And musicals are my life! Why? Isn’t it evident? Yes, as simple as that: sound, music, magic, inspiring lyrics and a lot of tears! This music is a beneficial drug and can personify emotions in life if written well and it’s a source of incessant inspiration and expression.
I am not an expert, or a captious critic – I am just driven by my emotions.
So, ladies and gentlemen… This is my top ten:
10) Sister Act
Based on the zany 1992 film comedy of the same name that starred Whoopi Goldberg, the musical play “Sister Act” is made by musical composer Alan Menken and Glen Slater, who teamed up on the lively score. And they made it. Everything is so FA-BO-LOUS BABY: the vibrant and sassy Deloris and the rest of the full-throated Troupe and the great songs (and spectacular lyrics) … Two hours of pure energy and soul! Absolute favourite song: “The Life I Never Led”… *sigh* (story of my life)!
Viennese, the only German-language musical I can bear. This play tells the story of Elisabeth, also well-known as “Sissi”, the fascinating Empress of Austria, going from 1854 to her murder in 1898 at the hands of Luigi Lucheni, through the lens of her growing obsession with the Death, the only one thing that keeps her emotionally stimulated. And the song “Last dance”, that she duets with the dark and sensual shadow of Death, is a wonderful hymn and express exactly what she really feels… Impressed by the stage design, which is majestically grandiose.
8) Miss Saigon
Like in every masterpiece, there is the Italian hand in it. Miss Saigon isn’t an exception. Yap… In fact, the musical is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. That is one of the reason, I agreed to go to theatre to check, if the heat is actually on… In Saigon. What else? Oh, yes: the cast and my predilection for actors and actress in supporting roles makes me just adore Rachelle Ann Go and Hugh Maynard. Further, the Music of Claude-Michel Schönberg makes me shed a lot of tears, before all else “Please” and the the ode “Bui Doi”.
7) Lion King
Disney galoooore! Right. Lion King is one of the most popular Disney animated musicals. The level of detail in the costumes, make up and puppetry is utterly staggering. It knocked me out of my socks from minute one, as Rafiki calls the animals to Pride Rock. Timon and Pumbaa are a blast and all the songs (really all of them) sent me into a time warp. Childhood memories, fun and a terrific show, makes me feel Hakuna Matata! Absolutely in love with „He lives in you“ and „Shadowland“.
The celebration of diversity! The ultimate description on the nature of good and evil who takes place in the Land of Oz, in the years leading to Dorothy’s arrival. One of the best part about Wicked is that it shows, that even if you are different, you can overcome adversity and achieve great things. Not to mention I get chills every time I listen to Elphaba singing “Defying Gravity”. Shouldn’t I feel like her? Misunderstood, smart, fiery and in unrequited love with the guy, that will (of course) choose Galinda, the beautiful, blonde, popular girl? Why certainly! Go team-emerald-green-skin!
5) The Phantom of the Opera
Based on the French novel Le fantôme de l’Opéra, its central plot revolves around the beautiful and frail Christine who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera. It was my first real Musical at West End. OMG! I was so, so excited. I so wanted to be the Angel of Music! I was in love with him, Erik, The Phantom and never with Raoul. “The Point of No Return“, „Think of Me“, „The music of the night” and „Prima Donna“ are my absolutely my most beloved pieces and I tried so hard to impersonate Christine and Carlotta… But no way!
4) Les Miserables
2-4-6-0-1!!!! “Les Misérables” presents audiences with a stage full of singers who, one by one, have a chance to step into the spotlight, and astonish with the mighty heft and range of their voices. Les Miz are a lot of stories, sad stories, amalgamate magnificently in one big classic by Victor Hugo. I just love the melancholy, the strength and the songs of this tale, because sometimes you just like to sit in your room and cry and think about how difficult life was for people in early-19th century France, okay?
3) Kinky Boots
Well, I just shiver when I think of it: the lovely, beautiful, sassy Lola has become a beacon for many who feel their differences are something to be ashamed of. Lola loves who she is, completely and unabashedly, even when others do not. She helps Charlie to love who he is, and to pursue something he is truly passionate about. We could all learn a lesson from this diva! Cindy Lauper gave her best with those exhilarating songs! And, THAT favourite quote: “Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. Red. Red. *Red*. *Red*, Charlie boy. *Red*! Is the colour of sex! Burgundy is the colour of hot water bottles! Red is the colour of sex and fear and danger and signs that say, Do. Not. Enter. All my favourite things in life.” I admit. I am in love with Lola and I truly wish, I could be like her: resolute, passionate and fierce!
I JUST WENT BANANAS! What can I say about this hilarious show? It was the perfect closure of my birthday, last 21. January (thanks to Flavio – you know), as I saw it for the first time! It wasn’t “a whole new world”, as I know by heart each and every word of each and every song. And also, the story was based on the animated film of 1992… The familiar tale of how a poor young man discovers a genie in a lamp and uses his wishes to marry the princess that he loves and to thwart the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier. Incontestably star turn: he, the Genie! MY GOSH… Trevor Dion Nicholas is beyond any doubt a genius and a brilliant showman; he sings, dances, performs magic, makes me laugh and cry at the same time and: HE ROCKS! Superb show, hope to catch it again. HYPE!
O.K.A.Y.! I How shall I describe the feeling I had, as Amber Riley sang at only 2 meters’ distance from me “And I am telling you, I’m not going”?! I need to google that… Let me try “how do you feel like, when your heart is skipping 2 beats at once and you find yourself in a dimension of a big yabba-dabba-doo and you’re kinda crying and smiling at the same time?” Palpitations galore. Chocked up. Ravished. Sexed up! OMG. Did I say that? Hahaha… I just adored EVERYTHING. No words needed, sorry! These people are just terrific. Gutsy Riley is a notch above them all, underplaying her melismatic skill, her voice switching from a dagger to a whisper. All-time favourite. R&B is Sorry, Genie – Girl-Power wins. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, magical, mystical, irresistible, cosmical, a wonderful overkill! PEW, PEW, PEW!