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.

Proud to be American

Today is the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day in America. No matter what, I will ALWAYS be proud to be an American. Just because bad things happen doesn’t mean you should stop loving the Country. I strongly believe that MOST people are good- I don’t base my opinion on what I see on the News. In Life, there has to be good and bad things happening, and also the World isn’t as broken as we think. I also base things off of what I see everyday- as in what I see around me- as in off the News. So, what do I love about America?

Good American Things

  1. Mountains and Greenways- I love to hike
  2. Beaches- yes, not a beach person, but still variety in nature
  3. Ways to Volunteer
  4. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee- one of the BEST coffee shops (it’s my job)
  5. Broadway and Broadway Tours and Community College Productions
  6. Even the access to movie theaters
  7. Bookshops- both independent and chains (love both Barnes and Noble and places like Malaprops and Park Road Books)
  8. Difference between States and Cities
  9. Good Education
  10. Diversity of the Country

Musicals I Love by Their Stage Show

Like I said yesterday, there are three ways to fall in love with a musical. 1) by the film, 2) by the stage show, or 3) by the soundtrack. The two easiest ways are by the film and stage show. That is because the songs are in context—meaning you are able to tell which characters or character sing what song and due to seeing the song performed, it is much easier to figure out the actual emotion. So, what are some musicals I fell in love with by their stage show?

The Shows

  1. Wicked
  2. Pippin- fun fact (almost didn’t enter my life- my mom and I got the last two tickets)
  3. Godspell
  4. Newsies- the stage show is SO much better than the 1992 movie
  5. Music Man
  6. Come From Away

Conclusion

True, for a few of those musicals I did know some songs from them ahead of time. But wouldn’t lead to my love for that show. What if you only know one song (that was what happened with Pippin- I only knew “Corner of the Sky”)? What if you needed more context to even fall in love with the songs? Sometimes, all you need is seeing the stage show to fall in love with the stage.

Later this year, I probably might add two more musicals to this list:

  1. Anastasia- already love 5 songs (but would have to discover more songs first)
  2. Hadestown- love Greek Mythology and been fascinated by it since it swept the Tonys

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/

Musicals I Love that Started by Stage

Like I said yesterday, musicals debut either by their film or by their stage show. Today, I decided to mention the musicals I love that started by stage show- which is more musicals than the other way around.

The Shows

  1. Wicked
  2. Les Mis
  3. Annie
  4. Sound of Music
  5. Rent
  6. Phantom of the Opera
  7. Oklahoma
  8. South Pacific
  9. Pippin
  10. Fiddler on the Roof
  11. Music Man
  12. Oliver
  13. Godspell
  14. Man of La Mancha

Conclusion

As you can tell, MOST musicals prefer to debut by stage show. I probably left off some shows, but it is just what I can think of.