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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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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Couples of Rent

As some of you know, I saw Rent over the weekend. I thought for today I talk about each of the couples that are present in Rent. There is Mimi and Roger, Maureen and Joanne, and Collins and Angel.

Major Spoiler Alert:

First up is Mimi and Roger, the main couple. There are some problems in this relationship, but they are still my favorite couple from Rent. Roger and Mimi are the only heterosexual couple in the show. They are both HIV positive and Roger is reluctant on entering a relationship with her even after falling in love with Mimi. I don’t blame him because at the beginning of the show, he is dealing with depression after his former girlfriend, Angel, killed herself after finding out she has HIV, which is how Roger found out that he has HIV. In addition, he is a recovering drug addict. He doesn’t want to even leave the house and hopes to write on last song before he dies.

Mimi enters during “Light My Candle” and the two find this connection. In this song, we discover that Mimi is a drug addict. Roger is still unwilling to enter into a relationship with her and that is discovered in “Another Day” when he pushes her away. Mimi was how Roger got of his depression and after “Will I” he leaves the house for the first time. He finally asks her out on a date to the life cafe after Maureen’s protest. Even during “La Vie Boheme”, he still ignores her all night long, but he is trying, but still finds it difficult. But after the number, he discovers that Mimi is HIV positive as well. Throughout “I Should Tell You”, you can feel their love for each other and they finally enter into a relationship.

But the problems still continue in act II. It must be hard because they are both HIV positive. When Roger leaves for Santa Fe, he realizes that Mimi was the song all along. He actually writes a song talking about his love for Mimi. But he sings it at an inconvenient time. He sings to her as it seems as if she is going to die, but she lives. Yes they fight throughout Rent, but they do love each other. Despite the relationship struggles, I still find them to be my favorite couple in Rent. Just don’t know why, but I just love them.

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Then there is Angel and Collins, a gay couple and another one where both characters have HIV. This is the couple where no problems exist. They connect after Angel finds Collins in the street after he has been attacked by people. They instantly find a connection and because they know they both have HIV, they live life to the fullest and don’t fight once. So they make the most of their relationship.

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I find the most problematic relationship to be the one between Maureen and Joanne. Mark used to date Maureen, but Maureen eventually started dating Joanne. They are the two of the characters who do not have HIV. Maureen is bisexual and she is very crazy, but still sweet. She always seems to flirt on other boys, which annoys Joanne. They seem to fight a lot more often than Roger and Mimi.

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Who is your favorite couple from Rent? If you don’t love or like Rent, who is your favorite musical couple?

Measured in Love

I have been waiting 2,628,000 minutes to see Rent. It was so worth the wait and exceeded my expectations. So today I will be reviewing Rent and waiting five years was worth it and I needed it yesterday.

So what is Rent about? Rent is about a group of friends and their life in a year in the midst of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. You have filmmaker and narrator Mark, HIV positive and musician Roger, HIV positive and dancer Mimi, HIV positive Collins, HIV positive and compassionate Angel, crazy and performance artist Maureen, lawyer Joanne and landlord Benny. There are three couples in this musical, who are Roger and Mimi, Collins and Angel and Maureen and Joanne. They discover throughout the musical that you should measure your lives in love and live in the moment. There is so much fear, uncertainty, but also a lot of love because the relationship between this friends is like a family.

In this cast, I had Kaleb Wells as Roger, Sammy Ferber as Mark, Aaron Harrington as Collins, Marcus John as Benny, Jasmine Easler as Joanne, Aarong Alcaraz as Angel, Skyler Volpe as Mimi and Lyndie Moe as Maureen. I did not have a single understudy last night.

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I found the entire cast to be amazing including the ensemble. Kaleb Wells played a wonderful Roger. Throughout “One Song Glory”, I could feel the heartbreaking nature of the song and this was the first time I got emotional during the song. I could see his unwillingness to enter into a relationship with Mimi despite the fact that he loves her. “Your Eyes” is a song that I always get emotional during, but still he portrayed that song incredibly.

Sammy Ferber really brought out the narrator side of Mark. I started to believe in him when he began the show. It makes sense that Mark is the narrator because he is a filmmaker. He is Roger’s best friend

Skyler Volpe played a good Mimi. She made a good match to Kaleb Well’s Roger. Throughout “Light My Candle”, I could tell they felt an attachment to each other. “I Should Tell” made me emotional and usually during love duets, I usually don’t get that emotional, but that song did. Throughout Roger and Mimi’s relationship, you can easily see their fighting and the anger throughout those as well. Roger and Mimi are my favorite couple even though they fight a lot, but you see Mimi so badly wanting to enter a relationship with Roger and who wants to live in the moment.  “Without You” is another one of those emotional moments and I did feel the emotion as well.

Aarong Alacaraz played a very sweet and energetic Angel. “Today For You” was the most energetic moment of his performance. He was a nice match to Aaron Harrington’s Collins. They are the only couple where there is no fighting. Because they both know they each have HIV, they live in the moment. Collins looks after Angel when Angel is dying of AIDS so they have a lovely relationship with each and their portrayals of the characters really shows.

Lyndie Moe was incredible as Maureen. I always knew Maureen was quite crazy. Lyndie Moe was able to bring out her crazy side but also brought out her sweet side because Maureen is both but mainly crazy. Her “Over the Moon” performance was quite hilarious and crazy, which is perfect for Maureen. I feel like Maureen and Joanne fight the most when it comes to their relationship especially because Maureen is always flirting with other guys.

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Jasmine Easler really made you feel how annoyed she can get when it comes to Maureen. Throughout “Tango Maureen”, Joanne and Mark talk about how Maureen can drive them nuts.

This entire group of friends is wonderful. During “Goodbye Love”, you could really feel it. They spent a lot of the song being angry with each other. This all happened soon after Angel died. But they eventually come to the conclusion that the best life to live is one filled with love.

Marcus John played Benny, one of my least favorite characters. I wish I could say some things about him, but I can’t seem to. Benny is their landlord and marries for money even though he eventually warms up and begins to rejoin the group of friends.

As for the small ensemble, they were wonderful. Each of the life support meetings got me emotional especially during “Will I”, which is quite a powerful song got me emotional and the song is only three lines repeated over and over with some overlap. Even the opening song, “Rent”, got me somewhat emotional. The two soloists in “Seasons of Love” were incredible. Rent is such a meaningful musical to me and glad I finally got to see it live. The finale of the show is one of the best ways to end a musical.

As for my seats, I had such a wonderful set. You could see the entire set and that was perfect and we were near the center of the Mezzanine. I loved the set. I have seen the final Broadway cast film, but never noticed there was an actual moon in the set. You can easily tell it starts on Christmas Eve because eventually this thing of junk lights up with Christmas light and later you can see it beginning to snow.  It looks like the East Village. You can actually see Mark’s video that he made during the second act.

I knew coming in I would be an emotional wreck, but wasn’t expecting to be as emotional as I got. Rent is a sad musical, but at the same time inspiring because it teaches you about the preciousness of life and why it is important to live in love and in the moment. At the time period that Rent takes place, there is a lot of fear and uncertainty because if you end up with HIV, it was basically a death sentence and they all measure their lives in love. No Day But Today.

Is Waiting Worth It?

It can be hard to be patient at times especially if you wanted to do or go to something so much, but you still had to wait. Waiting is so worth it in so many ways even though it is hard. I am saying this because I am looking forward to tonight. I have waited five years to see Rent, a musical that has become so meaningful over the years. And now tonight I finally get to see it and I believe it was so worth the wait because almost exactly five years since I fell in love with it, I am seeing it live for the first time. So I am seeing it live for the first time at a big milestone in my Rent journey.

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Then I waited two years to see Les Mis in London. I waited since 2013 to see it in London. I first saw the stage show in 2013, but it was only a community college production. I still wanted to see it professionally but I just needed to see it in London, which was where it originally opened and where the production with the revolve was. So waiting two years was so worth the wait. I saw it in London when it was in the middle of its 30th years and that was in 2015. It was worth the wait because of the cast I saw and so much more.

So what I am saying, waiting is worth the wait even though difficult. So glad I waited five years to finally get the opportunity to see Rent live. So waiting is so worth it especially if it exceeded your expectations and if you had a good time. There is something to look forward so you feel excited when that opportunity finally happens.

How I Feel About “Sung Through” Musicals

One type of musical that exists are the “sung- through” musicals. Those are the ones that are pretty much all sung with just a few lines of spoken words. What exactly are my opinions on those musicals? Well, I have nothing wrong with the “sung-through” concept especially because three of them are favorite musicals of mine. The first is Rent, the second is Phantom of the Opera, and my all-time favorite “sung-through” is Les Mis.

Rent is a musical I have loved since Fall of 2012. The closest I ever got to seeing it live is the final Broadway cast film. Now, on Saturday, I am going to see it live for the first time. It is “sung-through” and such a meaningful musical. It reminds you of how precious life is and teaches you how to live life, which is in love. There is nothing wrong with it being “sung-through” because it is one of the best ways to tell this story. It takes place during the HIV/AIDS epidemic when it was really not a good time and there is a lot of fear and uncertainty. It is about these group of seven friends and their life in a year. Its score is so wonderful.

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Another favorite “sung-through” musical of mine is Phantom of the Opera. It is a show filled with so much mystery. It is basically a love triangle between Christine, Raoul and the Phantom. It is very haunting, but at the same time very beautiful. Christine and Raoul are a very sweet couple and they belong together. The Phantom, who loves Christine, has had a very bad life as people have judged him for his deformed face and have showed him love or even compassion. He acts as Chrsitne’s “Angel of Music” and wants her all to himself. Even though he doesn’t respond well to the unrequited love, he is why this love triangle is so exciting and filled with so much mystery. It makes sense why it is “sung-through” because it takes place during the Paris Opera House. It score is so full of mystery and darkness through the haunting songs, but its songs are also very beautiful.

My all-time favorite sung-through musical is Les Mis. Due to Victor Hugo’s book being so covered with several emotions, it makes sense why Les Mis is “sung-through”. It is heartbreaking, but filled with love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity and redemption. It is a wonderful story about ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey on becoming a better person after given a second chance at life when the bishop sets him on the right path. But he is always on the run from Javert even when he is raising Cosette after he makes a promise to her mother, Fantine.

It has this wonderful love triangle where you can feel the hope and light and the heartbreak and pain found in it. Eponine is deeply in love with Marius, but Marius loves Cosette. Despite that, Eponine would do anything for Marius even if he wouldn’t do the same for her.

Then there is the uprising that Enjolras is leading and they are so passionate and hopeful towards the cause. There is something so human about this story. Its score brilliantly captures the heart and soul of all of these characters. Describing the plot is so complicated and I cannot even fully say why I love it so much.

What are your opinion on “sung-through” musicals.

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?