There is a difference between a memorable song and a memorable song that is easy to sing along to, in my opinion.
I will start by saying this: I am not a good singer. If you are not a good singer, songs you love will not be easily singable. Back to the original question: “can a musical song be memorable without being easily singable or hummable?”
Another thing to say: when you love so many musical theatre songs, there are lots of melodies to remember. Basically- if a song is unmemorable, the song will be forgettable. That would mean you no longer would have the interest to listen to it. Yes, a number of songs I love in musical theatre are singable- examples: Do Re Mi, My Favorite Things, Do You Hear the People Sing, For the First Time in Forever, Beauty and the Beast- yes, that was part of why I fell in love with them.
Can you still love songs that aren’t exactly singable or hummable. Songs with tough melodies are what we are talking about. Songs like “Speechless” fall under this category. Are they memorable despite not being singable? They are not that singable for those who can’t sing well or that good- for people like me. I loved “Speechless” and “Evermore” when I saw the live action movies of Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. So, yes, a song can be memorable without being hummable or singable. “Speechless” and “Evermore” aren’t the only ones that are like this. What about “Shadowland” and “Endless Light” in Lion King?- same thing.
We know when we love a musical theatre song. It is a combo of melody and lyrics. So- they are not forgettable. If we want to keep on listening to them- we do know we love the song. Ever since I saw the live action Aladdin- I keep on listening to “Speechless”, and what it does is make Jasmine a stronger character.
Disney does this all the time- when it goes to stage, it adds new songs to strengthen the plot. Look at the live action movies- it does not make an adaptation of the stage shows- it makes an adaptation of the cartoons and adds a song- to do the same thing the new songs in the stage shows do- strengthen characters.
See what I mean- songs can be memorable without being necessarily singable or hummable.
Do you agree? Can a musical theatre song be memorable without being singable or hummable?
One of the 2019 movies I wanted to see the most was the live action movie of Aladdin. I didn’t want a carbon copy of the cartoon- I wanted to be original. So far of all movies I so far in the theatre in the movie theatre this year was Aladdin. Like Beauty and the Beast, I had to relearn Aladdin in so many ways, but in so many ways I still knew Aladdin. The “Whole New World” is the song that I looked forward to the most.
Aladdin was worth it, and grabbed in you quickly. If a movie grabs you in fast, that does say something.
Still has all the songs I know- One Jump Ahead, Friend Like Me, A Whole New World (favorite Aladdin song), Arabian Nights, Prince Ali.
The new song, Speechless, made me Jasmine more. It was a lovely addition to her character. It made her stronger. I loved that this song was included.
Plot- Spoilers (little or possible spoilers):
This story is basically a story being told- on a ship. There is a slight difference about when Aladdin and Jasmine meet. “One Jump Ahead” usually happens before those characters meet. At the beginning of the story, after “Arabian Nights”- Aladdin and Jasmine meet. So “One Jump Ahead” occurs right after the two of them met. As expected-Aladdin and Jasmine get together.
I don’t remember this at all- but something happened in Aladdin. The Genie and Dalia do fall in love. I saw it happen. I only think of Aladdin and Jasmine- its all because of “A Whole New World”.
I am not going to say the entire plot- still basically the same plot, but a few changes.
Aladdin: Mena Massoud
How can you not love Aladdin? Yes, street thief, but does he do it for selfish or selfless reasons? He has to survive somehow. There is more to him than being the street rat everyones him to be. It is just him and Abu, his funny and curious monkey. He is clever and does have his flaws. He is loyal when it comes to Abu. You can see that all in Mena’s Aladdin, and he does have an incredible voice as well.
You can easily fall in love with Abu. It is Aladdin’s monkey pet. Abu is funny and curious, which can get Aladdin in trouble at times. There is no way to dislike him- it is impossible.
Genie: Will Smith
Will Smith is defiantly not a terrible Genie. He is an incredible Genie. The Genie is one of the characters I love in Aladdin. I love the magic and charm of the Genie and Will showed that. He was an incredible singer, which I first noticed during “Friend Like Me”.
Jasmine: Naomi Scott
Aladdin and Jasmine are one of my favorite Disney couples. Now, I love the two of them even more. I don’t know what it was- did it have something to do with Naomi and Mena or was it because it was live action?”. I don’t know know why. Part of why I loved Naomi as Jasmine had to do with “Speechless”. That song added a strength and complexity to Jasmine I never knew was in her- making her a better princess. In addition, she was able to stand up to Jafar- showing that strength and complexity even further.
Jafar: Marwan Kenzari
As expected, don’t like Jafar. Don’t like Iago either- they are connected after all. I don’t know if Marwan seemed like a villain or not- even though he was supposed to- but in some ways it worked. That means, Marwan was hiding the truth to others.
Why did I even put Magic Carpet here? Yes, both the cartoon and the live action have the Magic Carpet. In this version, the Magic Carpet actually acted as a character in this version. I loved that was more of a character- I love the use of it. I love it the most during “A Whole New World”, the love song. Still, seeing it play off as character made it have more personality.
Together, I loved seeing it. They perfectly created Agrabah in my opinion- from the palace to where Aladdin lived to the market. Even where Jafar banished Aladdin to. The Cave of Wonders- what when you walk in, there is no treasure- so you are wondering what is so “wonder” about that cave? You walk further down, and then you see only see one thing- just one. At the very end- that is where the most treasure is- combo of the gray you just saw and all the treasure- I was expected a lot of golden- and none of the gray I just saw. Does make those though- it is a cave after all, but at the same time full of wonder.
Beautiful especially Princess Jasmine’s
Love Aladdin’s- both of them, but love the Aladdin look the best
Beautiful for Genie
All of Agrabah
It is hard to dislike to costume in their home
After watching this movie, I want to see the stage show more than ever. I still don’t know if I am seeing Aladdin at Belk Theatre in September, but want to. Aladdin is one of my favorite musicals.
There is something special about Disney love songs. It is one of the patterns that exist in musicals. They are all share a similar quality. It doesn’t seem to matter who sings it- they share that same quality. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, and “Something to Believe In” all have that special quality. They have this kind of innocence and magic found in them. I was only listing songs from stage shows. My favorite classic Disney couple is Belle and Beast and my favorite contemporary Disney couple is Katherine and Jack. Whoever sings any of these songs- the magic remains.
What do you think is special and magical about Disney love songs?
It is February, and I think it is appropriate to talk about the most common theme in musical theatre. Most likely when you see a musical, you will see romance: either you just see a couple or you come across a love triangle. It is not just love triangles that are complex- even a couple alone is complex. It is their love song that makes you realize they have fallen in love- but that is not always the case. MAJOR OR MINOR SPOILERS.
I feel like there is something quite magical about Disney couples. Songs like “Something to Believe In”, “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” have something special about them. I love all of the couples associated with them. These couples belong to Katherine and Jack, Jasmine and Aladdin, Belle and Beast, and Nala and Simba. If you think about it, Belle and Beast are home to a love triangle- after all, Gaston wants to marry Belle for the entire musical. Belle and Beast is a couple that falls in love over time- first Belle despises Beast- then they develop feelings for each other during “Something There”- and then you finally have “Beauty and the Beast”. There is a heartbreaking song in the midst of all of this- “If I Can’t Love Her” in this stage show- or its “Evermore” if you watch the 2017 movie.
Love Triangles (Les Mis, Phantom, Wicked)
Les Mis: Cosette x Marius x Eponine
The couple is Cosette and Marius and the unrequited love belongs to Eponine. Cosette and Eponine have literally switched places in life- Cosette had a horrible childhood while Eponine had a better childhood- then Eponine’s life gets even worse, and Cosette’s life improves when Valjean rescues her from the Thenardiers, who are Eponine’s parents. When Cosette leaves, Eponine is mistreated by her parents, and is raised to be a thief and criminal. When Marius enters her life, he treats her with kindness- that is why she fell in love with him- the sad truth is he is the only person who treats her with kindness- as a matter of fact, he is the only good thing in her life.
Then the love triangle happens- Marius bumps into Cosette, and the two of them automatically fell in love with each other. Eponine notices that they both love each other. She will do anything for Marius- she does end up finding Cosette for him. She risks her life several times for Marius. She ends up protecting Marius from her father when he was about to rob Valjean’s house (Marius was there at the time). This was why she went to the barricade, and why she sacrificed her life for him. I love how in this love triangle, you end up feeling for all three of them at once- first when Marius and Cosette bump into each other and second at “Heart Full of Love”- it starts out as a duet- then when Eponine joins in- you get so confused- you end up feeling heartbroken for Eponine, but incredible for Marius and Cosette- that is why you are confused. Marius and Cosette are such an adorable couple- those are my favorite survivors of Les Mis- Marius in particular.
Phantom of the Opera: Raoul x Christine x Phantom
Unlike Les Mis, the entire story is a love triangle. Raoul and Christine are the couple while Phantom gets the unrequited love. Raoul and Christine are an adorable couple. Raoul would do anything to protect Christine from the Phantom. Phantom does not accept, cope, or deal with his unrequited love well. His response is extremely negative- he responds in anger and revenge- he plans to murder Raoul- at the end of the show- he makes Christine choose between choosing him or killing Raoul (not the best response).
Wicked: Elphaba x Fiyero x Glinda
Wicked is the most complex out of all three of these love triangles. In act I, Glinda and Fiyero are a couple while Elphaba is dealing with unrequited love. She does not pursue Fiyero because of her best friend. In act II, the unrequited love jumps to Glinda- now Elphaba and Fiyero are a couple- that becomes the final result. So this love triangle has a plot twist- the other two love triangles has only one character dealing with unrequited love- Wicked on the other hand has two characters- both Elphaba and Glinda do not pursue Fiyero to keep their friendship alive. They do not let a boy get in the way of their friendship. I believe it shows their loyalty towards each other and helps strengthen their friendship. What I love about this love triangle is that it develops in the same way the characters do- it does not truly mature until the characters do. Wicked’s love triangle is my FAVORITE love triangle.
Elphaba wasn’t planning on falling in love with Fiyero. She could not stand Fiyero at first. He was a jerk at first- his overall arc is one of the things I love watching. He went from this jerk to softening up to becoming this mature and courageous young man. Elphaba truly matured during “Defying Gravity”. See what I mean- the love triangle did not truly mature until the characters did.
Why does the plot twist happen- I never knew why the first three times I saw the musical. I decided to get some answers the 4th time. I believe Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba at Shiz in act I, but deep down didn’t realize it. I believe he realized he was in love with Elphaba at the beginning of act II. He decided to have a stronger chemistry with Elphaba and a weaker chemistry with Glinda in the first act foreshadowing the plot twist. This was all based off of Ashley Parker Angel’s portrayal I saw the 4th time. At least- some things are clearer this time around.
Mimi and Roger
Mimi and Roger is one of the couples that is NOT part of a love triangle that is complex. So you see, there couples that are complex that don’t need to be a love triangle. Mimi and Roger are one of those couples. Mimi and Roger are my favorite Rent couple, and I still struggle to understand that. They have have HIV, and have other struggles. They find an attachment in “Light My Candle”- BUT Roger is unwilling to be in a relationship because of some complications that happened in his most recent relationship. It is during “I Should Tell You” is finally when Roger commits to a relationship. They are a couple who fights at times, but still love each other. Mimi and Roger are the main couple in Rent. I find them to be a realistic couple.
Maureen and Joanne
This couple is the most problematic relationship in Rent. They fight the most. Joanne always gets so annoyed with Maureen. They are a Lesbian couple- that is something that is unique about this couple. Maureen is very crazy- it is very easy to notice it about her.
Collins and Angel
Just like Mimi and Roger, they have HIV. They are a gay couple as well. They make the most out of their relationship, which is especially clear during “I’ll Cover You”. They never have problems- unlike the other two couples. Knowing about their situation (with the HIV)- they live everyday as if its their last.
Harold Hill and Marian
What I love about this couple being in Music Man is that it gives this musical an emotional feel. After all, it is a very light-hearted musical. So the main emotional feel belongs to the romance. Marian helps protect Harold Hill from being caught when she finds out he is a conman. I don’t think she was planning on falling with him.
If I go on talking about Romance in musicals- it would go on forever. Most of the characters who fell in love are young- as in their 20s and teens. Romance is a combo of innocence, magic, vulnerability, and fragility. The emotions vary as well- love, joy, heartbreak, sad, anger, and revenge- wonder why the negative emotions take up most of them in terms of the ones I can name. Romance does not have to take up JUST the couples- it also has to do with tragic love stories, unrequited love, and breakups.
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 how 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 give 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.
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 includes 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.
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.
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?
A couple days ago, I wrote of musical couples that I first came across in college. Now I want to write of the musical couples that I discovered in my elementary and middle school years. But some of them had to be reintroduced in my life throughout my time in college.
Elphaba and Fiyero
Belle and Beast
Nala and Simba
Jasmine and Aladdin
Sandy and Danny
Maria and Captain
Lisel and Roulf
This list is so much smaller than my older years. My favorite couple in musicals is part of my younger years. My favorite couple is Elphaba and Fiyero.