Though I may have seen more musical productions than my average peer, Youtube and Pandora are the real tools I have used to cultivate my loves. They can take over your life, in a good way. For example, on July 17 between 1:59 AM and 2:14 AM, I couldn’t sleep, so I wrote down all the musicals I could think off of the top of my head.
Even though I wrote down 53 musicals, it was surprisingly easy to narrow down my top five. After it was two in the morning I second-guessed myself a lot, but hey, let’s just run with my early morning choices.
5. WickedUgh, I know. Like, I could do so much better. But there’s a lot of nostalgia involved, okay? Wicked depicts Oz before Dorothy dropped in, loosely based off Gregory Maguire’s novel. Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, share an unadulterated loathing for one another until they become best friends—and then mortal enemies. The dual meanings with Wizard of Oz are the best part, closely followed by Fiyero’s boots as he dances through life. I’ve seen it twice on stage—it’s rather populer. Lar.
4. Legally BlondeThis musical makes me feel so much better. Based on Heather Hach’s book, Elle Woods follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard to become “serious” and win back his heart. Don’t be fooled by the copious amounts of pink; there’s serious girl power here! With the help of her friends, Elle transforms from heartbroken and boy-crazed to carrying a chip on her shoulder that makes her a good lawyer. And, if nothing else, watch it for Paulette and the UPS guy.
3. The King and II haven’t seen this one live, but there are movies and cast recordings. Anna Leonowens (who you might know from the book Anna and the King) arrives to teach the King of Siam’s children, but as she’s getting to know the children, she finds it difficult to get along with the king himself. There’s implied romance and the whistling of happy tunes and young lovers and dancing, ETCETERA, ETCETERA, ETCETERA!
2. Les MisérablesDon’t trust the movies—the musical is BETTER. Springing from a Victor Hugo novel, the musical examines justice, mercy, and sin through three staple characters: Jean Valjean, Javert, and Thénardier. I love the religious themes. And the music. Also, the blood of angry men is spilled in the dark of ages past, so all the dreams they dreamed left the sole survivor among empty chairs at empty tables. *sniffle* Also, Philip Quast’s rendition of “Javert’s Suicide” is my favorite Les Mis thing ever.
1. Fiddler on the RoofIt took me a long time to understand why this is one of my dad’s favorite movies. Based off a series of short stories, Tevye and His Daughters, Fiddler depicts a steadfast faith despite the political environment of Imperial Russia. Three of Tevye’s daughters are ready for the matchmaker to make them a match, as is tradition, but when the girls hope to marry men of their own selection, Tevye must decide what is mere custom that he will sacrifice for his daughters’ happiness, and what is the very foundation of his beliefs. I would LOVE to see this one live, but mostly I just watch the lovely movie instead of studying for finals.
I’m still wavering on Wicked and Legally Blonde, but fortunately, I don’t have to limit myself to this list. These are all the musicals I thought of that morning:
Seen 1+ Stage Production | Seen 1+ Film Production | Seen 1+ Filmed Stage Production
Evita, Wicked, Pirates of Penzance, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, The King and I, Annie, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Legally Blonde, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Deamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Matilda, A Little Princess, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Lion King, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Heathers, Jersey Boys, A Very Potter Musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Fantastiks, Rent, Spring Awakening, Dracula, How to Succeed at Business Without Really Trying, Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver!, Cinderella, Gypsy, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Camelot, Spamelot, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, Gigi, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago
It is amazing what I can think of when I’m supposed to be sleeping.
(By the way, I’d feel bad if I didn’t include these other musicals I didn’t think of at the time, but also listen to: Garden of Eden, Newsies, Leap of Faith, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, A New Brain, Side Show, The Mikado, Jekyll and Hyde. OH, and I know that High School Musical (all three of them) and Rocky Horror Picture Show exist, but I have had enough of them.)
Do you have any favorite musicals? Share them with me!
Who are your favorite fictional friends? (From musicals, maybe?) If you want to help me write the last fangirl post for Saturday, be sure to tune in!