Favorite Friendships in Musicals

You know how love shows up a LOT in musicals through ROMANCE? What about love that shows up through friendship? What are the memorable ones for me? Today, I thought I will talk about those.

Major and Minor Spoilers:

1. Elphaba and Glinda- seriously, what can this post be without Elphaba and Glinda? They are the first friendship I ever fell in love with in a musical. You never thought they would be best friends. They started out as basically enemies, than later became best friends. When they both fell in love with Fiyero, they did not let a boy get in the way of their friendship. They changed each others lives for the better. The fact that Wicked centers on their friendship is why Wicked is one of my top two favorite musicals. “For Good”, the most emotional song in the musical, really shows just how they changed each others lives for the better. It is a bittersweet moment for the two of them- it is the last moment they will see each other, but at least they can say what they meant to each other.

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2. Enjolras and the Students- I just love their brotherly love for each other. You just can’t help but love them. Then you love their hope and passion for their cause. I just love how they take in Gavroche. I really love how they keep their passion strong- even at the end when they know they are going to die.

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3. Newsies- I am going straight to the Newsies because the Newsies parallel Enjolras and the students. Just like the students, the Newsies have a cause they truly believe in and have hope in it plus have a brotherly love for it. The result is different: only difference in the Newsies is that they win. On a side note: I love the intimate bond found between Jack and Crutchie: I just love how they are best friends and that Jack is so protective of Crutchie. Jack is the one who cares more about his brothers than the strike, but it is Crutchie he cares about the most.

 

4. Rent Batch- This is another friendship I love. I love how they live how they do their best to live their lives in love and in the moment. They may not get along at times, but they do make up for it. They are this family.

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5. Lumiere and Cogsworth- I don’t what it is about these two, but there is something interesting about this friendship. I mean we are talking about a talking candle and a talking clock throughout most of Beauty and the Beast. I find something fascinating about this friendship- don’t you find something fascinating about this particular friendship?

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6. Marius and Eponine- I know this is a unpopular opinion, but I do enjoy their friendship. Look, Eponine has a dark and tragic life: at least Marius is in her life. People believe Marius is a jerk to Eponine. I do not believe that at all. Marius and Eponine are seen as close friends in the musical- I know that doesn’t exist in the book- I like how that is changed in the musical. It makes the love triangle stronger and “A Little Fall of Rain” more emotional. Marius is kind to Eponine, and that is why she falls in love with him. I know it doesn’t seem that way when Marius asks Eponine to find Cosette for him and those other errands.

I believe at the barricade, Marius asks Eponine to deliver the letter to try to protect her from the uprising. He does not want her to get hurt or worse KILLED. That is why he was worried when she came back. That is why he asked, “why she came back”. When she collapsed in his arms, he realized she was shot, and that her wound was fatal. He was devastated. He could have left her in that moment, but he didn’t. He stayed with her- that shows he is kind and sweet. By being with her in that moment, it shows an incredible act of COMPASSION. He offers her comfort and peace while she was dying. It shows that he truly did care about her.

This line after she died shows that he knew how dark her life was- “her name was Eponine, her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid”.

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Ironic Heartbreaking Musical Theatre Love Songs

What on earth do I mean by an ironic heartbreaking love musical theatre song? These are love songs where you don’t except to happen or where things improve in the end. There are going in be spoilers due to explaining why they are ironic in the first place.

1. This Nearly Was Mine- Emelie sings this breakup song after Nellie leaves him. The irony comes from the fact that Nellie comes back to Emelie in the end.

2. I’m Not That Girl/I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)- When Elphaba sings “I’m Not That Girl”, the unrequited love song, little does she know that Fiyero will eventually realize that he loves her, and that they will get together. That is why you don’t except Glinda to sing “I’m Not That Girl (reprise)”, and that happens after Fiyero breaks up with her.

3. If I Can’t Love Her/ If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise)- ironic in the fact that the spell will eventually be broken. Beast feels like Belle will never love him. The reprise is actually more heartbreaking than the first one because he actually has fallen in love with Belle at that point. He has just released Belle as his prisoner, and he believes that Belle doesn’t love him, but in reality she does.

There are other heartbreaking love musical theatre songs, but they are not ironic.

Top Ten Songs From Beauty and the Beast

It is time for me to do my 2nd Disney musical for the series. Now here we are venturing into Beauty and the Beast. In this case, I am referring to the stage show.

1. Beauty and the Beast- this is my favorite Beauty and the Beast. I don’t know what it is, but there is something special about Disney love songs. There is this kind of magic found within them.

2. Be Our Guest- this is just a song filled with spectacle and fun. That is a big reason why it is in my top ten Beauty and the Beast songs

3. If I Can’t Love Her- I love how it is a heartbreaking love song. After all, the best musicals tend to have a mixture of happy and sad songs. It is just a beautiful songs.

4. Something There- What I love about this song is that it is where the Beast and Belle finally began to start to have feelings for each other. It is where Beast finally starts to change a bit.

5. Home- this is a very beautiful song, which happens right after Belle makes the choice to take her father’s place so it is an emotional song. That is why I love this song.

6. Gaston- while I don’t love Gaston as a character, I sure love the song. I love the song for just how fun it is.

7. Belle- this opens up the entire musical. A perfect opening to a Disney musical. So much is going on this number. You really get to know Belle in this number such as the fact that she is a bookworm.

8. No Matter What- I really love how this song shows the relationship found between Belle and her father.

9. Me- this is just a hilarious song that Gaston sings.

10. If I Can’t Love Here (Reprise)- this definitely has shown that the Beast has fallen in with Belle, but the really sad part is that he has just let Belle go.

Who is Gaston?

Gaston is not only the antagonist of Beauty and the Beast, but also a villain.

Major Spoilers:

He spends the entire musical trying to find ways to marry Belle. He just wants to marry Belle because she is the prettiest girl in town. He can be quite funny at times. When Belle proves that the Beast is real, Gaston wants to kill the Beast and makes the citizens believe that the Beast is real and he only does that because he can tell that Belle loves the Beast and that is one of his ways to get Belle to marry him. He nearly almost killed Beast in the end, but Gaston in the end does die by falling off the castle. So the musical if you think about it is a love triangle between Belle, Beast, and Gaston: it can be hard to be hard to pick up a lot of the time. Gaston is a funny villain. Gaston is the real beast in Beauty and the Beast.

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Who is the Beast?

The Beast is a character who has been cursed. He is a prince who has been cursed because an enchantress realized how selfish and that there is no love in his heart. The only way to break the curse is love another and to be loved in return- because who would love a beast? The entire castle ends up being cursed. That is basically the prologue of Beauty and the Beast.

Beast does at first imprison Belle’s father, but Belle takes his place. The Beast over time has fallen into despair because he felt like the curse could never be broken. Even Belle saw that there is no love in his heart. But she is now imprisoned in his castle and has been given on rule- “not to enter the West Wing”. Little did the Beast know the impact Belle would have on his life. Over and over again, the staff, who are now things like teacups and clocks and candles, have told him that maybe Belle is the one to break the curse, but he doesn’t believe them on bit.

Things start to change for the Beast when Belle enters the West Wing. This is when Beast loses his temper and that causes Belle to leave the castle. Beast realizes a big mistake he made, and decides to after her. Beast actually decides to save Belle in this moment and actually saves her from wolves from this moment so now his transformation is beginning. Beast and Belle have this constant argument in the castle ending with Belle telling the Beast that he “should learn to control his temper”. But at least he saved Belle and that did took an act of courage and that did show that he did care a bit about Belle. If he did not, he would not have gone after her.

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In “Something There”, both Belle and Beast start to fall in love with love. Beast finally has some kind of love in his heart. The love he has in his heart is for Belle. Belle is showing the Beast how to love in many ways. In that one scene, through the enchanted mirror when Belle is seeing her father being mistreated by her townspeople, Beast lets Belle go. So at least he has fallen in love with. So he went from a selfish and unloving prince to a courageous prince and his transformation happened because of Belle. He at least let Belle go even if it might mean staying a Beast forever. Gaston does make the townspeople believe the Beast is dangerous and it is in that moment that Belle realizes just how much she cares about the Beast and hurries back to warn him. Beast fights off Gaston to protect Belle and soon enough the spell is broken.

I love characters with drastic transformations, but not for the characters who are villains or antagonists. Beast proves that Beauty comes from within in. Beast was ashamed of his appearance and that no one would love him. Belle taught him love. After falling in love with her, he had the courage to let her go and the courage to protect her when she came back.

Who is Belle?

Belle is the main character of Beauty and the Beast.

She is an independent young girl who wants more to life than her town. She is seen as odd to everyone in her town. She is a bookworm and strongly loves her father. This is especially shown when she takes her father’s place at the Beast’s castle. This act takes a lot of courage, but it does show just how much she loves her father. She can tell just how cold and selfish the Beast’s heart is.

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Belle does teach the Beast important lessons later on. She does teach him the importance of love. She and Beast soon fall in love with love, but slowly over time. Even though she was originally imprisoned, the Beast eventually lets her go. You see her love for her father when she looks in Beast’s mirror and sees her father treated unfairly by the citizens in her town. So Belle overall is this strong, independent, brave young woman who shows that beauty comes from within and knows the power of love.

What makes a Musical Character “Believable” (Part 2)

I did a post a couple weeks back about what makes musical character believable. As time went on, I realized I left off a characteristic. So I am doing another post.

Below are the characteristics:

Complex– Musical characters have to be complex. These are the characters that have so many layers. There is a lot to be explored in them. They are the ones who usually face some kind of conflict in their lives. Complex characters range from Jack Kelly, Eponine, Elphaba, Jean Valjean, Beast, Glinda and Marius.

Negative Emotions– The characters who express the negative emotions are also “believable”. In real life, we deal with brought times and we do express negative emotions. It all goes back to the idea of complex. Conflict plays a huge impact on the negative emotions. The conflict has to be strong enough in order for the negative emotions to appear. Eponine, Phantom, Fantine, Marius, Jack Kelly, Beast, Nancy, Jean Valjean, and Crutchie all express negative emotions.

A character does not have to be tragic to express negative emotions: it just has to do with what happens in their lives. Marius, for instance, faces a lot of trauma at the barricade- he first has to watch Eponine die during “A Little Fall of Rain”, which leaves him devastated, and then he ends up being the only survivor so he is an example of a character who expresses negative emotions and who is not a tragic character.

Positive Emotions- Characters who express positive and negative emotions are even more realistic. I know there are characters like Eponine who expresses a lot of negative emotions but are able to experience the positive emotions. Eponine experiences happiness when she is able to die in the arms of Marius. Marius like I already said, experiences a lot of trauma at the barricade, but he does experience positive emotions such as his love for Cosette or the hope he did have for the rebellion.

Other characters like Jack and Crutchie, they very easily express positive and negative emotions. Prior to the big fight and “Santa Fe”, Jack expresses the positive emotions and does not express any negative emotion, but when he is upset that his boys are getting hurt and Crutchie gets arrested, he goes through a lot of “inner conflict” from “Santa Fe” all the way to “Something to Believe In”. Crutchie mainly expresses the negative emotions in “Letter from the Refuge”. So you have both tragic and non-tragic characters expressing the positive and negative emotions.

Flawed– This is the characteristic I forgot to include last time. Characters have to be flawed. Sometimes it can be hard to notice a character’s flaws. But it is so true. Flaws help a character become even more “believable”. Elphaba for instance can be a bit impulsive. Fiyero starts off as rather rude, but he soon learns to soften a bit and eventually matures. Beast has a hard time controlling his temper but soon learns how to control it.

All of these characteristics are part of humanity. We all have our flaws and we all express positive and negative emotions. Plus humans are very complex. There is much to humans. So when a character has all of these characteristics, they feel the most “real” and those characters are more enjoyable to get to know.

Do you agree?