I love musicals. I fucking love musicals, i don’t think anything can cheer me up or make me feel more elated than a quality musical. Whether I’m watching it live or just listening to the soundtrack (I’m listening the the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat soundtrack right now), it will always make me forget my troubles and put a smile on my face. Now why is this? A lot of people I know don’t like musical theatre at all, including members of my family so it’s not a familial thing. I have a few theories…
The music. I have extreme responses to music, certain music actually makes me physically angry and wanting to punch people, this is mostly club music and dubstep. I don’t just get happy or sad I get insane responses and “classic musical theatre”, such as Rogers and Hammerstein or Andrew Lloyd Webber, make me happier than I’ve ever felt. It’s hard to actually verbalize what it feels like so I’m going to turn to another musical to help, Billy Elliot: The Musical,
“I can’t really explain it, I haven’t got the words, it’s a feeling that you can’t control. It’s suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are. But at the same time, something makes you whole… And then I feel a change, like a burning deep inside. Something bursting me wide open, impossible to hide. And suddenly I’m flying! Flying like a bird, like electricity. Electricity sparks inside of me, and I’m free.”
Now as true as this is a lot of people have these reactions to music, so why can’t I be happy without musicals.
Because they remind me of happier times. I’ve been watching my mum choreograph musicals in her high school for about fourteen years and I still watch her because nothing makes me happier than watching her work and seeing a musical come together. It’s such a team effort creating a beautiful thing and thinking of my musical childhood makes me giddy. I lost one of my front teeth during an intermission of Little Shop of Horrors, I spilled hot chocolate all over me in rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof, I was a prompt and a stage hand in Oklahoma! and I helped my mum with some dances in Sweet Charity and The Sound of Music. This is only a few of them but they’re the happiest I’ve ever been.
Musicals shaped my upbringing, but they’re also awesome even if they didn’t. Musicals represent all I love, teamwork, great writing and storytelling, confidence and performing. As well as a connection with my mother.
Go watch more musicals 🙂