Celebrate Musicals Week is here! To begin this party, Miss Dashwood has posted a fun tag! I'm not sure how much I'll be able to contribute to this delightful party this week, since I was naughty and didn't get my posts ready ahead of time and now I'm so busy that I'm not sure I'll have the time to finish them, but I will try to get a few musical-themed things up! Thank you again Miss Dashwood for hosting this musicals week! : )
Here are the questions:
1. What musical did you pick to "spotlight" this week and why?
I chose Hello, Dolly! because it's one of my favorite musicals, and one that I have known for a long time and have always loved.
2. How did you discover the musical you picked?
I really have no idea when the first time I watched Hello, Dolly! was, but it was certainly a very long time ago so I really don't remember. I feel like I've always known it!
"Hello, Dolly!", "Before the Parade Passes By", and probably "Should've Said So Long". It's HILARIOUS. : )
4. What's your least favorite song from your musical?
Hmmm, I really don't know. I love them all! Maybe "It Takes a Woman". It's just not as memorable as the others, plus Horace Vandergilder is always so pessimistic and that's kind of "his" song.
5. Who are your favorite characters in your musical (choose up to three)?
Definitely Dolly, Cornelius, and probably Barnaby. I'm not too terribly fond of Horace.
6. Which versions of your musical have you seen/listened to, and which is your favorite?
I've only seen the 1968 movie starring the amazing Barbra Streisand and the grumpy old man Walter Mattheu, which, in my opinion, couldn't be bettered.
7. Is this your favorite musical of all time? If not, what is?
While this is one of my top three favorites, I don't think it's my absolute favorite. My three favorites are Hello, Dolly!, Meet Me In St. Louis, and The Phantom of the Opera. I don't really think the story of The Phantom of the Opera is all that great-- it's too much like King Kong-- but I love the music so much so I stuck it in there.
8. Which cast album/musical soundtrack in your collection do you listen to the most?
10. If you could change anything about your musical, what would you change?
I'd probably cast Minnie Fay as someone who could actually sing worth beans. (Minnie is adorable and all, but unfortunately she Simply Cannot Sing.) Other than that, it's perfect. : )
Oh, and this has nothing to do with Hello, Dolly!, but I just want to say, I don't know WHY Matthew Rhys wasn't cast as the Phantom in the 2004 The Phantom of the Opera. THAT is something I would change if I could. : P
11. Which roles would you most like to play in any musical, if you had the opportunity to do so on stage?
I would love to play Mrs. Dolly Levi, because that would just be so much fun. I'd also love to play Eponine in Les Miserables, since she sings some really beautiful songs and I just love her part. Another part I would like to play is Esther Smith in Meet Me In St. Louis, but unfortunately that musical is hardly ever performed anymore. Susan Bradley in The Harvey Girls would also be a great role to play.
12. If you could choose one performer to play any part in your musical, who would you choose and which part would you have them play?
Like I said, I think everyone is pretty much perfectly cast, and even if I were to re-cast Minnie, I'm not sure who would fit the bill. I'm perfectly content with it as it is!
13. Do you consider yourself a musical theatre fan in general or do you just like a few musicals?
I'm probably a musical theatre fan in general, though I tend to prefer the older musicals to the 1980's Broadway musicals that everyone is crazy about. I've been watching musicals ever since I was a wee thing, so they're really part of my childhood.
14. Are you tired of the word"musical" yet?
Funny you should ask.....: P
(In case you've already done or read this same tag and are wondering why I skipped the last question, or are astonished by my audacity in doing so, it's because I don't own a musical device and I have no idea whatsoever what this strange phenomena called Pandora is. Well, I have some idea, but not enough to answer the question properly.)
Thank you, Miss Dashwood! That was most enjoyable!