Why I Love the Beast

The next character I will explain why I love the Beast.

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In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast in my opinion is so complex. For starters he is under a curse an enchantress put on him because the enchantress saw no love in his heart. The Beast after all is a prince. The enchantress says the curse will not be broken until he learns to love and if someone learns to love in return. But he only has until the last petal falls on an enchanted rose. As years went by, he slowly fell more and more into despair. The curse affects the people who work there as well and they become enchanted objects. That is just some backstory about the Beast.

The Beast originally imprisons Belle’s father. But Belle ended up taking her father’s place. The Beast obviously at the beginning has this anger problem. He eventually does open up to Belle. After he loses his temper after finding Belle in the West End, Belle escapes. But the Beast realizing what he has done rescues Belle from being eaten by Wolves. That is a big step for him because he ends up saving on so he starts to learn how to love and becomes less selfish, but he still has anger problem, but he slowly is learning to love.

A lot of my love for him comes from how he develops through the course of the Beast. The Beast learns how selfish he was and starts to learn his lesson because of Belle’s presence in the castle. Soon after the wolf attack, you start to see Beast finally learn to love. Belle teaches him that beauty comes from within. His feelings for Belle start to be noticed during “Something There” so we learn that he slowly has love for his heart and that the curse has have capacity to be broken. During “Beauty and the Beast”, it is discovered that the two love each other. Right after this scene, through this mirror she allows Belle to see her father. Belle is terrified by what the towns people are doing to her father so the Beast lets her go and that shows he has learned that love does come with sacrifice at times. This is where “Evermore” happens in the new 2017 movie.

imagesSo Belle finally has learned to love, but he doesn’t know if Belle has learned to love him as well. The audience obviously knows the two are in love, but Beast doesn’t know it. Belle does eventually come back after she learns they are getting ready to hunt the Beast and it is in that moment just how much she loves him. Beast seeing that Belle has returned starts attacking Gaston in order to make sure Belle is safe. Beast almost dies in the story but he doesn’t. In the end the spell has finally been broken and he no longer is a Beast and the enchanted objects are now human again. So really a lot of my love for the Beast has to do with his transformation from a selfish and angry man to a man filled with love in his heart and what it means to love. Love means sacrifice and it shows that through him finally letting Belle go and eventually protecting her.

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My Favorite Musicals and Why I Love Them

Today will I be writing my second Mega post. Today, I will write about many of my favorite musicals and my reasons I love them. They will not be in order of where they rank. Some of these musicals will have a longer explanation and some will be quite short.

Spoiler Alert:

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There are several reasons why I love Les Mis and even that is hard to describe. There is something special in Les Mis that is not seen is many musicals. It has these brilliant songs, which are powerful, passionate, epic, revolutionary and highly powerful. It perfectly complements the characters and plot. It has this incredible story about how Jean Valjean, an ex-convcit, and his journey on becoming a better person when he is given a second chance at life.

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Valjean came out of person as this hardened and angry and hateful man and felt even more anger as he recognized the injustice he was going through due to how society treated him since he was an ex-convict. But when the bishop gave him a place to stay and food to eat, Valjean stole from him. However when he was caught and sent back to the bishop, the bishop forgive him and Valjean was taught the ways of the Lord. This act of mercy is what caused Valjean to turn his life around, but to do that he had to break parole, which led Javert to want to capture him to return him to jail.

 

 

He eventually becomes mayor and indirectly caused the firing of Fantine, a single mother struggling to provide for her child. This led Fantine to turn to prostituion, but when she was attacked by a fan, she attacked him and Javert wanted to send her to prison, but Valjean saw the whole thing and showed Fantine an incredible act of compassion by preventing her from being arrested. On her deathbed, Valjean promised to care for her child, Cosette. When Valjean picked her up from the abusive Thenardiers, Valjean realized she was quite a broken child and he ended up becoming a father in the most unexpected of ways and Cosette was the first person he loved in the most unexpected of ways.

 

On to the love triangle between Eponine, Cosette, and Marius. One of the most fascinating things about Les Mis is the switch that happens between Eponine and Cosette. Cosette started out as this broken child who was horribly abused by the Thenardiers and forced her to be a servant. But Eponine was spoiled and appeared to be loved by the Thenardiers, but as the girls get older the tables are turned. Now Cosette has a father that loves her and her life improves. But with Eponine, her life has gotten worse due to living in poverty and being unloved by her parents. But look what happen when both fall in love with Marius.

Eponine ends up with unrequited love for him, but she would do anything for him to make him happy so she protects him no matter what and makes sure Cosette and Mariuss end up together. She protects Marius when the Thenardiers try to rob Valjean’s house. She is quite brave and risks her life several times for him. Her love for Marius is her greatest strength even though it leads to her death at the barricade. When Marius was about to get shot, she took the fatal shot herself, but died in the arms of  Marius.

 

On to the students now. The last important story is the one between the barricade boys. The Friends of the ABC is led by Enjolras, the most passionate of the group and Marius is this part of the group. They are planning an uprising to stand up against the weak government. They are quite hopeful and even when they know they are going to die, they stay passionate towards the cause. Marius is the only who loves due to Valjean because his adopted daughter loves Marius so he does everything for the sake of his daughter.

So you see the plot of Les Mis has a lot to it. I know I went on and on about why I love Les Mis. Les Mis taught me that tragic musicals exist and that heartbreak is a musical emotion. There is just so both to explore in Les MIs. The story is complex that if you take out an important detail, the musical just falls apart. So Les Mis is a tragic story about hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, humanity, sacrifice and redemption.

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On to Wicked, which is tied for Les Mis for favorite musical. This musical focuses on the friendship found between Elphaba and Glinda. How far will they got to keep friendship alive when they both fall in love with Fiyero.

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Everything about Wicked feels OZian. The costumes are so magical and fun and feel like they belong in Wicked. The Shiz costumes all have the blue and white stripe but each looks different. The set looks OZian as well. The dancing in Wicked also feels like it belongs in OZ. The costumes are fun and sometimes emotional. I have less reasons that I love Wicked than Les Mis, but they are still tied. At the end of the musical, Glinda and Elphaba realize that they have changed each other for the better. Below is a picture of the set and an example of a Shiz costume.

 

Next musical I will talk about is Phantom of the Opera.

 

I love it due to how beautiful it is. It is also quite haunting. The overall story is a mysterious and dark love triangle which is also angelic and beautiful. I know why I love it, but is hard to think of reasons why I love it. You have one love which is beautiful and angelic and innocent, but you have another one which is dangerous and haunting, but saddens you. Phantom is quite an emotional character because he has such a tragic past and deals with unrequited love, but he is so filled of anger that he acts in revenge and terrorizes the opera house. But the love between Raoul and Christine is beautiful considering the fact that they used to be childhood sweethearts, but eventually fall in love. Raoul treats Christine better than the Phantom and Christine and Raoul deserve to be together.

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Annie is another favorite musical of mine. It is about an orphan girl named Annie who gets to stay at Daddy Warbuck’s house for a week over Christmas (Fourth of July in Movie). She is so optismtic and basically adopts a stray dog and names him Sandy. Eventually she gets adopted, but I have loved it since I was a little girl.

 

Sound of Music is another favorite musical of mine. Just like Annie, I have loved it since I was a child. It is about Maria and how she becomes a governess to seven children. She teaches them to sing. It is about family and music. It has very memorable tunes that many know. Its songs are so fun and sometimes emotional.

 

Next up is Newsies. It is such an inspiring story of how a group of Newsboys went on strike when Pulitzer raised the price of their papers. They are so passionate about the cause and they have this wonderful brotherly love that they are family. Jack Kelly, their leader, cares for all of his brothers especially to Cruthcie. Crutchie is the most vulnerable of the batch due to his bum leg. They dancing is mind-blowing and the songs are fun, exciting, and at times emotional.

 

Beauty and the Beast is one of the most magical Disney musicals. It revolves around Belle. When you father is imprisoned by the Beast, who is under an enchanted curse, Belle agrees to take her father’s place. But Gaston wants marry Belle, but Belle has no interest in him. Belle in the castle meets several enchanted characters like Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip. It is how Belle learns to see Beauty from within. The Beast eventually learns to love and the two slowly fall in love with each other.

 

Next up is Rent. Rent like Les Mis is sad but its story is inspring. It is about a group of starving artist and their life in a year. It is about how to live life to the fullest. It is about living the moment and measuring your lives in love. Its the message of Rent that makes me love it so much. But it is set during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This group of friends is like a family and deals with three couples, who are Mimi and Roger, Angel and Collins, and Maureen and Joanne. The main relationship is between Mimi and Roger. Mark is the narrator of the entire story. The songs are so emotional, but teaches a lot about life. It reminds us of how precious life is.

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Next up is Pippin. Pippin is about discovering where you belong. It is about Pippin and his journey on discording his “Corner of the Sky”. He gets help from the Leading Player, but without him knowing, the Leading Player is causing him to make several wrong decision and even the audience can’t detect it until the end of the musical. It is like watching a circus that has singing in it. Its song are fun and catchy and teaches you that we all have a “Corner of the Sky”. At one moment in the show, we are told to sing along to one of the songs, which is “No Time At All” because Pippin’s grandma tells us to.

 

The last musical I will talk about is Music Man. It is such a fun show that is very light-hearted. Its songs are fun and you always feel positive emotions with its song. It is about conman, Harlod Hill, who says he will create a boy’s band but in reality he will just buy them the instrument and leave, but Harold Hill eventually does create the boy’s band and he helps transform River City. He falls in love with Marian. Winthrop is another fun character who has a lisp, but Harlod Hill helps him. So he helps transform the entire town.

 

I know this is quite a long post, but it goes to show my love for musicals. It shows that I have wide range of favorite musicals. From the very happy ones to the very sad ones, they all bring me joy. The only emotions they all share are positive emotions. Below I will include pictures from when I saw these musicals.

 

Christmas Magic

So it has been Christmas morning already so it was time to open presents. I ended up with three musical related things, was the Beauty and the Beast DVD (2017), interesting set of Les Misérables colored pencils and a musical theatre book with pictures and facts about the modern musical. The new Beauty and the Beast is so amazing and am glad that I finally own it.

About the colored pencils, there are phrases on them, which are unique. Those phrases are Oranjolras, Javerte, Rosette, One Gray More, Color of Despair, Look Brown Look Brown, Tantine, Do You Hear the Purple Sing, Mustard of the House, Blue4601, Blood of Angry Men,  and Green Him Home. Those are the craziest things ever, but in a way they work.

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Also got some clothes, a gift card, and a brand new purse along with other things.

My Christmas still isn’t over as there is still is Christmas dinner to look forward to.

Romantic Male Characters of Musicals

These are characters who are male and romantic. These tend to be characters who fall in love throughout the course of the musical.

  1. Jack Kelly
  2. Raoul
  3. Marius
  4. Fiyero
  5. Roger
  6. Beast
  7. Emelie
  8. Pippin
  9. Aladdin

 

What are some of your favorite romantic male musical characters?

How I Interpret Musical Characters

Musicals characters are some of the best written characters. But what makes me decide whether or not I like them, or love them or dislike or hate them. How do I end up interpreting musical characters. Below I will list some of the ways I interpret musical characters.

  1. Their songs- songs make a huge impact in my love or dislike of a character. It is how you get to know them and get to feel their emotions the most. They are comfortable with talking about how they are feeling to the audience even if they are unwilling to say what they are feeling to others characters. For example, most of my love for Elphaba comes from songs such as “The Wizard and I”, “I’m Not That Girl”, “Defying Gravity”, “As Long As Your’e Mine” and “For Good”. unknown
  2. Combining actors portrayals- whenever I see the same show more than once, I tend to combine different actor portrayals to get how I view them. One actor might bring out something different about the character than what another actor will show you.
  3. How other characters view each other- this sounds like a weird one, but I interpret character based off of how characters view each other. For example, part of how I view Marius is through how Eponine views him and partially look at Eponine based off how her parents treat her.

    4. How you relate to the character- this can come important if you realize you can relate to the character in some shape or form. For instance, I can relate to Belle in some way because like her I am a bookworm, stand out from the crowd and understand that beauty can come from within. Another example is the character Annie and like her I am optimistic, which is part of why I loved the musical as a child.

     

    5. Actions of the characters- this one also seems weird. But based upon their actions shows how characters respond to certain situations. If they deal with conflict in some shape or form, how they deal with it gives me an interpretations. A bad example is from the Phantom because I might feel bad for him, but since he does not respond to his situation very well, it does not make me much of a fan. Another example comes from Jack Kelly from Newsies. He eventually deals with inner conflict and deals with it better than how the Phantom deals with his situation. Jack wants to put an end to the strike because he doesn’t want to get the rest of his friends to get hurt, but he eventually does not give up and I love how he really cares about his brothers especially on how he treats Crutchie, who is the most vulnerable of the group.

 

How do you interpret musical characters?

Favorite Protagonist Musical Songs

Today, I thought it would fun to make a list of musical songs sung by protagonists. There might be some duets because some musicals have two protagonists.

  1. Tomorrow
  2. Where is Love
  3. What Have I Done
  4. Who am I
  5. Bring Him Home
  6. Wizard and I
  7. Popular
  8. I’m Not That Girl
  9. For Good
  10. Defying Gravity
  11. Santa Fe
  12. Impossible Dream
  13. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  14. Sound of Music
  15. Seventy Six Trombones
  16. Home
  17. Corner of the Sky
  18. One Song Glory
  19. What You Own
  20. Your Eyes

What are some of your Favorite Protagonist Musical Song?

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How Romance Varies From Musical to Musical

Yes, this is yet another musical post about romance. It is not just the songs that make me love a romance in a musical. They also interest me because of how well varied they are. A lot of couples are young and sometimes their songs are magical and innocent or they can be quite mature or they are not a heterosexual couple. Some romances are part of a love triangle, which complicates things even further, but can add texture to a musical.

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Elphaba and Fiyero, my favorite couple, are part of a love triangle. Glinda is the third wing of this love triangle and it started out with Glinda and Fiyero being a couple, but through a twist of turns, he ends up with Elphaba. So because this love triangle involves two best friends and a plot twist, it makes it quite a fascinating and complex love triangle. Elphaba and Fiyero may be young when they sing “As Long As Your’e Mine”, but the song shows they are a mature couple. I feel like this love triangle develops in the same way the characters do. It matures in the same way the characters mature. All of three of them become more mature in the second act and that is when the love triangle matures.

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But then the romance situation is different in Phantom of the Opera, which is yet a second love triangle. But in this trio, everything is darker and more mysterious, but at the same time innocent and beautiful. The Phantom is the hugest reason why this love triangle is so unique. The love between Christine and Raoul is so beautiful and that clearly shows in “All I Ask Of You”.

 

But then the Les Mis love triangle is way different than the love triangles in Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. This love triangle is full of so much hope and light, but at the same time filled with so much pain and heartbreak. The romance between Marius and Cosette helps bring light to this tragic tale and they are innocent, but a wonderful couple. But when it comes to Eponine, despite the love being unrequited, she continues to show true love towards Marius.

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But in Rent, the romance is different yet again. This one has three different couples. Roger and Mimi are the main couple and even though it has some problems, I think they make a wonderful couple and they both are HIV positive. Roger is unwilling to enter a relationship with Mimi at first, but eventually does. But then Angel and Collins, a gay couple who are both HIV positive, make the most of their relationship. Then you have the quite problematic lesbian couple between Maureen and Joanne because Maureen is always flirting with other guys.

 

Beauty and the Beast has a different scenario than the couples I have already mentioned. Belle, the protagonist, ends up being a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. She ends up teaching the Beast that he so much more to offer. The Beast starts out with an anger problem, but over time, he changes and realizes there is love in his heart. Belle learns that beauty comes from within. This couple is magical and develops over time, which is different from the couples who fall in “love at first sight”.

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Another favorite couple of mine is Jack and Katherine. Their song, “Something to Believe In”, brings out a magical quality along with some innocence, but what makes this couple different from the romance between the Beast and Belle if both shows are Disney? Well, Jack is the leader of the Newsies and Katherine is the reporter of the strike. So the characters are different. Jack goes through a lot of inner conflict throughout act II, but Katherine helps him get through it.

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So you see, musical couples are unique because they are so varied. The couples I have brought up really shows just how varied musical couples can be. The songs are the first step to fall in love with a couple, but then you got to look at the nature of the romance. Another reason to fall in love with a couple belong to the characters and if you end up loving both of the characters, you learn to love the romance between them. Even the emotion of love translates well to song and so do the love songs about breakup and unrequited love. All of my favorite couples are loved for a reason.

Do you love romances for more than just the songs? Do you think couples vary from show to show? What is your favorite musical couple?

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