I Love a Musical

Sunday, June 9, 2019
I can't sing, dance, or act at all, but I love musical theater, and that extends to movie musicals. It's a love that's been passed down from my family. One of my parents' first dates was to see the original Broadway cast of Les Miserables. The first movie I ever saw in a movie theater was The Wizard of Oz. Granted, I was four and fell asleep in the first ten minutes, but it still counts.

A lot of this love because I grew up just after most of the animated movies of the 80s and 90s Disney Renaissance came out, so I had all of those films on VHS. Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite as well as the best of them. But I love pretty much all of them. Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which is highly underrated). I have a playlist on my phone full of these songs that I regularly listen to.

In terms of actual musicals I love, it runs the gamut. Hamilton, Company, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Chicago, Kiss Me, KateInto the Woods, The Last Five YearsA Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Anything Goes, Wicked, and honestly that's just what I could think of while writing this, there's probably more.

Musicals, even the really dark ones, are escapism for me. No matter what mood I'm in, there's a musical that can help me forget for a bit. Especially if those musicals have performance clips or were made into a movie, I watch those numbers and can spend hours watching them and have a good cry. Or if I need a good cry, there are plenty of sad songs for me to lip sync to and feel all of the feels.

Musicals get a lot of flack as being stupid because why would people break out into song and dance, and have that be a believable thing someone would do. I love it. Beautiful melodies and flying around or participating in a large dance break. I wish I could sing and dance and be able to do that in my regular life. So why can't you make that leap in your brain and allow this little bit of fantasy in?Because if you could express yourself flawlessly through song and dance, wouldn't you want to?
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