Favorite Musical Duets

I have mentioned musical duets before, but I don’t think I ever wrote a list of them together. For the most part, musical duets are love songs, but there are some that are not.

  1. For Good
  2. Something to Believe In
  3. A Little Fall of Rain
  4. As Long As Your’e Mine
  5. What You Own
  6. Take Me or Leave Me
  7. No Matter What
  8. Come to Me
  9. Phantom of the Opera
  10. I Should Tell You
  11. I’ll Cover You
  12. One hand, One heart
  13. A Whole New World
  14. Till There Was You
  15. Suddenly Seymour
  16. Something Good
  17. Somewhere
  18. Younger Than Springtime
  19. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  20. Santa Fe (Prologue)
  21. Heart Full of Love
  22. All I Ask of You
  23. Love Song

What are some of your favorite musical duets?

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Why I Love Elphaba

Besides Glinda, Elphaba is the second protagonist in Wicked. Not only is Elphaba my favorite character from Wicked, but she is also my all-time favorite character in musicals. That means that I have such a personal bond with her and there are many reasons to love the character.

For starters she is complex, strong, and brave, which are three characteristics I love about her. Her complexity helps her become real, her bravery shows up in different ways and you see her strength starting in “Defying Gravity”, but I think she is strong before the song. At one point she does show her bravery is when she decides to go up against the Wizard and when she tries to save Fiyero when he is in danger of being tortured.

Being a strong character means that you are able to thrive in tough situations and care about those in your life. Elphaba is also loyal, smart, determined big-hearted and as Fiyero says talkative, and she believes in equality and staying true to herself.

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Her loyalty is shown when it comes to her best friend, Glinda. When the two both fall in love with Fiyero, when Glinda is in a relationship with him, she does not pursue him because she doesn’t want to destroy their friendship. So her friendship with Glinda is another reason why you can easily fall in love with her.  Elphaba can be impulsive at times and that is when you see her magical powers, but at the same she doesn’t know how to control them.

Many of these characteristics are things I can relate to, but not all of them. Like her, I am smart, determined, big-hearted, different, impulsive, and sometimes feel misunderstood at times, and believe in equality and staying true to myself. In addition, I can relate to the whole aspect of friendship. Because of my relatability with her, it is a huge reason why I have such a strong bond with her.  Because I cannot seem to separate Glinda from Elphaba, it makes Glinda my second favorite female musical character. Elphaba is one of the biggest reasons why Wicked is a spectacular musical.

 

Why I Love Galinda (AKA Glinda)

Glinda is one of two protagonists in Wicked. There are many reasons to fall in love with her. For starters, she gets to wear some of the most beautiful dresses such as her bubble dress or her pink dress. She is quite complex, strong, and loyal. One of the biggest things I love about her is her humor. My favorite comic moment of Glinda happens in “Popular” especially because that was my favorite song as a 12 year old.

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She ends up being Elphaba’s best friend and they bonded over this beautiful moment in “Dancing Through Life” where Glinda joined in to Elphaba’s silly dance and made something magical out of it. Her relationship to Elphaba is a big reason why I love her. I love that she is a comic character who expresses heartbreak, loneliness, and sadness at times, which happens throughout the second act. She has to hear these rumors and lies spread about her best friend and Fiyero breaks up with her to start a relationship with Elphaba and she and her best friend have to part ways.

I know more of why I love Glinda than Fiyero, but she is still hard to get to know. Glinda is the second best female musical character I have ever come across. Most of that is because I cannot seem to separate her from Elphaba.

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Tomorrow I will talk about why I love Elphaba.

Memorable Friendships in Musicals

I realized that I have blog posts mentioning memorable couples, families, and characters, but I have never mentioned memorable friendships I have come across. They have already been talked about, but never in the same place. Below is going to be a list of memorable friendships and I will explain why I love that friendship.

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  1. Elphaba and Glinda- this friendship is the first friendship that comes to mind when I think of musicals. The musical after all talks about their friendship and they start out as rather reluctant roommates and they form a close bond. Even when they both fall in love with Fiyero, they don’t let a boy get in between them. Even when Glinda is in a relationship with Fiyero, Elphaba does not try to steal Fiyero away from her and Glinda does not try to steal Fiyero back when Fiyero enters into a relationship with Elphaba. The song, “For Good” shows just how deep their friendship is and how they have touched each others lives and changed each other for the better.

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2. Jack Kelly and Crutchie- these two characters are from Newsies. Their friendship and bond is shown during “Santa Fe (Prologue). Jack is quite protective of Cructhie especially because Crutchie has a bum leg. He does not want Cructhie to end up in the Refuge because Jack knows through experience how horrible that place is and knows just how vulnerable Crutchie will be there. They are so close and they do sleep on the same rooftop. When Cruthcie gets arrested later on in act I after a big fight breaks out , it causes Jack a lot of inner conflict because he knows Cruthcie will be sent to the Refuge and knows his friend will be quite vulnerable there

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3. Newsies- I love the brotherly love they have for each other. They are like this one big family. Jack is the leader of them all. You first realize how amazing their bond is during “Carrying the Banner”. When Pulitizer raised the prices of the papers, they go on strike to stand up for what they believe in and they support each other.

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4. Friends of the ABC- similar to the Newsies, is the Friends of the ABC. They are from Les Mis. Enjolras is the leader of this group and just like the Newsies, they have a brotherly love for each other. This group is a political group and are planning an uprising in response to the weak government France has at the time. They are so passionate towards their cause and even when they know they are going to lose, they still stand up for what they believe in. The first scene you meet them as a whole is during “Red and Black” and each song they sing is full of passion and hope. But “Drink With Me” isn’t full of hope, but instead is full of sadness because they know at that point, they are most likely going to lose and most likely going to lose their lives.

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5. Rent friends- Mark, Roger, Mimi, Angel, Collins, Maureen, and Joanne form a very close bond throughout Rent. They are like family and even in the midst of fear, they live in the moment and in love. They do struggle at times, but they always remain close friends.

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What are some memorable close friendships? What is your favorite musical friendship?

Review of Pete’s Dragon

Possible minor or major spoilers:

Last night, I watched Pete’s Dragon, the live adaptation. This was my first time ever experiencing the story. I love how they showed how Pete became an orphan. When Pete met Elliott for the first, I love how the dragon seemed to start to connect with the boy.

This movie is about a orphaned boy named Pete and his relationship with Elliott, a dragon. The dragon raised Elliott after Pete lost his parents due to a car accident. So Pete was raised in the woods by a dragon. This two characters have a really close bond. The dragon looked very realistic.

I love how even though the dragon never spoke, I love how you can feel some of the dragon’s emotions. Elliot acted worried when he couldn’t find Pete or looked lonely when he was missing his lost family. I love the relationship that Pete made with the family that discovered him in the woods and eventually let him live with them. But all Pete wanted was just to be with Elliott, but he eventually bonded nicely with that family.

I did not like how the antagonist wanted to capture Elliott at all. He believed the dragon was not very nice. But at the end, he realized that Elliott is actually a good dragon. There were intense scenes where you felt worried for Pete and for Elliott. One place was when Pete was away from Elliott and trying to run back to be with Elliott. Another place was when that antagonist and his hunters attacked Elliott. Even though it was a Disney movie, you still felt worried during certain scenes.

At the end of the movie, I loved how Pete finally had a family and how Elliott found the family he once lost. I absolutely loved the plot of this family. The plot was incredible due to the bond that Elliott and Pete had. I loved the bond that Pete made with the family that eventually became his own. There was loads of conflict involved especially after Elliott got captured.

This movie made an incredible forest. I love how when the dragon was flying, you could feel like you were flying too. Elliott’s flying truly made him feel like a dragon. He was a dragon who obviously had feelings and had some human qualities in him. I loved how Pete truly cared about Elliott and was worried about him when Pete was away from him.

Musicals Representing You

As many know I am a massive musical fan. I do feel like the meaningful musicals of my life represent who I am. Trying to describe the reason why I believe that way is like untangling a ball of yarn or trying to find a needle in a haystack. The meaningful musicals in a way show what kinds of things you are literally drawn to. The emotional connection is what makes you drawn to the characters, songs, and plot lines.

Some of the meaningful musicals have aspects that I actually relate to. In Wicked for instance, I have a very personal relationship with Elphaba. I see a lot of myself in Elphaba. That is one why in which Wicked represents who I am. It even shows I am drawn to stories about a strong friendship. In this musical, I am also drawn to a love triangle, which is so fascinating and adds even more texture. This musical does show that I am drawn more to complex plots compared to simple plots. Wicked shows I am also drawn to spectacle and dance-natured musicals and shows I love fantasy worlds.

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Than there is Rent. That musical in a lot of ways does represent who I am. It shows how accepting I am. It shows I love a feeling of community and shows that I love life. It shows that I love having a close knit group of friends.

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Of course, there is Les Mis. It took me a while to know why I was emotionally drawn to it. The first time with the movie, I didn’t even know how to respond due to being shocked and confused due to realizing it was a tragedy while watching it. The second round, I knew there was something special about Les Mis. I really wanted to know why it makes me feel uplifted. One thing in this musical that describes me is that I have a deep connection to those living in poverty and Les Mis is clearly focused on that community.

Les Mis also shows that I tend to be drawn to complex plots. Just like Wicked, I am drawn to a love triangle as well. The love triangle in Les Mis adds an amazing texture and emotional nature to the show. I am even drawn to Valjean’s journey to redemption of becoming a better person and continuing to grow in spirit. Even the uprising is something I am drawn to especially due to the relationship found between all the different students and their passion.

The musical shows that I am drawn to things that are connected to spirituality. I have a strong spirit and Les Mis is home to this incredible underlying spirituality. The spirituality is what I am emotionally connected to and why I am not sick and tired of the musical by now. If the spirituality was never discovered, than the show would feel too depressing.

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I even love Beauty and the Beast and that one is meaningful as well. Each of the musicals I have said so far seem have a romantic aspect. When I saw the 2017 movie version of Beauty and the Beast,  I realized that I am a lot like Belle. I am a bit of a bookworm and am quite different. I don’t tend to judge beauty from the outside, but from the inside. Belle learns that through the Beast. It shows I am someone who loves Disney. I feel like romance in Disney shows some magic especially because of young couples.

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Even in the case of Annie, it shows I am an optimistic person. It even shows I am a caring person as well. Annie takes in a stray dog and adopts him and cares about Molly.

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Another meaningful musical is Newsies. This is another Disney musical. It shows I am someone who tends to love dance in a musical. I am emotionally drawn to all of the Newsies due to their relationship. It shows I tend to be drawn to plot about people standing up for what they believe in and that aspect is also shown through Wicked and Les Mis.

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One more meaningful musical of my life is Sound of Music. It shows I love the importance of family. It shows that I have a love for music.

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Of all the meaningful musicals, they share some things in common. They all provide me with an emotional connection. The emotional connection is key to many things in a musical. Loving the songs mean you have an emotional connection to the material. All of the meaningful musicals are joyful. Above are some of the meaningful musicals of my life.

Do you believe meaningful musicals represent who you are?

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True Value of the Negative Musical Emotions

I already talked about on this blog about the importance of the negative emotions in the musical world. When I mean negative emotion, I am talking about the emotions found in the songs. Understanding the negative emotions is quite tricky and quite difficult to work with.

The negative emotions do hurt in the world of musicals. So what makes them an emotion worth feeling? The negative emotions may hurt, but in many ways, they are quite beneficial to a musical experience. It is easier to have an emotional connection to a character who expresses negative emotions due to amount of conflict that is part of their lives. There are some musical characters like Elphaba and Jack Kelly that you don’t experience negative emotions from them right away and already can have an emotional connection. There are some musical characters who mainly feel negative emotions throughout the entire show and you still have an emotional connection to them.

There are two ways to experience joy through the negative emotions. The first is you having an appreciation of feeling them in the first place. The second is found through any bittersweet moment. Those are moments like “For Good” and “A Little Fall of Rain”. The only way to understand joy in the bittersweet moments is to understand the characters who are part of those songs. “For Good” for instance is the moment where Elphaba and Glinda reunite with each other again, but its the last time they will see each other. I don’t view the song as a heartbreaking song even though it is a goodbye song. It is important to understand the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda because their friendship is core to Wicked.

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Another bittersweet moment is in Les Mis, which is “A Little Fall of Rain”. Now this song is heartbreaking, but still bittersweet. I know where the joy easily comes from in this song. This is the main moment of Eponine’s life where she is truly happy. Yes, it her death scene, but this is actually the happiest moment of her life. Its not because she is dying, but because she is dying the arms of Marius. If you don’t understand Eponine at all, it is nearly impossible to understand the joy of this song. She lived a very tragic life having to be raised by parents who don’t even care about her and raised her to be a criminal. She doesn’t have many good things happen in her life. In this scene, I am happy that Eponine finally is happy for once in her life. It is very important to understand how much Eponine loves Marius to understand the joy found in this scene.

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I love sad the most when it goes beyond the mild levels of that emotion. It starts at songs like “Santa Fe” from Newsies. But heartbreak is a very special degree of sad, which is an emotion which was once unidentifiable. Sad was an emotion that existed when I was younger and it did have some understanding, but I hardly remember what the emotion was like. I do remember it being in “I’m Not That Girl” and “For Good”.

Heartbreak decided to exist in musicals in the most unexpected of ways. Good thing I already knew that sad was already existent and common in the musical world. It decided to enter my life through a heartbreaking musical. Growing up, I believed that all musicals were happy and comic because thats all I knew.

So I was quite surprised when I saw the Les Mis movie and that was when I realized heartbreak is a musical emotion. This was in December of 2012 and my journey began with Les Mis that same year, but did not become a true fan until early 2013. Its just when I realized Les Mis was a tragedy that I was thinking “is this a tragedy and I was like wait a minute, tragic musicals exist” and as a result watched the rest of the movie in shock and confusion and by the end “I was thinking did I just like a tragedy”, but still didn’t know if I liked it or not.

The true value of feeling the negative emotions comes from the fact that is shows that you care about musical characters. It shows a sense of sympathy and even sense of empathy and it shows that you have an emotional connection. Sad in the form of heartbreak is so wonderful. Heartbreak is stronger then an ordinary sad song. Heartbreak is a main emotion in the world of musicals. Whether that is in South Pacific, Wicked, Cats, Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera, or Rent, the negative emotions are worth it. The only time I honestly get nothing out of the negative emotions is when I see a musical that I don’t end up liking.

Heartbreak is an emotion that is full of fragility, honesty, insight and vulnerability. Due to heartbreak being existent, I quickly realized how much easier it was to pick up on the negative emotions in other musicals and even made it easier to pick up on inner conflict as well. The song “I’m Not That Girl” for instance changed from being a sad song to being a heartbreaking song and that is one of the best things that ever happened because it strengthened Wicked’s love triangle.

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I wouldn’t have realized “I’m Not That Girl” was heartbreaking if that emotion never decided to make itself known and glad I was able to realize the song was heartbreaking thanks to the help of “On My Own”, a more heartbreaking and stronger unrequited love song. Since the emotions of “On My Own” are much more obvious, it helped me understand the emotions of “I’m Not That Girl”. Due to “I’m Not That Girl” and “On My Own” being two unrequited love songs and due to one being more heartbreaking than the other, it shows that even heartbreak can be layered. Both songs share some common emotions like heartbreak and loneliness. “I’m Not That Girl” doesn’t have room to be fully heartbreaking since Elphaba just found out she loves Fiyero literally just moments before she sings that song, but it does have great insight built in to it. Both “On My Own” and “I’m Not That Girl” go beyond the unrequited love.

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Les Mis and Wicked are two musicals that I have a strong emotional connection to and feeling the negative emotions in each are worth it due to my love for each of them and my emotional connection to the material. Another realization came from “Memory”. I always knew about “Memory”, but it was one of those songs where I don’t know if I knew its emotion or not. I knew I always loved the song, but through “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Memory” decided to be a heartbreaking song. What makes a song heartbreaking is based off of how you interpret a song. The value of the negative emotions comes from the fact that you are showing that you care.

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If it wasn’t for Les Mis, the negative emotions wouldn’t have changed the way they did. The realization of heartbreak made the negative emotions even more worth feeling. It shows a sense of relationship and shows a sense of understanding. Les Mis was able to show me that heartbreak is an actual musical emotion. The negative emotions are tough to work with due to just how much they can actually hurt. There are other negative emotions besides the obvious sad and heartbreak.

The hardest negative emotion to work with is uncomfortable. That mainly happens in “Lovely Ladies”, but due to understanding the importance of the scene, I learned to tolerate it and feeling uncomfortable in that scene is highly important. In Les Mis, if you don’t understand Fantine, you will feel so lost in the plot. Anger is another negative emotion, which is an emotion that is part of conflict. Without the negative emotions, characters would feel less real. Theatre is a safe place to discover negative emotions. While the negative emotions do hurt, it is worth feeling them if you have a strong emotional connection and a love for the songs. If you fall in love with the songs, you do find yourself falling in love with the emotions.

The negative emotions have changed a lot over the years. Heartbreak was what drastically changed the emotion. It made me understand negative emotions in a more empathetic way and in a more beautiful way. Heartbreak shows strength. It is so difficult to describe the negative emotions since they vary so much in what they are capable of. They have an incredible amount of beauty, fragility, vulnerability, insight, honest, and strength. To be a true musical fan includes understanding the negative emotions.

In you opinion, what is the true value of the negative musical emotions?