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.
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.
Beauty and the Beast
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.
West side Story
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.
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!
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!