Broadway Night

Last night was the 2nd night at the Pops. This time, my family and friends were treated to Broadway songs. When it comes to Broadway, it is a Pops I don’t want to miss. I ended up wearing the Les Mis shirt I got in the West End to this symphony. I was wondering what musicals they were going to do.

First up- Sound of Music, a childhood favorite. They played all of the songs I thought they would. It included two from the stage show, which never made it to the movie. The songs included “Sound of Music”, “Climb Every Mountain”, “So Long Farewell”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do Re Mi”, “Lonely Goatherd”, “Maria”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, and “How Can Love Survive”.

Second up- My Fair Lady, a musical that entered my life in college. The symphony played a good collection of those songs. From “I Could Have Danced all Night”, “Wouldn’t it be Loverly”= among others. I still don’t know the names of the songs well enough to be able to recognize songs without the lyrics.

Third up- Grease. It played “Hand Jive”, “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightening”, “Beauty School Dropout”, and “We Go Together”.

Fourth up- Carousel. All they played from this musical is the “Carousel Waltz”.

Fifth up- Les Mis. The symphony started with the overture. “At the End of the Day”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Master of the House”, “On My Own”, and “Do You Hear the People Sing” were the only songs they did. Even with just the melody, I still cried.

Sixth up- Oklahoma. “Oklahoma”, “I Cain’t Say No”, “Farmer and the Cowman”, “Surrey with Fringe on Top”, “Kansas City”= among others. Just like My Fair Lady-still barley know names of songs and even the melodies themselves to pick up on songs.

Seventh up-Wicked. “No one Mourns the Wicked”, “Popular”, and “Defying Gravity” were the songs the symphony used.

Eighth up- Music Man. The very last song was “76 Trombones”.

Charlotte’s 2019-2020 Season

March 17th, 2019 was an exciting day. Blumenthal Performing Arts released Charlotte’s upcoming season. Today I thought I would say what they are. I will highlight the ones I am looking forward to the most and say something about the ones I know something about. There are two categories when it comes to Blumenthal- broadway lights and the extras.

Broadway Lights:

Once on This Island

  • From what I read, it sounds like it is Caribbean and dealing with Gods and Goddesses. It is about one girl’s journey and a quest to discover what is stronger love or death. It won last year’s Tony for best Musical Revival.

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • This sounds hilarious. They literally have to cast actors who play terrible actors. A lot of things go wrong during this play as the title says, but will give you a laugh.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • I actually have loved this story since I was a child. I watched the movie, Willy Wonka and a Chocolate Factory, as a child, and fell in love with that movie musical. So I always loved it and later watched the newer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The original, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has better songs- I agree about that. Basically is about Charlie and his day spent in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory after finding a Golden ticket.

Come From Away

  • Happening after the events of 9/11 after a couple of planes had to stop in Newfoundland. I heard a lot of good things about this musical.

My Fair Lady

  • I love this musical. While I love it, still have my eyes on Frozen and Anastasia for 2020.

Anastasia

  • I had a huge feeling this musical will be coming to Charlotte next season. Ever since hearing some of the songs last year, I wanted to see it. While Frozen is the one I want to see the most, this is still high on the list. Take a journey to the past during this musical with Anya as she discovers her past.

Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Basically Jesus’ last couple of days from Judas’ point of view. A Rock opera as they call it. I am not that sold on this musical. I heard these songs a number of times on Pandora, and after a while got kind of sick and tired of them- not the best sign at all.

Frozen

  • Out of all musicals and shows that are coming, Frozen is the one that is highest one the list. Ever since first falling in love with it in 2013, I wanted there to be a stage show. I have been dying to see it since it turned into a stage show last year on Broadway. “For the First Time in Forever”, it is on tour. Love the characters- Elsa and Anna in particular. I love this take on “true love”- what exactly is true love- does it always have be romantic? Let yourself go during this musical.

The New One

Broadway Extras:

Les Misérables

  • Do you know what’s funny? Originally I thought Les Mis was part of 2018-2019’s season. Turns out it is part of 2019-2020’s season. This is so on the list. When I see Les Mis, I am sold automatically. Epic, passionate, powerful, and highly emotional- in a way that I can’t describe. Hope, forgiveness, compassion, love, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption are found in this tragic and heartbreaking musical- those themes are why it is inspiring and uplifting. Characters to fall in love with- there is going to be a character to emotionally connect to. Brilliant crafted songs that are so powerful that hit in such a way that you can’t describe. I strongly hope to catch Les Mis this year when it comes.

Jersey Boys

  • Just like Les Mis, thought it was part of the current season. Turns out to be part of the upcoming season.

The New Colossus

Riverdance

Blue Man Group

Spongebob

  • I still find this to be one of the oddest ones to even be a musical

Wicked

  • Would love to see this again. A true story on what friendship is- as in how friends change you for the better and what we learn from them. A story of two strong and powerful female protagonists. A story on how people are not what they seem to be. Do you want to find a complex love triangle? Visit Wicked. In Wicked, the friendship is more important that the romance, but the romance helps strengthen it.

Conclusion:

That is our season coming up. So the ones I want to see the most are Frozen, Anastasia, Les Mis, and Wicked. Still, Frozen and Anastasia are the ones that are the highest- after all never experienced them. I have experienced Frozen, but don’t know the stage show- don’t know all those new songs, but I do know a few.

2018 Tony Awards

Last night, I watched the 72nd annual Tony Awards. Usually, I am not able to watch the Tony Awards because for the longest time, my family was at the Pops Symphony. So I was so glad I got the chance. I was looking forward to Frozen’s performance the most. I really wasn’t quite familiar with the other new musicals. I knew I would be familiar with some of the revivals. Even though Frozen only was nominated for best musical and best book, I hoped it would win at least one. I love the Tonys because I am able to get exposed to new musicals. I don’t have easy access to New York because I live in North Carolina so the Tonys gives me a introduction to musicals I may not be that familiar with.

The Performances: 

Mean Girls- It did have amazing choreography. Except I did not what to think of the song. It was hard to tell if I actually appreciated the song or not. It was one of the new musicals. I just was trying to figure out why others were loving the musical.

Spongebob– Okay! Here’s the deal, I thought this was not going to make a very good musical at all. I have no idea why. However, the performance was very quirky and the costumes were colorful and they did wonderful with the costumes. I can see why others were loving this musicals. I still don’t think I would want to see this musical, but it was a wonderful performance though and the guy who played Squidward was wonderful.

Frozen– This is what I was looking forward to. It was a combination of “For the First time in Forever” and “Let it Go”. I loved this performance and still just dying to see Frozen. The “Let it Go” portion was magical and love how they were showing Elsa’s magical powers.

Band’s Visit- This musical takes places in Israel and either the two actors got the accent down or the two are from the region. Sometimes it was hard to understand what they were saying. But it was a nice performance.

My Fair Lady– This was one of revivals I was familiar with. It was a combination of “The Rain in Spain”, “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Get me to the Church on Time”.

Carousel– Another revival that I was familiar with.  The song they did took place on a ship, which represented the choreography of the piece. I felt like the song they did was a song that was only on stage but not in the movie. The dancing was wonderful.

Once on This Island- This is the last revival that was nominated. I was not that familiar with with the musical. Throughout the song, I really did not know if I really wanted to ever see this musical eventually or not.

Dear Evan Hansen– The cast of this musical sang one of their songs in memorial of some of the actors, directors and other theater workers who have recently died. I thought that was a nice touch to the Tony Awards.

It was an interesting mix of performances from a wide mix of shows that varied in many different ways.

The Awards: 

The Bands Visit– It dominated many Tony Awards. It won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. I didn’t really know this musical before. It is a new musical, but I honestly did not know anything about this musical. It was nice getting a snippet through their performance.