The Disney Musical I Still Need to See

In my life, I have been around a number of Disney movies. A number of those belonged to musicals that eventually became stage shows. The ones I saw on stage were Newsies, Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen. I love all of them for different reasons. However, is there any Disney musical that I still need to see live?

Beauty and the Beast

I actually am surprised this musical hasn’t toured the US for years. After all, it is a classic due to being created during the Renaissance Disney period. When it originally toured, I was still way too young to even see a stage show. So all I know of this musical belongs to the animated and live action film as well as the Original Broadway Soundtrack.

Belle is the classic Disney Princess I relate to the most. After all, I am both unique and a bookworm. Everyone is a combo of one classic and one contemporary Disney princess. This musical is filled with exciting, romantic, and emotional songs. It is also one of the most magical Disney musicals- a result of partly taking place in an enchanted castle and having an enchanting and magical dance scene. This musical truly teaches you that “beauty comes from within”. Favorite song is “Beauty and the Beast”

5,256,000 Minutes

A musical that has been in life for ten years is Rent which I fell in love with September 2012. At first, I only knew the songs alone, not the plot or characters. The show only began to be meaningful, but it started to be a lot more meaningful when I saw the 2008 Broadway Final Cast Film. I wasn’t able to see to the stage show until 2017.

Favorite Song: Seasons of Love

Why is Rent Meaningful?

For starters, it is has to do with the message of love and how to live life. “No Day But Today” is the motto of Rent.

Another way it is meaningful is that I can relate to the characters. True, some of the characters have HIV/ AIDS, but I have Epilepsy which produces some of the same emotions – like uncertainty, anxiety, stress, etc…..

As a matter of fact, Rent was the musical that got me interested me in opera, especially in La Bohème. That is the opera Rent was based off of, and that is my favorite opera.

Rent is one of the musicals that makes me an emotional wreck – next in line from Les Mis.

French Shows I Love

Just yesterday was Bastille Day, which is France’s Independence Day. France is actually an amazing location for fiction- it is where some of my favorite shows take place. So, what are my favorite French shows?

La Bohème

If it wasn’t for Rent, there is no way I would have seen this tragic opera. It centers on the two lovers, Rudolfo and Mimi during 19th century France. While they are the main couple, we have a 2nd couple- Marcello and Musetta, who help lighten up the tragedy ever once in a while. While Rudolfo and Mimi have a tragic relationship, at least we know they truly love each other. Or when the characters are having fun- due to their bohemian lifestyle. There is just something about Puccini that draws you in. La Bohème is my favorite opera

I first saw the musical as a live stream in Cinemas back in 2016. Than soon enough saw it in person in 2020.

Phantom of the Opera

This is actually my favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Another show taking place in 19th century France—-this time late century. Centering on a haunting and angelic love triangle. It is found between the mysterious Phantom, and the adorable couple of Raoul and Christine. The musical is so beautiful, in many ways. The costumes are beautiful and so is the set. Spellbouding and can drive you to tears

I saw Phantom of the Opera at the beautiful Peace Center May of 2014. I was spellbound the moment the show started, and didn’t move until the chandelier fell

Les Mis

Where to start? Of all musicals, this was most expected due to a massive love—-another show taking place in 19th century France. This time, we are starting in 1815 and ending in 1832. To fall in love with Les Mis, I had to give the musical film a 2nd chance, and the rest is history.

There is SO much I love about this musical. The complex plot, the complex characters, and the epic, passionate, powerful, and highly emotional songs. It is so hard to even choose a favorite song from this musical. The musical that disproved a number of things about musicals- 1) tragic musicals exist, 2) death is memorable and can happen during song, 3) heartbreak is a musical emotion

Les Mis is about Jean Valjean’s journey on becoming a better person. He is an ex-convcit, who life was changed after encountering the compassionate bishop, who taught him the ways of the Lord. What the bishop taught him would drive the rest of his actions. 1) the compassion towards Fantine, 2)t the adoption of Cosette, 3) mercy and forgiveness towards Javert, etc……

In addition, it is also about the love triangle of Marius, Eponine, and Cosette——I actually love this love triangle, and all three characters (Marius actually is my favorite survivor and now is almost a core favorite character). It is also about the uprising that is formed through the Friends of the ABC. All of the storylines are so strongly connected, that if you get rid of one tiny thing, the entire story starts unraveling itself.

In total, I have seen the stage show six times- that is in 3 cities and 4 theaters. The cities were Charlotte, London, and Greenville. The theaters were Halton- CPCC (this gets 3x due to once with family and twice as usher), Queen’s, Peace Center, and Ovens Auditorium- Blumenthal. As a matter of fact, I had some pretty special Les Mis dates- like my mom and I in London or being with my University in Greenville.

Beauty and the Beast

I ended on Beauty and the Beast because it was the ONLY French show I love that I still haven’t seen live. All I have seen of it were the two films- animated and live action. Of all classic Disney princesses, I relate to Belle the most. I am both a bookworm and unique. A collection of exciting, romantic, and emotional songs. My favorite song is “Beauty and the Beast”—-such an enchanting and magical moment that it can easily drive you to tears.

A musical that truly shows that “beauty comes from within”. The Beast may look like a beast, but he is beautiful on the inside. Gaston may look handsome on the outside, but is. truly a beast on the inside

As a matter of fact, this is the first French show I fell in love with. But it took me way too long to figure out it took place in France. Don’t know why it took me longer than it should have- despite obvious clues. Character names and some words characters say- Lumiere literally singing “This is France” in the fun song, “Be Our Guest”, and the word “Bonjour” was sung in the opening number, “Belle”.

Conclusion

As different as all these shows may seem, they still share some things in common. Just like with any show, you need to have an emotional connection- the reason why you want to feel the emotions. Plus, I love the songs in all of them along with the plot and characters.

Romance in Fiction- Loved or Hated

There is a common theme found in the world of fiction that is either loved or hated. That belongs to ROMANCE. I have seen it in books, opera, musical theatre, and movies. The romances have shown up in various ways- tragic love stories, love triangles, and a typical couple (as in just two people- opposite of the tragic ones). Yes, I love ROMANCE, but struggle to find it in books, but have spotted it every once in a while (some were found due to recently discovering theme in another way- like movies or musicals). POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Literature- Some will Overlap into Movies

Percy and Annabeth- True, I might have first read Percy Jackson and the Olympians in middle school. But for some reason, didn’t spot their romance- well part of that comes from being younger. But when I reread the series June 2021, I was finally able to pick up on this wonderful couple. I noticed that Percy had a crush on Annabeth for the first time—–and when they became a couple. It continued into Heroes of Olympus (they had a hard time being apart- they were worried they would lose each other). But sometimes, they had to be alone, but NEVER wanted to be. Ouch, in “Mark of Athena”, Annabeth had to do a quest alone, and couldn’t bear being without Percy, but at least during the cliffhanger, they were together, not apart.

Westley and Buttercup– Well, one of my FAVORITE couples of literature. If you haven’t seen the movie, you probably wouldn’t understand. A book about “True Love”—–that is part of why that movie and book will always be amazing. Westley did everything for Buttercup- he did everything he could to save her, and Buttercup couldn’t bear being without him. If you don’t love this couple, I will NEVER understand.

Opera (sorry, only know one)

Rodolfo and Mimi– La Bohème is my favorite opera. Yes, they are a tragic couple but I can’t help but love them. I have to confess (if it wasn’t for Rent, NEVER would have been to this opera). I started by seeing the live stream in Cinemas back in 2016 with my mom, and FINALLY saw it in person January of 2020- only because a member of church gave my mom and I tickets. We were 11 rows back from the stage. I know they struggled at times, but I know they really loved each other (I know Mimi died at the end, but at least Rodolfo was with her- that is what she wanted). When I saw La Bohème, I could tell how heartbroken Rodolofo was based on his cry

Musical Theatre- Oh Boy (I LOVE a lot including unpopular couples)

Marius and Cosette– I started with these two since they are so hated on. But I do love them- they bring so much HOPE into Les Mis. They are truly such an adorable couple- both in book and musical . Cosette is supposed to represent HOPE and LIGHT. Plus, the switch that happens between Eponine and Cosette is interesting- how would we love Eponine without the unrequited love? Plus, in Les Mis if we get rid of one tiny thing, the entire storyline would start unraveling itself (like a ball of yarn)——-as we need everything to happen. Marius is actually my favorite survivor in Les Mis.

Raoul and Christine– Another unpopular couple I love. Christine isn’t meant to end up with the Phantom. As in, she feels more safe with Raoul, as proven in “All I Ask of You”- such a beautiful and angelic song. She is actually scared of The Phantom- he is too dangerous for her, and if they end up together would result in a very unhealthy and toxic relationship. The musical wouldn’t be the hauntingly beautiful show that is if you change the couple- it has to Raoul and Christine

Elphaba and Fiyero– I decided to do them next since the first two share something in common with this particular couple: LOVE TRIANGLE. Elphaba and Fiyero are part of my favorite triangle- for starters, the first one I emotionally bonded to, the most complex, home to three complex characters (yes, Fiyero is more complex than he seems), and Fiyero, Glinda, and Elphaba are the only characters in Wicked I am emotionally connected to——–Elphaba, by the way is my favorite musical character.

Any Disney Couple– This is for ALL of the Disney couples. All of the Disney couples I love seem to share something in common. They tend to be pretty magical and innocent- if you look at their main song- “Beauty and the Beast”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “A Whole New World”, and “Something to Believe In”——-see what I mean

Unique Couples– These couples have ALL come from the musical, RENT. I understand that some couples aren’t all heterosexual. I am only come across homosexual couples with this musical. In a way, even Roger and Mimi are unique- given some of their circumstances. Based on La Bohème, the musical deals with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Focusing on a close group of friends, it follows them in a year starting on Christmas Eve. Four of them have HIV- Roger, Mimi, Collins, and Angel. The musical has an amazing message on how to live life—-in love and in the moment. There are three couples in the musical (Roger and Mimi, Angel and Collins, and Maureen and Joanne). True, two of those couples do fight at times—–but I find the most problematic relationship to between Maureen and Joanee (given the crazy side of Maureen; but the only couple that doesn’t have anyone with the disease- despite Maureen’s crazy nature, she still has a sweet nature.

My favorite couple in Rent, actually, is Roger and Mimi, despite the fact that they do fight at times—–the only heterosexual couple, but they feel realistic. Both have HIV, but Mimi is more fragile than Roger. They do start to connect during “Light my Candle”—–that is when they fall in love, but don’t officially become a couple until “I Should Tell You”, the moment when Roger and Mimi BOTH realize that each other has HIV. It actually was Mimi when wanted to start the relationship sooner than Roger, as shown in previous scenes

*If I continue on musical couples, it would take a while, so I will stop*

Conclusion

I talked about a common theme in fiction that tends to hated on or loved. That is ROMANCE, which I do love. I actually started to love that theme when I first discovered it in the world of musical theatre. Just because a theme is common doesn’t mean it is a bad theme- it usually means it is universal- that is what ROMANCE is. The main reason why romance is easy to love in musicals is due to the incredible songs- not just limited to the songs a couple sings, but also connected to breakup and unrequited love songs.

Favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical

Another famous composer in musical theatre is Andrew Lloyd Webber. At the moment, I only fell in love with two of his musicals, which are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera. True, I saw Cats before, but I forgot what my opinion was, but I do love some of its songs. So, what is my favorite musical of his?

Phantom of the Opera

It was actually my mom who recommended this musical to me, and I fell in love with it initially by the songs. As a matter of fact, I even have some unpopular opinions in the musical. Why do I love Phantom of the Opera? It is such a hauntingly beautiful show. So mysterious and angelic. I actually love Christine and Raoul as characters and as a couple- they are so adorable and romantic together, as expressed in “All I Ask of You”. I want Phantom with the unrequited love- he may respond very very poorly to it, but it makes the love triangle very mysterious, and it is an unique fact about it.