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The Kairos 30-Day Meme: Nine Favorite Musicals

This is a queued entry and does not reflect my current status. A new post will appear each day this month, but to preserve novelty, the categories that I used won’t be listed publicly beforehand. If you’d like to use my template, let me know and I’ll privately send you the complete list of categories so that you can rearrange and swap them out to suit yourself.

If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.


Day Nine: Musicals


When I was a kid I used to think stage plays where people burst into song were so stupid. Now I just wish people burst into song in real life, but the next best thing follows.


Grease


This would probably earn a place on my list just by nostalgia alone, but I still love the music. It’s been ages since I’ve seen it, and never onstage, alas, but I believe this is one where when someone references it you assume they mean the John Travolta movie. “Summer Nights” is among the greatest sing-along songs of all time.




Commentary: the Musical


Well sure I loved Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! I just happen to love the other musical it comes with even more. The novelty of the whole production is exponentially multiplied by having its own origin story and cast interviews included in the format of additional songs. Some are filler, but if you try to average it out, Commentary still wins by virtue of Zack's rap:




Jesus Christ Superstar


I don’t conceal or deny anything on my iTunes playlist, from Avril Lavigne to System of a Down, but this is probably my crowning achievement in really not caring what other people think of my musical tastes. My favorite memory of seeing it live with my family was leaving the theater and looking around for the holy water font. Even church geeks get a day in the sun.




Once More with Feeling


I juggled this one around my categories a bit (spoiler alert, there will be a “TV episodes” day), but I figure if I’ve bought the soundtrack, it’s a musical. My favorite is the “Under Your Spell/Standing Still” reprise, how about you? How cool is it that the actors all sang their own parts? What did you learn about your favorite characters while they were singing their hearts out? Where do we go from here?




Jekyll and Hyde


There’s a special place in my heart for the one that got me into musicals in general (I’d seen a few local productions before which failed to move me). A dear friend invited me and after we’d seen the show (pyrotechnics! dirty visual gags!), she loaned me the soundtrack and I cracked on it for months. Still can’t get over the dude singing both parts in a duet.




RENT


OMG! This reminds me I need to buy tickets! ...Okay got ‘em, much relief. It’s coming in April to my own hometown and it would be some kind of shame if I missed my chance to see the show that saved college for me. I was 19, just like Mimi. I had nothing else in common with any of the characters but I felt like every song was about me anyway. I can still sing it from beginning to end.




RENT


I know, it’s a crime that I’m not putting it in the top slot, but honestly I felt that way about the majority of my choices so consider it a 5-way tie (and remember that ‘favorite’ doesn’t always mean ‘best’). My most recently discovered musical and obsession comes along with my generation unveiling our most versatile creative genius, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Long may he reign!




Les Misérables


Modern fans have a tendency to overuse the word ‘epic’, and in my opinion it’s the nature of the medium that good musicals are all pretty much epic, but if there’s one that truly deserves the title… History becomes novel becomes larger than life characters and songs that stir your heart. Kairos trivia: in both Les Mis and Jekyll & Hyde, my favorite song is called “Confrontation”.




The Lion King


It’s all about the onstage magic -- the costumes, the puppets, the integrated sets -- but this is the first (and so far only) one I’ve seen on Broadway, so it’s all about that too; it’s all about the memory of my friend (see #5 -- same friend) and the amazing weekend in the city we had together. It’s all about The Lion King being my favorite Disney movie to begin with, and it’s all about Nala’s side of the story and “Shadowland” haunting me forever after.


Tags: 30 day meme, a movie i saw, buffyverse, disney, dr. horrible's sing-along blog, music
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