has to do with where you live, can you afford them, the months you see them and where exactly you see them (as in community college/ regional/local theater, West End/Broadway, and tours plus the city).

Major and Minor Spoilers

If you think about it, the shows vary a lot. In 2018, all I saw were happy musicals- Oklahoma, Grease, Newsies, Lion King, and A Christmas Story. At the same time, they still came with their more serious and emotional (as in sad and heartbreaking. After all, Newsies is home to “Santa Fe” and “Letter from the Refuge” and Lion King does have Mufasa’s death, which did get to me and “Endless Night”. I ended up seeing these musicals in June, July, September, and December.

Crutchie during "Letter from the Refuge"

2017, on the other hand was highly different. Instead of being home to all happy musicals, I started with a horror comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, and ended on the more sad side of things- Rent and Les Mis. These were one college production and two tours- one in Charlotte and one in Greenville. So in 2017, I was an emotional wreck twice- both Rent and Les Mis gave me an emotional wreck twice. This set of musicals ended up being in February, September, and November.

Joshua Grosso singing "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" at the 25th Anniversary Production- US Tour

So you see, two different years, but still so different. So every single musical year is so different. You might have one year will all happy musicals. Still, I have never found a year where there has never been at least one sad or heartbreaking moment in at least one musical. After all, the five core emotions are excitement, joy, love, sad, and heartbreak. If I broke down year after year after 2012 to now, it would take forever. So I was just giving you an idea.

Fairy Frogs- Snippet 3

Context: A hangout in Fairy Creek has been happening between the Fairy Frogs and Toads. Sparkle, Misty, and Marge decided to collect rods to attach to the trees so that way the toads can get to the treehouses. Aries realized there were some leftover rods in their old home- so he left Fairy Creek with Darcy.

(So in the past snippets, you have come across Sparkle, Misty, Aries, Sarge, Marge, and Norg).


Sarge ended up following Aries and Darcy to Fairy Creek. He finally got his chance. He could reach this goal this time. What he saw there surprised him. He saw toads and Fairy Frogs playing with each other. He saw how far this friendship had gone. He saw Norg looking after them. He now knew Norg turned against him

            “Sparkle, look”, said Marge in a scared way. Sparkle noticed Sarge was in Fairy Creek. She saw both Aries and Darcy. Darcy had more rods for the trees, but he looked hurt. 

            “Gosh”, said Sparkle. She saw Sarge. He had found them. Sparkle did not want Sarge to hurt Marge. She and Marge ran until they no longer could see him. They made it to the treehouses, and the two decided to hang out in Sparkle’s treehouse. Sparkle had to fly Marge up since the rods were not attached yet. There was no way Sarge was going to get to them. Sparkle thought she had distracted Sarge long enough. 

            “You are not allowed here, Sarge,” said Norg. 

            “NORG, you are coming back right now”, demanded Sarge.

            “Nope, I will not and you lost”, said Norg. 

            “WHAT, these creatures, these Fairy Frogs are nothing special.” 

            “What did you just call us?”, said Tweetsie. She had heard Sarge say that. Celeste ended up joining Tweetsie as well. So did Darcy and Felipe. All of the Fairy Frogs felt offended. Even Claude, Effa, and Rudy did not like what he said. 

            “Sarge, don’t you dare say they are not special”, said Effa.

            “These guys are a bunch of boring frogs”, said Sarge.

            “We tried to warn you”, said Darcy. 

            “Never insult a Fairy Frog or a toad again”, said Felipe.

            “What about Marge, she is just a pointless toad with no personality”, screamed Sarge. Sparkle heard Sarge say that from a distance. She told Marge to stay there. 

            “Sarge, what has she ever done to you?”, said Sparkle.

            “She means nothing to me”. Aries heard all the commotion going on. 

            “What is going on over here”, said Aries.

            “Aries, ask him?”, said Sparkle.

            “SARGE, what happened?” 

            “Nothing.” 

            “Tweetsie, Darcy, Felipe, and Sparkle, tell me.” 

            “Sarge said we are nothing special and nor is Marge”, said Sparkle. 

            “SARGE, that is no way to talk to them or Marge.” 

            “But…But…..I can say whatever I want.”

“Sarge, stop being the bully you are or become the leader you can be or else we can just kick you out of Graysloup”, said Aries. Even the toads agreed with this statement. 

The Hopeful and Heartbreaking Love Triangle

Here we are venturing into the Les Misérables love triangle. It is less complex than the Wicked love triangle. It is between Cosette x Marius x Eponine: in this one Marius and Cosette are the couple while Eponine has the unrequited love. It is one of the major storylines that I am emotionally connected to. Of everyone in the love triangle, Eponine is the my favorite character.

MAJOR SPOILERS:

I will start by bringing up Eponine and Cosette’s childhood. At one point both Eponine and Cosette lived together. Eponine’s parents are the Thenardiers, who abuse Cosette and treat her like a servant. Eponine, on the other hand, is spoiled and appeared to be loved by her parents. Then Valjean arrives and rescues Cosette.

You already know the Thenardiers are abusive. In “Master of the House”, you learn that they also are pickpockets. You start to get a general idea of the environment Eponine is going to grow up in. You already know Cosette is going to have a better life. So the girls situations are reversed- while Cosette’s horrible childhood improves; Eponine’s life gets worse. That is one of the things that intrigues me- the switch that happens between the girls.

Eponine’s family ends up living in extreme poverty. Eponine’s parents have raised her to be a thief and criminal. You realize they do not care or love their daughter. They just her for their advantage. She serves as watchdog for the law. She wasn’t shown kindness growing up- it never happens to her. That never happened- it eventually did happen- Marius was the only person who treated her with kindness. The kindness that Marius showed her made her fall in love with him. I am glad he was in her life- she needed Marius even though he didn’t love her romantically. Soon enough, Marius and Cosette bump into each and fall in love with each other. Eponine is well aware that the two have fallen in love.

Eponine’s unrequited love for Marius is quite heartbreaking and painful. After all, he is the only good thing in her life. Despite that, she is the girl who would do anything for him. She risked her life several times for him no matter the cost. She ended up finding Cosette for him when he asked her to. She ended up protecting Marius and Cosette from her father and his gang. Her love for Marius is so strong that she ended up sacrificing her life for him. At least in the end, she died in the arms of Marius= at least she was with him. Her death scene was the happiest moment of her life.

I love Marius and Cosette as a couple. They are the ones who help bring hope to this tragedy. Marius had to survive the rebellion in order to keep hope alive. They are such an adorable couple in so many ways. Both of these characters are so sweet and kind. In the end, although they lost so many important people in their lives, at least they still have each other. Marius was the only survivor from the the barricade and Cosette lost her adopted father.

The love triangle offers a lot. I love all three characters. Yes, Eponine is my favorite character in the love triangle, but of all three Marius is my favorite survivor. I have never found the love triangle to be silly. Even though I understand that Marius and Eponine are not friends, but neighbors in the book, I love that their friendship is the musical.