Non Stage Musicals I Either Like or Love

I still can’t believe I NEVER talked about these musicals. Most of the musicals I tend to talk about are the STAGE musicals. However-what about the ones that are not on stage. Those are still musicals-I decided to focus on those today, but it will NOT focus on the sequels.

Greatest Showman

For some reason, this one comes to mind first. Hugh Jackman shines as P.T Barnum (I believe he is MUCH better as P.T. Barnum than Jean Valjean). Hugh Jackman truly shows off a lot of his talents in this musical. Just like seeing Hugh Jackman in a second musical theatre role-it also was my 2nd with Zac Efron, and it really was a largely different parts did fall in love (BUT they still were different). I love the plot, the song- basically EVERYTHING.

All the High School Musical Movies

Why do I put all three together? They are a series after all. You truly follow the major characters and really them develop over a course of three movies. However, the first will always be the BEST. These movies are an important part of my musical theatre journey.

Enchanted

While you MIGHT think as an 90s girl one of the classic Disney movies was my favorite Disney movie, but NONE of them were. It actually was this movie-the combo of animated/live action; the combo of fairy tales; the incredible songs; etc. It was that incredible- it also played an important part of my musical theatre journey.

Beauty and the Beast Review

Yesterday, I watched the live action Beauty and the Beast movie. It was fantastic and made me feel like a kid again. It is a musical that I have loved since I was a kid and it is still quite magical.

Everything about this movie was incredible. Emma Watson was a wonderful choice for Belle. I loved how Belle’s story was expanded and how you got to learn what happened to her mother. I love how heroic Belle is when she took her father’s place at the Beast’s castle. She is quite a caring person as well and eventually saw there was more to the Beast than his temper. She is so book-smart and eventually learned to care for and love the Beast. In this movie, Belle was an inventor while her father was an artist.

Even the actor playing the Beast was incredible and you actually got to learn why the Beast was so arrogant and selfish because you learned more about his background. The actors playing Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip were an incredible part of this movie. They are the main enchanted objects you really got to meet in the castle outside of the Beast.

Boy, Gaston was quite believable. You can really tell just how bad Gaston is.  You can tell when Gaston is spreading lies about Maurice and the Beast. He was actually funny at times and so was his sidekick, LeFou. Josh Gad as LeFou was an incredible companion to Gaston. You can tell that LeFou is almost as bad as Gaston. He always stuck around with Gaston and  always spent time with him.

The animation found in this movie was incredibly wonderful. They did a good job on the different enchanted objects found in the castle. The animation found in “Be Our Guest” was so fun to watch and gave me a lot of excitement. They created really scary wolves and whenever their was wolf attack, I was quite frightened. But I was more fond of the animation found in the enchanted objects.

This movie even did a wonderful job on the costumes. The Beast’s outfit and Belle’s yellow gown were two of the best costumes found in the film. I even loved Belle’s outfit that she wore throughout “Belle” and her outfit in “Something There” . Gaston’s red jacket in “Gaston” was also incredible.

The songs are always something I look forward to in a musical. While it had the usual “Beauty and the Beast”, “Gaston”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There” and “Belle”, it still had some new editions. I loved Beast’s new song, “Evermore” and I found nothing wrong with it. I loved the singing involved. “Beauty and the Beast” is actually my favorite song from the movie. But “Be Our Guest” was the most funs scene.

Now that I saw the movie, I hope to see the stage musical again.

Uprooted Review

Today I recently finished the fantasy book, “Uprooted”.

The plot is as follows:

Agnieszka loves her valley home in a quiet village. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep the Wood’s dark forces at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his assistance: Every ten years one young woman must be handed over to serve him without question.

The new choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka knows-everyone one knows-that the dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

-Unknown

The plot is more complicated then that description. At first glance, it seems like the plot mainly has to do with the Dragon’s girl and her service to him. The Dragon decides to choose Agnieszka, which surprised everyone. But there is much more to the plot then that. It seems like the Dragon, whose name is Sarkan, is the antagonist based upon the plot description. But later on in the book, you will realize Sarkan is not the antagonist. At first, he is very harsh and angry towards Agnieskza because he is always yelling at her for being dirty or screwing up at something. How the Dragon initially treats Agnieskza starts giving the book the heartbreaking air. The Dragon teaches the girls he takes magic in order to become a witch. Sarkan does eventually soften up, but he still can be demanding.

The real antagonist of the book is the corrupted Wood. The Wood seems like it is alive and plants seeds everywhere. It has the ability to cover up villages and corrupt humans. It has the ability to kill as well. It sometimes leaves someone trapped inside a tree, which is one way it corrupts people. The Wood is the main reason why heartbreaking things keep on happening.

In fact, the main character, Agnieszka, is braver then she thinks she is. She risks her life several times in order to protect the people and the valley that she loves even when she disobeys the Dragon’s orders. She is very loyal towards Kasia, who eventually joins the Dragon and Agnieszka on their journey. The plot focuses a lot of trying to destroy the corrupted wood, but it is harder then it appears. They have to escape several times the power of the Wood.