Monday, June 10, 2013

Music Monday: Broadway on the Brain

Hey guys!

Remember when I said that starting a weekly series would keep me accountable for posting regularly? Yeah, me neither...

I kid, I kid... which is why this procrastinator is currently sitting at the computer, determined to get this edition of Music Monday out before I have to change its name! As I'm sure some of you know, last night was the biggest, most highly anticipated evening of the year for the theatre community- the Tony Awards! The tidbit that most of you don't know is that musical theatre is one of my great loves (second to Disney, of course! Don't let's be silly!) and that my childhood and teenage years were primarily spent on the stage. I attribute much of my affinity for musical theatre to the brilliant films of my childhood; Their sweeping scores and dynamic stories inspired me before I even understood the immense depth and complexity they held.

My two passions are serendipitously married in the wonderfulness that is Disney Theatrical Group. The sector of the Walt Disney Company responsible for the bringing to life adaptations of their most beloved movies, as well as brand new stories. Regardless of whether the show is a tried-and-true crowd pleaser or an endeavor into untested waters, it is certain to be positively breathtaking. Some of my favorite Broadway shows are the product of the hardworking artists at Disney, and that work is what takes the starring role this Monday!

1) "Seize the Day" and "Santa Fe", Newsies

They protest, they sing their guts out, they do five-hundred pirouettes consecutively*, and they look darn adorable doing it. 

*Not an actual statistic. 

2) "Shadowland", The Lion King

It is impossible to listen to this beautiful piece and not have chills all over. The combination of its haunting melody and powerful lyrics make "Shadowland" a standout piece in the tour de force that is The Lion King.

3) "A Change in Me", Beauty and the Beast

This one holds quite a large chunk of my heart (for reasons far too numerous to elaborate upon at present). Simply put, it is a gorgeous song that so perfectly depicts the path to finding yourself and the  realization of who you are becoming.

4) "My Strongest Suit", Aida

Gosh, this song is just so much fun- perfect to jam to while I'm getting ready in the morning!

5) "Beyond my Wildest Dreams", The Little Mermaid

I don't even think I need to explain this one. Let's all just sit back and marvel in the perfection that is Alan Menken, Sierra Boggess (Ariel), and- most importantly- The Little Mermaid.

Sorry for such a short post today, lovelies! I promise I'll make it up to you! Do any of you have a favorite Disney Theatrical production? Let me know in the comments below!

Hope you've had a magical (musical) Monday!
-Becca :)

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