Examples of Characters who are both Brave and Strong

The past two days I explained what makes a musical character strong and what makes them brave. Today, I will make a list of characters who are both.

  1. Jean Valjean
  2. Eponine
  3. Fantine
  4. Nala
  5. Belle
  6. Elphaba
  7. Kim
  8. Etc…..that is my short list

It can be hard to think of characters who are both. I wonder why I tend to think of female characters. Can you think of others?

Disney Soundtracks I Own

It is a known fact that most likely a child will have grown up on Disney. Part of the musicals I love are Disney. You might be wondering if I love the classic or contemporary ones. Well, I am a 90s kid so, I was raised on the classic Disney cartoons. Now, what Disney soundtracks do I own?

Aladdin

  • This is my latest Disney Soundtrack I own: as in the Original Broadway Soundtrack. Aladdin was one of the musicals I saw this year. Due to songs like “Proud of your Boy”, “High Adventure”, and “A Million Miles Away”, I had to own this particular soundtrack. My favorite song from Aladdin is “A Whole New World”- yes, the main love song- but still my favorite song. That song has stuck with me since I was a child. A classic musical while still being contemporary: that is because it did not become a stage show until the 2010s.

Beauty and the Beast

  • I actually have never seen this stage show, but own the Original Broadway Soundtrack. This show is truly magical, enchanting and romantic. It after all (well, not all) takes place at an enchanted castle. It is about the romance between Belle and Beast. My favorite song is “Beauty and the Beast”- once again the main love song- but still my favorite. A fun and romantic collection of songs.

Lion King

  • This is truly a show that you need to see. It has a fun, intense and emotional soundtrack. I love how the stage show created the animal. My favorite song is also the main love song, “Can you feel the love Tonight”. I do not know what it is, but there is something about Disney love songs.

Newsies

  • While a movie from 1992, I see it as a contemporary musical. A dance-based musical that is inspired by a true story. It is literally male-focused while still having a female voice in there. The stage show has the addition of Katherine Plumber in it, who becomes the reporter and Jack’s love interest. Entered my life 2016. A fun and at times emotional score.

Conclusion

  • Disney musicals are an important part of my musical theatre journey. As a matter of fact, when I think of musicals they fit the profile. I tend to think of dance/spectacle, complexity, comedy, romance, happy plots (yes, that it what automatically comes to mind), positive and negative emotions in the score, and a strong emotional connection. That does weird that I said I tend to think of happy plots: but that is what I grew up with; even though I know NOW that there are tragic and heartbreaking musicals that exist.

Updated Favorite Musical Theatre Characters

This list has shown up multiple times on my blog. The only reason why this tends to repeat is when I add on a favorite character. So, where I a list of characters I love.

  1. Annie
  2. Aladdin
  3. Aldonza
  4. Angel
  5. Anna (Frozen)
  6. Babkak
  7. Belle
  8. Beast
  9. Crutchie
  10. Cosette
  11. Christine
  12. Chip
  13. Chris
  14. Cogsworth
  15. Davey
  16. Don Quixote
  17. Eponine
  18. Elphaba
  19. Enjolras
  20. Elsa
  21. Fantine
  22. Fiyero
  23. Friends of the ABC
  24. Gavroche
  25. Glinda
  26. Grizabella
  27. Harold Hill
  28. Jack Kelly
  29. Jasmine
  30. Jean Valjean
  31. Kassim
  32. Katherine Plumber
  33. Kim (Miss Saigon)
  34. Lumiere
  35. Maria (Sound of Music)
  36. Marius
  37. Mimi
  38. Mrs. Potts
  39. Mufasa
  40. Nala
  41. Newsies
  42. Omar
  43. Oliver
  44. Pippin
  45. Pumba
  46. Raoul
  47. Roger
  48. Sancho Panza
  49. Simba
  50. Timon
  51. Von Trapp Children
  52. Winthrop
  53. Young Cosette
  54. Zazu

A lot of my favorite characters in the musical theatre world are survivors while many do lose their lives as well: I actually believe most are survivors. It is interesting how varied these characters all- their lives are so different: that is based off of where they live, their age, their family, etc. Some are not human. You will notice I love a lot of characters- most of them are young: I do have an all-time favorite: Elphaba is my favorite musical theatre character.

Have you Ever been said “Broaden your taste for musicals due to being obsessed with one”

As so many know, I am obsessed with Les Mis. To some people, it might seem as if I am not expanding my passion for musicals. However- that is not actually the case. My passion for Les Mis is responsible for my passion for musicals: if I did not, certain musicals would have not been in my life or been given a chance. Before Les Mis, I would not let tragedies in my life. Lets look at some of the things I learned some Les Mis, and later focus on some of the new musicals that entered my life after Les Mis entered my life. Look, Les Mis would not have been able to enter my life without Wicked.

What I Learned From Les Mis

Tragic musicals do exist- I was not raised on tragedies in musical theatre. I was around Disney musicals, Wicked, Mamma Mia, and musicals of that kind. How was I supposed to know that tragedies were a part of the musical world.

I can love tragedies- here me out on this: as a high school girl, I told myself I will NEVER love a tragedy. I thought they were pure sad. Les Mis entered my life in my first year of college (2013). I realized tragedies were not at all what I once thought they were. They are more than just tragedies- they have a hopeful side to them and are not too depressing.

Tragedies go beyond being sad- this goes back to what I just said. In 2013, I picked up on the fact that I felt uplifted by Les Mis. I wanted to know WHY. I soon was able to understand its underlying spirituality: hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption are why it goes beyond its tragic nature. A tragedy cannot be a tragedy without the catharsis.

A death scene can be memorable- once again, I did believe that a death would be unmemorable especially to a favorite character. I even thought a death scene could not happen through song. Les Mis proved both of those wrong- the various deaths are memorable even if it is a favorite character.

Heartbreak is a musical emotion- I was not blind to sad. I picked up on the emotion of sad in middle school. I thought sad could not push any further. Boy, was I so wrong. I discovered the emotion of heartbreak through song in Les Mis. Heartbreak is a more vulnerable, fragile, and deeper form of sad. Heartbreak opened a new window- knowing that emotion exists made it easier to pick up on negative emotions in other musicals.

  • These are just a few of the things I learned from Les Mis. Just because I talk about Les Mis a lot does not been I do not branch out. I still want to see new musicals. What are some musicals that entered my life after 2013?

Musicals that Entered my Life after 2013:

  1. Man of La Mancha
  2. Newsies
  3. Pippin
  4. Music Man
  5. South Pacific
  6. Fiddler on the Roof
  7. My Fair Lady

So, I do allow other musicals to enter my life. There are musicals that I want to give a chance- those are not in my life yet. What are some of those?

Musicals I Still Hope to See:

  • Anastasia
  • Hadestown
  • Something Rotten
  • Frozen- yes, I already love it (but still need to see the stage show)

I already love a wide range of musicals already: Mamma Mia, Music Man, Sound of Music, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Frozen, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Lion King, Pippin, Rent, South Pacific, Godspell, My Fair Lady: this is a combo of those I grew up with (as in childhood to the end of high school) to college.

This has been said to me a couple of times- Broaden my taste for musicals. Expand it more. Those things are said to me when I have an opportunity to see Les Mis again- usually when I am given a chance, I want to see the show again. Well, this year: I have an opportunity to see Les Mis a sixth time. Some people think I do not expand it that much only because I am obsessed with Les Mis.

How do you know you Have an Emotional Connection?

One of the hardest things to understand in a book, musical, play, or film is how do you know you have an emotional connection. The emotional connection is crucial: it is the want, desire, and reason for loving feeling the emotions: no matter what they are.

Look- the emotional connection is complicated to explain. There has to be a reason for loving what you are feeling. Long after the curtain falls, you usually keep the characters’ alive, but that only happens if the emotional connection exists. There are both positive and negative emotions: look, it is natural to have a want and desire to feel the positive emotion. So, why would you want to feel the negative emotions, which are the ones that hurt- that does come from emotional connection. It really is not easy to describe how you know you have an emotional connection.

One of the reasons comes from being able to relate. I relate to Belle, Anna from Frozen, and Elphaba- so it is very easy to emotionally connect to those three characters for instance. If you relate to characters, the emotional connection is going to exist: but you still need to get into the songs and plot as well.

What about the characters you don’t relate to? Any character I have emotionally bonded with are characters I love. Glinda, Fantine, The Friends of the ABC, The Newsies, Eponine, Aladdin, Jasmine, Simba, Nala, Annie, Roger, Mimi are examples of characters I do love—-some of them I still do not know why I love them and others I know the reason. What I tend to look for in a character is complexity and believability- there have been a few exceptions. Strength, courage, compassionate and romantic are just four of the characteristics I have found in characters I do love. I want characters to be flawed as well- I know that sounds crazy, but it adds to the complex and believability side.

If you go to a musical, and you reach an emotional song——and get emotional or end up in tears, that usually means you formed an emotional connection. If you go a musical, and end up on the edge of the seats—-that also can be sign of emotional connection. If you go to a musical and you are intrigued and want to know what is going happen next—–that usually means you have an emotional connection. If you go to a musical, and at the end you have fallen in love with the musical—–that defiantly means you formed an emotional connection.

Still, describing how you know you formed an emotional connection is not easy.

Power Hungry Villains

There are various kinds of antagonists in musicals. There are the typical antagonists who are not evil- but good- so they do not fit the profile of villain. Then you eventually get to those antagonists who are defiantly villains- they are the ones who are evil, who have no redeeming quality about them. Some villains are power hungry. What power hungry villains can I think of? SPOILERS- sometimes you do not know they are power hungry or a villains until much later on. That is why it can be a spoiler.

  1. Jafar
  2. Scar
  3. Hans
  4. The Wizard
  5. Madame Morrible.

I can’t believe I can’t think of any more. I know there are more, but I just can’t think of you they are at the moment.

Can you think of any others?

Some of my Favorite antagonist/villain songs in musical theatre

I wrote so many lists on this blog. Now, I wonder why in the world did I skip out on the villain/antagonist. I think it has to do with my dislike toward ALL of them- it is true: I really am the not the biggest fans of antagonists and villains despite the fact that without them there would be no story. Here is my list- just to let you know, it might be tiny due to my distaste to some of them. Some of the villain/antagonists I have some kind of connection to. MAJOR SPOILERS

  1. Stars
  2. Javert’s Suicide
  3. Master of the House
  4. Gaston
  5. Be Prepared
  6. Easy Street
  7. Music of the Night (Yes, I consider Phantom the antagonist of Phantom of the Opera)