Recent Obsessions

I’m a sucker for monthly favorite posts/videos. If I see those on YouTube you best believe I’m clicking on them. I’m definitely not interesting enough to write about things I like every single month, I’m barely interesting enough for this post! But here I am.

There are two musicals I’ve recently fallen in love with, the first being Waitress. I’ve wanted to watch it for moooooonths, hopefully I’ll get to watch it some time soon! Literally 5-10 seconds in the first song I was hooked. ♪ Sugar, butter, flour ♪

I usually don’t listen to a soundtrack until I see the show (so far Hamilton and Waitress have been the exceptions) but with how much more expensive Broadway tickets are getting, that’s probably not realistic. Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the show and she did an EXCELLENT JOB. I hope she continues to work more in the theatre world because I need more show tunes from her. I recommend listening to the entire album (seriously) but if you just want a little taste (♪ it only takes a taaaaste ♪), I recommend listening to: “When He Sees Me”, “Bad Idea” and “She Used to Be Mine”–those are currently my favorites.

Jeremy Morse, Molly Hager, Jessie Mueller, Aisha Jackson and Stephanie Torns (Photo: Joan Marcus)

The other musical I want to talk about is Dear Evan Hansen. I’ve been hearing about it a lot lately and what finally made me decide to look into it was Tyler Mount’s video where he talked about his top 5 musical songs. “Waving Through a Window” was #2 on his list so I figured it was time. I listened to the song once and then I listened to it again. And another 10 or so times. What I’m saying is that I have it on repeat. I have only listened to this one song but it’s more than enough for me to love the show. Along with Waitress and In Transit, this show is at the top of the list of shows I want to see. You can listen to “Waving Through a Window” here.

If what I have to say isn’t enough for you to be interested, here are some extra tidbits:

  • Michael Greif is the director. He directed other shows such as the original production of Rent (!!!!!), Next to Normal and If/Then.
  • Alsoooo, Alex Lacamoire, the music genius behind Hamilton and In the Heights, among other shows, did the orchestrations.
  • In addition to Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul created the music/lyrics for the James and the Giant Peach musical which is spectacular. Okay I’m done now.


This year I discovered the genius that is Brandon Sanderson and so far I’ve read 12 of his books.

  1. Elantris
  2. Mistborn: The Final Empire
  3. The Well of Ascension
  4. The Hero of Ages
  5. Alloy of Law
  6. Shadows of Self
  7. The Bands of Mourning
  8. Mistorn: Secret History (novella)
  9. The Way of Kings
  10. Words of Radiance
  11. The Emperor’s Soul
  12. Warbreaker

I love all of them, especially the Mistborn books, but give me a moment to talk about The Stormlight Archive series. There are only two books out now (The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance) out of the 10 Sanderson is planning to write. The books are beasts but soooooooo worth the time it takes to read. More people need to read them because I need more people to talk to about it!!! My friend, Joff, has been an absolute saint and put up with my many messages on Twitter; I needed to get my feelings out somehow! Such a great series, SO GREAT. Great.

On more than one occasion I was quite literally on the edge of my seat. Sanderson is the master of plot twists and emotional torture and I love him for that. I check his website often to see if he’s made any progress on the third book and it’s currently at 73%!! I’d give you a brief summary but I’d butcher it so just look it up. It’s a great series. Thought I’d remind you.

From Patrick Rothfuss’ blog

I only have one more thing to talk about and that’s the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics! Words cannot express how much I love the show and how it inspires me, it’s just the best. I read The Promise ages ago but only recently read the rest and I’m more than ready for North and South! I’m not going to spoil anything but finally learning more about Ursa, Zuko’s mother, lifted a giant weight off my shoulders. The art throughout the stories is beautiful just like in the show and seeing the Gaang grow up and go through more adventures makes me happy. And I know there’s going to be comics for The Legend of KorraI need more of this world!! How great would it be to get comics about past Avatars? I hope people continue to create more Avatar products because I’m not done with this fandom.

“Smoke and Shadow”

Obligatory question: what things have you been loving lately? Comment below!

Musical Mondays: Burn

It’s been about 10 months (wow I suck) since my last musical song recommendation. I really love musicals so I’m working on queuing a post every week for a couple months, just bear with me!

If you don’t already know about Hamilton, I recommend stopping whatever you’re doing and listen to the soundtrack. It’s a hip hop musical about one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and it’s amazing. I haven’t seen it yet, my mom got us tickets to see it in October of this year…and she bought them in December. It’s almost impossible to buy tickets for this show unless you’re willing to shell out lots of money or buy tickets way (waaaay) in advance. The musical is written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and I’ve already talked about him before on my blog because his first Broadway musical, In the Heights, is one of my all time favorites.

I’m pretty much obsessed with every song from Hamilton, but I tend to listen to “Burn” the most. Elizabeth Hamilton, Alexander’s wife (played by Phillipa Soo, a goddess), sings it and it’s after she learns of her husband’s affair. I’m putting in a youtube video but you can also stream the entire album on Spotify. (But just buy the album, truuuust me!!)

Broadway Musicals I’m the Most Excited For

The 2015-2016 Broadway season is practically here and there are so many shows I want to see! I enjoyed last season a lot, Fun Home was especially amazing and you should go listen to the soundtrack on their site. Trust me. Here are some of the shows I really want to see this season:

Allegiance

“Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung — Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga — Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove the Kimuras’ loyalty, but Kei joins draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.”

I can easily see this winning Best Musical, it sounds so good and I would love the chance to see Lea Salonga again (I saw her about 8 — I think — years ago as Fantine in Les Miserables). Also, George Takei stars in it which automatically makes Allegiance great. I wish it came out this summer and not in the fall because I want to see it now! Continue reading

Musical Mondays: Gold

Going into the theater to see Once the Musical I honestly wasn’t expecting much. I didn’t see the movie so I had no idea what the story was about, and from what I’ve seen of the show it didn’t look that interesting. WOW I WAS SO WRONG because this musical is beautiful. Simply beautiful. It’s simple but so powerful.

I am pretty much obsessed with the soundtrack, but the song I’m the most obsessed with is “Gold” which is sung by Steve Kazee. If I need a song to quickly relax me and put me at ease I will play this song. There’s even an a cappella version but that isn’t the song for this week. Listen to the album on Spotify or just find it on YouTube.

Musical Mondays: Find Your Grail

If you’re looking for a happy and hilarious musical, you want to check out Monty Python’s Spamalot. Also while you’re at it make sure you watch the movie too. The entire soundtrack is great, honestly and I’m still sad it is no longer on Broadway. But I’m crossing my fingers for a revival soon!

This Musical Mondays’ song is “Find Your Grail” and it’s so good. Sooo good. Sara Ramirez is my Queen. It’s an overly dramatic song which makes it so great. Now go on, listen! Here is the link to the album on Spotify and below you’ll find a YouTube link for the song.

Musical Mondays: Lost in the Wilderness

The song I’m recommending this week is “Lost in the Wilderness” from the musical Children of Eden. I stumbled upon this musical by accident and I’m so happy it happened! I was listening to the Godspell soundtrack on Spotify and this song came up. I was fascinated from the first note and by the end of the song I was already looking up the musical so I could hear more.

I think the entire soundtrack as a whole is very good, but “Lost in the Wilderness” is possibly my favorite song. I just… I just love it. You can listen to the album on Spotify or just find it on YouTube.

Musical Mondays: My Unfortunate Erection

Yup, the song I’m recommending this week is called “My Unfortunate Erection,” you are reading that correctly. The song is from the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, such a hilarious, touching, and amazing show.

You can find the soundtrack on Spotify, but if you don’t have an account you can find it on Youtube. Now, back to the song about an erection. It’s literally about an unfortunate erection. Musicals are magical.

Musical Mondays: What I Did For Love

I’m pleased to present to you the first post of “Musical Mondays,” a blog series where I will recommend a show tune to you each week! I’m a huge musical fan and I’m forever upset that I am not a talented singer, dancer or actor. I’ll just have to accept the fact that I will never be on a Broadway stage, but that’s okay. I’m totally cool with sitting in the audience.

One of my favorite musicals is A Chorus Line, I saw it years ago during it’s revival run on Broadway and I very quickly fell in love with the music. The song I’m featuring this week is “What I Did For Love.” Personally I prefer the revival cast over the original, but that’s just me. 🙂

The album is available on Spotify if you have an account there but you can always find it on YouTube. Ahh, I just really love this song. Okay I’ll stop writing now so you can listen to it!

My Top 10 Favorite Musicals

My love for musicals sparked back in elementary school when we did a show on show tunes. My class got “Getting to Know You” from The King and I, I even remember the huge hoop skirt a classmate of mine had to wear because she played Anna. We also sang “It’s the Hard Knock Life” from Annie. But the song that I loved the most was “Season of Love” from Rent, all the classes in my grade sang that together for the show’s finale. My school also put on a musical, and my music teacher used popular songs but changed the lyrics, I can’t remember all of the ones we used but one of them was “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors. This was the spark, the beginning of my love for musical theatre, and what really ignited it was Broadway thanks to my mom.

I’m a pretty quiet introverted person, and growing up my mom would drag me to Manhattan with her to see shows just to get me out of the house. Then in 2012 the film adaptation of Rent came out and that’s when my love for musicals was sealed. I have seen almost 100 shows, over 100 if you count repeats, and just to be clear, I’m not a musically talented person, haha I just like to watch them.

So now I just want to gush talk about my top 10 favorite musicals that I’ve seen. Continue reading