Courageous Characters Found in Musicals

Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.

-Seize the Day, Newsies

What does the word courage remind me of in the world of musicals? Well, in musicals, you come across many brave characters who show their bravery in many ways. I decided to make a list of various characters who do show courage. I will do my best to explain why they are brave in the first place.

Possible Spoilers Ahead:

Newsies- Even though they have to survive off of Pulitzer’s newspapers, they still stop buying papers. They end up going on strike to go up against Pulitzer to say this isn’t right. They stay passionate towards the cause. Going on strike was a brave thing to do because if they don’t buy papers, they will barely survive, but still go on strike to make a stand.

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Les Mis: 

Friends of the ABC- they are very similar to the Newsies. They have a cause as well and are planning an uprising to go up against the weak government. They stay passionate towards the end even when they know they are going to lose and know they will most likely die.

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Eponine- She risks her life several times. Even though she loves Marius, she does anything for him just to make sure he is happy and safe. At one point, she goes up against her father when he tries to rob Valjean’s house while Marius is there and ends up screaming to protect the one she loves. Then at the barricade when Marius is about to get shot, she protects him by sacrificing for life so he could survive. She does not have a very good life, but yet risks her life several times for the sake of Marius.

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Jean Valjean- he is an ex-convict. He ends up turning himself in when an innocent man is “Valjean”. Than at the barricades, he goes there to protect the one that his adopted daughter, Cosette, loves. When Marius gets shot and falls unconscious, Valjean takes Marius to safety even the only way to is go through the sewers.

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Wicked: 

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Elphaba- she is brave in many ways. She goes up against the Wizard even when he is spreading “rumors” and “lies” about her. She always true to herself no matter what people say about her.

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Belle- she ends up saving her father when imprisoned by the Beast. She ends up taking his place as prisoner. Then towards the end when Gaston and the citizens want to kill the Beast, she goes back to warn the Beast and wants to make sure he comes out alive.

Beast- when he falls in love with Belle, he lets her go. Then when Belle returns, he protects her by fighting Gaston. So because these two would protect each other, it makes them such a beautiful couple.

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Can you think of other courageous characters I did not put on this list?

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The Magic between Beast and Belle

This is my 2nd Disney couple post I did. Unlike Jack and Katherine, Belle and Beast are more recognizable. The Beast was a bit selfish at the beginning and as a result, the enchantress put a curse on him to turn him into a beast. It affected everyone living the castle as well. The only way to break the curse was to fall in love with and be loved in return, but had to happen before the last petal falls on an enchanted rose. Beast eventually fell into despair and felt like there was no hope for the curse to be broken.

Major and Minor Spoilers:

Belle is only staying at the Beast’s castle because she agreed to take her father’s place after Beast imprisoned Belle’s father so Belle took his place. That moment shows just how brave Belle is. Lumiere and some of the other enchanted objects believe that Belle is the girl to break the curse. Beast acts out sometimes against Belle and has a hard time controlling his temper. So it doesn’t seem likely that Belle is the girl for him.

But one day after Belle leaves Beast’s castle after she went to the West Wing, Beast realizes his mistake. He ends up going after her and protects her from wolves. Beast has softened up a bit at this point. Both Beast and Belle are arguing and Belle is defiantly not in love with him.

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But over time, Beast learns to control his temper. Belle teaches the Beast how to love and that is part of why he falls in love with Belle. During “Something There”, their relationship starts to blossom. Eventually Beast invites Belle to dinner and a dance in the ballroom. During “Beauty and the Beast”, you finally get to realize that the two have fallen in love. Because of Beast’s love, he lets Belle go after Belle discovers that her father is in trouble. So Beast makes a big sacrifice even though Belle is the one to help break the spell. But back in the town, Gaston and the citizens plan to hurt the Beast and eventually kill him and in that moment, Belle realizes just how much she loves the Beast so she goes back to try and protect the Beast, but what Beast does is protecting Belle. But things turn out okay in the end even though Best almost dies.

Just like “Something to Believe In” from Newsies, “Beauty and the Beast” pulls you in with this kind of magic. That is part of the beauty of Disney love songs. With Belle and Beast, their love develops over time. That is because Beauty and the Beast is a love story. Belle does not start to fall in love with Beast at first. But when Beast starts to change and learns to love, Belle finally starts to fall in love with him. Yes, Beast imprisoned Belle and loses his temper at Belle at times, but at least he learns to love.

What I Love about Belle

Belle is one of the Disney princesses and she is one of the best ones. There are many reasons to love her. She is quite a strong, independent and brave girl. She strongly loves her father. She is very different from her town mainly because she is a bookworm. Her being a bookworm is something that I can relate to. She rescues her father from the Beast’s castle by agreeing to take her father’s place and that takes an incredible act of bravery.

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While at the castle, she teaches the Beast to love. She eventually falls in love with him as the story continues. She learns that beauty comes from within.  Belle teaches the Beast many life lessons. She is constantly annoyed by the Beast’s anger, but she eventually helps him. Even though she is a prisoner in the Beast’s castle, she takes him back after he got hurt from saving Belle from the wolves. You start to see their love unfold during “Something There” and later during “Beauty and the Beast”. Beast eventually lets Belle go but after Belle realizes that Gaston and the town are going to hurt the Beast, she realizes just how much she loves the Beast and she goes back to try to save him. So Belle is such one of the best Disney princesses.

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What I Love about the Beast

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

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Possible Spoilers:

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 Wing, 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.

Beauty and the Beast on the Quad

Throughout the years at Gardner Webb, they tend to allow students to see movies on the Quad. Yesterday I went because the movie was Beauty and the Beast, the live action one. They showed it at 9:00 at night and they served popcorn and it was a bit chilly. This was the second time I watched the movie and still love it. To see the movie, I ended up bringing a blanket to sit on, which added to how much I loved seeing Beauty and the Beast on the Quad.

During this movie, the captions were up. Because the words were up, I was able to sing along to these funny, romantic, heartfelt songs. The story in Beauty and the Beast is heartfelt and so romantic. You discover that beauty comes from within. It has a beautiful collection of characters ranging from the Beast, Belle, Gaston, LeFou, Maurice, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip. So glad I got to experience this movie on the Quad last night.

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Magic of Disney Couples

There is a wonderful magic in Disney musicals. For the past couple of musical posts, a lot of my ideas seem to come from romance. One of my favorite parts of romance come from Disney couples. Whether that is coming from Nala and Simba, Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, Belle and Beast, and Katherine and Jack, there is something wonderful about Disney couples.

The songs of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Something to Believe In” has a special kind of magic in them. It is a bit hard to describe the magic, but I think it has something to do with the youthfulness of the couples and the nature of the songs. The couples from Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast were couples that I grew up with and the couple from Newsies only came from last August.

But still, when you add romance to a Disney musical, a wonderful nature of magic exists. There is something just special about those songs. They are so heartfelt and filled with innocence and joy. The magic in Disney romance is exactly why I love those couples I believe and I also love them due to my emotional connection to the songs and the characters.

What do you think about the Disney couples? What is your favorite Disney couple?

Heartbreaking Love Musical Songs

The musical emotions of love and heartbreak work nicely together. Both translate beautifully. There are musical songs that are heartbreaking love songs. Below I will talk about some heartbreaking love songs.

Possible Spoilers:

I’m Not That Girl- this song started out as sad. I was only in middle school when I first realized the song was sad. By high school, I definitely understood this song was part of a love triangle. I was 100% blind to heartbreak growing up. I honesty did not understand unrequited love in those days. The song, “On My Own”, is a huge reason why I discovered this song was heartbreaking and memorizing the lyrics helped as well. This song doesn’t have room to be fully heartbreaking because literally just moments before Elphaba sang this song, she just found out she loves Fiyero so in many ways this song is moderately heartbreaking.

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On My Own- this song is even more heartbreaking than I’m Not That Girl. While both are unrequited love songs, there are obvious differences due to how different Elphaba and Eponine are as characters. Eponine’s story revolves around unrequited love so you know how it affects her unlike Elphaba. Marius is the only person who treats her kindly and that is why she loves him. This song shows just how strong Eponine is and this song is even more powerful and more heartbreaking than “I’m Not That Girl”

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This Nearly Was Mine- while this song is not dealing with unrequited love, there are still some similarities. This is sung in South Pacific by Emelie. Nellie has left him due to the race of his children’s mother. So this sung is dealing with a breakup, which has similar emotions in my opinion with unrequited love.

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Somewhere- this is the last love song in West Side Story. As the love songs go on in this musical, the songs just get sadder and sadder. This song happens right after the rumble takes place and that is when the first traces of tragedy show up. It is so close to the tragic end of this modern Romeo and Juliet tale.

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If I Can’t Love Her/Evermore-I put these two songs together because they are both sung by beast. They both are similar to each other in emotion. Beast has realized that he loves Belle, but doesn’t know if she will ever love him. He cannot be turned back into his human form until he loves someone and he is loved back.

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As Long As He Needs Me- I actually did see Oliver in middle school, but do not remember seeing it. The only knowledge I really have belong to the book and the 2005 movie. So it is interesting how I seem to know that this song is a heartbreaking love song, but the same could be said for “If I Can’t Love Her”. But by knowing who Nancy is in the book and that movie, I know this song is heartbreaking. Nancy loves Bill Sikes even though he is abusive towards her, but she will always love him as long as he needs her even though the situation is dangerous

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In many ways heartbreak and love really fit nicely together. Even though I heard “If I Can’t Love Her” before “I’m Not That Girl”, “I’m Not That Girl” was really the start to sad love songs. That was because Wicked was the musical where I began to understand the negative emotions and Wicked is the best way I can even remember what the negative emotions were like in my younger years.

However “On My Own” started telling me more about sad love songs. I began to understand that sad love songs are actually heartbreaking. If it wasn’t for “On My Own”, I still would be interpreting sad love songs the same way as  I used to call “I’m Not That Girl”. Calling a song heartbreaking is even more devastating than calling a song sad. Due to that, a heartbreaking love song has more fragility and vulnerability. I cannot think of a single sad love song that is not heartbreaking.

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