November 2022 in Review

It is hard to believe it is already December. November had some highlights, including a major one. So, what are November’s highlights.

Reading

So glad, I was able to finish a book this month. I read “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” this month.

Musicals

This was my major highlight. I finally saw Hadestown, a musical I was fascinated by since it swept the Tonys in 2019. Considering the fact that I love Greek Mythology, it is of no surprise that I wanted to see it. It was amazing and I now am addicted to the soundtrack.

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Thanksgiving

Of course, this is always a November highlight. I got to make the Pumpkin Pie this year. It is always fun visiting family, as in those outside of your immediate family.

Start of Christmas Spirit

Well, November is when I started getting into Christmas Spirit. I started having Peppermint Mocha and Peppermint Bark Latte this month. Plus, my family watched our first Christmas movie, which was Elf. In addition, the outside lights started being put up (I always help with that).

Royalty of Musical Theatre

When it comes to musicals, there are different kinds of characters. That even includes those who are of royalty- either born into it or married into it. Most of the time, these characters are part of Disney musicals, but there are few exceptions. So, which characters are of royalty (the ones I love)?

Anastasia

Yes, she was someone who actually existed. In the real Romanav story, she did get killed, but the musical is a “what if” story. What if she had survived? In the musical, we get to know her as Anya. She is strong and vulnerable, who has to relearn her past.

Frozen

Elsa- She is the older sister born into royalty. Born with snow and ice powers, which she doesn’t know how to control. She eventually became Queen of Arendelle, but after accidentally showing her power, she runs away ashamed, but caused an eternal winter. She is misunderstood due to being called a “monster”. She reminds me of Elphaba, in a way.

Anna– The younger sister of Elsa. She is outgoing, full of life, and impulsive. During her journey to find Elsa, she finds help in Kristoff (after all, he knows mountains). She just wants a better relationship with her sister

Kristoff– Yes, not born into royalty, but due to falling in love with Anna, he counts

Lion King

Mufasa and Simba– King and Prince of Pride Rock. Mufasa is an incredible king, who teaches his son incredible life lessons. Due to a jealous brother, Mufasa’s life is tragically short-lived, but Simba mistakenly thinks that he killed his father (he was only a cub when that happened). He grows up with that guilt, and eventually fights Scar for his rightful place as King

Nala– She is Simba’s best friend and eventually lover. She is strong as shown in “Shadowland”- she knows she has to leave Pride Rock to get help. Crazily enough, Nala and Simba find each other again- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (my favorite Lion King song). Due to Simba eventually becoming King, Nala became Queen

Aladdin

Jasmine and Aladdin– Jasmine is the strong princess in this musical. She wants to marry for love. She and Aladdin find a connection in the market (“A Million Miles Away”). The two of them do fall in love- “A Whole New World”.

Beauty and the Beast

Belle– She is the protagonist of this musical. She is strong, unique, and a bookworm. She eventually has to deal with The Beast, who starts out selfish and unkind. At least, she helps him change. Little does she know, she will fall in love with him.

Beast– He is the prince of this musical. He is actually a human who was changed into a beast by an enchantress, who saw there was no love in his heart. Like I said, he started off unkind, selfish, and with a temper. But after scaring off Belle, he realizes he needs to change. The two develop feelings in “Something There” and fall in love during “Beauty and the Beast”. Good thing, he eventually let her go.

Wicked

Fiyero– He is the Winkie Prince of this musical. Just like the Beast, he starts out as a jerk. He changes from being a jerk to softening up to becoming a mature and courageous young man. A lot of his transformation comes from his role in the love triangle. He is more complex than you think.

Musicals I Still Hope to See

Just like bookworms have their TBR list, musical theatre fans have their TBW list. When I am referring to the musicals that still have to be watched, I am talking about seeing them in person. Some of them are still waiting to return to the US. So, what is on that list as of now (not going to include those I already saw)?

Beauty and the Beast

This is the Disney musical that still needs to be watched. The first time it toured the US, I still was too young. Belle is the classic Disney princess I relate to the most. Filled with romantic, exciting, and emotional songs. The musical is magical in more ways than one- a lot of that has to do with the enchanted castle. “Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite song from this musical

Cinderella

I only have seen two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals in person. If I see a third, Cinderella is the one I want to see the most. I feel like it is has the same magical and romantic nature that Beauty and the Beast has. It toured a few years ago, but missed my chance thanks to school.

Something Rotten

The Renaissance is one of my favorite time periods in history. I heard some of its songs, and already love them. The song, “A Musical”, is perfect for musical theatre fans to listen to.

Once

This is a musical I feel like will never return to the US. All I have seen is the movie, but I really want to see the stage show. Just like Cinderella, I missed a chance to see the stage show due to school. “Falling Slowly” is my favorite song from this musical. The songs have a folk nature, and I love how they are played by the actors- you almost have to be a quadruple threat to be in this musical.

Oliver

Yes, I saw the stage show before, but have no memory. This was back in Summer of 2007. I want to see Oliver again to have an actual memory. After reading the book and eventually seeing the musical movie, I found a new love for the musical.

The Greek Mythology Stories I Love

It has already been a known fact that I love Greek Mythology. There is something interesting about the world of Gods, Goddesses, demigods, the quests, beasts and creatures. True, there are some things in common with fantasy- but the quests, beasts, and creatures are so different. So, what are the Greek works I love (ranges from book to musical)

Books

Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus

It was the Percy Jackson series that made me learn to love Greek Mythology. I originally read Percy Jackson and the Olympians in middle school. Glad I eventually reread them- picked up on things I didn’t read the first time. It would prepare me for Heroes of Olympus, the sequel series of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Homer

The Iliad- I first studied this work in 10th grade, however years later eventually read the entire piece. The story focuses on The Trojan War.

The Odyssey- love this more than The Iliad. It actually feels more like a myth- that is because it has a quest. Odysseus is a great hero who encounters a number of beasts and creatures on his way home.

*I actually see these two books as part of a duology*

Retellings

Song of Achilles- The Illiad from Patroclous’ POV. This was my first Greek Retelling I read.

Circe- The book said something around the lines of “Song of Achilles” fans should read it.

Daughters of Sparta- This is the women’s POV of The Iliad- Helen and her Sister’s side of the story

Favorite Greek Myths

This is a book about some of the most famous Greek Myths. Yes, it uses the Roman Greek God names, but at least in the back of the book you can see what their Greek version is. Greek Myths include that of King Midas, Narcissus and Echo, and that of the Sun God (the ones I already knew). It even included two that would be important to a musical I would eventually see- the myth of Hades and Persephone, and Orpheus and Eurydice. Hades still isn’t a God I like

Musical- Hadestown

This was the most recent musical that I saw. Hadestown intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone. I got fascinated by the show because it was based off of Greek Mythology. Hermes warns us at the beginning that it is “a sad song, a tragedy”. I actually love how the end of the show goes straight to the beginning. After seeing the stage show, I have been hooked on the soundtrack. The songs are different than what you think of when you think musical theatre.

Styles of Music Found in Musical Theatre (Ones I Love)

As known by musical theatre fans, there are different kinds of genre of musics found in the songs. At times, that can be difficult to figure out. So, what are some of the different styles and/ore genre I have noticed from the musicals I love?

  1. Jazz
  2. Folk
  3. Rock
  4. Pop
  5. Classical

The ones above are what I can think of for now. Yes, I am aware of hip-hop and/or rap in musical theatre, but not a fan of those genres.

What genres are you aware of in musical theatre?