i started listening to musicals last year, and now i’m a bit obsessed with them. when did i last play a normal album instead of a soundtrack? who knows.
none of my friends are really into musicals, which means i have no one to gush about them with. but i do have some theatre-loving internet friends who have recommended shows to me, so this one’s for you: a musical theatre tag i found in the depths of the internet. :)
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1) when did you start liking the performing arts?
probably when i was in my first musical, something called living inside out. the homeschool co-op i was in did one every other year. i played one of the main characters, zoe (originally zach), the star of the basketball team who twists her ankle before the big game. it was a truly terrible musical, but it did get me into theatre.
2) ever been in a musical?
i’ve been in two: living inside out, and messages for refugees. no one’s ever heard of them, and i’m thankful for that, because they were really, really awful. i complained about them in this post, and i’m sure i’ll gripe more in the future.
3) what was the first musical you listened to?
that would be dear evan hansen (thanks for the recommendation, kath). it’s really emotional and has a powerful message, and it’s one of the only musicals i can listen to around my mom. :)
4) what musicals are you dying to see?
i would love love love to see spring awakening, because it’s one of my favorites and maybe the lyrics would make sense if i had some context. but for that to happen, it would need another revival, so who knows.
5) if you could be any female character in any musical, who would you be and why?
probably heather chandler from heathers. i want to do the candy store choreography, sing “dang dang diggity dang-a-dang, and *spoiler* die. *end spoiler*
or wendla from spring awakening, because that show is freaking fantastic and i would kill to be in it.
(also: zoe from dear evan hansen, veronica from heathers, and katherine from newsies.)
6) which male character?
michael mell from be more chill would be fun, as i also sometime cry in the bathroom during parties and love my bff.
or gabe from next to normal — i’m alive is a bop, and i can relate to his mother thinking that he’s a cocaine-snorting pole dancer.
(also: moritz/melchior from spring awakening, conner/evan from dear evan hansen, and davey/crutchie from newsies.)
7) what musical character are you most like?
possibly mortiz from spring awakening? i mean, he got a bad grade and decided that the best way to escape his problems was by running away to america. but i’m also a combination of michael (bmc), evan, and conner (deh).
8) what showtune describes your life?
bad idea from waitress, of course.
i can’t pick just one, so here are a couple:
all of waving through a window and words fail from dear evan hansen.
the mirror-blue night // spring awakening: and there’s no one who knows and there’s nowhere to go; there’s no one to see who can see to my soul.
michael in the bathroom // be more chill: i could stay right here or disappear, and nobody’d even notice at all. | memories get erased and i’ll get replaced with a newer, cooler version of me.
9) what do you think is the most underrated musical?
guess who’s going to talk about spring awakening some more.
i love that musical!! it’s packed with emotion and has a song for almost anything. want to cry? listen to the mirror-blue night and those you’ve known. full of angst? listen to mama who bore me (reprise) and don’t do sadness. want to be loved/in love? listen to my junk and touch me. want to spend the rest of your life wondering what the lyrics mean? listen to the song of purple summer.
also, the characters have stolen my heart. the girls are so sweet and innocent, while the boys are just . . . vessels of sin. and i love them anyway.
10) overrated musical?
don’t hate me for this, but . . . hamilton. i haven’t listened to the whole thing, and i don’t really plan to, because the fandom just seems so weird and cringey?? (i know there are tons of people who like hamilton who are lovely and don’t bring it up in every conversation — just the fandom as a whole is kind of annoying.)
11) what musical made you cry?
i’ve been listening to dear evan hansen practically every day for m o n t h s, and i still sob every time i hear words fail.
and sometimes i cry when i listen to newsies. the part near the end of once and for all where they sing “there’s change coming once and for all” at the top of their lungs gets to me. yes, please give us change, our world kind of sucks.
falsettos is pretty funny. lines like “father homo, what about chromozones?”, “get thee to a psychiatrist!” and “i’d rather die than dry-clean marvin’s wedding gown” catch me off guard and then make me laugh.
also: heathers is literally about killing people, but it’s so funny?? especially big fun, blue, and my dead gay son. i can’t sing those with a straight (ha) face.
13) are there any musicals you saw and hated?
my fair lady. i saw a high school version of it, but it wasn’t the quality of the performance that made me hate it — it was how disgusting mr. higgins is. he’s so gross and sexist and abusive?? his character just ruined the whole thing for me.
14) favorite film adaption of a musical?
les misérables! it’s such a powerful story, and it’s got aaron tveit, so . . . also, i cried during the finale when you saw everyone *spoiler* who died at the barricades singing. *end spoiler*
15) what musical do you want to see as a film?
(like half of the musicals i like are already movies, whoops.)
be more chill could be a great movie, i think. it would be interesting to see how the squip is incorporated — would he follow jeremey around, or would he just be a voice? and i want to sob to a version of michael in the bathroom that isn’t a blurry bootleg.
16) any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical?
i’ve suddenly forgotten every book that i’ve ever read.
i feel like a dead poets society musical could be really interesting? (they could just reuse the song seize the day from newsies . . . you know, since jack kelly and co. won’t be needing it anymore.)
as for books, maybe lucky few by kathryn ormsbee? it’s about some homeschoolers who help their friend complete a list of 23 different ways to fake his death.
17) list all your favorite musicals.
these are listed in the order that first i listened to them in, plus a short, lightly sarcastic description of each one.
– dear evan hansen (*insert the why you always lying vine*)
– be more chill (don’t do drugs, kids)
– heathers (yay, murder)
– spring awakening (teen angst)
– waitress (a baking metaphor)
– next to normal (the true Dysfunctional Family™️)
– newsies (the youth rebel against the government)
– les misérables (the youth rebel against the government 2.0)
– falsettos (just really gay)
18) out of those, which is your all-time favorite?
dear evan hansen is always going to be my favorite because it’s the one that got me into theatre, but spring awakening is a close second. the lyrics rarely make any sense ((*cough* the song of purple summer *cough*), but when they do, they hit close to home.
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important announcement: i cut my hair yesterday!! it was pretty long, maybe halfway down my back, and now it’s about two inches past my shoulders. it’s so bouncy and fluffy and i just love it so much?? anyway, once it was done, i spent probably an hour trying to take an artsy selfie . i did finally manage to get one that i think is sort of cute, but since i can’t put pictures of my whole face on here, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
it’s sort of like this, but better centered and with my face showing all the way. :)
also, i’m going on another trip today! two of my friends and i are staying in d.c. for the weekend, so look out for another travel diary soon.
have a good day! listen to some musicals for me!