What is “normal” exactly? In so many ways, I am not a typical millennial. You can figure out through my interests alone.
When you think of millennials, you think of those who love pop and rap. But in my case, I am a fan of musical theatre and contemporary christian music. It was Fran McKendree that made me a contemporary christian music fan- after all, he lead the music at our Parish Weekends from 2003-2008, which was my introduction to the music. My family raised me on musical theatre- it helped that my mom took me to NYC to see Wicked on Broadway in 2006 (yes, that was the start, but later Les Mis made me a musical theatre fanatic)
What about Nicholas Sparks, Hunger Games, and Twilight for instance? Well, my taste for books doesn’t line up exactly either. Well, I love both fantasy (which usually is both middle grade and adult), mythology and classics. I am referring specifically to old classics (such as Homer, Cervantes, Hugo, Hardy, and Dickens).
Even my tastes in movies differ. Just like books, don’t like does three types of movies either. I even don’t like horror or Marvel (my taste when it comes to superhero is Star Wars). What is my taste in movies. Well, that would belong to Disney and musical movies in particular.
Well, tragedy and horror are two genres that are difficult into. Yes, there was a time when I didn’t give tragedies a chance. At the same time, I already know I will not like horror, but is that the same as not giving a genre a chance? In my opinion, there is a HUGE difference between not giving something a chance and already knowing you will not like a genre?
This will refer only to high school, as in before Les Mis entered my life. Back in high school, I had to read a lot of tragedies- it wasn’t just limited to Shakespeare. It also belonged to novels as well. Whenever I knew something was a tragedy, I “assumed” that story was pure sad. I didn’t realize I had misinterpreted the genre- the main part of the genre I wasn’t fully understanding was catharsis. At least I eventually learned my lesson.
What were some of the tragedies from high school- including summer reading? Of Mice and Men, The Giver, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Crucible, Frankenstein, and Macbeth. Some of them I don’t want to give a 2nd chance- due to what I remember- some are either too sad or seem too scary or creepy.
Now, it may be true I have not watched or read horror, but I already know I will dislike the genre. But isn’t that the same as not giving a genre a chance? Well, there is actually a difference- it is possible to know you will not like a particular genre. For any genre, you have a limit (at any level- as in how scary or creepy, or too heartbreaking as in feeling pure sad or uncomfortable, etc……).
Based on some movies I already watched, I already know what my scary limit and creepy limit is. I dislike Hunger Games because I can’t stand the premise of the games. I dislike Peculiar Children because it is too creepy. My scary limit is found in series such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Doesn’t horror take things a bit further? Based on previews, I already am freaked out by them- too paranormal, too creepy, and too scary. Not the same as judging a book by its cover. True, I may learned to like tragedies, but there are some tragedies that also belong in the horror category- those I will never give a chance.
There is a HIGH chance a lot of people have been around a lot of musicals during their lifetime. After all, children grow up around Disney. Disney is famous for their musical movies- particularly animated ones, and some of them make it to stage. The Disney Musicals I tend to think of belong to the animated movies that soon make it to stage. Now, what are those Disney Musicals- as in BOTH stage and movie?
The Movies- starting with stage
Beauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid
The Hunchback of Notre Dame- a weird choice for Disney
The first five on this list are the stage musicals I learned to love. However, I only saw three of them in person- Newsies, Lion King, and Aladdin. Beauty and the Beast and Frozen are the next two Disney musicals I still need to see soon- two magical and enchanting musicals in their own ways. Frozen is coming to Charlotte June of 2022- I love the Original Broadway Soundtrack, but unfortunately the tour decided to cut out my favorite added song, which is “True Love”——-a heartbreaking love song meant for Anna.
There is something in common between Disney musicals. For starters, there is the “happily ever after”. Second, when it comes to romance, the couple’s main song tends to be magical- just look at “Something to Believe In”, “I See the Light”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, and “A Whole New World”. There is something else the songs have in common- you have those exciting and full of energy songs (those are the songs I usually associate with the word, “showtune”).
What Disney musicals can you think of- connecting to stage and the movies?
This was another Classic Remarks idea. This was actually a fun question to answer. What are some classic series you love?
Lord of the Rings
I fell in love with this classic series in high school. I love the world of Middle Earth, the creatures that existed (from elves to dwarfs to hobbits, etc…..), and the friendships I saw. I am most emotionally attached to the hobbits. I love the two different quests- Bilbo’s quest in helping the dwarfs reclaim their home and Frodo’s quest in destroying the ring.
It is Frodo’s quest we spend the most time with. If it wasn’t for Sam, Frodo never would have made it. That is how loyal Sam is to Frodo. Even though Merry and Pippin are troublemakers, they still play a vital part in the fellowship and the battle of Mordor. Now, I own all the movies- from The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Chronicles of Narnia
There are two series that made me a fantasy fan- Narnia is just one of them. Yes, I did start on the three films, but those soon led to reading the books. I do really love Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter- they are an amazing group of siblings. The talking animals are incredible as well- Repicheep and Aslan are the ones that automatically come to mind. There are a lot of incredible journeys and quests in the stories you find in Narnia. If you actually read the books, I recommend reading them by publication date- not chronological order.
Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical in the most telling, most inclusive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her longer and remarkable career.
From Fred Astaire, whom she adores, to La La Land, which she deplores, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip-hop number (in the underrated Idlewild), she is a canny and charismatic guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen-and heard-on-film.
With extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson (The “Jazz Singer”) to the late, lamented Doris Day, whose iconic sunniness has overshadowed her dramatic talents; from Deanna Durbin, that lovable teen-star of the ’30s and ’40s, to Shirley T. and Judy G.’ from Bing to Frank to Elvis; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margaret; from the lavish extravagance of Busby Berkeley to the turbulence of Bob Fosse, Basinger focuses on the many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis) as well as unfairly obscure gems (Eddie Cantor’s Whoopie!, Murder at the Vanities, One from the Heart). The Movie Musical! is astute, informative, and a pure pleasure to read.
While nothing beats the power of live theater, musical movies are still incredible to watch. The Movie Musical explores the history of musical movies. It especially looks at the classic musicals- after all, that is the beginning of musical movies. It first looks at how sound came into film. There were some things I was expecting to see in this book- and those things did show up. As in certain stars (as in actors, composers, lyricists) and films.
It would come of no surprise that it all started with the introduction of sound. Without that, there is no way musical films would exist. I was expecting Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, and other popular stars to be talked about. Gene Kelly is one of the best dancers in the world of movie musicals. As far as composers and lyricists go- I knew it bring up George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein. If this book didn’t bring up R/H, that would be wrong- Rodgers and Hammerstein is one of the best duos that exist and do play an important part in musicals today. Actually there were some names I wasn’t expecting- I knew they were celebrities, but not musical film stars (Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra for instance.
As far as films go- I had a feeling it bring up Wizard of OZ, Oklahoma (among other famous R/H films), West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, and Disney musicals. Those are some of the most famous musicals from the past and still are well-loved today even from me. I love the movie musicals, “Sound of Music”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, “South Pacific”, “Oklahoma”, “White Christmas” for instance. As far as Disney musicals (only bringing up the successful movie musicals)- “Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, and “Frozen”.
If you love musicals and want to know the history of musical movies, I suggest reading this book.