11 Definitive Feelings I Have About Musicals

11 Definitive Feelings I Have About Musicals

Not every musical can be all that jazz.

Theatre news has been swarming our computer screens this past week. Every show is getting in their last minute premiere to be Tony-eligible. Tony nominations will be read this year by the wonderful Christopher Jackson and Jane Krakowski. And we finally got a Tonys host with only a couple weeks away!

Amidst all this buzz, a recent Facebook trend also began to spread where everyone was making known their taste for musicals. From best to worst, underrated to overrated, people were coming in strong in terms of what they thought was all that jazz and what didn't make the cut. Because of this, I decided to reflect on my own choices:

1. Musicals I Love: "West Side Story", "Follies"

I love nothing more than some good old fashioned Sondheim. Both of these works are a pinnacle in terms of engaging storytelling, gorgeous showstopping numbers, and reflecting on some tragic times in the most beautiful and poetic ways possible. Can’t go wrong with either of these as they are both masterpieces.

2. Underrated Musicals: "Merrily We Roll Along", "Dogfight"

Both shows with scores that were taken for granted at their time and still now. "Merrily We Roll Along" is one of my favorite shows as well as scores. A score that showcases Sondheim’s best from his innate need for speed without also using a reprise of the originally sad song to be even sadder later. "Dogfight" is also just as memorable. It seems so simple but proves that a love story you root for doesn’t have to be extravagant to be mesmerizing.

3. Overrated Musicals: "Legally Blonde", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Wicked"

Let’s just face it guys, "Legally Blonde" was never that great a musical. It was cute, a good laugh, but at the end of the day is much better regarded over time as a movie. "Fiddler on the Roof" while acclaimed a classic staple in musical theater I just never got on board with. It’s tediously long and aside from a few numbers is pretty forgettable. And "Wicked"? "Wicked" is pretty self-explanatory if you’re a legitimate theater fan.

4. Musicals I Hate: "Cats", "Love Never Dies"

Mr. Andrew Lloyd Webber, I understand you have done a lot for the theater community and I thank you. But what happened here? You really dropped the ball, my friend. No matter what anyone says a musical about cats was never a good idea. I don’t care if produced “Memory” or had any acclaim, With "Love Never Dies", I mean no musical can ever top its predecessor. Plus, Christine never would have gone with the Phantom let’s be for real. Leave the Angel of Music where he belongs sir.

5. Guilty Pleasure Musicals: "Phantom of the Opera", "Rent"

Aside from my previous disdain for Webber, I’m no monster. "The Phantom of the Opera" is the guiltiest of pleasures to belt out to when you’re feeling sad or dramatic as a prima donna. "Rent" is always a good time. Though it may be stereotypical to adore, it will always have a special place in my heart. No day but today y’all.

6. Musicals I Am Most Excited To See: "Anastasia", "Dear Evan Hansen"

Though the chances are slim, I would do anything to be able to see these. "Anastasia" was a cornerstone of my childhood and to see that magic come to life would be phenomenal. Especially because of the changes they have made from screen to stage to actually make it more successful! "Dear Evan Hansen" already has great acclaim and I would love to be able to see the show whose soundtrack I can’t stop listening to!

7. Musicals I Cherish: "Man of La Mancha", "Into the Woods", "Next to Normal"

These are the musicals I hold dearest in my heart. "Man of La Mancha" is such a surprisingly twist on the epic tale of Don Quixote that balances between past and present of what it means to dream. "Into the Woods" centers on how our lives contain both light and darkness making them all the more worthwhile. "Next to Normal" is an epic that takes the typical family drama to a whole new level making us realize how we have no idea what could be going on next door.

8. Musicals I Sob Through: "Les Miserables", "Once"

"Les Miserables" is an epic and long-ass book for a reason, solely written by Hugo to produce tears. Death after death just gets worse and it feels like a time where justice doesn't prevail, but ultimately it proves to be a story of how you can be redeemed and achieve salvation. "Once" though may seem simple, it proves how the ordinariness of life can be the most beautiful as we just fail to notice it.

9. Gamechanger Musicals: "Rent", "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"

Yes, it gets a second mention on this list because "Rent" truly changed musical theater. Way before "Hamilton" or "Spongebob" or anything, "Rent" was the shit that turned Broadway upside down. It will never not be noted how impactful its inception and reception was as a revolutionary work of musical theater. On the other end of that spectrum is "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812", a work that is ambitious in a completely different way. Dealing with 19th century Russia, a techno-pop-rock opera and everything under the moon score and adding aspects of immersiveness and diversity to a classic tale. Could not appreciate it more!

10. Musicals Whose Songs I Skip: "The Book of Mormon", "Bye Bye Birdie"

Though "The Book of Mormon" had its due, it’s not one of those shows I really find myself listening to as a cast album. So much of the enjoyment of that show is in watching it, and the score just seems like not enough as a stand alone to keep me hanging on. "Bye Bye Birdie" is just so incessantly overbearing with its peppy teens and adults who can’t seem to grow up. I skip the dial whenever I hear it in my vicinity.

11. Musicals I Could Listen to On Repeat: "The Last Five Years", "Waitress"

"The Last Five Years" is a musical that I could listen to a thousand times and find something different every time. It’s also a story that’s universal being able to transcend its setting only becoming more resonant as times goes on "Waitress" is also stellar in terms of a score that can be on shuffle all day. Sara Bareilles is as catchy and sentimental as ever making you want to belt out your heart as well as cry into your pillow over love, life, and the struggle for self-acceptance.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.


It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul


Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug


Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep


This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct


Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov


Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec


The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan


You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb


Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar


This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr


Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May


Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun


Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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