Guten Morgen, leute! So, it’s time for (yet another) “Musical Theatre w/ My Family” post! And I really had to strain to think of a topic for this week. But I figured that, since last week, we talked about what makes a good musical character, I’d ask my family about what musical characters they relate to! This probably is a post that’ll be more interesting for me to write than for y’all to read, but who knows? Maybe you’ll learn something about my family members and myself! Los geht’s!
MOM (46 yrs.)
“What musical character do I relate to? That’s tough. Hm. Well, I guess that I can relate a little to Rusty [STARLIGHT EXPRESS] and maybe a little bit to Raoul [PHANTOM]. Why? Hmm. Well, Rusty because he works through a lot and oftentimes gets told that he can’t do certain things and I feel like that’s happened with me quite a bit. And then with Raoul, there’s just something about him that I can’t quite pinpoint that I see as relatable.”
So, I wasn’t really surprised by my mom’s choice of Rusty. But Raoul was one that I 100% did not see coming. At all. But I guess that I can see it… kinda? I don’t know. There’s definitely a stronger connection to Rusty than there is to Raoul, I think. But who knows?
DAD (44 yrs.)
“That’s a weird question to ask… well… maybe not. I don’t know what I’m saying. I don’t know if there’s any character in particular that I relate to. Hmm. Let me think about it. Maybe I’m like Bert from MARY POPPINS! Hey, why are you shaking your head and laughing? It’s a good answer…”
Hi, Dad (if you’re reading this, which you’re probably not…)! I wasn’t laughing… not really. It’s just… that the similarities are so evident that I don’t know why I didn’t see it coming. And really, the similarities are pretty amazing.
Unlike my dad, I have a lot of trouble narrowing down my list! Let’s see… there’s Sisi from ELISABETH at the forefront. Then, there’s Munkustrap from CATS. Yes, I relate to a cat… it’s not that weird. I also relate to Raoul from PHANTOM and Marius from LES MIZ. I relate a little to Dinah from STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Hmm… who else is there? Belle from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Megara from HERCULES. And one more… let’s go with Elphaba from WICKED.
So, let’s do some explaining! (If you can’t tell, I’m in love with explaining things…) First up, Sisi. Sisi’s ambitious like I am. But… she’s a little more ambitious than me. At the same time, though, she’s softhearted and yet stands up for what she believes. She’s tough and she’s not willing to sacrifice her own principles for the sake of love, etc. Next up, Munkustrap. Munku’s a storyteller and I relate to that aspect a lot. But I also understand his protective sort of role as well as I feel that, as the eldest, I’m kind of the protector of my siblings in some ways. Next, Marius and Raoul. I’m a bit dorky and I feel like both Raoul and Marius can be a tad bit dorky as well. Oh, and I’m a hopeless romantic… like them. Then, there’s Dinah. Dinah’s a tough girl who gets up immediately when someone knocks her down and just walks it off. And I can relate to that! Next, Belle. I’m a bookworm! Need I say more? Megara? Well… I’m (a bit) sarcastic and I can just overall relate to her. Elphie? I’m ambitious like she is, but caring as well!
MY SISTER (13 yrs.)
“Well I know what you would say. But me? I think that I would go with Fiyero from WICKED and Pearl from STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Ooh… and Christine from PHANTOM. Yeah, might as well put her on the list too.”
I know what I would have said for my sister as well. And I’m pretty sure most people in my family would agree with me. But… my sister just thinks that I’m being weird when I bring it up so…. Anyways, she picked Fiyero, Pearl, and Christine. Fiyero, I can definitely see. They’re both pretty spunky and fun-loving. Pearl… well… I can kinda see that one as well. Overall, I’d say that they’re kinda similar in a lot of ways and the things they experience can be quite similar as well. Then, Christine? Well… that’s where I’m kinda not getting it. But… if my sister says so, she must have a good reason, I’m assuming…
MY BROTHER (11 yrs.)
“Cosmo from SINGING IN THE RAIN, I think. That’s his name, right? Hmm… Michael Banks from MARY POPPINS. And… I think I’ll go with Bert from MARY POPPINS.”
What I find immensely funny here is that this is the first time I’m really realizing how similar my dad and my brother are personality-wise. I mean… all of the choices here could just as easily have fit with my dad and vice-versa. But I mean… I can see all of these fitting my brother pretty well, actually! Never really saw the connection to Cosmo until he pointed it out though!
And that’s it for me! I hope that this was interesting! What musical characters do you relate to and why? Danke schön und tschüss!