Hallo, leute! So, it’s a new week and I thought of doing new sort of “series” of posts weekly in which I interview my family about musical-related things. This should be interesting because we’re all different in our preferences of musicals and characters and such but at the same time, I feel like we have a lot of similarities! This week, we’re starting with the biggest thing: favorite musical. I’ve added their ages for some added perspective (if anything), and my personal thoughts on these things! Los geht’s!
DAD (44 yrs.)
I wasn’t really surprised by what my dad told me about his favorite musical. It’s OLIVER!. (He also said that it might be THE MUSIC MAN but after much thought, he settled on OLIVER!.) He told me that he loves it because of the songs, the characters, and all of the dancing and such.
OLIVER! is a musical that I grew up with when I first saw the movie version as a kid. As a kid, a lot of the darker, more violent stuff went right over my head and I didn’t even notice until I rewatched it years later. OLIVER! is also one of my favorite musicals and I’m always glad that my dad introduced me to it.
MOM (45 yrs.)
There were a few musicals that I thought my mom might pick for her answer. But I had a hunch that she would say STARLIGHT EXPRESS. And… I was right. STARLIGHT EXPRESS has been a big part of my mom’s life. If it weren’t for her going to see it as a teenager, she might’ve never decided to apply for the exchange program that led my mom to the US.
I also really, really like STARLIGHT EXPRESS but what I thought was really interesting about what my mom told me about why STARLIGHT is her favorite musical was that it seemed to be her favorite musical not because of the songs, really, but because of the impact it’s had on her life. That got me thinking that a person’s favorite musical might also be tied to the memories they associate with those musicals and I thought that was really interesting.
I had a tough time answering this question myself because there are so many musicals that I would call my favorite depending on the circumstances and / or what I’m looking for in a musical. LES MIZ, WICKED, and ELISABETH are the musicals that I usually will tell people are my favorite musicals. And the funny thing? I like them all for different reasons.
LES MIZ is special to me because it really helped me to better understand musicals in general and because it’s got such a beautifully inspiring yet tragic story to it that I can’t help but hold close. Also, LES MIZ is appealing to me because, as a history geek who has a thing for revolutions, I learned about a rebellion that I’d never heard of. All thanks to LES MIZ.
Then, there’s WICKED. WICKED showed me that musicals can have happiness in them. They can make you laugh. They don’t always have to turn you into a sobbing mess. While WICKED does have its tragedy, it’s still a musical that has a more… upbeat, happy air to it than a lot of the musicals that I grew up with. Another reason that I love WICKED? A lot of the characters and the storyline is really relatable.
And now… we’ve got ELISABETH. Ah, ELISABETH. There’s so much that I could say about ELISABETH, but I’ll try to keep it under control. When it comes to ELISABETH, it’s got a wonderful, wonderful sort of uniqueness to it and I love its use of imagery and metaphor. The characters are wonderfully relatable and I feel like it’s a story that is so true to life in a way that I don’t think many musicals are. Also, ELISABETH really reconnected me with my love of the German culture and language. So… I’ve got a lot of reasons to be grateful for ELISABETH.
MY SISTER (13 yrs.)
When I asked my sister this, she thought about it for a while and then eventually said THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. She remembered when she, my dad, and I went to see PHANTOM in Seattle a few years back and said that was a moment that she never wants to forget.
Hearing my sister say that PHANTOM is her favorite musical made me smile. I also clearly remember when we’d gone ot see PHANTOM at the Paramount theatre in Seattle. It was the first time that I’d ever been on an outing with my sister in a really long time and I was just so happy to hear that she remembered it. I think that PHANTOM is one of the things that my sister and I really bonded over.
MY BROTHER (11 yrs.)
Of everyone in my family, my brother is the one who doesn’t like musicals very much. I don’t think he’s ever seen a musical live except for the one time I bought really cheap tickets to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST several years ago. When I asked him what musical he’d say is his favorite he asked me a few things. First, he asked: “To listen to or to watch?” Then, he asked: “To sing the songs or to just listen?” So, I told him that preferably it’d be something that included all of those things and he said that his favorite would probably have to be either INTO THE WOODS or FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
When I’d asked the question, I was 98% sure that he’d say FIDDLER ON THE ROOF though I knew that INTO THE WOODS might be high on the list as well. I remember while we (or rather my mom and I) were watching the Tony awards last year, my brother fell in love with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF so I bought the CD the next time I was at the used bookstore and found a copy of the CD there.
And so, this has been my family’s favorite musicals! What are your favorite musicals? What about your family? Do you think that their tastes in musicals are similar to yours? Tschüss!