Guten Morgen, Leute! Hope that you all have had a good weekend! For today, I thought that I’d write a post about musicals that hold nostalgic value with me and that metaphorically built my childhood! For as long as I can remember musicals have been a part of my life. One of the earliest memories I have is of me sitting on the couch watching the cartoon version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Even to this day, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is one of my favorite movies. And, through Disney I got my introduction to musicals.
Funnily enough, I never thought that the phenomenon of people in musicals bursting out in song was odd. In my family, music has always been immensely important. My uncle was our church’s organist while he was alive, most of my aunts and uncles (as well as my father) sang in the choir. My dad always is singing. (It’s pretty amazing how many different tunes he can sing the same words to, actually!) And so, I suppose that, due to my constant exposure to music in day-to-day life, the idea that people (and whole towns) would break out in song and dance just made sense to me.
As mentioned earlier, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was my first musical. And boy, I loved it. I could have watched that movie every day. I remember that, when I was about 3-4 years old, I’d always beg my mom to do my hair like Belle’s and every time Belle’s hair changed, my mom would do my hair to match Belle’s. According to my mom, apparently I’d also ask her to dance with me every time a dance scene happened. (Seriously Mom, you’re the best!) I can only imagine how burdensome it must’ve been to watch BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with me every day and follow through with all of my ridiculous requests, but my mom never made me pick something else to watch (even though it would be completely understandable if she did). I guess what I’m trying to get at is that from a really young age, my enthusiasm and love for musicals was highly encouraged and indulged.
When I was about 7 years old, my dad took the whole family out to Half-Price Books and he found the movie version of OLIVER! and so we bought it. I fell in love with it immediately and, as much as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Disney introduced me to musicals, OLIVER! was my first exposure to live-action musicals. And to this day, I still love watching OLIVER!.
About a year after I first saw OLIVER!, I saw WICKED in Japan. Although I remember little to nothing of the experience (except for the “Popular” scene) and didn’t understand a word, I do remember that I was left intrigued by the experience and due to that, a few years later I tried the German recording of “Dancing Through Life” [Tanz durch die Welt] and immediately knew that I had to listen to the rest. And now WICKED is one of my favorite musicals of all time although I never would have imagined that to be the case when I first saw it when I was 8.
Since I was about 5 years old, Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals like CINDERELLA and THE SOUND OF MUSIC have been a big part of my life. My dad watched these musicals with his parents when he was a kid and so I grew up watching them too. Along with Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals came other classical era musicals like ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.
Another nostalgic musical for me is SCROOGE, the 1970 musical movie. I absolutely adore this musical and really, nowadays it doesn’t ever seem like Christmas until I’ve watched this movie. It’s one of my absolute favorite musicals and I am forever disappointed that it’s technically a Christmas movie and thus I don’t get to watch it nearly as much as I wish I were able to.
Musicals have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I am glad that they continue to be a big part of my life today. I can’t imagine my life without musicals. The musicals I have mentioned in this post laid the foundation for what I expect from musicals and thus have impacted my taste in musicals. I am grateful that I was raised watching musicals and that my love for them has not died over time but rather has grown stronger. And I might not have ever grown to love musicals as much as I do if it weren’t for the musicals I’ve mentioned today.
What musicals were you raised on? Do you think that the musicals you were raised on have impacted your current taste in musicals? Danke und tschüss!