As you are reading this, I will be in Portugal (unless you read this later than the week I upload it in which case I am upset because I’m not back in Portugal) and therefore I decided to do a tag for this week’s blog post. I was watching Johnny Vicker’s new(ish) video (subscribe to Ireadbooksinnightclubs because he’s great) and he did the musical theatre tag and as I co-host a musical theatre show, decided this tag was probably a good idea. I mean I’m not saying its genius. But its something.
1 What was the first musical you ever saw?
I think it was Avenue Q when I was 14? At least this is the first one I remember. It was at Leeds Grand Theatre which I love and it was as shocking as it was funny. If you don’t know of this musical it has puppets but juxtaposes it with songs such as ‘The Internet is for Porn’. Since finishing my undergraduate though, have been listening to ‘What do you do with a BA in English?’ FAR TOO MUCH than could be healthy.
2 What was your favourite musical growing up?
Does the Lion King 2 count? I mean it has a lot of songs in it that all build up the story and convey feelings and it has big dance numbers in ‘Upendi’ and a fantastic villain song in ‘Lullaby’. Basically I’m calling it a musical so it is one.
3 Were you ever in a musical?
Noooo. I did dance lessons for several years so have some sense of rhythm and timing but my singing voice leaves A LOT to be desired. As in I desire to have a singing voice. However we did a parody of ‘You’ll be Back’ on our radio show which showcased the one bit of musical theatre I cannot do.
4 What was the first musical you saw on Broadway?
I have never seen anything on Broadway OR in the West End but that is to change soon as I am going to the West End two times in the next six months! I’m going to see The Lion King and Hamilton because if I’m going to the West End I’m damn well doing it properly.
5 If you could be any female character in any musical who would you be and why?
This is a difficult one as I have never pictured myself in a musical because of lack of singing ability. Maybe Candela from Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown because accurate title is accurate and in ‘Model Behaviour’ I could get to say the words ‘Damn they’ve scratched out the number- and misspelled vagina’ as a job. Like I would be paid to say those words to an audience each night. Theatre is amazing.
6 Which male character?
Once again a difficult one but maybe Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen? Just because I relate to him as a character and he has my favourite songs from the musical: ‘Waving through a Window’, ‘For Forever’, and ‘Words Fail’.
7 Favourite musical song to sing in the shower?
It depends on whatever I have been listening to recently. For example there was a time when I couldn’t stop listening to ‘Confrontation’ from Jekyll and Hyde which I sang not only in the shower but also while walking home (if I was certain no other people were around).
8 Who is your favourite theatre actress?
Laura Benanti (I think?). Because we have a game called lets find Laura because she’s been in every musical ever and so there’s a lot of recordings of her. Also for this series of videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t03wk2lkmqs
Agh there are so many though! Same for the favourite actresses. However I do love Nathan Lane. Because he’s Nathan Lane.
10 Favourite film adaptations of a musical?
I bloody love The Sound of Music and will watch it any time it’s on. One of the most underrated songs is ‘I have Confidence’ which will be guaranteed to get you feeling confident in yourself and Christopher Plumber looks real good.
11 What do you think is the most underrated musical?
Little Shop of Horrors! I love this musical and don’t understand why none of my friends have listened/ seen it. It has a rock-and-roll vibe, a really good story, and monstrous green plant-like life form named Audrey Two in it. What more could you possibly want??
12 Overrated musical?
I have not yet seen or listened to a musical that didn’t deserve the hype although I have not listened to many of the Classics yet (yes I am bad at musical theatring but I’m getting there) and so I’m interested to see what I make of them.
13 What musical made you cry?
All of them because its musical theatre. Les Misérables but not for all the dying but during ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. There’s just something so heartbreaking about it.
14 What musical made you laugh?
All of them because its musical theatre. I love comedy and so tend to lean towards the comedy-side of musical theatre anyway so I will laugh at any and all jokes (also because social convention makes me).
15 Are there any musicals you saw and hated?
Not yet and hopefully never will!
16 What musical do you want to see as a film?
I think I would like to see The Lord of the Rings Musical but not just The Lord of the Rings. Specifically the musical version on film. Because it is really sweet and underappreciated and the Hobbits are all folky which is fantastic.
17 Which musicals are you dying to see?
ANY AND ALL.
18 Any movies or books you think should be turned into a musical?
Musical murder mystery anyone? Like a Miss Marple or Poirot based one? I’m not sure if it would work but I would love to see someone give it a go. Preferably the people from Mischief Theatre who do The Play That Goes Wrong and who are planning The Musical That Goes Wrong.
19 What is your all-time favourite musical?
Don’t ask this from me. I have seen Wicked a few times and I always love it and find new things I love about it, I have already stated loads of musicals I love above and I think it depends on my mood and the atmosphere and so many other things because favourites can be flexible and also mainly because I can’t decide right now.