Musicals you Know you will Love ahead of Time

All musical theater fanatics will come across musicals in a certain. Here are some ways: film, stage, and songs. However, how do you know you love a musical before seeing it? I will try to explain below- only applies to stage shows. So musicals I fell in love by the movie or by a filmed stage production doesn’t count.

Newsies

This was the latest Disney musical I fell in love with. Yes, I only enjoyed the songs before seeing the stage show. Do you know what really made me know I will love Newsies? It was coming from the fact that Newsies won a Tony for best choreography. I was right about loving Newsies- the dance made me love the songs even more. Along with the relationship found between Jack/Crutchie and the entire Newsies relationship.

Pippin

Just to let you know, this musical almost didn’t enter my life. I first got interested in Pippin due to loving “Corner of the Sky”. When mom got tickets for Pippin, there was only one day left with seats together. Pippin was the final inexperience musical of 2015: when I mean inexperienced, it is referring to shows where you didn’t much about the musical ahead of time. It was seeing a preview where I knew I would love the musical even more. Another factor that played in this is based on the fact that it is a Stephen Schwartz musical- after all, Wicked sparked my love for musicals.

Godspell

When Godspell was playing at Central Piedmont Community College, my dad or family told me I would love it. That was based on my love for Stephen Schwartz. When it comes to CPCC, their shows feel professional. Godspell actually was the first musical I fell in love with during the college years.

Music Man

This musical started the 2015 musicals. It was the most light-hearted out of all them. I already heard some of the songs- from that alone, I knew I would love Music Man. I already knew some facts about the characters- in particular Harold Hill.

Anastasia

Yes, I am using a musical that I haven’t seen live. Anastasia was coming to Charlotte in April of this year, but got postponed. I already have a feeling I would love it due to already falling in love with five songs. I have no idea how I was able to figure out who was singing some of the songs: I know some facts about Anya and a little about Dimitri. So far, Anastasia hasn’t been rescheduled.

Conclusion

It is interesting how we know ahead of time that we love a musical. It can be based on composer, choreography, or already enjoying some songs from the show.

What about you, how do you know you will love a musical ahead of time?

Importance of Ovens Auditorium

Blumenthal Performing Arts is home to about seven theaters. Their main theater is Belk Theater. At Belk, you can see operas, musicals, symphonies, and ballet. I saw Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Lion King, Newsies, Pippin, Rent, Come From Away, Mamma Mia, Porgy and Bess, and La Cage at Belk. As for operas and ballet, saw La Bohème and Nutcracker there.

Despite Belk being the main theater, it isn’t even the largest. That really surprised me when I learned that Ovens is actually bigger- Belk may have more levels, but Ovens is wider and deeper. If Ovens didn’t exist, there is a good chance many musicals never would have made it to Charlotte. Ovens is able to host musicals when something is happening at Belk. So Ovens allows for a lot more availability.

While I did not see many musicals at Ovens—–I am glad that Ovens does exist or else none of them might have made it to Blumenthal. I saw Addams Family, A Christmas Story-The Musical, Les Mis, and Wicked at Ovens. Whenever I think of Ovens, I think of Wicked: I was able to catch that musical three times on tour. The latest time I saw Wicked, I was watching it with my school. When I saw Les Mis at Ovens, it was a date with my mom: that was our 2nd date to Les Mis: the 1st was in London.

I did not like ALL the Blumenthal shows I saw, but defiantly liked most. Addams Family, Porgy and Bess, and La Cage were musicals I did not even like.

Favorite Actors/Actresses in Roles

Well, now I will write a list of my favorite actors in various roles. I know some people have seen these actors before. You don’t have to agree with everything-these are only opinions. Yes, there were be some casts where I might leave a character off- that happens to be the case if I don’t remember the others or have a hard time deciding. In addition, will be missing some shows I love.

  1. Elphaba- Mary Kate Morrissey
  2. Glinda- Amanda Jane Copper
  3. Fiyero- Ashley Parker Angel
  4. Jack Kelly- Joey Barreiro
  5. Javert- Jeremy Secomb
  6. Cosette- Jillian Butler
  7. Eponine- Samantha Barks
  8. Marius- Joshua Grosso
  9. Thenardiers- Phil Daniels and Katy Secombe
  10. Kim- Emily Bautista
  11. Chris- Anthony Festa
  12. Ellen-Stacie Bono
  13. John- J. Daughtry
  14. The Engineer- Eymard Cabling
  15. Sophie- Amanda Seyfried
  16. Maria- Julie Andrews
  17. Aladdin- Mena Massoud
  18. Jasmine- Naomi Scott
  19. Babkak, Omar, and Kassim- Zach Bencal, Ben Chavez Colt Prattez
  20. Beast- Dan Stevens
  21. Belle- Emma Watson
  22. Simba- Jared Nixon
  23. Nala- Nia Halloway
  24. Joseph- Donny Osmond
  25. Leading Player- Lisa Karlin
  26. Pippin- Sam Lips

This list is all I have for now.

Some of these actors have no choice, but to be my favorite. That ends up being the case if I only have one cast or if they are the only ones I remember. A few of these are understudies: Mary Kate Morrissey, Lisa Karlin, and Eymard Cabling. A few of them were the first in a role- so that sometimes gives them a huge advantage.

What about you, what are some of your favorite actors in a role?

Three Sections I Can Divide Musicals In

Well, I can easily separate meaningful musicals into three categories. Those are my childhood musicals, Fletcher musicals, and college musicals. These are all self-explanatory meaning you can easily describe all three. Let me put this into more perspective.

My childhood musicals were ALL musicals that entered my life before I started middle school. Beauty and the Beast, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wizard of OZ, Aladdin, Lion King, Grease, Sound of Music, and Annie fit under this category.

What about the Fletcher musicals? Well, I call these Fletcher musicals because they entered my life when I was still a student at Fletcher. I went to that school from 6th -12th grade. That school was a small K-12 school. Most of the musicals I saw in this time frame were movie musicals. These musicals were Wicked, Mamma Mia, Enchanted, and The High School Musical series. So this set of musicals were the smallest.

College Musicals- I went to two colleges. Central Piedmont Community College and Gardner Webb University were the ones I went to. There were a lot of musicals I fell in love. They were Rent, Godspell, Les Mis, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Newsies, Phantom of the Opera, Frozen, Man of La Mancha, White Christmas, Music Man, Pippin, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Greatest Showman, and Fiddler on the Roof. This time frame was where my passion for musicals came from- thanks to Les Mis, which challenged everything. That is why there is a lot. What was amazing about CPCC is just how professional they feel: I literally called their production of “Les Mis” phenomenal. CPCC is where I started to get more into theatre: I ushered twice for Les Mis and once for Some Enchanted Evening.

Actors/Actresses Who have No Choice

What on earth do I mean by “actors/actresses who have no choice”. It basically means there are some actors and actresses that have no choice, as in being your favorite in a role. There is a reason behind this. Let me explain.

For starters, what if those actors are the only ones you saw in the role. That means they have no choice but to be your favorite. Actors like Emily Bautista, Anthony Festa, Eymard Cabling, Lisa Karlin, Sam Lips, etc all have my only ones in a particular role. For some time, you might only have one cast you saw. So those actors/actresses have no choice but to be your favorites.

Then the second behind this belongs if you only remember one cast. I may have four casts in Wicked, but there is only one main cast that I remember. That is part of why Mary Kate Morrissey, Amanda Jane Copper, and Ashley Parker Angel are doing as my favorite Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero.

There are some reasons why your favorite actor in a role is not always your first. That is when you just don’t remember them. So someone in the future ends up being your first. Who are some of my firsts I remember? You probably can tell if I started with the film or the stage show.

  1. Hugh Jackman- Valjean
  2. Russell Crowe- Javert
  3. Anne Hathaway- Fantine
  4. Amanda Seyfried- Cosette/Sophie
  5. Eddie Redmayne- Marius
  6. Samantha Barks- Eponine
  7. Aaron Tveit- Enjolras
  8. Helena Bonham Carter- Madame Thenardier
  9. Sacha Baron Cohen- Monsieur Thenardier
  10. Isabelle Allen- Young Cosette
  11. Daniel Huttlestone- Gavroche
  12. Joey Barreiro- Jack Kelly
  13. Andy Richardson- Crutchie
  14. The other Newsies- remember their dance more than the acting
  15. Emily Bautista- Kim
  16. Anthony Festa- Chris
  17. Eymard Cabling- The Engineer
  18. Lisa Karlin- Leading Player
  19. Sam Lips- Pippin
  20. Ryan Deal- actually got to see him twice: he was my first Jesus in Godspell and my 2nd Jean Valjean

However, not all of my first were my favorite. That wasn’t true for my first Javert, Jean Valjean, Cosette, Marius, and Madame and Monsieur Thenardier. Weird that I only know that not all Les Mis firsts were my favorite in a role. As for firsts, I 100% know that Samantha Barks, Joey Barreiro, Emily Bautista, Eymard Cabling, Anthony Festa, Amanda Seyfried (as Sophie), Lisa Karlin, Sam Lips, Isabelle Allen, and Daniel Huttllestone were all my favorites. Some were my only actors in those role and the fact that some of them have the advantage of being my first.

Musical fans, do you understand this concept: “actors have no choice to be my favorite actors in a role”?