Musicals

Revolutions, Revelations and Angelica Schuyler

It’s hard to talk about Hamilton’s Angelica without thinking about Eponine, that other figure of unrequited love in a smash hit musical. But once you’ve noted that they both sing a song about the guy they don’t end up with, the similarities pretty much end. Eponine, for all her iconicness, is the prototypical waif. She sadly wanders the streets, …

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Watching It Burn: Eliza Hamilton and Narrative

Like most of the internet, I’m currently completely obsessed with Hamilton. And since I’m a sucker for meta about narrative and perspective… let’s talk about Eliza, shall we? Eliza’s story is preoccupied with her place in the musical’s narrative. As the story progresses, she moves from asking Alexander to “let [her] be a part of the narrative” …

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The Modern Cinderella

2015 seems to be the Year of the Cinderella Retelling, with book and movie versions of the classic tale cropping up everywhere. Disney released two Cinderella adaptations this year — the live action versions starring Lily James, and the new adaptation of Into the Woods starring Anna Kendricks. The first is a rather earnest, traditional retelling of the …

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Into the Woods

As a fan of fairy tales — and of twisted fairy tales especially — it’s kind of ridiculous that I had never seen or heard anything from Into the Woods until I went to see the movie last weekend. Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack and Rapunzel combined into one cross-fairy-tale adventure, with the “happy ending” in …

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The Problem with Les Miserables

I’m going to start this post by saying that I LOVE Les Miserables. I love the music, I love the characters, it’s one of my favorite musicals, and I was thrilled when I got the chance to see it on the West End last week. That said, boy does this musical lack good female characters. Sure, Fantine and …

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Appreciating Wicked

Last week, I found this fabulous article on The Toast: Wicked, haters to the left, please. In it, writer Sarah James recalls her teenage self’s obsession with the musical, and then her about-face to superior loathing, based on the idea that real Broadway fans don’t like musicals that are so teenage girl-y. She then explores how this …

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On Fantine

It’s difficult to know what to think of Fantine in Les Miserables. She’s a tragic figure who sings a fantastic song, but as she dies quite early in the musical, it also seems highly possible to dismiss her as a Victorian cliche. She is, to put it simply, the tragic fallen woman, who gets pregnant, turns …

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Disliking Cosette

I, like pretty much everyone who has seen Les Miserables, am a firm supporter of Team Eponine. I fangirl Lea Salonga, I love On My Own, and my gut reactions sort Eponine and Cosette into “the awesome one” and “the annoying one.” It’s easy for me to understand my love for Eponine. She has great songs, she’s …

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