Musicals Aren’t Mainstream

Hello loyal followers! I don’t really know what to write about because not all went according to plan. (I will explain what I mean next week.) So this week is going to be a bit weird. I’m going to write about some of my favorite musicals and why I think they are amazing. Just as an aside, I really love musicals! I mean, it’s a story but set to music! What’s not to like So let’s get started.

Before I start, I just want to make some of my opinions clear. In all of these musicals and in other literary pieces, I tend to like the villains more than the heroes. The villain always is much more interesting. They have a back story and different goals. The hero just tries to stop them, which, in my opinion, is boring and a little bit redundant. Villains are all different in personality and looks. The hero is just the handsome/pretty person who thinks that anything bad is evil with really not much personality at all. To me, heroes are all the same. Only the villains differ from each other

I’m going to start with Chicago. This is one of my favorite musicals, I think, because I love murder mysteries/stories in general. So if you add music to it, I’m probably bound to like it. There’s also a humorous element to it. I love the song “Class.” In this song, Mama and Velma talk/sing about how no one has manners anymore. The irony is during the whole song, they are both either smoking, drinking, cursing, or some combination. There are so many catchy songs like “If You’re Good To Mama” and “The Cell Block Tango.” They just get stuck in your head all day. This story also has a very interesting plot – not like your usual musical or story in general.

Another of my favorites is Les Mis. I love it so much! There are so many diverse plots going on with Eponine, Marius, Cozette, the inn keepers, Fontine, and others. There is also wonderful music. “I Dreamed a Dream” is one of my favorite songs from this musical. It is beautiful, yet powerful at the same time. The song “Master of the House” adds a little bit of a comical effect to it. I actually listen to the song “One Day More” on the last day of school each year in the morning. There are Phantom of the Opera people and Les Mis people. Don’t get me wrong –  I love both of these musicals, but I like Les Mis more. It has more plot to it. Phantom is just basically a big love triangle over a girl, and all she can do is sing and look pretty. There are also many lessons in Les Mis. For example, one character who has been chasing a man for most of his life because he stole a loaf bread learns that people really can change. The end isn’t really good for this character, but that doesn’t really impact the lesson.

The last musical I’m going to talk about is D*** Yankees. I actually saw this musical for the first time at Westlake High school a year or so back. I liked Lola’s character as the woman who convinces men who make deals with Mr. Applegate to focus on her and not their goal. I love her song “Whatever Lola Wants.” I like this song because I think it would be fun to sing and dance myself. I also like Mr. Applegate. His character is more of a comical representation of the devil. He goes around making deals with people in order to collect more souls. He then makes Lola distract the men from their task, and they eventually go to Mr. Applegate after their death.

I love musicals in general, but these are some of my favorites. You will notice that a musical such as the ones I have picked to write about aren’t your average story. They aren’t all about how boy meets girl and they fall in love, get married, and everything ends in happiness, rainbows, and unicorns. These have a certain darkness to them. Chicago, for example, is about these murderers that are in jail waiting for their trial. A musical doesn’t always have to be about love. Sometimes, it’s interesting to change things up.

Questions of the post: Do you like heroes or villains better? What is your favorite musical?

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5 comments on “Musicals Aren’t Mainstream
  1. cpeterson says:

    I LOVE musicals. I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to choose I guess I would say Chicago. I totally agree that the songs are SO catchy! I also really like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which I don’t think a lot of people have seen. We used to watch it in Latin class when I was your age!

    You make a good argument for the villain, and I agree! Villains are far more interesting than heroes most of the time. I guess I like them both, haha, it depends on the story!

    Amazing post! 🙂

  2. Mrs. Bridges says:

    I enjoy musicals just like you, however, I tend to like the hero in the story. Great post!

  3. Jen Lang says:

    My favorite for a long time was Phantom, but then Lion King came out and I loved it. I loved how they were able to make the animals come to life. I also found it fascinating how they were able to take the movie and bring it to stage. Just like there is a lot of complaints when a book is made into a movie, I was worried they would lose what the movie so special by bringing it to the stage, but they didn’t. I have also been partial to the hero.

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