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?

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Favorite Openings in Musicals

These are some of my favorite openings in musicals.

Wicked- I love this opening because the dragon on the set breathes fire and the monkeys start the show, which quickly transport you to OZ. The monkeys open up the curtain.

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Les Mis- what makes this a wonderful opening is its overture leading up to the action. When I saw Les Mis in the West End, all it took was hearing the first couple of notes to get invested in the story. The opening notes of Les Mis are what makes this opening wonderful

Newsies- the opening is wonderful due to a wonderful overture. The opening scene is what really makes it memorable. You are introduced to Jack Kelly, the main character and leader of the Newsies. You learn of his close bond to Crutchie, who has a bum leg. Jack’s relationship to Crtuchie is how you quickly get emotionally bonded to the plot

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Pippin- the opening of the reveal of Pippin is one of the best ever. At the beginning, there is an illusion of the leader player in the curtain and she just appears and acts as the narrator of the musical. So the moment the curtain drops, you automatically become wowed by all of the circus elements you are seeing.

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Phantom of the Opera- the opening for me begins after the auction scene at the beginning. The overture is so beautiful and I just couldn’t take my eyes of the chandelier for the entire overture. It happened three years ago and I was spellbound by the time the overture started.

What are your favorite openings in musicals?

Memorable Friendships in Musicals

I realized that I have blog posts mentioning memorable couples, families, and characters, but I have never mentioned memorable friendships I have come across. They have already been talked about, but never in the same place. Below is going to be a list of memorable friendships and I will explain why I love that friendship.

Possible Spoilers:

  1. Elphaba and Glinda- this friendship is the first friendship that comes to mind when I think of musicals. The musical after all talks about their friendship and they start out as rather reluctant roommates and they form a close bond. Even when they both fall in love with Fiyero, they don’t let a boy get in between them. Even when Glinda is in a relationship with Fiyero, Elphaba does not try to steal Fiyero away from her and Glinda does not try to steal Fiyero back when Fiyero enters into a relationship with Elphaba. The song, “For Good” shows just how deep their friendship is and how they have touched each others lives and changed each other for the better.

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2. Jack Kelly and Crutchie- these two characters are from Newsies. Their friendship and bond is shown during “Santa Fe (Prologue). Jack is quite protective of Cructhie especially because Crutchie has a bum leg. He does not want Cructhie to end up in the Refuge because Jack knows through experience how horrible that place is and knows just how vulnerable Crutchie will be there. They are so close and they do sleep on the same rooftop. When Cruthcie gets arrested later on in act I after a big fight breaks out , it causes Jack a lot of inner conflict because he knows Cruthcie will be sent to the Refuge and knows his friend will be quite vulnerable there

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3. Newsies- I love the brotherly love they have for each other. They are like this one big family. Jack is the leader of them all. You first realize how amazing their bond is during “Carrying the Banner”. When Pulitizer raised the prices of the papers, they go on strike to stand up for what they believe in and they support each other.

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4. Friends of the ABC- similar to the Newsies, is the Friends of the ABC. They are from Les Mis. Enjolras is the leader of this group and just like the Newsies, they have a brotherly love for each other. This group is a political group and are planning an uprising in response to the weak government France has at the time. They are so passionate towards their cause and even when they know they are going to lose, they still stand up for what they believe in. The first scene you meet them as a whole is during “Red and Black” and each song they sing is full of passion and hope. But “Drink With Me” isn’t full of hope, but instead is full of sadness because they know at that point, they are most likely going to lose and most likely going to lose their lives.

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5. Rent friends- Mark, Roger, Mimi, Angel, Collins, Maureen, and Joanne form a very close bond throughout Rent. They are like family and even in the midst of fear, they live in the moment and in love. They do struggle at times, but they always remain close friends.

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What are some memorable close friendships? What is your favorite musical friendship?

1st Year Anniversary of Newsies

Newsies has reached a milestone in my journey with it. I have been in love with it for a year. I first saw it last August with my family and fell in love with it. It is the newest musical soundtrack that I own. My favorite song from Newsies is “Seize the Day”. This musical is a Disney musical. It is about the Newsboy Strike of 1899 when a group of Newsies went on strike after Pulitzer raised the price of their paper from 50 cents per one hundred papers to sixty cents per one hundred papers.

The relationship found among the Newsies is incredible. They support each other and they are this one family with Jack Kelly being the leader of them all. My favorite of all the Newsies are Jack and Crutchie and I love the close bond these two Newsies have for each other. Jack is quite protective of Crutchie especially because Crutchie has a bum leg and they are best friends. Katherine Plumber ends up being the reporter for the strike and she and Jack fall in love. Jack and Katherine are one of my favorite musical couples and I have fallen in love with that couple because of the magical and gorgeous and heartfelt “something to believe in”.

The songs are so incredible because they are fun and so catchy and at times the songs have a more vulnerable and emotional feel. The dancing in this show is mind-blowing so I am not surprised it won the Tony for best choreography and dancing is always something I am looking for in a musical. One of my favorite lyrics is “courage cannot erase our fear. courage is when we face our fear”. The songs are dealing with positive and negative emotions and that type of score is something I look for in a musical.

Below are links to two posts I wrote about Newsies.

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/the-world-will-know/

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/seize-the-day/

Do you love Newsies? If so, why do you love it? If you have not seen Newsies, what is your favorite Disney musical?

Magic of Disney Couples

There is a wonderful magic in Disney musicals. For the past couple of musical posts, a lot of my ideas seem to come from romance. One of my favorite parts of romance come from Disney couples. Whether that is coming from Nala and Simba, Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, Belle and Beast, and Katherine and Jack, there is something wonderful about Disney couples.

The songs of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Something to Believe In” has a special kind of magic in them. It is a bit hard to describe the magic, but I think it has something to do with the youthfulness of the couples and the nature of the songs. The couples from Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast were couples that I grew up with and the couple from Newsies only came from last August.

But still, when you add romance to a Disney musical, a wonderful nature of magic exists. There is something just special about those songs. They are so heartfelt and filled with innocence and joy. The magic in Disney romance is exactly why I love those couples I believe and I also love them due to my emotional connection to the songs and the characters.

What do you think about the Disney couples? What is your favorite Disney couple?

Possible Top Ten Musical List (More Like Eleven Musicals)

This is a list of my top ten musicals, which actually consists of eleven musicals in a way since the top spot consists of not one, but two musicals. Another thing to note it they may not necessarily may not be in the right order.

First up is Wicked/Les Mis- why am I putting two musicals at the top? Both Wicked and Les Mis are not just musicals. Wicked is that musical that carries my vision of musicals nicely. It is home to spectacle and dance, comic moments, positive and negative emotions (home to all five main core emotions of excitement, love, joy, sad, and heartbreak) and has a strong emotional bond. My favorite characters are Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero,who create a very complicated love triangle and Glinda and Elphaba become best friends. I have a personal bond with Elphaba and she is my favorite musical character. Like me, she is smart, determined, talkative, big-hearted, unique, and believes in equality and staying true in herself. Wicked first entered my life in 2006 at age 12 when I first saw Wicked on Broadway and I am glad that the musical has changed me for the better. Wicked sparked my love for musicals.

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Les Mis on the other hand began its journey December of 2012 through the musical movie, but I did not see something special about Les Mis until I gave it a second chance the following year. In 2013, it was the same year I saw the stage show for the first time and developed an obsession for Les Mis. In 2013, I started to dream about seeing the show in London and two years later that dream became reality and in 2015, I also read the unabridged book.

What makes Les Mis so special that makes it tie with a musical? Les Mis carries my vision of musicals very closely, but the one thing that it is missing is dance or spectacle. Les Mis is so powerful and emotional and inspirational and despite heartbreaking comes with this incredible underlying spirituality. It has these wonderfully written characters and you learn to care about them. Because of how powerful and emotional Les Mis is, the lack of spectacle and dance is made up for.

Second belongs to Annie. The reason why Annie belongs in the second spot is because at one point, Annie was my favorite musical. Before I saw Wicked on Broadway, Annie was my favorite musical. I still feel like a kid whenever I watch the 1982 movie and when I saw the stage show three years ago, I felt like a kid as well. I always loved Annie due to her optimism and spirit. My favorite song from the show is “Tomorrow”.

Third for now belongs to Sound of Music. I have loved Sound of Music since elementary school. It is my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It has wonderful songs such as “Do Re Mi”, “My Favorite Things”, “Something Good”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edelweiss”. Both Annie and Sound of Music have been part of my life for about almost as long. They both have been loved since elementary school and they still have meaning behind them.

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Fourth belongs to Rent. It has already proven to be a meaningful musical. Its message is incredible. It is about a group of friends in their life in a year in the face of fear. Their message is to live your life in the moment and to measure your life in love. It has already proven to belong in my list of my top ten favorite musicals. I first fell in love with this musical five years ago in the Fall. This year in September, I will be seeing Rent with my parents and I am so excited.

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….The ones beneath may not be in the right order or may not always be in the top ten…

Fifth belongs to Newsies. I saw this musical just last August and this musical has already proven to be meaningful and does prove to be in the top ten somewhere. This musical is based of the real Newsboy strike of 1899. When Joseph Pulitizer raised the price of newspapers, the Newsies wouldn’t take it and went on strike and stood up for what they believed in. In the fictional story, the leader of this strike is Jack Kelly and he has a close bond to Crutchie and all the Newsies are like this one big family. Katherine Plubmer ends up writing the newspaper article for the strike and she and Jack Kelly fall in love

This musical is full of mind-blowing dance. The boys are basically doing flips, tap dancing, ballet, jumping high up in the air, dancing on newspapers and other fun tricks.

Sixth possibly could be Beauty and the Beast. I first saw Beauty and the Beast in elementary school, the animated movie and the stage show, but the only thing I remember was the song “Beauty and the Beast”. But seeing the 2017 live movie brought back my love for Beauty and the Beast again. My favorite characters are Beast and Belle. I love its songs such as “Something There”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Belle”, “Be Our Guest”, and the new movie’s “Evermore”. I love how Beauty and the Beast teaches you that beauty comes from within.

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Seventh or somewhere in my top ten would be Pippin. I first got interested in Pippin when my dad had me listen to “Corner of the Sky”. I automatically wanted to see the stage show. Then in 2015 in May, just one week before seeing the stage show, mom got me tickets and there was one day left with seats together. Seeing Pippin felt like I was at the circus. It was my first time seeing Pippin and I had an understudy for Pippin and the Leading Player and I remember being more intrigued by the Leading Player’s portrayal even though she was the antagonist.

At one moment in the show, Pippin’s grandma, which was during “No Time At All” asked us to sing along to the chorus and I loved how we got to interact  like that. In “Magic to Do”, I loved how it set up the show, which started with an illusion and I was in awe when the circus tent dropped.

Eighth spot I am just putting for now is Phantom of the Opera. At one point, this musical was tied with Les Mis and Wicked. It was only tied for about a year, which was from the time I saw it in Greenville up until July 30th, 2015. When I saw Les Mis at the Queens Theatre, it made Phantom of the Opera slide off that top spot. I realized just how much more I loved Les Mis’ plot and songs and characters. To be honest, I still really love Phantom of the Opera. True it belongs higher up on this list, but sometimes a musical belongs higher than another.

To describe this musical as a whole, I would describe it as a love triangle. In the musical, I view Christine as the protagonist and I view the Phantom as the antagonist and in my opinion, I don’t think Christine ever falls in love with the Phantom. I just love how hauntingly beautiful Phantom of the Opera is.

Hanging at ninth South Pacific is the second best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in my opinion. It focuses on the idea of interracial marriage and racism and deals with two relationships mainly dealing with the one between Emelie and Nellie. It has memorable songs such as “There is Nothing like a Dame”, “Younger Than Springtime”, “Honey Bun”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”, and “Some Enchanted Evening”.

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Tenth for now, which like some of the others may not in right spot is Music Man. I first discovered Music Man through Pandora maybe in 2012, but I did not see the stage show until 2015. I loved seeing the stage show at my school and I love Music Man due to how light-hearted and happy it is. I love songs such as “Ya Got Trouble”, “Goodnight My Someone” and “Seventy Six Trombones”.

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To be honest, this isn’t a fully accurate top ten musical list. I am true in Les Mis/Wicked being tied with #1 through. I also have a point with having Annie right beneath the two and then Sound of Music beneath them.

 

 

 

Musicals I Fell in Love With through the Stage Show

The past two days, I talked about musicals I fell in love with through the music and the movie. But today, I will talk about the musical I fell in love with through the stage version. Seeing a musical live is the best to experience a musical.

First up is Newsies. Yes, before I saw Newsies I had listened to four of the songs through Pandora, but that didn’t make me fall in love with the stage show. But it still was enough to convince me to see the stage show. After hearing it had Tony winning choreography, I was looking forward to seeing Newsies more. I saw this musical in August of last year.

I found my emotional connection very quickly. It first showed between the relationship between Jack and Crutchie and strengthened into the bond found between all the Newsies. The story was so inspiring. The fact that these underdogs: these newsboys stood up to Pulitzer and actually won makes up a wonderful story. The dancing blew me away and they were jumping high up in the air, flipping, tumbling, tap, ballet, dancing on newspapers, jumping over each other, and other fancy moves was fun to watch.

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

Pippin was a musical that I wanted to see after dad had me listen to “Corner of the Sky”. I automatically fell in love with the song and purposely did not look up the other songs. It came to Charlotte twice: the first time (that was like in 2014 or 2013), I never got to see it. But in 2015, my mom took me to see Pippin. Surprisingly, mom got tickets the week before and there was only day left with seats together and those seats happened to be five rows back from the stage.

Pippin is a circus natured,  Stephen-Swarthz, Tony Award winning musical. Pippin is the tale of a young prince looking for his “corner of the sky”, which is the place where he belongs. The Leading Player is the narrator of this tale, but is the antagonist of the story, but keeps on leading Pippin in the wrong direction, but the audience and Pippin doesn’t realize it until the end of the musical. At one point in the musical, were asked to sing along and that was fun. Literally after just one act, I asked my mom to buy me the cd and I hand’t even heard the second act songs yet and that just shows how wonderful Pippin is.

Another Stephen Swartz musical I feel in love with through the stage show is Wicked. I first experienced Wicked in New York with my mom as a 12 year old in 2006 and my love for it has grown ever since. Wicked has everything I want in a musical. It has the spectacle and dance, the comedy, the strong emotional connection,  and positive and negative emotions in the songs. I honestly cannot fully describe the impact that Wicked has had on my life.

Since New York, I am seen Wicked three other times and each time my vulnerability level increases. One of those times was in 2013 and I saw it with my dad and the tallest guy in the auditorium sat it front of me and my dad (despite it being his first time seeing it) gave me the better seat . The fourth time being January of 2016, I saw with Gardner Webb and because it was a school that changed me for the better, it affected how I viewed Wicked and I also came in knowing that “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking song thanks to help of “On My Own”. But funny story: my group came out at the end of Wicked and the bus we arrived on was broken down.

Wicked was key to the musical fan I am today. Wicked sparked my love for musicals. It was the musical where I began to understand the emotional side of musicals I began to understand the negative emotions through that musical. In my opinion, it is much easier to understand the positive emotions than the negative emotions. Each time I see Wicked, I still approach it as a 12 year old, but it has the emotional depth of a college student. My favorite song from Wicked is “Popular” because I remember it being my favorite song from Wicked as a 12 year old.

Elphaba is quite a special character and the same is true for Glinda and Fiyero. But I understand Elphaba more than those two characters. I relate so well to Elphaba and she is my favorite musical character. Like her, I am determined, smart, big-hearted, unique, talkative, and I believe in equality and staying true to myself. Glinda and Fiyero play an important role in her life. Glinda becomes her best friend and Fiyero becomes the boy she falls in love with. Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero always tend to be the characters that come to mind the most whenever Wicked comes to mind and they are my favorite characters in the musical. Boy, the love triangle in Wicked is so complicated and the most complex of all musicals.

What are musicals you feel in love with initially through the stage versions? What made you love that musical?