Musicals you Know you will Love ahead of Time

All musical theater fanatics will come across musicals in a certain. Here are some ways: film, stage, and songs. However, how do you know you love a musical before seeing it? I will try to explain below- only applies to stage shows. So musicals I fell in love by the movie or by a filmed stage production doesn’t count.

Newsies

This was the latest Disney musical I fell in love with. Yes, I only enjoyed the songs before seeing the stage show. Do you know what really made me know I will love Newsies? It was coming from the fact that Newsies won a Tony for best choreography. I was right about loving Newsies- the dance made me love the songs even more. Along with the relationship found between Jack/Crutchie and the entire Newsies relationship.

Pippin

Just to let you know, this musical almost didn’t enter my life. I first got interested in Pippin due to loving “Corner of the Sky”. When mom got tickets for Pippin, there was only one day left with seats together. Pippin was the final inexperience musical of 2015: when I mean inexperienced, it is referring to shows where you didn’t much about the musical ahead of time. It was seeing a preview where I knew I would love the musical even more. Another factor that played in this is based on the fact that it is a Stephen Schwartz musical- after all, Wicked sparked my love for musicals.

Godspell

When Godspell was playing at Central Piedmont Community College, my dad or family told me I would love it. That was based on my love for Stephen Schwartz. When it comes to CPCC, their shows feel professional. Godspell actually was the first musical I fell in love with during the college years.

Music Man

This musical started the 2015 musicals. It was the most light-hearted out of all them. I already heard some of the songs- from that alone, I knew I would love Music Man. I already knew some facts about the characters- in particular Harold Hill.

Anastasia

Yes, I am using a musical that I haven’t seen live. Anastasia was coming to Charlotte in April of this year, but got postponed. I already have a feeling I would love it due to already falling in love with five songs. I have no idea how I was able to figure out who was singing some of the songs: I know some facts about Anya and a little about Dimitri. So far, Anastasia hasn’t been rescheduled.

Conclusion

It is interesting how we know ahead of time that we love a musical. It can be based on composer, choreography, or already enjoying some songs from the show.

What about you, how do you know you will love a musical ahead of time?

Three Sections I Can Divide Musicals In

Well, I can easily separate meaningful musicals into three categories. Those are my childhood musicals, Fletcher musicals, and college musicals. These are all self-explanatory meaning you can easily describe all three. Let me put this into more perspective.

My childhood musicals were ALL musicals that entered my life before I started middle school. Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wizard of OZ, Aladdin, Lion King, Grease, Sound of Music, and Annie fit under this category.

What about the Fletcher musicals? Well, I call these Fletcher musicals because they entered my life when I was still a student at Fletcher. I went to that school from 6th -12th grade. That school was a small K-12 school. Most of the musicals I saw in this time frame were movie musicals. These musicals were Wicked, Mamma Mia, Enchanted, and The High School Musical series. So this set of musicals were the smallest.

College Musicals- I went to two colleges. Central Piedmont Community College and Gardner Webb University were the ones I went to. There were a lot of musicals I fell in love. They were Rent, Godspell, Les Mis, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Newsies, Phantom of the Opera, Frozen, Man of La Mancha, White Christmas, Music Man, Pippin, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Greatest Showman, and Fiddler on the Roof. This time frame was where my passion for musicals came from- thanks to Les Mis, which challenged everything. That is why there is a lot. What was amazing about CPCC is just how professional they feel: I literally called their production of “Les Mis” phenomenal. CPCC is where I started to get more into theatre: I ushered twice for Les Mis and once for Some Enchanted Evening.

Ya Got Trouble

The next musical I love is actually hitting a milestone this year. It is Music Man and this year marks five years since falling in love with it. That’s right: I fell in love with it in Spring of 2020 by Gardner Webb University’s production. It is truly a classic musical. Why do I love Music Man?

For one thing, I love how light-hearted and happy it is. You need those sort of musicals to help balance things out. I think due to the light-heartedness, it needed the romance between Marian and Harold Hill. Their romance gives Music Man some emotion.

Another reason belongs to the characters. While Harold Hill, our main character, is a conman there is something about him that makes him lovable. I even love Winthrop. At first, Marian can seem a bit annoying, but as the musical goes on, she does really develop and I think that is due to her relationship with Harold Hill.

The songs: this is the most important part. I love the songs- from “Ya Got Trouble” to “Till There Was You” to Gary Indiana”- you easily can fall in love with them.

Favorite song: 76 Trombones

Non-Tour Musicals I Saw

True, I have seen mostly musicals on tour. However, there have been a select amount of musicals I have seen either through school, local, or through Broadway/West End. This post will bring up those musicals and will try to be in order.

  1. Wicked- 2006
  2. Oliver- 2007 (don’t remember seeing)
  3. Godspell- 2012
  4. Les Mis-2013
  5. Les Mis-2013 (as an usher)
  6. Les Mis-2013 (as an usher)
  7. Scrooge-2014
  8. Music Man- 2015
  9. Les Mis-2015
  10. Little Shop of Horrors- 2017
  11. Oklahoma- 2018
  12. Grease-2018
  13. Newsies-2018

This is a combo of Barter Theater, Pease Auditorium (which no longer exists), Halton Theater, Dover Theater, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Gershwin Theater and Queen’s Theater. Of that list- the only musical I have no memory of seeing is Oliver at Barter Theater. The rest are musicals I remember seeing.

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.