Monday, September 23, 2013

Celebrate Musicals Week: Tag

I'm not sure how well I'll do on posting, as I'm pretty busy, but here goes nothin'.

Yet Another Period Drama Blog
Yet Another Period Drama Blog

1.  What musical did you pick to "spotlight" this week and why?
I finally, after running through the numerous (5) musicals that I am well acquainted with, I decided...that is, I have almost made up my do 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
...mainly because Jess already took Oliver! and everyone is doing Les Mis. And I hardly know anything about Mary Poppins (as far as the play/songs/other casts go--on the movie I am quite the established authority). I just recently discovered this musical, and am quite ready to dissect it--and here was a chance to do so where others might get something out of it (?). 

2.  How did you discover the musical you picked (hereinafter referred to as "your musical")?
I read the book. And watched the one and only TSP '82.

And saw there was a musical. Keeping in mind that Mom can't stand Phantom and was tired of Les Mis, I thought it was time for some variety. Actually, I think it was the Song of Percy's Awesomeness that did it.
3.  If you had to pick three favorite songs from your musical, which ones would they be?
oooh, the hard one.
 "Into the Fire" is certainly my favourite (nice British u there) .
  "When I Look at You" ties with "The Riddle" for second place, and
"She Was There," and "Storybook" compete for third. 
"Madame Guillotine" is, shall we say, effective.
4.  What's your least favorite song from your musical?
Probably, oddly enough, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" for its general stupidity, but "Where's the Girl?" isn't lovely, either. I hate the portrayal of vice as being attractive and 'wordly,' but more on that later. Probably quite a bit more on that. "You are My Home," isn't the most intellectual song out there, either. 
5.  Who are your favorite characters (choose up to three)?
Well, Percy, Percy, and Percy, right? 
Oh. three different characters. Percy, Marguerite, and, um, not Chauvelin. 
Third try: Percy, Marguerite, and the Scarlet Pimpernel. There we go.
6.  Which versions of your musical have you seen/listened to, and which is your favorite?
I have never seen the entire musical, any version. I own the original Broadway cast recording; this is what I listen to. I've heard Rachel York's "Storybook" and the 'other Chauvelin's' "Falcon in the Dive." Of all the professional recordings I think the original Broadway cast's is my favourite; the VHS performance, or the snippets on Youtube, anyway, look great. Chauvelin is AMAZING.  This performance looks great (especially Marguerite) but I can't take the bad audio for more than a few minutes at a time. 
7.   Is this your favorite musical of all time?  If not, what is?
No--I love Les Mis. And Bach's St. Matthew Passion is kind of like a musical, isn't it?
8.   Which cast album/musical soundtrack in your collection do you listen to the most?
I listen to my siblings and friends hum it--our own special edition. Apart from that, the Original Broadway cast recording. 
9.   What is your favorite costume from your musical?
Oh, the costumes. I haven't seen many costumes from the musical itself, but I love, love, love Georgian costumes--even though, technically they should be early Regency costumes. And I hate, hate, hate Percy's Tiger-stripe tailcoat. The end.
I hate this coat.
Ugh. there's That Coat again.
10.  If you could change anything about your musical, what would you change?
(I am speaking of the storyline described in the album I own, not the newer version of the show)
That ridiculous Coat from "the Creation of Man." Come to think of it, I would cut/rearrange several songs, change the plot to be more like the book, and rewrite the entire script. Oh wait. I did (more on that later). 
11.  Which role(s) would you most like to play in any musical, if you had the opportunity to do so on stage?
oh boy. Eponine, obviously. I like what Miss Dashwood says, "Her songs are all within a comfortable mezzo range (no struggling with super-high notes),  she has one of the best solos in the history of theatre...she gets to die onstage and sing a heartbreaking duet while doing so, and she doesn't have to kiss anybody.  Wins all around."
Marguerite would be fun (obviously), depending on the version of the play (again, no super-high notes, if "Only Love" were cut(yes, Jessie, that does count as a high note). 
Unfortunately, in our impromptu plays I always wind up playing Sir Percy. And Jean Valjean. Oh well.
Me starring as Jean Valjean in a stirring rendition of "One Day More," although now it looks more like "Masquerade"

12.  If you could choose one performer to play any part in your musical, who would you choose and which part would you have him/her play? hmm. I love Marguerite from the Album I Own, but she's kind of warbley. I'm trying to think of someone who would be a great Marguerite but can't think of anyone professional
Best friends don't count, even if they are making lovely faces.

13.  Do you consider yourself a musical theatre fan in general or do you just like a few musicals?

Theatre is an art form, like any other, only more epic*.  It's dangerous/effective because it allows so much portrayal of emotion through randomly bursting into song (which is what makes it epic). Any further and we'll run into a Deep Thoughts post, which I don't have time for. I love the art form, and I love a few musicals. I just don't like musicals in general (if that makes any sense). I don't dislike musicals in general, though. :)
14.  Are you tired of the word "musical" yet?
um, to tell the sheepish truth, almost.
15.  Turn your music playing device on shuffle (or utilize Pandora if you don't have one) and tell us the names of the first three show tunes that come up-- no cheating!  How do these rank on your favorites/most-listened-to list?
"The Scarlet Pimpernel," Ironically enough. 
"I See the Light," which I'm not sure counts, but Jackie Evancho's rendition is sweet,
"Believe" which does not have the dumbest lyrics in the world (I keep telling myself this), from TSP, not The Polar Express.
The first song from the American Girl Revue also came on, but... 

*epic in the popular, almost meaningless sense of the word. Virgil, Dante, and Milton are really epic. Now, a musical of The Odyssey would be an epic epic.


Caroline L. said...

OOOOOO! An Odyssey musical! Now THAT would be fantastic!

Ahem. To the topic at hand. I'm so glad you chose this musical to write about. I don't really know anything about it, but I've heard glowing reports. So I'm quite delighted to be able to learn some more. Musical week is already (on the first day!) turning out to be so fun!

Miss Dashwood said...

"A musical of The Odyssey would be epic epic." I laughed out loud at that. :D