Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Musical Theatre Tag


If you read my blog you will know that I am a huge Musical Theatre fan, so much so that I'm even training in it professionally! I went with my dance school to see Jersey Boys this week as a graduate  (Michael Watson) from our school was playing the lead Frankie Valli. It was incredible (even more so than the first time I saw it) and so I thought for todays blog post I would do a Musical Theatre Tag! Keep reading to hear my answers to the tag...

1. What was the first musical you ever saw? The first musical I ever saw in the West End was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I went with my whole family to celebrate my little sisters birthday and I remember it being the moment that I definitely decided Musical Theatre was what I wanted to do!

2. What was your favourite musical growing up? When I was younger I was obsessed with Annie the Musical, I always went round singing the songs and I even had the famous red dress in my dressing up drawer!

3. Were you ever in a musical? Yeah I've done loads, I used to attend Stagecoach and so I did a lot of amateur musicals with them. But as a child I was also chosen to be in the choir for Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat for their UK tour!

4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway? Unfortunately, being from the UK, I've never had a chance to visit New York and see a show on Broadway. I'd love to; it's on my list of things I want to do. Luckily though I've managed to see 29 different shows in the West End instead!

5. If you could be any female character in a musical, who would you be and why? I think that I'd pick Elle Woods from Legally Blonde because she'd be such a fun character to play. And I love how her character develops from the "dumb blonde" girl to study and become a lawyer by the end of the musical. If I were younger, I'd also love to play Matilda in Matilda the Musical as that was one of my favourite films growing up!

6. Which male character? I'd probably pick Billy in Billy Elliot because I love the songs and it would be so fun to dance that much on stage each night.

7. Favourite musical song to sing in the shower? I think it's always fun to belt out a bit of the Wicked soundtrack in the shower, Defying Gravity is a particular favourite of mine...!

8. Who is your favourite musical theatre actress? I am completely obsessed with Carrie Hope Fletcher and I am so sad that she finished her run in Les Misérables last night! But I also do love a bit of Idina Menzel and Sutton Foster, they're two American musical theatre greats!

9. Actor? I really love Aaron Tveit as he was so so incredible as Enjolras in the film version of Les Misérables.

10. Favourite film adaptation of a musical? I would much rather see a musical live as that's where the magic happens! But if I had to choose I'd pick Annie as I've seen it too many times to count growing up but I am also a huge version of Cats, Grease and Mamma Mia!

11. What do you think is the most underrated musical? Definitely Heathers the Musical! It's one of my favourites and I really can't understand why it didn't make it to Broadway and then get transferred over here to the UK. I've still got my fingers crossed though!

12. Overrated musical? I really can't think of one...

13. What musical made you cry? Definitely Les Misérables! I saw this during summer with my dad  (read more here) and I cried literally the whole way through; it was so real, their voices were so stunning and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing!

14. What musical made you laugh? Book of Mormon was an incredible funny show, the things they say make you laugh so much and you leave the theatre questioning whether it was socially okay to say some of the things they do... Watch it, trust me and you'll understand what I mean! I also found Forbidden Broadway and Monty Python's Spamalot particularly funny.

15. Are there any musicals you saw and hated? I've never hated a musical as such, as I love Musical Theatre so much that believe that there is always something good in a musical! But I did get a tad bored watching Bend it Like Beckham and Evita...

16. What musical do you want to see as a film? I'd love to see either Book of Mormon or Wicked as a film.

17. Which musicals are you dying to see? I have a list on my phone of musicals I'm dying to see, which includes: Lion King, Beautiful the Musical, Aladdin (when it starts in May), Bodyguard the Musical (when it opens in July), Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera. I'm also dying to see Les Misérables again!

18. Any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical? I should have been asked this years ago and my reply would have definitely been Matilda the Musical, but luckily I've got my wish!

19. What is your all-time favourite musical? As I'm obsessed with Musical Theatre I really really struggle to decide on one, so I've managed to cut it down to five! They are (in no particular order): Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, Legally Blonde, Heathers the Musical and Newsies!

I hope you enjoyed reading my Musical Theatre tag! I'd love to know your answers so if you can leave a link or your answers in the comments, I'd love to give them a read! Thank you for reading,

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