Added Songs in Musicals

Sometimes when a musical movie ends up being a stage show, there are usually added songs. Same applies to when a stage show becomes a movie. So, what are some of my favorite added songs.

  1. Suddenly
  2. Evermore
  3. If I Can’t Love Her
  4. A Change in Me
  5. Me
  6. Home
  7. Proud of Your Boy
  8. Million Miles Away
  9. High Adventure
  10. Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim
  11. These Palace Walls
  12. They Live in You
  13. Shadowland
  14. Endless Night
  15. Watch What Happens
  16. Letter From the Refuge
  17. Something to Believe In
  18. Dangerous to Dream
  19. Monster
  20. What do you Know about Love
  21. True Love- I still can’t believe Frozen cut this song out. Hello, Anna is one of your two protagonists. This was her only solo in the stage show, which happened at a prominent time in her storyline. For me, this still counts as a piece of Frozen

Of all of these songs, it was the hardest writing down some of the added songs in Frozen. I was supposed to see Frozen in October, but got postponed. I am like, why would Frozen be postponed in May? This wasn’t even a decision made by Blumenthal, but by Disney instead.

While it is difficult knowing Broadway is dark until 2021, I know that it will come back. Same applies to Blumenthal- Blumenthal is why I am able to see musicals. They host the touring productions that come to Charlotte. While Frozen and Anastasia got postponed, at least I got to see one musical this year. I got to see Come From Away. I even got to see La Bohème, which my parents were not going to get tickets for: my mom and I got tickets out of the blue by a member of my family church.

Here is what another problem- you can’t own Letter from the Refuge or A Change in Me. I really want to own those, but can’t. They just aren’t part of their soundtracks.

What are some of your favorite added songs?

Stuffed Animals- A Connection

This sounds like a strange post. Yes, I do own a LOT of stuffed animals. However, there is a connection between four of them. What is in common between a snowman, monkey, reindeer, and a bear? The answer is they are musical-theatre themed.

Below are all four stuffed animals that have some musical theme to them.

The monkey is a souvenir from Wicked. I was surprised when I heard I first got that on Broadway. That would mean I had kept that stuffed animal for 14 years. So, I was only 12 when I got that stuffed animal. Wicked is the final musical coming to Blumenthal this year (December-January). Still waiting until I know if that musical will happen or not.

Obviously, the snowman and reindeer are connected. After all, Olaf and Sven are two characters from Frozen. It still was disappointing that I will not see that stage musical this year. A show coming in October got postponed in May. Will eventually make it. But for the time being, I plan to watch Frozen the day I was supposed to.

What in the world does a bear have a musical theatre connection? I will tell the story of how I eventually ended up with her. Every year at Gardner Webb, they have this Candy and Critters event where students make stuffed animals- happen around Valentine’s Day. Well, either the month before or a couple of months before, a staff member actually said- surprised you never once named a stuffed animal after a musical character. I made the decision to do that, but still comes with guidelines. 1) I name stuffed animals after what they look like, 2)had to be from a musical character I love, and 3) had to be from a musical I love. Did not know which character it would be, but once I saw the bear, I was reminded of Eponine from Les Mis. The bear has a brown color scheme and heart-shaped patches with stitch marks around the outside. With Eponine, the costumes she wears are brown shaded and she lives a broken life and dealing with unrequited love (a love triangle)- that bear was so Eponine.

That is how they are connected- Les Mis, Frozen, and Wicked

Musicals I Want to See and Still Have Not

As musical fans, we run across musicals that we hope to see. Sometimes they end up being the SAME musical, but in a different way. What exactly are mine?

  1. Hadestown
  2. Frozen (I have tickets for October, so hopefully it happens)
  3. Anastasia (it was going to be this year, but got postponed)
  4. Something Rotten
  5. Once
  6. Les Mis- I hope to catch this in a small theater and in Spanish someday

Those are what I can think of for now. What are musicals you hope to see someday?

Let it Go

Some people have been asking me how do I know I will love this musical if I have never seen it live. There are actually some musicals I did fall in love with by the movie: Frozen was one of them. I never saw it as overrated and never grew tired of “Let it Go”. I actually could understand why so many children were falling in love with and why young adults loved it: I am young at heart and love Disney. Children do grow up with Disney: this generation of children are growing up with a different collection of princesses, but there is a good chance they are familiar with the classic princesses. Now, let me say why I love Frozen.

Songs:

Once again, the songs are important to a musical. They are what make you able to connect to a plot and character. They are exciting songs- that is what the animated songs are. “Let it Go” and “For the First Time in Forever” are my favorites. I still have yet to see the stage show- once they did give Anna a solo, “True Love”, but when the US Tour began, they actually cut it from the entire show- that was a heartbreaking song happening at a pivotal moment for her: good thing: don’t understand the the reasoning behind that. To me, I still consider that a part of Frozen. The new songs develop the characters further: even that cut song that Anna once had developed her further.

Characters:

Elsa- Who can not fall in love with a older sister who has ice/snow powers? Elsa has conflict here- not knowing how to control them. She does love her sister, but is afraid she will hurt her. There are some people in Arendelle who misunderstand her- they think she is a monster after accidentally showing her powers. Fear is one of the biggest battles she has to face- she can’t let that control her. I actually see her as a parallel to Elphaba.

Anna- She is the younger, outgoing, optimistic, and impulsive sister of Elsa. She is not really thinking when Hans asks her to marry him: not a good idea (one bit). She believes its true love- however is the true love Anna and Hans or is the true love between Anna and another character. She is the one to go after Elsa. SPOILERS: It is really Kristoff that in love with Anna, and Hans was never in love with Anna. Elsa accidentally hit Anna with her powers leaving her with a frozen heart: the only way to save her is through an act of true love: Hans admits he doesn’t love her when she does come back to the castle. Guess where the true love in Frozen came from: the love between the two sisters: Anna and Elsa. It does remind me of the friendship in Wicked.

Of all contemporary Disney princesses, it is Anna I relate to the most: however if someone ever asks me who you like more Elsa or Anna, I probably would not know the answer. In some ways, it is Anna- after all, isn’t she technically the only princess in Frozen because Elsa becomes Queen early on in Frozen?

Kristoff- I don’t quite know how to describe him. He has an amazing relationship with Sven, his reindeer. It is hard to even notice that Anna and Kristoff will fall in love.

Olaf- That adorable and funny snowman who wants to experience summer: seems ironic for a snowman. So many people find him annoying, but I love him.

Hans- As expected, I don’t like him. At first, he appears to be the “good guy”- he is only pretending- it is only near the end when you see who the real Hans is.

Plot:

One of the things I am loving about Disney storylines these days is that the “true love” is no longer the romance. It is more focused on something other than romance- as in sisterhood. I think that is part of what made Frozen that successful. It is about two sisters who once had a beautiful bond, but later broken to protect the younger, but eventually the once beautiful bond was the answer all along: the way to control Elsa’s powers and to break Arendelle out of the eternal Winter was love. Both of them loved each other: Elsa was staying isolated from Anna due to fear of hurting her, but Anna was trying to get closer to form that really close bond again: if only Elsa know that was the answer all along: she needed Anna’s love for her: “true love” was between the two of them.

Conclusion:

For a couple of months, I know why I loved Frozen, but did not know why I loved it in the level I loved it. A couple years later, I realized there were some parallels to Wicked: Elphaba/Elsa, Glinda/Anna, Friendship/Sisterhood, and “Let it Go”/”Defying Gravity”- being both empowering songs about accepting yourself for who you are and actually sounding very similar (not because the same actress originated both roles, but if you actually really listened you would know what I mean). All of a sudden that made sense- after all Wicked in so many ways was the beginning of my musical journey.

This year, in October, I am going to see Frozen-hopefully.

Favorite Protagonists of Musicals

One of the most crucial elements of a musical is the protagonist (the main character). It is their story that we want to follow along with the various subplots. Who are some of my favorite protagonists?

  1. Elphaba/Glinda
  2. Aladdin
  3. Belle
  4. Simba
  5. Elsa/Anna
  6. Jack Kelly
  7. Christine
  8. Jean Valjean
  9. Annie
  10. Oliver
  11. Harold Hill
  12. Maria- the Sound of Music one

Why do two have two protagonists listed. Frozen and Wicked just happen to have two main characters in them, and I wouldn’t choose one over the other to be the primary protagonist.