Musicals that Take Place in the US

One of the amazing things about musicals belongs to the several locations they take place in. Due to yesterday being Independence Day, I decided to mention the musicals I love that take place in the US. It actually is one of the most common locations.

The Musicals

  1. White Christmas
  2. Music Man
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Grease
  5. Annie- this is my childhood favorite musical
  6. Newsies
  7. Rent
  8. Greatest Showman

Conclusion

I know there are MORE- but what came to mind. These are musicals from Vermont, Iowa, Oklahoma, California, and New York.

June 2022 in Review

Can’t believe it is finally July. Why come once June hits, I feel like the rest of the year flies. I have been looking forward to June ever since the beginning of the year. I knew it would be an exciting month. So, what are the highlights of June?

Reading

Finished- 3 books

Daughters of Sparta– I have been reading a LOT of mythology lately. This is basically “The Iliad”, but from the women’s POV most specifically Helen and her sister. It makes you think differently about their husbands and even about the women. A different POV makes you almost look at all of those characters differently.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/08/daughters-of-sparta-review/

Sea of Trolls– The start of a trilogy. So glad the author made a list of characters and grew a map. It isn’t Greek Mythology, but instead Norse Mythology. I was really enjoying reading this book. Jack, our protagonist, is training to be a bard and the story starts when he was kidnapped by berserkers. Magic and there are some interesting characters in this book. I now want to own the rest of the trilogy.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/22/sea-of-trolls-review/

Favorite Greek Myths– who wants to learn the basic Greek Myths? It is all found in this book. True, it might have used the Roman God names, but at least in the back of the book you can find what the Greek name is. I already knew some of those myths- the one with flying towards the sun, the one with the reflection in the water, and King Midas. I wanted to read it—-aware that The Hadestown myth was in it- aka “Journey to the Underworld”, and even “The Kidnapping” connects (one is Orpheus and Euyrdice and the other is how Persphone became Queen of the Underworld)

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/26/favorite-greek-myths-review/

Symphony in the Park (POPS)

On the 19th, my family finallly went back to the POPS—-which is known as Symphony in the Park. That is usually done every Sunday in June, and every week there is theme, and we usually bring a picnic. The theme we listened to was Hollywood- from Harry Potter to Raider’s of the Lost Arc to Frozen to Beauty and the Beast to West Side Story, etc…..

Frozen

Thinking of music, June was finally my first time to see a musical. My mom and I went to see Frozen with Blumenthal. I choose a blue dress, which in some ways reminded me of Elsa’s “Let it Go” costume. The show was amazing- I was looking forward to the new songs especially as it was my fist time seeing them happening. I already had an idea of where they were going to happen.

An amazing cast, fantastic special effects, amazing songs, and incredible dancing and spectacle. Caroline Bowman and Lauren Nicole Chapman led our cast- as Elsa and Anna. Loved the two little girls who played Young Elsa and Young Anna. I really wanted to get the main Pabbie, and we did—-especially because he was a Charlotte native.

/https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/for-the-first-time-in-forever/

Secrets of Dumbledore

As it is known, I love Harry Potter. Due to that love, I started watching the Fantastic Beasts series. That is another movie series that I love- I thought I lost my chance of watching Secrets of Dumbledore, but I got my chance towards the beginning of June. As a matter of fact, I don’t mind being in Hufflepuff due to Newt- as that is his house.

I know Secrets of Dumbledore has gotten a lot of negative criticism, but doesn’t stop me from loving it. I always love it when I see the beasts involved in some way- usually are helping Newt- most of the time it is usually a niffler of a bowtruckle. As a Harry Potter fan, always loved picking up references others can’t. It seems that each Fantastic Beasts movie, we always get introduced to new beasts, which make things pretty exciting. True, the main setting does change, but I love seeing how different Wizarding Worlds work as we are so used to the British Wizarding World thanks to Harry Potter.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/07/fantastic-beasts-secrets-of-dumbledore-review/

The 25th Anniversary- Harry Potter Series

In life, there are several things that mean something to us. As bookworms, we have those standalone books or series that hold a lot of meaning. It is those stories that stay a part of us- they have stories and characters that we love. They usually are why we love certain genres, and why we continue to read them.

I learned earlier this week that one of my favorite book series turned 25- that is hard to believe. The Harry Potter series has truly been a huge part of several people’s lives. It has been largely successful. One of two series that made me a fantasy fan. Yes, when the 1st book came out, it was called “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, but to Americans we know that book as “Sorcerer’s Stone”.

I originally fell in love with the series by the films- but the only way to get me to see the first film was to come as Superhero (I literally tied a blanket around my neck and became Super Meg). That was how my journey with Harry Potter began. I actually don’t remember when I first read the books (I had to borrow them from my sister). Growing up, I wanted to be in Gryffindor because of The Golden Trio. Eventually I owned my own set of books- I decided to reread the series starting in 2021 and finished the read in 2022.

So what house am I in? It is Hufflepuff, and if I wasn’t, it would be Ravenclaw.

The series that is truly magical, with amazing beasts and creatures, incredible characters, and an amazing world (AKA Hogwarts). It is filled with one of the most amazing friendships- Harry, Ron, and Hermione are known as The Golden Trio, and go through several trials especially when something goes wrong at Hogwarts.

Musicals I Love That Started in Film

In the world of musical theatre, there are multiple ways they can start. Either it is by their stage production or it is through their movie. Look at the animated movies or musicals that just for some reason began as a film.

Musical Films (can include those that haven’t made it to stage yet)

  1. Greatest Showman
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Lion King
  4. Aladdin
  5. Frozen
  6. Cinderella- the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that started by film
  7. High School Musical

Conclusion

It appears like MOST musicals prefer to start on stage before turning into a movie musical.

In Summer- My Love for Olaf

In the musical, Frozen, there are four characters I love. Obviously, I love the two sisters, Elsa and Anna. Another character I love belongs to Olaf, an adorable snowman. He eventually joins Anna, Kristroff, and Sven on their journey. Despite being a snowman, he is looking forward to Summer. Both Sven and Olaf are incredible sidekicks and become good friends. As a matter of fact, it was Elsa who built him.

I love some of his lines in the musical—-one of which was originally said by Pabbie.

I Like Warm Hugs

Some People are Worth Melting For

An Act of True Love Can Thaw a Frozen Heart (Pabbie/Olaf)

Olaf