Musicals I hope to See- why?

Just like bookworms have their TBR list, you also have a TBW for musicals. That is specifically referring to musicals you hope to see in person. This time, I thought of writing out that TBW list, and say why.


I have been fascinated by this musical since it swept the Tonys. Ever since I heard it was based off a Greek Myth, I knew I just had to see this musical. I have always loved Greek Mythology- so that would come of no surprise I wanted to see this tragic love story. I have listened to like two to three songs. It is coming to Charlotte October of 2021- hopefully that is enough time for Blumenthal to open their doors up for musicals.


I will start by saying that I did see the stage show of Oliver back in 2007, but have no recollection of seeing. After reading the book and seeing the movie musical, I really want to see the stage show. I want an actual memory of seeing the stage show.

Beauty and the Beast

It is just one of two Disney musicals I still need to see in person. It is such a magical and romantic musical. I once thought I did see the stage show, but turns out that isn’t true. I somehow came across the stage songs- I think through Pandora. It hasn’t toured for a long time or even had a revival on Broadway.


I would have seen this musical if COVID never hit. I already had tickets to see Frozen this month, but not happening. I have loved the animated film since 2013. Right when I heard about the stage show, I knew I had to see the musical. I somehow heard some of the new songs- which I did fall in love with. If you think about it, it shares a number of parallels to Wicked. Of all contemporary princesses, I relate to Anna the most.

Something Rotten

I did fall in love with a few songs from this musical. That is basically what made me want to see it. It came to Charlotte before, but missed it. So now have to wait till that tours again. It actually takes place during one of my favorite time periods of history- The Renaissance.


There was a year (I think 2015) where I had to choose between Once and Pippin. I had seen the actual film, and did quite like those songs. Once is one of those musicals where you literally have to be a quadruple threat- that is because the actors are actually playing instruments on stage. So you have to know how to play an instrument, act, sing, and dance. I feel like seeing this musical would give a different kinda of nature to musicals- their songs are sort of different then what you think. My favorite song, as of now, is “Falling Slowly”.


Well- I would have tried to get tickets this year if the pandemic didn’t get in the way. Due to already falling in love with five songs, I knew I had to see this musical. Just by listening to songs such as “Journey to the Past”, “In a Crowd of Thousands”, “My Petersburg”, “In My Dreams”, and “Once Upon a December”, I was able to learn a little bit about Anya and Dimitri.


Why do you think this was one of the ones I said last? Well, I already saw Wicked four times, and due to that wasn’t too disappointed of the postponement of the musical this year. Wicked always tours to Charlotte- at Ovens Auditorium, the biggest Blumenthal theater. I know there is still a lot more to be found in the musical- that is so true for the love triangle. I overlook a lot of things in Wicked- except for the love triangle and friendship.

Les Mis

Like Wicked, I have seen this musical a lot. The stage show totals six times- crazily enough, saw it every other year. 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019 were the years I saw it- 2013 was 3x times due to ushering twice for that production. Last year, my mom managed to keep a Les Mis secret- I found out I was seeing the musical in October, but my mom got the tickets in January. This was actually the 2nd date I saw Les Mis with my mom- she did take me to the West End show of Les Mis.

Les Mis is always one that list of TBW. It is such a powerful, epic, and emotional musical. The reaction the stage show gives me is incredible. I have always been an emotional wreck- well, not always. That response was built up over time. Massive Les Mis fans were probably understand why it keeps on being added back to that list.

What about you- what musicals keep on being on that list?

20 thoughts on “Musicals I hope to See- why?

  1. I agree, a TBW list is a must! And you captured the essence of Les Mis just right, as a “powerful, epic, and emotional musical”. 🥰 I do hope to see Les Mis live one day!!


    • Les Mis nearly entered my life- my 1st time with the film, I really did not know what to think. I accidentally called it TOO DEPRESSING.

      Despite that, started researching the musical anyway. Then, all it took was a 2nd chance- and the rest is history. I almost feel as if Les Mis was meant to enter my life.

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  2. Quite a few of these are on my list, too! Les Miz is always on the list–if it comes around on tour again, I know I’ll want to see it. I also would love to see Something Rotten! again; it was one of the most fun experiences I ever had at a show. My mom loved it, too. Still waiting on seeing Hadestown, and I don’t know when it’ll come around on tour for me. Maybe the season after next? I’m hoping! I also would really want to see Beauty and the Beast in a professional production. I’ve seen the musical a few times as school productions, which were great, but I’d just really love to experience a professional production sometime.


    • Beauty and the Beast keeps on feeling like it will never revive on Broadway or become a tour- it hasn’t done that for a long time.

      Les Mis, for sure, always on that list

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      • Yeah… for some reason, I thought I remember there being a tour rumored a few years back, but it doesn’t look like it’s amounted to anything, unfortunately. Still holding out hope!


      • Recently I heard of a West End revival- think that is a good sign of Broadway getting one

        Hopefully, when a revival happens, they will create a CD. Just want to own “A Change in Me”


      • Oh, that’s cool! Hopefully that’s what winds up happening. Don’t know if I’d be able to go to New York to see a Broadway revival, but that makes a tour more likely! I agree about a new cast recording. I love the original cast recording, but the lack of “A Change in Me” is really disappointing as it’s one of my favorite songs from the show.


  3. Anastasia!! I want to see that so badly. I fell in love with the movie when it came out all those years ago and I’ve listened to the soundtrack for the play over and over!! My favorite song is “In A Crowd of Thousands”, I could listen to that over and over ❤ You have so many good plays on this list!! I was fortunate enough to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and I agree, so worth it ❤ ❤ You MUST see it!!


    • Anastasia would have been my 2nd musical this year- still don’t know when Blumenthal will bring it back. Blumenthal Performing Arts is what I rely on the most to see Broadway Musicals- they are literally the center of Charlotte Theatre

      I keep on wondering why Beauty and the Beast hasn’t toured for a while- I need to wait for a revival on Broadway due to relying on US Tours

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  4. Oh you HAVE to see “Once” — it is magical. Just completely different staging and presentation than anything I’ve seen before – more — stripped down, raw, intimate. I hadn’t seen the film before going in – so the bittersweet love story just caught me completely by surprise – but does it ever pack a wallop! And “Falling Slowly”….. oh my goodness… so beautiful 😊


      • Oh… yeah… very sadly you’re probably right…. that so sucks! You’d have loved it I guarantee it 😊


      • Other musicals I saw in person did feel like that- as in not touring again. Rent being one of them.

        Now- really hoping for Beauty and the Beast. Surprised it hasn’t toured for a long time.

        So there still might be a chance for Once.

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      • Fingers crossed for you on both fronts – my wife and daughter saw Beauty and The Beast and loved it. We all went to the Lion King – and that was beyond wonderful – so I’d have to think Beauty would be amazing too.


    • Hadestown is what my eyes are focused on now. Coming next October to Charlotte- hoping it doesn’t get postponed.

      I don’t want a year with zero musicals


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