Favorite Protagonist Musical Songs

Today, I thought it would fun to make a list of musical songs sung by protagonists. There might be some duets because some musicals have two protagonists.

  1. Tomorrow
  2. Where is Love
  3. What Have I Done
  4. Who am I
  5. Bring Him Home
  6. Wizard and I
  7. Popular
  8. I’m Not That Girl
  9. For Good
  10. Defying Gravity
  11. Santa Fe
  12. Impossible Dream
  13. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  14. Sound of Music
  15. Seventy Six Trombones
  16. Home
  17. Corner of the Sky
  18. One Song Glory
  19. What You Own
  20. Your Eyes

What are some of your Favorite Protagonist Musical Song?

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Today, I am doing a Newsies post. Just last year in August, I decided to watch Newsies for the first time when it toured to Charlotte. I was with my mom, dad, and sister. I first heard the songs through Pandora and enjoyed them. But I wanted to see the stage show and after hearing it won choreography in the Tony Awards.

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So yesterday night, I got to see the stage show again. This time I watched a movie that was made of the stage show. I got to see the original Jack Kelly (Jeremy Jordan), Katherine Plumber (Kara Lindsey), Crutchie (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) and Davey (Ben Fankhauser). There were some others from the original cast and there were some from my touring cast. As reading the actors names from the ending, I noticed that I saw my same Pultizer, then my Crutchie and my Katherine were in the cast as well except in different parts.

Seeing Newsies last night made me see so much more than last time. One of my favorite scenes from Newsies is “Santa Fe (Prologue)” because it sets up the close bond between Jack and Crutchie. Jack is quite protective of Crutchie considering how vulnerable his friend. Jack in fact is protective of all his brothers, but Crutchie means so much more. The first dancing number in Newsies is “Carrying the Banner” and seeing it in the movie is so fun even though seeing Newsies live makes the dancing even more exciting. But the dancing in this movie is still mind-blowing. My favorite dance number is “Seize the Day” especially when you see the boys dancing on newspapers.

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Last year, Joey Barreiro was my Jack, but I loved Jeremy Jordan just as much. The difference was I loved them in a different way. Joey’s Jack had more innocence than Jeremy’s Jack. For both of them, I was able to see Jack’s inner conflict that he was able to go through. Jack is a dreamer and a romantic. Twice, he sings about his desire to go to Santa Fe. The first time, he is very hopeful, but the second time, Jack is obviously quite upset after seeing what has happened to his Newsies during the big fight especially to Crutchie. So throughout act II, Jack is about ready to give up on the strike and this inner conflict helps make him a complex character.

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Andy Richardson was my Crutchie and Andrew Keenan-Bolger was this Crutchie so I was able to find a brand new love for Crutchie. I don’t remember “Letter From the Refuge” that much from last year so the movie allowed me to see it and actually remember it. Andrew was such a wonderful Crutchie and loved seeing “Letter From the Refuge” performed. Despite Crutchie being sent to the Refuge, he still has optimism about the strike. Crutchie being sent to the Refuge left Jack with a lot of inner conflict.

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I find Ben Fankhauser to be a really good Davey. It was nice getting to know him this time around. I felt like I had to relearn Davey a bit. Davey and his little brother, Les, are the newest members to the Newsies. Davey helps establish the strike and when Jack is just not there, in a way he is like the leader even though he isn’t the leader of the strike.

Kara Lindsey brings a fresh light to Katherine. Through Kara’s Katherine, you can tell that Katherine loves being a reporter. Jack falls in love with her and you can tell in the second act that Jack has felt an attraction to her. But it wasn’t until “Something to Believe In” that the two of them fall in love. Katherine really helped Jack with his inner conflict so after the song, you realize that Jack doesn’t fully give up on the strike.

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As much as I don’t like Pulitzer, Steve Blanchard is still a wonderful Pultizer. He was my Pulitizer last year, but I don’t remember him that much. You can see him not being nice to the Newsies especially to Jack.

In Newsies, I love how the towers change shapes in order to advance scenes or to create different locations. The dancing in Newsies not only advances the story, but it also serves as a way to transition to the next scene. One of the biggest reasons why I love Newsies is the dance. The dance shows the youthful energy that the boys have. All the Newsies are quite special because they are like this one family with Jack as this leader. This story of them standing up for what they believe in through a strike is inspiring. They did not like the prices going up so they went on strike. While at the end, the price stayed the same, Pultizer agreed to sell back their papers. The things I want in ALL musicals are songs I love, characters I love, and a plot I love. Dancing is an added bonus when it comes to  a musical.

The meaningful musicals tend to be the most likely to have positive and negative emotions in the score. The main songs where the negative emotions take place is “Santa Fe” and “Letter From the Refuge”. When those negative emotions happen, it makes the story even more believable. Because this is based off of a true story, it makes sense why there is both positive and negative emotions.

Are you a Newsies fan and why?

Enjolras and Jack Kelly

Today, I decided to talk about Enjolras and Jack Kelly. I first fell in love with Enjolras in 2013 and I first fell in love with Jack in 2016. Today, I will talk about their similarities and their differences.

Spoilers coming up:

First up is Enjolras from Les Mis. He is the student revolutionary leader. Of all the barricade boys, he is the most passionate, which is why his death is the most heartbreaking of all of them. He is a wonderful leader and stays passionate till the end.

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Then there is Jack Kelly from Newsies. Jack is the leader of the Newsies and the main character of the story. Jack is a dreamer and always hopes of going to Santa Fe. He is very protective of all the Newsies especially Crutchie. You see his beautiful relationship with Crutchie during “Santa Fe (Prologue). He doesn’t want Crutchie to be sent to the Refuge because he knows his friend will be quite vulnerable there. He cares about his brothers and never would abandon them.

He is the one to come up with the idea of having the strike after the distribution price of papers went up. During the big fight in act I, he sees Crutchie getting arrested and his boys getting hurt and that leads Jack into a lot of inner conflict. He was about ready to give up on the cause. In my opinion, that inner conflict makes Jack complex. It is Davey and Katherine that help him get out of his inner conflict. He eventually enters the strike again. It is just difficult to stay involved because he does not want his brothers to get hurt anymore and it is the strike that caused it. Even though he dreams of going to Santa Fe, he stays in New York at the end.

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Between these two characters, Enjolras is the most passionate about the cause. I still love both characters for different reasons. A lot of my love for Enjolras comes from the fact that he makes a wonderful leader and is the most passionate for the cause. A lot of my love for Jack comes from his relationship with Cructhie.

What are your opinions about these two characters.

Parallel Musical Characters

I am doing another list post. Today I will talk about musical characters that are parallel to each other.  Next to each set, I will say why they are parallel.

  1. Elphaba/Eponine- both are young, strong, complex, brave, loyal, and are taken advantage of and live in a broken family and are part of a love triangle
  2. Young Cosette/Eponine- in this scenario, both girls are unloved and abused by the Thendardiers
  3. Jack Kelly/Enjolras- both are leaders of the group
  4. Newsies/Students of the ABC- they are two groups passionate about their cause and have a brotherly love for each other

What are some other sets that come to mind?

Big Character Moments in Musicals

I have talked about musical characters a lot on this blog. But I don’t think at once I brought up what their big character moments are and that is where they develop the most. So in this post I will bring up characters and next to them say what their big moments are. Just to let you know, I might be missing some big moments from characters that I can’t think of right now.

Possible Major or Spoilers Ahead:

Elphaba:

  1. Wizard and I- this is an important step for Elphaba. This happens very early on in the show. Elphaba shows in this song that she just wants to be accepted. She is quite hopeful in this scene and still innocent because she is still quite young-basically college age.

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2. Popular-yes, I put one of Glinda’s song with Elphaba’s big moments and I say it is because it is when the two girls become friends for the first time.

3. For Good- this is a big moment for her because that is when she understands just how important her friendship with Glinda is.

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4. Defying Gravity-this is when Elphaba truly matures.

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Glinda: 

  1. Popular-this is a new step for Glinda when she befriends Elphaba. This moment is important for both girls because it is when they become friends, which is the center of the show

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2. For Good-it is here as well because this is really when Glinda realizes the impact that Elphaba has had on her life

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Fiyero: 

  1. Lion Cub Scene-this may be a speaking scene, but it still is a big moment for Fiyero. Fiyero may not notice it this time, but this when the audience notices that he in fact has a crush on Elphaba. It is hard to describe why this is an important moment for Fiyero, but it is an important step for him.

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2. Thank Goodness-this is when Fiyero puts a big curve on the love triangle. While everyone was spreading rumors about Elphaba, he realizes something important. He has truly matured at this point and discovers that he in fact is in love with Elphaba and not Glinda.

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Eponine: 

  1. On My Own-this is the moment where she finally accepts the situation she is currently in. She talks about how empty her life is through lyrics like “without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to” and “a world that’s full of happiness that I have never known. On top of all of that darkness, she also is dealing with unrequited love for Marius and here is when she can accept the fact that Marius will never love it, but it does bring up the fact that she will continue to stand by his side despite the the unrequited love.

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Jean Valjean: 

  1. What Have I Done?- this is a gigantic step for Valjean. He has been released from prison after nineteen years just because he stole a loaf of friend for his family. Right before this scene, the bishop give him food and a place to sleep for the night, but Valjean still steals the bishop’s silver. But when the police took him back, the bishop laid and said that it was a gift. Through the bishop, Valjean has learned the ways of the Lord. Through this song, Valjean reflects on this past and the kindness of the bishop and realizes he has to change and become a better person images-2
  2. Meeting Cosette- this is so important because Cosette was the first person he ever loved after being released so she gives him a new purpose in life unknown-2
  3. Who Am I?- another big moment for Valjean. An innocent man accused of being him is in court so Valjean has a tough decision to make. Does he save the innocent man or does he not? Valjean has decided to turn himself in despite the fact that he still is going to help Fantine.
  4. Bring Him Home-Valjean has arrived at the barricades to protect Marius, Cosette’s love. Here he is praying to save him.

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Boy, Valjean has a lot of big character moments due to how complex he is and how much he changes throughout the show.

Marius: 

  1. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables- this is Marius’ big song. He is suffering through survivor’s guilt after being the only survivor at the barricade. He has lost everyone from Eponine to Gavroche to Enjolras and the rest of his friends. I can’t exactly describe why this is a big character moment for Marius, but it is.

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Jack Kelly: 

  1. Santa Fe- this scene is when Jack starts to go through a lot of internal conflict, but it still is an important moment for him. He sees this huge fight break out due to the strike and sees Cruthcie being arrested. Because of what he witnessed, he is about ready to give up on the strike even though he does not want to give on the other Newsies especially because he is their leader. He has such a wonderful bond to Crutchie and that drives him a lot of internal conflict, which makes this song sad.

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2. Something to Believe In- yes, I think a big character moment for Jack is in a love song. But this is truly the moment where Jack is able to get through his inner conflict. It shows just how much Katherine believes in him. Leading up to this, she saw some of his drawings and thinks it would be a good idea if they put them in the paper. This song really helps Jack climb out of the inner conflict. That inner conflict made Jack a complex character.

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Newsies as a Whole: 

  1. The World Will Know- this is when the Newsies decides to unionize to head towards the strike so it is an important part to the story
  2. Seize the Day-this is truly when the strike begins. They understand the meaning of courage which is shown through the lyrics, “courage cannot erase our fear. courage is when we face our fear”
  3. Once and For All- this is yet another big character moment for the characters. This is the last step of their strike. They start printing their own papers and this shows their cause and this is when it truly comes out. This song shows their determination and shows that Jack has not given up yet despite the fact that he recently has gone through a lot of inner conflict.

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Students of the ABC: 

  1. Do You Hear the People Sing- this is when they go to the streets to try to rally up citizens to help in their strike. It shows just how passionate and hopeful they are when it comes to the strike. It is their revolutionary anthem so it is important step  towards the uprising
  2. Drink With Me- this song is important to the cause. They understand that their uprising is a lost cause and feel hopeless. They know most likely they will die the next day. You can really understand their love for each other throughout this song. Marius is still upset over the loss of Eponine, but he sings about Cosette because it is his hope that he will be able to see her again since he loves her.

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Pippin:

  1. Corner of the Sky- this is when Pippin realizes what he truly wants in life. He wants to find out where he belongs so this song shows what his main goal of this story is. He just wants to find his “corner of the sky”, so he starts going on this kind of adventure after this.

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Roger:

  1. One Song Glory- here is where we find what Roger’s main goal is. He hopes to write one last song before he dies of HIV. Here we can understand how hurt he is at this point due to what happened in his last relationship. This hurt makes you understand why he is so reluctant to enter a relationship with Mimi
  2. I Should Tell You-this is the first time that Roger realizes that he needs Mimi in his life. It is when he finally decides to enter a relationship with her so this is a big step for him.

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So you see character big moments are important. I honestly wish I could add more. Do you agree with this characters moments. What are some big character moments you can think of?

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How Romance Varies From Musical to Musical

Yes, this is yet another musical post about romance. It is not just the songs that make me love a romance in a musical. They also interest me because of how well varied they are. A lot of couples are young and sometimes there songs are magical and innocent or they can be quite mature or they are not a heterosexual couple. Some romances are part of a love triangle, which complicates things even further, but can add texture to a musical.

Major Spoilers:

Elphaba and Fiyero, my favorite couple, are part of a love triangle. Glinda is the third wing of this love triangle and it started out with Glinda and Fiyero being a couple, but through a twist of turns, he ends up with Elphaba. So because this love triangle involves two best friends and a plot twist, it makes it quite a fascinating and complex love triangle. Elphaba and Fiyero may be young when they sing “As Long As Your’e Mine”, but the song shows they are a mature couple. I feel like this love triangle develops in the same way the characters do. It matures in the same way the characters mature. All of three of them become more mature in the second act and that is when the love triangle matures.

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But then the romance situation is different in Phantom of the Opera, which is yet a second love triangle. But in this trio, everything is darker and more mysterious, but at the same time innocent and beautiful. The Phantom is the hugest reason why this love triangle is so unique. The love between Christine and Raoul is so beautiful and that clearly shows in “All I Ask Of You”.

But then the Les Mis love triangle is way different than the love triangles in Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. This love triangle is full of so much hope and light, but at the same time filled with so much pain and heartbreak. The romance between Marius and Cosette helps bring light to this tragic tale and they are innocent, but a wonderful couple. But when it comes to Eponine, despite the love being unrequited, she continues to show true love towards Marius.

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But in Rent, the romance is different yet again. This one has three different couples. Roger and Mimi are the main couple and even though it has some problems, I think they make a wonderful couple and they both are HIV positive. Roger is unwilling to enter a relationship with Mimi at first, but eventually does. But then Angel and Collins, a gay couple who are both HIV positive, make the most of their relationship. Then you have the quite problematic lesbian couple between Maureen and Joanne because Maureen is always flirting with other guys.

Beauty and the Beast has a different scenario than the couples I have already mentioned. Belle, the protagonist, ends up being a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. She ends up teaching the Beast that he so much more to offer. The Beast starts out with an anger problem, but over time, he changes and realizes there is love in his heart. Belle learns that beauty comes from within. This couple is magical and develops over time, which is different from the couples who fall in “love at first sight”.

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Another favorite couple of mine is Jack and Katherine. Their song, “Something to Believe In”, brings out a magical quality along with some innocence, but what makes this couple different from the romance between the Beast and Belle if both shows are Disney? Well, Jack is the leader of the Newsies and Katherine is the reporter of the strike. So the characters are different. Jack goes through a lot of inner conflict throughout act II, but Katherine helps him get through it.

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So you see, musical couples are unique because they are so varied. The couples I have brought up really shows just how varied musical couples can be. The songs are the first step to fall in love with a couple, but then you got to look at the nature of the romance. Another reason to fall in love with a couple belong to the characters and if you end up loving both of the characters, you learn to love the romance between them. Even the emotion of love translates well to song and so do the love songs about breakup and unrequited love. All of my favorite couples are loved for a reason.

Do you love romances for more than just the songs? Do you think couples vary from show to show? What is your favorite musical couple?

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Describing Musical Soundtracks

Today, I decided to describe some of my favorite musical soundtracks.

  1. Les Mis- revolutionary, passionate, epic, heart-renching
  2. Wicked- fun, exciting, Ozian
  3. Sound of Music- exciting, heartwarming
  4. Newsies- passionate, exciting, fun
  5. Beauty and the Beast- fun, exciting, magical, romantic, heartwarming
  6. South Pacific- exciting, romantic
  7. Pippin- exciting
  8. Man of La Mancha- hispanic-sounding
  9. Annie- exciting, optimistic
  10. Music Man- fun, exciting, light-hearted
  11. Phantom of the Opera- haunting, romantic, beautiful
  12. Rent- life
  13. Grease- exciting, fun

How would you describe some of your favorite musical soundtracks? Are the words I picked accurate?