I Ranked My Top 10 Favorite Broadway Musicals So Other Theater Nerds Didn't Have To

I Ranked My Top 10 Favorite Broadway Musicals So Other Theater Nerds Didn't Have To

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It has become a tradition for my siblings and me to go see a lot of Broadway shows every year. Last year we almost saw a musical every single month of the year. I've seen over twenty shows so far and plan to see many, many more. I have decided to rank my favorites from the shows that I've seen so far.

1. "The Color Purple," 2016 Revival.

We did not plan to see "The Color Purple" but actually went into New York to see "Les Misérables" for a matinee. After talking to one of the workers at TKTS, a place where you can get discounted tickets, we decided to go see this show. I usually know general information about the show and some songs before I go and see it with my family, this was not the case for "The Color Purple."

I went in completely blind. This show was life-changing. It was filled with female empowerment and the only musical I've seen that has had a standing ovation before curtain call. Cynthia Erivo, Cynthia Erivo, Cynthia Erivo. She went on to win the Best Lead Actress in a Musical at the Tony's even when she was up against the cast of "Hamilton." She is incredibly gifted and truly took my breath away.

2. "The Great Comet"

I was lucky enough to see "The Great Comet" twice when it was on Broadway. Based on the novel "War and Peace," this musical tells the story of a Natasha and Pierre following the lives of their family and friends through scandals and chaos in Russia. This show is all over the place, and I love it.
First of all, the set is beautiful and allows for the audience to sit on the stage and in normal seats. The entire theater is the stage and the cast is running around dancing to all of the songs. It is exciting, fun, and has good songs. An added bonus are the pierogies that they give out before the official start of the show.


3. "Hamilton"


If you haven't heard about "Hamilton" then you must be living under a rock. Not only did the show win a ton of awards but is known for being very expensive due to its popularity. When I was finally able to get tickets to see this show, most of the hype was gone and I had moved on to other musicals. I still loved the show and thought that it was an amazing production but I didn't have the same reaction to it as I did to the above-mentioned shows.

4. "Falsettos," 2017 Revival.

"Falsettos" was only on Broadway for a short period of time but I still was able to see it twice. This is a show discusses the tough topic of AIDs and how it affected people who were gay. I laughed and cried during the show which means that they must be doing something right. Even though "Falsettos" can seem to be a little all over the place, it is still an entertaining and uplifting show. I would see it again if it was still on Broadway.


5. "A Band's Visit"

"The Band's Visit" is the most recent musical that I have seen. It is nominated for Best Musical in the upcoming Tony Awards. This show is only one act but still tells a beautiful story of a band who accidentally end up in the wrong city but use their time to get to know the locals. The music in this show is extremely calming and if you need help falling asleep just put their album on replay. "The Band's Visit" has so much representation and culture that makes the show so inspiring. The cast is also super friendly and loves the support shown by their audiences.


6. "Dear Evan Hansen"

"Dear Evan Hansen" is another very popular musical and also won Best Musical at the last Tony Awards. The show follows Evan Hansen as he tries to find his place in the world. This musical talks about hard topics like suicide and mental illness but also is very relatable. The music is also very catchy and, at points, very moving. As someone who has struggled with mental illness, this show hits close to home and allows me to relate to it on many different levels.


7. "The Book of Mormon"

I saw "The Book of Mormon" with one of my best friends for her birthday a few years ago. We left the theater laughing because of the amazing cross between humor and show tunes. This is not a show for the light of heart but if you're up for it, this show will leave you begging for more. There isn't a big overall message but it is definitely entertaining.

8. "Kinky Boots"

Brendon Urie played the lead role of Charlie Prince when I went to see "Kinky Boots." I should have waited till after his opening night to go see the show because the audience was very disruptive and many people left before curtain call to go to the stage door. All theatergoers know that you can't hoot or holler during a performance. Nonetheless, the show was very upbeat and fun. I love the music and the characters were brought to life on the stage.

9. "Miss. Saigon," 2016 Revival.

"Miss. Saigon" is another show that I went into not knowing much about the production or the song. I was taken back in time to the Vietnam War to not only see some of the aspects of the war but the aftermath. The people in Vietnam were suffering and attempting to pick up the pieces to their home country. There was sacrifice, love, and loss. I am forever changed by this production.

10. "Bandstand"

"Bandstand" won a Tony Award in 2017 for its outstanding choreography by Andy Blankenbeuhler, who also choreographed the popular musicals "Hamilton" and "In the Heights." The story about a band of war veterans was entertaining and interesting, and the score was fun. The two leads gave wonderful performances. Sadly, the show is no longer on the Broadway but you can still listen to the cast album on iTunes.

Broadway has been a huge part of my life these past few years. I always walk away from a show changed because of the way the actors and stage crew are able to immerse the audience into the lives of the characters. I can't wait to see my next trip to New York.


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If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

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42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

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44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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The Queen Of Soul Leaves A Story To Tell And A Voice That Cannot Be Replicated

Aretha Franklin may have passed on, but her legacy will live forever.

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On March 25, 1942, Aretha Franklin was born. The daughter of a well-known and highly respected Baptist Minister and Gospel singer from Memphis, Tennessee would soon move to Detroit, Michigan, where Aretha would meet lifelong friends and musical contributors.

Aretha Franklin was engulfed in music from the day she was born and, by the middle of the 1950s, Aretha had learned to play piano and began singing alongside her sisters in the church choir. It was during this time that Franklin first met strong, historical figures, such as Clara Ward, Smokey Robinson, and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson. These are notable family friends that would stand by Aretha's side many times in the future.

Like many people finding themselves in the spotlight, there is more to Aretha Franklin's story than what is put in the tabloids. There are deeper events in her timeline that contribute to her emotion-filled voice. At the small age of six, Aretha endured her mother's leaving of the family and death four years later.

Aretha began a family of her own at the age of 12. In 1956, Clarence, Franklin's first son was born. Two years after, Aretha gave birth to her son Edward.

In the years that make up the start of the Franklin Clan, Aretha Franklin signed to Columbia Records and moved to New York. Moderate success would be found in the next five years of her music career. In 1961, Aretha Franklin was married and conceived her third child, Teddy Jr., with her newly-wedded husband.

While moderate success is admirable, Aretha signed with Atlantic Records and, in 1967, released an album "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" with a hit track of the same name giving Aretha Franklin her first Top 10 hit.

Following the great success of her 1967 album, Aretha moved on to release other critically acclaimed hit songs, including, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools" and more, earning her several Grammy awards and the cover of Time Magazine, where her nickname, The Queen Of Soul, was born.

To the outside world, Aretha Franklin was constantly moving up, but, behind closed doors, Aretha's personal life was struggling. Ms. Franklin has a history of arrests for disorderly conduct and reckless driving. She had also developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Franklin divorced her abusive husband, Ted White, and allowed the experience to serve as inspiration in the studio. Aretha was married and gave birth to her fourth son, Kecalf, in the 1970s. The relationship would end in 1984.

Along with her growing popularity as a singer, Aretha Franklin became a symbol of pride for many black Americans during the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Many women, also looked to Aretha as a strong black woman that is living proof of what Black Women can be.

Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, becoming the first women to ever be listed.

As times changed and music continued to redefine itself, it became difficult for a soul-gospel singer to stay in the spotlight. Nevertheless, Aretha Franklin always found a way to release a hit that transcended the ever-changing boundaries of music. With collaborations, covers, an autobiography, and The Presidential Medal Of Freedom awarded in 2005, Aretha Franklin never left the minds of all who cared to listen and pay attention. She continued to inspire multiple generations and give breath-taking performances that reminded the world why she was, indeed, The Queen Of Soul.

Aretha Franklin spoke to hearts around the world with the utter of one subtle note. Her ability to stay relevant, no matter the age group, amazed but did not surprise. The world knew she was one of a kind. The world knew there was only one Aretha. Through the years, Ms. Franklin never altered to fit in and never strayed away from the type of music she wanted to produce for the happiness of others. Her name alone is a cause for celebration. The amount of records she holds is mind-boggling. Her music narrated, not only her personal endeavors but the lives of people worldwide. A personal connection can be made when listening to any of her songs. Aretha Franklin is a standing ovation within herself.

Little did the outside world know, Ms. Franklin had been battling illness for years, behind-the-scenes. Although occasional rumors would ring of her health, Aretha dodged all questions and killed all concerns with poise and a brilliant smile. She did not want the world to know of her health issues, no matter how small. A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin told People Magazine, "She has been ill for a long time, She did not want people to know and she didn't make it public." Word spread of a battle between Aretha Franklin and Pancreatic Cancer for many years, although, of course, no confirmation or details were given on the matter.

It started to become hard to hide the ailing condition of The Queen once shows frequently began to be canceled, due to doctors orders. Aretha had announced in February of 2017 that she would be retiring from music, but may take the stage at select events. Franklin was true to her word and returned to the stage in August of 2017 and at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Enduring Vision benefit gala in November of the same year. Fans became highly concerned by the more than noticeable shift in Aretha Franklin's appearance.

A close friend of the phenomenal singer told TMZ, "she could go at any time," and mentioned that she was down 85 lbs. This information was given two weeks ago. Unfortunately, better updates did not follow.

On the morning of Thursday, August 16, 2018, The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. She leaves behind her soul-touching music, a record of more than 20 chart-topping R&B; hits and 18 Grammy wins, and anthems that will live for ages. She is survived by her four sons.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and, while the physical body that is Aretha Franklin has moved on to Glory, the teachings and inspirations of her soul shall live forever. Like many idols before her, it is indeed hard to say goodbye, but let us be grateful for the time we had to witness the greatness that is Aretha Louise Franklin. May she rest in sound peace.

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