Consider Yourself

We all are aware of the classic authors. This next musical is based of one of Charles Dickens’ book. Welcome to the world of Oliver- I actually first saw it in 2007 (but don’t remember) and in the past year or so saw the film and really enjoyed it. It was like falling in love with it all over again. What makes Oliver so incredible?

Songs

Those songs are classics. From “Consider Yourself” to “I’d Do Anything” to “As Long As He Needs Me” makes it such a classic musical. There are those exciting number, but when you reach “As Long as Needs Me”- heartbreak enters, and it CAN hit you like a pile of bricks (I was crying when I heard this when I saw the film). You want that variation in songs in musicals- in real life, people experience both positive and negative emotions, which is why it is important musicals highlight both.

The Story

This story is coming from Oliver Twist, a classic and famous Charles Dickens book. Do I really need to say much more? There is just something about those stories that pull you in- the moment Oliver says those famous lines “Please, Sir I Want Some More”, you automatically are drawn into the story- crazy how just a couple lines can do that. I really do not need to say much- it is a famous Charles Dickens’ story.

The Characters

Oliver- I love that kid. He has such a good heart. You can tell. The fact that no matter what gets in his way, he still stays true to himself. All he wants is to be loved and doesn’t know what that is- the song, “Where is Love” highlights that. He may be innocent, but no one no matter how much they try to corrupt him make him lose his innocence, heart, or goodness.

Nancy- To be honest, when I first read the book, I didn’t know what to think of her. It can be easy to dislike her in some ways, but after seeing her in the film, I developed a HUGE new opinion. I actually saw her fondness her Oliver even though she will still stay with Bill Sikes. I loved her actions at the end- that truly showed how much she wanted Oliver to have a better life. It gave him a family.

Fagin- While I honestly dislike Fagin, I like him more than Bill Sikes. He has a comic side and honestly treats everyone better.

Bill Sikes- Here’s why I said, I like Fagin more. This guy is abusive and cruel- you clearly see that through how he treats Nancy. So at least Fagin treats the kids a bit better. So, I easily get terrified of him especially with that dog.

Favorite Protagonists of Musicals

One of the most crucial elements of a musical is the protagonist (the main character). It is their story that we want to follow along with the various subplots. Who are some of my favorite protagonists?

  1. Elphaba/Glinda
  2. Aladdin
  3. Belle
  4. Simba
  5. Elsa/Anna
  6. Jack Kelly
  7. Christine
  8. Jean Valjean
  9. Annie
  10. Oliver
  11. Harold Hill
  12. Maria- the Sound of Music one

Why do two have two protagonists listed. Frozen and Wicked just happen to have two main characters in them, and I wouldn’t choose one over the other to be the primary protagonist.

Heartbreak in Love for Musicals

Romance is a common theme for musicals. It is a beautiful emotion filled with fragility, vulnerability, and innocence. The innocence comes from the young characters. What happens when a character deals with unrequited love, breakup, and betrayal. The nature of heartbreak enters- that deals with even more emotions: sadness and anger and heartbreak. Of course you are hurt, but the way these characters deal with it vary. What are examples of some of these songs? This time- coming from movies and stage shows.

Major Spoilers

  1. I’m Not That Girl
  2. I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)
  3. On My Own
  4. If I Can’t Love Her
  5. If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise)
  6. Evermore- this is Beast’s version of If I Can’t Love Her from the 2017 Beauty Live Action movie
  7. This Nearly Was Mine
  8. All I Ask of You (Reprise)
  9. As Long as He Needs Me
  10. Somewhere
  11. True Love-I listened to this song before a couple of times, but can’t believe they are cutting it from Frozen. It is a pivotal and important moment for Anna- after Hans confesses he doesn’t love her (so after he betrays Anna). Just by listening to the song alone, I knew the song was heartbreaking and where it happened. Cutting it almost makes it seem as if she wasn’t one of our two protagonists. Hopefully it stays in the Original Broadway Soundtrack.

This is the list of heartbreaking love songs. A lot of young characters. Some are ironic (the ones where things improve) and some are non-ironic (the ones where nothing improves). Heartbreak is just as beautiful as the typical love songs. They just have more emotions and are more likely to drive you to tears.

1800s Shows- Part Two

Yesterday’s post did make mention of musicals and operas that I do love that take place during the 1800s. As the day went by, I realized I left one off-one that I shouldn’t have overlooked.

Oliver

How in the world could I have overlooked that Oliver was set in the 1800s? I knew the book, Oliver Twist, was set in the 1800s due to being written by Charles Dickens. The musical, Oliver, is based off of the book, Oliver Twist. Literally, this was one that I never should have forgotten was an 1800s musical. I like Oliver as a musical—I did see it once on stage (which I forgot) and did see the movie musical.

From the fun numbers like “Consider Yourself” to the eventual heartbreaking “As Long As He Needs Me”- it has a mixture of emotions. It has a strong story, a fun cast of characters, and fun dance numbers. It is actually one of those classic musicals that needs to be seen. It is classic in two ways: 1) for being a classic musical and 2) the book itself is a classic. So you would be exposed to be a classic novel by the musical.

Most of the 1800s shows I can think of are French- but only two are not. To summarize yesterday (including today): Les Mis, La Bohème, Oliver, Phantom of the Opera, and Newsies.

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.

Examples of Tear-Reducing Songs

Ever since middle school, I have known about the emotional side of musicals. However, there was something I was blind to. I did know that musical songs could be sad, and that the emotion was common. There was something I would learn the hard way. I would learn I was 100% blind to heartbreak and 100% to just how intense emotions can get in musicals- I would learn this in just one musical: this was discovered in Les Mis. What are some examples of songs I have actually cried during- this is based off seeing it live or any way I have listened to the songs.

  1. I Dreamed a Dreamed
  2. Come to Me
  3. On My Own
  4. A Little Fall of Rain
  5. Drink With Me
  6. Bring Him Home
  7. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  8. Rent
  9. One Song Glory
  10. I’ll Cover You (Reprise)
  11. Life Support
  12. Will I
  13. Your Eyes
  14. Sun and Moon
  15. Last Night of the World
  16. I’d Give My Life For
  17. As Long As He Needs Me
  18. For Good
  19. I’m Not That Girl
  20. Edelweiss
  21. Beauty and the Beast

As you can see, I am hit the hardest in Les Mis- in any version of that show: I Dreamed a Dream is usually the first moment I become an emotional wreck. Some of these songs actually surprised me. I am starting to have a more emotional response to more and more musicals these days- even the happy musicals are affecting me- as in even they can reduce me to tears at just one moment. For some of these songs, I am only reduced to tears seeing them live, and for others, it doesn’t matter if it is live or not- all it would take is just a listen and I would be crying.