Frozen and Anastasia- Their Importance

Yes, it is a known fact that I get pretty excited seeing musicals. But, this year there are two musicals in particular I have a huger excitement level for. They were both affected by the pandemic- as in being postponed (everyone knows that kind of disappointment). So, there is a HUGE importance that they both were touring to Charlotte this year. So, what musicals am I referring to?

Frozen

Originally postponed October 2020, and the one that disappointed me the MOST. I had wanted to see Frozen since knowing it would become a stage show. After all, loved the musical ever since seeing the animated movie (I made up for the loss by seeing both animated films the same weekend I was SUPPOSED to see the stage show).

But, why do I love Frozen? If you haven’t noticed, it has a lot of similarities with WICKED. For starters, it centers on two sisters, which reminds me of the friendship in Wicked. In terms of characters, Elsa reminds me of Elphaba and Anna is kinda of like Glinda. Look at the similarity of “Let it Go” and “Defying Gravity”- if you listen carefully, you will realize the melodies are somewhat similar; plus they are both about the same thing. In some ways, Frozen is a more simple version of Wicked.

I already own the Original Broadway Soundtrack. So I was able to listen to the new songs- however, they made a big mistake of cutting out “True Love”. Seriously, it happens at an pivotal and very emotional moment for Anna, and was my favorite added song.

Anastasia

Well, I got interested in Anastasia (I believe) in 2019 when I began to listen to some of the songs. I only fell in love with 5 of them, and decided not the listen to the others to be surprised when I finally saw the stage show. Anastasia was also supposed to tour to Charlotte in 2020, but got postponed as well. So it is now coming in October 2022- it is also the 2nd musical I will see this year (so just like Frozen, more excited this round).

Crazy how just five songs could get you interested in seeing the stage show. True, there are some differences between movie and stage show. I NEVER saw the movie growing up- but did eventually watch it. Yes, they have different antagonists——but have nothing wrong with that. They only changed this to make it more historically accurate, so it makes sense.

Conclusion

So, the pandemic got in the way of a LOT. Not being able to see musicals was tough- especially when shows got postponed. I rely on the US Broadway Tours, and musicals are a huge escape for me. So seeing two prior postponed musicals will be more exciting for me.

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.

Hadestown

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.

Oliver

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.

Frozen

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.

Once

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”.

Anastasia

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.

Wicked

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?

Musicals you Know you will Love ahead of Time

All musical theater fanatics will come across musicals in a certain. Here are some ways: film, stage, and songs. However, how do you know you love a musical before seeing it? I will try to explain below- only applies to stage shows. So musicals I fell in love by the movie or by a filmed stage production doesn’t count.

Newsies

This was the latest Disney musical I fell in love with. Yes, I only enjoyed the songs before seeing the stage show. Do you know what really made me know I will love Newsies? It was coming from the fact that Newsies won a Tony for best choreography. I was right about loving Newsies- the dance made me love the songs even more. Along with the relationship found between Jack/Crutchie and the entire Newsies relationship.

Pippin

Just to let you know, this musical almost didn’t enter my life. I first got interested in Pippin due to loving “Corner of the Sky”. When mom got tickets for Pippin, there was only one day left with seats together. Pippin was the final inexperience musical of 2015: when I mean inexperienced, it is referring to shows where you didn’t much about the musical ahead of time. It was seeing a preview where I knew I would love the musical even more. Another factor that played in this is based on the fact that it is a Stephen Schwartz musical- after all, Wicked sparked my love for musicals.

Godspell

When Godspell was playing at Central Piedmont Community College, my dad or family told me I would love it. That was based on my love for Stephen Schwartz. When it comes to CPCC, their shows feel professional. Godspell actually was the first musical I fell in love with during the college years.

Music Man

This musical started the 2015 musicals. It was the most light-hearted out of all them. I already heard some of the songs- from that alone, I knew I would love Music Man. I already knew some facts about the characters- in particular Harold Hill.

Anastasia

Yes, I am using a musical that I haven’t seen live. Anastasia was coming to Charlotte in April of this year, but got postponed. I already have a feeling I would love it due to already falling in love with five songs. I have no idea how I was able to figure out who was singing some of the songs: I know some facts about Anya and a little about Dimitri. So far, Anastasia hasn’t been rescheduled.

Conclusion

It is interesting how we know ahead of time that we love a musical. It can be based on composer, choreography, or already enjoying some songs from the show.

What about you, how do you know you will love a musical ahead of time?

New Songs I Love/Like in Musicals

This post is a different kind of list post. This is not related to any of the musicals I already saw. These belong to songs I heard from musicals, but not yet seen them. This does include musical soundtracks where I haven’t heard the entire soundtrack- which is why Frozen counts- obviously heard the songs from animated movie, but not all the Broadway Musical songs.

  1. Journey to the Past
  2. In a Crowd of Thousands
  3. Once upon a December
  4. My Petersburg
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Wait for Me
  7. If it’s True
  8. A Musical
  9. Welcome to the Renaissance
  10. What do You know about Love
  11. Monster
  12. Dangerous to Dream
  13. True Love

More about True Love

Yes, when Frozen’s tour came out, they did cut this song out. This was a song that never should have been cut. It is Anna’s solo and happens at a prominent and very emotional moment for her. Anna is one of our two protagonists, and they cut out her solo. This song is heartbreaking- usually it can be hard to detect emotions when all you hear is the song alone. However due to seeing the animated film, I was able to figure out the emotion. There is NO such thing as a sad love song: if those two emotions get combined, you will ALWAYS have a heartbreaking song.

True Love still counts as a Frozen song- I know when this happens: figured it out based on lyrics. SPOILERS: it happens after Hans betrays Anna. You can still listen to this song- it is on the Original Broadway Cast Album.

Conclusion:

There were musicals I really wanted to see, but the pandemic got in the way. Due to already falling in love with five Anastasia songs, I knew I wanted to see the musical. It was coming to Charlotte April of this year- but not happening. Same thing happened to Frozen-it was coming in October, but got postponed in May.

So, my eyes are mostly focused on Hadestown. It is coming to Charlotte October of 2021. Hopefully that is enough time for Blumenthal to open Belk and Ovens. Wicked is the final musical I want to see this year- coming in December, but will not be that disappointed due to already seeing the musical four times.

What other musicals do I hope to see in the future- Something Rotten, Once, Beauty and the Beast (never saw the stage show), Oliver (don’t remember seeing)- of course Anastasia, Frozen, and Hadestown are part of that list.

Questions

Based on True Love, is there any other song in musical theatre that never should have been cut?

In addition, what are some of your favorite musical songs from musicals you haven’t seen before?

Musicals I Want to See and Still Have Not

As musical fans, we run across musicals that we hope to see. Sometimes they end up being the SAME musical, but in a different way. What exactly are mine?

  1. Hadestown
  2. Frozen (I have tickets for October, so hopefully it happens)
  3. Anastasia (it was going to be this year, but got postponed)
  4. Something Rotten
  5. Once
  6. Les Mis- I hope to catch this in a small theater and in Spanish someday

Those are what I can think of for now. What are musicals you hope to see someday?