Entertainment | Musical Theatre Tag

Many friends of mine, if asked how Paris feels about musicals, will probably roll their eyes and remember the countless times that I've turned everything they've ever said into some sort of musical reference. And that's me just getting started with musicals. I've always enjoyed them, but recently that love of musical theatre has gone up a notch, and I'm in the fun process of trying to discover even more of them. I'm really excited about doing this tag so, "Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please"*...
*Sweeney Todd - "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir" and "God, That's Good!"

1. What was the first musical you ever saw?
Through DVD/video, it would most likely be Disney's Lady & The Tramp, and if Disney doesn't count then Grease. On stage, I first saw Wicked at the age of 12 on a school trip to the West End.

2. What was your favourite musical growing up?
Alongside many animated Disney musicals, Grease was a huge favourite of mine growing up - I loved the soundtrack and there's no denying what a classic that film is!

3. Were you ever in a musical?
As a child, I was in a few shows that were essentially just a bunch of various musical songs back-to-back, so I've been an orphan from Oliver! and a pink lady from Grease, just not in the musicals themselves.

4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway?
In the Autumn of 2013, I was lucky enough to go on a trip to New York with my Sixth Form, where I saw Chicago. As the only show I've ever been able to see on Broadway, I'm extremely happy to have seen it as it's one of my favourite musicals ever and the show was incredible.

5. What was the first musical you saw on West End?
As said in question 1, it was Wicked in 2009.

6. If you could be any female character from a musical, who would you be and why?
Maria von Trapp from The Sound of Music. She's such a strong-willed character and uses that trait for the good of others. She also goes on a huge journey of self-discovery throughout the story and comes out even stronger from it.

7. Which male character?
Cosmo Brown from Singin' in the Rain. He's such a fun and happy character and his and Don Lockwood's tap dancing is mesmerisingly good.

8. Favourite musical song to sing in the shower?
On My Own from Les Misérables. Éponine is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time I absolutely adore the song. However, I have discovered that the song loses its beauty when you start choking on shampoo.

9. Who is your favourite theatre actress?
Carrie Hope Fletcher, who currently plays Éponine in Les Misérables. I saw her as Éponine and thought she was absolutely brilliant - and I love her backstage vlogs too. I've also got a soft spot for Samantha Barks (another Éponine) and Julie Andrews.

10. And actor?
I really admire Daniel Huttlestone for all that he's achieved at his age. He was great as Gavroche in the film adaptation of Les Misérables and as Jack in the film adaptation of Into the Woods. His cockney accent is also always a favourite of mine to impersonate when listening to Consider Yourself from Oliver! too.

11. Favourite film adaptation of a musical?
With most musicals, I've either seen the show or the film, rather than both. But between Les MisérablesChicago and Sister Act, of which I've seen both, I'd pick Les Misérables as Sister Act cuts out the songs and I just didn't get on with Renee Zellweger as Roxie. I also thought the Les Misérables film did a good job of incorporating both the stage show and the Victor Hugo novel into its final product.

12. What do you think is the most underrated musical?
I don't really have an answer to this right now, but as I explore the world of musicals a little more, I'm sure I'll find plenty!

13. What do you think is the most overrated musical?
I hate to say it but Grease. Even though I do love it, I feel there are plenty just as good if not better that don't get half as much credit.

14. What musical made you cry?
Les Misérables. Of course.

15. What musical made you laugh?
Little Shop of Horrors because it's just so weird, and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4. I saw the first run of this a few months ago in my home-town theatre. I thought it was a brilliant and humorous reflection on the struggles of a teenage boy. Brilliantly done and something I'd definitely recommend if it ever comes back.

16. Are there any musicals you saw and hated?
I wouldn't go as far as to say "hate" but I didn't think much to the film of West Side Story. I really like the soundtrack and have since purchased the CD of that, but I found the film a little dragged out and rather dull. This wasn't helped by the fact I'm not at all a fan of its source material, Romeo & Juliet.

17. Which musicals are you dying to see?
All of them! There are so many that intrigue me - such as Evita, Billy Elliott and The Rocky Horror Picture Show - and plenty that I saw long ago and barely remember - such as The Phantom of the Opera and The King & I.

18. What musical do you want to see as a film?
I'd really like to see more DVDs of the stage shows themselves released, but in terms of a film adaptation, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming live-action Beauty & The Beast and Wicked films. I'd also love the musical version of Billy Elliott to be made into a film as I've heard great things about the show.

19. Any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical?
I feel as though all of these needs are taken care of by the wonderful Youtube channel AVByte. They do mini-musicals of everything from Super Mario Bros to Doctor Who. I highly recommend you take a look!

20. What is your all-time favourite musical?
Les Misérables, without a doubt! I absolutely adore it and drive my friends up the wall with constant references to it. I love the soundtrack, the characters, and the plot, and I also find the historical context behind it all very interesting too.

What are some of your favourite musicals? I'd love to see your recommendations down in the comments, and if anyone does/has done this tag please drop me a link to it!