Sounds from the Stage

Sounds from the Stage

I grew up watching musicals, raised on Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. You name it, I watched or listened to it. My mom loved them (my dad… not so much). And the soundtracks, whether original cast recordings or special guest stars, were magical. I have a ton of them in my collection and they turn my car into my own personal stage. You can’t be in a bad mood or get annoyed with a traffic jam when singing along with “By Jeeves” or “Love Changes Everything”. 🙂

Les Misérables accompanied my high school years. The drama and feelings were real when singing along with “On My Own”. (My absolute favorite Marius was Michael Ball. That man can sing anything at all and I will buy it.)

And then, and then, came Phantom of the Opera. “Think of Me”, “The Music of the Night” (Can we all just take a moment to appreciate Michael Crawford’s voice there?), and “All I Ask of You”. O-M-G. Love.

Cats, Aspects of Love, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Rent, Evita, Wicked, Avenue Q, A Chorus Line, Hamilton, the list goes on and on, I could talk about (read: gush over) music and lyrics F-O-R-E-V-E-R.

With growing up watching people in movies and in plays randomly breaking into song, I’d like to end this post by saying that I was pretty disappointed when I realized that most people in real life — aside from my theatre-loving friends — did NOT do that too. I still think this should be a thing that everyone does. 🙂

Comments

  1. I have loved musicals since I was a kid. I think the first one I ever saw was Annie. But I remember watching the movie versions of the Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and the Wiz and loving them. When I saw Wicked in London, I absolutely fell in love with musicals all over again. 🙂 Trying to convince the hubster that it’s time for another musical trip. 🙂

    • Susan Scott Shelley says:

      Annie was the first one I ever saw too! 🙂
      So jealous you got to see Wicked in London! I bet that was amazing!

  2. Everly Lucas says:

    OMG yes!
    There wasn’t a party I went to in high school where my friends and I didn’t burst into song. RENT was huge at the time, so we’d all gather around a piano and sing 525,600 Minutes, or I’d belt out Take Me or Leave Me with one of my friends between classes or something.
    Between the spring shows and year-round choir rehearsals and performances, my teen years were just one, long musical.
    Man, that was awesome. 😀

    • Susan Scott Shelley says:

      That IS awesome!
      Same here. The best part of high school for me was definitely being in the chorus.

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