“They say the neon lights are bright On Broadway “

The Fox Theatre in Atlanta Georgia announced their 2018-2019 season lineup yesterday. It’s a phenomenal list of plays, and it inspired this weeks blog post. I don’t keep up with Broadway plays as well as my sister does, but I’ve had a great love and appreciation for it for a while now. It all started the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast when I was little. I was amazed with it all, and that amazement has only grown as I’ve gotten older.

I’m amazed by the complexity that goes into a Broadway play. I don’t know if you’ve ever sat, and just listened to a Broadway soundtrack. If you have though you may recognize all the foreshadowing that happens, the little details added in, how certain parts of songs are repeated in other songs. It’s all so beautiful to me, and it makes me long for the creative mind that a playwright has. I also love all the empowering characters Broadway has given me to look up to. The stage setups’ that sometimes can seem so simple, but at the same time take you to another place. It’s all just so amazing, and I honestly feel that it is all so underrated. As I previously said, I’m no Broadway pro, but I do keep up with a few and love them dearly. I’m going to share some of the one’s that I cry over constantly. These are a few of the one’s that really stand out to me, and have had an impact on my life.

  1. Wicked    download (8)

    My favorite character: Elphaba

    My favorite song: “No Good Deed”

    This is the play that has probably had the biggest impact on my life, and it was only recently that I went to see it. First off, it’s one of my favorites because it’s the first play I’ve actually got to see on Broadway (hopefully not the last). Also I felt that I could relate to Elphaba’s character so much, and her character had me in tears so many times. Also all the symbolism in the play amazes me. I love psychology, and I feel if you really look at the play you can see that there’s a lot of psychological stuff there. If you don’t know what Wicked is, it’s a prequel of the movie Wizard of Oz. It gives you a new image of the original beloved characters, and it’s all very intriguing. I listen to this soundtrack in my car on a regular basis. It’s probably a hysterical sight if you’re looking in because I’m normally belting out the lyrics with tears streaming down my face.

  2. Beauty and the Beast   download (9)

    Favorite Character: Belle

    Favorite Song: “No Matter What”,”Home”, “Human Again”

    Okay you’re going to have to forgive me because I honestly just can’t pick one favorite from this album. The entire album is so amazing, and it was hard to limit it to only 3. I’ve loved Beauty and the Beast since I was little, and it’s special to me because it’s the first play I ever went to see. I went to the Fox when I was young to see it, and took my stuffed Beast with me. I always adored Belle because she was another character that I just felt I could relate to. She loved being outdoors, she loved books, adventure, and she was considered odd. I felt like all of those characteristics fit myself, and I felt like I’d found someone like me. This play is so beautiful to me, and I love the whole concept of not judging a book by it’s cover. Have you ever thought about the fact that she loves books, and the theme of the playing is basically not “judging a book by it’s cover.” Of course it’s people being judged in the story, but those are the type of things I like to think about. This is one of my top favorite story lines of all times, and I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of it. I’ve seen this play twice at the Fox, and once presented by a small acting group. I hope to see it again though because I don’t think I could ever see it too many times.

  3. West side Storydownload (10)

    Favorite Character:   Anita                                                                  Favorite Song:    A Boy Like That                                                       This was the second Broadway play I ever got into. I loved the color scheme, the dancing, the songs, and the story. It’s funny because I don’t really like “Romeo and Juliet”, but I loved the story when it was told like this. I love all of the characters in this play, and I really love jamming (sometimes acting out…oops) the song “Gee, Officer Krupke.” There’s just something about Anita singing “A Boy Like That” that grabs me. The emotion and presence she holds when she sings that is powerful to me. I once saw a high school put this play on, and they did an extraordinary job. I wish I could go back, and see them present it again.

  4. Rentimages

    Favorite Character:   All of Them                                                      Favorite Song: Rent                                                                               Don’t ask me to pick a favorite character, I can’t do it, I won’t do it. Each character in this play has something about them that I love. They each stand out on their own, and they’re also so amazing as a group. This play is sensational! I’ve never actually seen this performed live, but I plan to try my best to get to see it! It’s actually about to be in Atlanta, and I’m kind of sad I’m not seeing it this time around. I’ll see it one day though, I know I will!

  5. Hamilton  download (11)

    Favorite Character: Lafayette

    Favorite Song: Schuyler Sisters

    I better be careful what I say here because if I say anything wrong my sister may come after me. This is her favorite play! I totally understand why though! It’s a phenomenal play! The way that fact and fiction flow together, the characters, the songs, the dancing, the stage, and basically everything about it! Lin Manual Miranda is basically a genius! I love the songs in this play, and I love that it’s not your typical Broadway style music. I love all of the characters in this play, but the personality that Lafayette has really grabs me. I also love the Schuyler Sisters though, and I especially love the song “Schuyler Sisters.” It’s definitely an anthem! This is another one that I’ve only gotten to see clips of, and the documentary they have out on it. Finger crossed we can get tickets to the Atlanta show though because this is not a play to miss out on!

     

     

    While writing this post I had so many other shows come to mind that I love like Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, and Oklahoma to name a few. It’s really just a phenomenal art form that I feel deserves so much more credit. There are so many talented artists singing their hearts, acting out their characters as if that’s who they really were, and putting all they have into the art. It’s really truly amazing! If you like Broadway, what’s your favorite play? Or if you aren’t super into Broadway, but you’ve been to a play what did you see? I’d love to hear from you! Hope you all have an amazing weekend! I’m going to go cry over Broadway songs now!

 


5 thoughts on ““They say the neon lights are bright On Broadway “

  1. Falsettos is probably one of my favorites! I love the view it gives of a group not typically represented in the 1980’s and how it tackles darker subject with some humor. It also has Andrew Rannells in it and that man has the voice of an angel.

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  2. I am a musical theatre fanatic. Below I will list of musicals that are meaningful and try to stay why.

    Wicked: this is my first musical I saw on Broadway and that was 11 and 1/2 years ago. I saw it three other times since. I was 12 so I was at the right age to understand musicals better. Over time I began to realize how much I related to Elphaba and it mostly has to do with personality. There is a reason why she is my favorite musical character. Most of the meaning of Wicked goes from seeing Wicked on Broadway with my mom. I was changed for good. It was the musical where I began to understand the emotional and complex side of musicals.

    Les Mis: Even though Wicked sparked my love for musicals, Les Mis took things a step further and turned the love into a passion. It made me look at musicals from a different perspective. I thought all musicals were happy, but still capable of sad moments. Les Mis changed everything because I started to realize that yes tragic musicals exist and that yes heartbreak is a musical emotion. I eventually became obsessed with Les Mis. Both Wicked and Les Mis are tied for best musical.

    Rent: it is the overall message that makes Rent meaningful to me

    Newsies: It is about standing up for what you believe and the meaning of courage. It is hard to describe why it is meaningful.

    Annie: it was my favorite musical before Wicked entered my life. I was very optimistic as a child and that is why I loved it so much. It automatically reminds me of my childhood

    Sound of Music: just like Annie, it was an important part of my childhood.

    There are other musicals that are meaningful that I don’t know why, but for now, other musicals I love are Phantom of the Opera, Music Man, South Pacific, Pippin, and Beauty and the Beast. So I have come across several musicals.

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  3. That’s awesome! Those are all amazing shows! I love all the themes and meanings that are put into Broadway shows. Broadway is most definitely a beautiful thing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Wicked is now one of my favorites too. I find it amazing how every single one I see, I break down into the Oprah ugly cry… Every single time. Rent I cried so hard it was a little embarrassing… Glad the theatre was dark ❤️

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    1. Broadway definitely brings out a lot of emotions. I normally end up seeing parts of myself in the characters which makes me grow attached to them so when something happens to them whether it’s good or bad it ends up making me cry.

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