My Favorite Jack Actor

Newsies is still a very new musical in my life. Before seeing the stage show August 2016, I heard some of the songs but they were only enjoyable to me. I eventually wanted to see Newsies and when I heard it had Tony Award winning choreography, I got excited even more. My favorite Jack Kelly is  Joey Barreiro.

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It is hard to describe why I love Joey so much as Jack. You can clearly see his connection to Crutchie. His bond to Crutchie is so special and so is his bond to the rest of the Newsies. Jack is a dreamer and a romantic. Eventually Jack goes through a lot of inner conflict, which happens right after this big fight happens and Jack sees all of his Newsies hurt and Crutchie being arrested and this hurts Jack a great deal. He realizes what he saw happened due to the strike.

Joey is able to make that inner conflict show. In Santa Fe, I could feel sadness coming from that song. I don’t know if it had to do with the way Joey portrayed the song if it had to do this being my first time seeing Newsies, but I felt like the sadness was shown very innocently. Joey just draws you in and makes you love his character. I wish I had a better explanation on why he is my favorite Jack but just can’t think of many. I love how the musical presents “Santa Fe” twice. The first version, “Santa Fe (Prologue) is shown as a very hopeful song, but when you get to “Santa Fe”, the song becomes sad and I feel like Joey was able to show both. I love how he makes Jack’s inner conflict really show and that inner conflict is what makes Jack complex.

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Musicals I Have Seen That I Remember

As many people know, I have seen a lot of shows live. Below I will write a list of each one I remember and will only consist of those by professional companies. do not necessarily have to be all shows that I love. There are actually some musicals I have seen that I didn’t like. I will sort it out based on city.

St. Louis : 

  1. Annie- loved it, have loved it since seeing the 1982 movie. In 2014, I finally got to see it and I saw it with my grandma and we got to sit in the front row.

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Greenville: 

Phantom of the Opera- this was the first musical I saw at the Peace Center and the year was 2014. We were sitting about 19 rows back from the stage. I wanted to see it ever since hearing the songs in 2013. I was spellbound from start to finish and I was choked up.

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Les Mis- I saw it in 2017 with my school. We were sitting up in the balcony and I had an understudy (Talia Simone Robinson) as Eponine and it was the 25th anniversary production. As expected, I loved it and loved the production. The cast was quite powerful and passionate and I was an emotional wreck watching it. This was my 5th time seeing it live and 1st time seeing it on tour.

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Charlotte: 

Wicked- saw it three times in Charlotte: once with my sister and mom, once with my dad and once with my school. Seeing it 3x does show how much I love Wicked. Below picture on the left is from my time with school and picture on the right is time with my dad. I saw it with my dad in 2013 and with my school in 2016.

 

 

Sound of Music- 2015, I have loved it since elementary school. In 2015, I was surprised I got to see it live. Seeing the stage show made me love Sound of Music even more. Edelweiss made me cry and I wasn’t expecting that.

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Pippin- I saw it in 2015 as a date with my mom. It was a musical has that the nature of a circus. Its songs were amazing and at one point we were asked to sing along.

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Rent- I waited since 2012 to see Rent and I finally got to see it September. I love its overall message of living in the moment and in love. Waiting five years was worth it.

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Newsies- I saw this musical about the Newsboy Strike of 1899 in August 2016. It was filled with mind-blowing dance, wonderful songs, and incredible characters with an inspiring story. My favorite Newsies were Jack and Crutchie. Its songs are fun and at times emotional.

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Mamma Mia- I saw it with my family in 2009.

New York: 

Wicked- yes I already mentioned Wicked but this was another time I saw it live. My first time I ever saw the musical was in 2012. I was in NYC with my mom and the two of us went and saw Wicked on Broadway. Little did I know the huge impact it would have on my life. It was the show that sparked my love for musicals and I began to understand the emotional and complex side of musicals. I do remember that at the age of 12 “Popular” was my favorite song. I may not have vivid memories, but the impact cellar shows.

London: 

Les Mis- in 2015, I finally fulfilled my dream of seeing Les Mis in London. Yes I already said Les Mis but this is another time I saw it professionally. It was so much more than expected. I may have had an understudy as Jean Valjean, but I am glad that Adam Bayjou was my Valjean because he was that good- as in so good that I forgot I was even watching an understudy.

 

Now on to the ones I did not like or fully enjoy: all were seen in Charlotte

Porgy and Bess- I do remember seeing it, but honestly did not enjoy it to even own the songs. So this one is not really important.

La Cage- this was one I remembered but was one of those I did not like

Addams Family- I saw this one with my family about October 2011 and did not like it

So you can be a musical fan with not loving every single musical

Courageous Characters Found in Musicals

Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.

-Seize the Day, Newsies

What does the word courage remind me of in the world of musicals? Well, in musicals, you come across many brave characters who show their bravery in many ways. I decided to make a list of various characters who do show courage. I will do my best to explain why they are brave in the first place.

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Newsies- Even though they have to survive off of Pulitzer’s newspapers, they still stop buying papers. They end up going on strike to go up against Pulitzer to say this isn’t right. They stay passionate towards the cause. Going on strike was a brave thing to do because if they don’t buy papers, they will barely survive, but still go on strike to make a stand.

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Les Mis: 

Friends of the ABC- they are very similar to the Newsies. They have a cause as well and are planning an uprising to go up against the weak government. They stay passionate towards the end even when they know they are going to lose and know they will most likely die.

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Eponine- She risks her life several times. Even though she loves Marius, she does anything for him just to make sure he is happy and safe. At one point, she goes up against her father when he tries to rob Valjean’s house while Marius is there and ends up screaming to protect the one she loves. Then at the barricade when Marius is about to get shot, she protects him by sacrificing for life so he could survive. She does not have a very good life, but yet risks her life several times for the sake of Marius.

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Jean Valjean- he is an ex-convict. He ends up turning himself in when an innocent man is “Valjean”. Than at the barricades, he goes there to protect the one that his adopted daughter, Cosette, loves. When Marius gets shot and falls unconscious, Valjean takes Marius to safety even the only way to is go through the sewers.

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Wicked: 

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Elphaba- she is brave in many ways. She goes up against the Wizard even when he is spreading “rumors” and “lies” about her. She always true to herself no matter what people say about her.

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Belle- she ends up saving her father when imprisoned by the Beast. She ends up taking his place as prisoner. Then towards the end when Gaston and the citizens want to kill the Beast, she goes back to warn the Beast and wants to make sure he comes out alive.

Beast- when he falls in love with Belle, he lets her go. Then when Belle returns, he protects her by fighting Gaston. So because these two would protect each other, it makes them such a beautiful couple.

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Can you think of other courageous characters I did not put on this list?

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A Band of Brothers Standing Up For What they Believe in

So far on this blog series, I talked about why I love Jack and Crutchie, two of the Newsies. I have never yet said why I love a group, but they do count on this series.

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Jack is the leader of the Manhattan Newsies and really cares about them. He has a close bond to Crutchie. Jack and Crutchie are my favorite of all the Newsies. Their relationship is part of why I love the Newsies in the first place.

The Newsies are like this one big family. They have such a brotherly love for each each other. All they have is each other and really look up to Jack. A lot of them are homeless or runaways and rely on selling newspapers to survive but Davey and Les are the only two who have a family of their own. So eventually they band together and go on strike after the price of papers went up.

They never give up even though eventually Jack struggles with his emotions and Crutchie, the most vulnerable, gets sent to the Refuge. It is their bond especially the Jack and Crutchie bond that makes me emotionally connected to these characters. Their inspiring story of standing up for what you believe in is a huge reason why I love Newsies.

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What I Love About Crutchie

Besides Jack Kelly, my other main favorite Newsies is Crutchie.

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Spoilers ahead:

Crutchie is the most vulnerable of all the Newsies. He after all has to walk around with the aid of a crutch because he has a bum leg. But his relationship to Jack so special. The two of them are best friends and sleep together. Jack is so protective of Crutchie and that is special to watch. Crutchie has such a wonderful spirit and you see lot of his optimism through the show. For the strike he creates a sign to put on his crutch so he strongly believes in the cause. Even when he is arrested and sent to the Refuge, he still has a lot of hope. You can clearly see that through his song, Letter From the Refuge. That song shows that he still believes in the cause despite his situation. It is a letter sent to Jack and that deepens his relationship with Jack. He still wants the boys to look after each other. When I saw Newsies August 2016, the Newsies I fell in love with Jack and Crutchie the most out of all Newsies.

Actors and Actresses I Have Loved That I Have Seen in the United States

Most of the musicals I have seen are touring companies in the United States. I have seen touring musicals in Missouri, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Those are the only states I remember seeing musicals in on tour. So I decided to make a list of those I have seen in The United States because I live here. I already did a list about actor and actors I have seen in both the United States and in the West End, but this time only talking about those I have in the country I live in. Some of these actors have the character names because I don’t know who I saw as them, but know I loved them.

  1. Matt Shingledecker
  2. Jasmine Easler
  3. Phantom
  4. Ashley Parker Angel
  5. Talia Simone Robinson
  6. Joey Barreiro
  7. Pippin Ensemble
  8. Nick Cartell
  9. Amanda Jane Copper
  10. Sound of Music Children
  11. Raoul
  12. Anthony Crane
  13. Kaleb Wells
  14. Lisa Karlin
  15. Raoul
  16. Allison Guinn
  17. Lyndie Moe
  18. Les Mis Ensemble
  19. Mary Kate Morrissey
  20. “Annie” Children
  21. Joshua Grosso
  22. Rent Ensemble
  23. Annie Ensemble
  24. Sophie Knapp
  25. Skyler Volpe
  26. “Annie” Miss Hannigan
  27. Phantom
  28. Mellissa Mitchell
  29. Phantom Ensemble
  30. Sammie Ferber
  31. “Sound of Music” Maria
  32. Christine (Understudy)
  33. Jillian Butler
  34. Aaron Alcarz

The link below is my entire post of the actors and actresses I have seen professionally in both the West End and the United States that I loved so in that post have Les Mis actors in both the United States and the West End.

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/actors-and-actresses-i-loved-in-musicals/

What I Love about Jack Kelly

On this new blog series, I decided to talk about why I love a male. I decided this time to talk about Jack Kelly from Newsies. He is the main character from the musical.

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I love Jack because of starters he is the leader of the Newsies. I love the way he looks after Crutchie especially because of vulnerable Cructchie is. He is a romantic and a dreamer. He does eventually deal with some inner conflict after Crutchie being arrested and his brothers getting hurt. He wants to end the strike as much as possible because he really wants to protect them from getting hurt. So he is an emotional character and you can clearly see the inner conflict going on. Most of how I love him is how protective and how much he cares for his brothers. Even though it was his idea to start the strike, he wants to end it as much as possible after a big fight breaks out even though ultimately he doesn’t give up. It is his love for the Newsies that make me love him and I love his intimate relationship to Crutchie.

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Do you love Jack and why?