Monday, September 23, 2013
Celebrating Musicals Week...and Tag!
The amazing Amy at Yet Another Period Drama Blog, who is incredibly talented and also one of my bestie bloggy buddies, is hosting a Celebrating Musicals Week!
As you probably know, musical theatre is probably my greatest obsession, period. Considering that singing and acting are pretty much my two greatest passions ever - and my mom was a professional singer/actor when she was young - it was probably inevitable that musical theatre is a huge deal to me. I live and breathe it, and I love that I get a chance to blog about it without shame! Not that I ever felt shame, but just sayin'. :)
We're supposed to pick one musical to spotlight this week, which was SO difficult for me to do! Howevah, I finally decided on one, soooooooo, without further ado...
1. What musical did you pick to "spotlight" this week and why?
I chose the musical Wicked. One because several years ago I did a Phantom of the Opera week, two because it's become my third-favorite musical evahhhh, three because I've mentioned Les Mis around here a lot lately, and four because I'm going to see it in two weeks!!!!!
2. How did you discover the musical you picked (hereinafter referred to as "your musical")?
I had heard a lot about it since I'm a total musical nerd and heard Popular before, but I really got into it about two years ago, when I heard the song Defying Gravity very soon after I ended a difficult relationship. The song became a bit of an anthem as the Lord began a season of pruning and reevaluation in my life, and it's subsequently become pretty much my favorite song ever. I saw a bootleg with Eden Espinosa and Megan Hilty soon after, memorized the original cast album, and haven't looked back!
3. If you had to pick three favorite songs from your musical, which ones would they be?
Well, as I said, Defying Gravity is pretty much my favorite song in the world, period. :) For Good would be a close second...it has so much personal meaning for me and the friendships I've had through my life. And probably Popular, because it's so fun and kinda satirical. Although I adore What is this Feeling, too. :)
4. What's your least favorite song from your musical?
Ummmmm....gosh, that's a hard one. March of the Witchhunters, maybe, just because I can't think of any song I really hate. :)
5. Who are your favorite characters (choose up to three)?
Elphaba. I've mentioned many times that she reminds me of my dad, from her own description of herself, "I don't cause commotions - I am one!", to her strong allegiance to the truth, no matter what the personal cost. I can really identify with her choices and her "who cares what people think" attitude. For starters. :) Not to mention that she sings my favorite song. :)
6. Which versions of your musical have you seen/listened to, and which is your favorite?
I've listened to the original cast album and seen clips of the OBC (Original Broadway Cast for those who aren't as nerdy as me :)), Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, as well as clips of Rachel Tucker, Kerry Ellis, Shoshana Bean, Alexia Khadime, and Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba, and Annaleigh Ashford, Allie Mauzy, Katie Rose Clarke, Louise Dearman, and Gina Beck as Glinda. As I said above, the only show I've seen all the way through is the bootleg with Eden Espinosa and Megan Hilty. Call it "your first _____ is always your favorite", but they're still my favorite Elphie and Glinda. :)
7. Is this your favorite musical of all time? If not, what is?
No, it's third on the list, though. Most favorite musical of all time goes to Phantom of the Opera, with Les Miserables in a very, very, very close second. Or more like 1st-and-a-half. :)
8. Which cast album/musical soundtrack in your collection do you listen to the most?
Um. Probably the POTO25th concert, or the Les Mis TAC. And probably Wicked, really.
9. What is your favorite costume from your musical?
Glinda's blue bubble gown, definitely. Would love to make it someday!
10. If you could change anything about your musical, what would you change?
Hmmmm. It's so near perfection as it is, I really can't think of anything.
11. Which role(s) would you most like to play in any musical, if you had the opportunity to do so on stage?
Fantine in Les Miserables is my number one, all time dream role. Huge dream of mine to someday play her. Eliza in My Fair Lady, Christine in POTO, and Maria in West Side Story also come to mind. And Glinda, of course. Actually, I'd love to play Elphaba, but Glinda is more my range. :)
12. If you could choose one performer to play any part in your musical, who would you choose and which part would you have them play?
I'd love to see Samantha Barks play Elphaba. More on that later on this week, hopefully...
13. Do you consider yourself a musical theatre fan in general or do you just like a few musicals?
Um. If there's singing in it, I'll probably love it. :P
14. Are you tired of the word "musical" yet?
It should be a crime to ever tire of the word.
15. Turn your music playing device on shuffle (or utilize Pandora if you don't have one) and tell us the names of the first three show tunes that come up-- no cheating! How do these rank on your favorites/most-listened-to list?
-Finale - Wicked - really like this one, especially the end "Because I Knew You..." line. Although if I'm going through a "listening to my favorite Wicked songs" moment, I'm not usually going to play it...
-The Point of No Return - Phantom of the Opera - not my absolute favorite track in POTO, but I do listen to it when I'm going through the recording...
-The Riddle - The Scarlet Pimpernel - hello, musicals and my favorite story ever?! :D I've written before on The Day Dream about my mixed feelings on this musical, mainly because of the mediocre script, but I do love most of the songs, and this one is one of my top favorites, and probably my top-listened-to track. :)
That was so fun! More this week... :)