Classic Remarks: My Favorite Musical Based on a Classic Novel

I’ve been following the Classic Remarks series on Pages Unbound for a few weeks now, and as a lover of classic novels have really enjoyed reading the posts. But as a devotee of musicals as well I couldn’t NOT participate this week! The only problem? How to pick just one!!

My favorite Broadway musical of all time is Wicked, which is automatically eliminated as not being based on a “classic” novel. In fact, I think we can all agree that we would prefer for the book to get, um, forgotten. And Hamilton is based on a decidedly modern biography. But I LOVE Les Misérables, one of THE greatest musicals of all time, Phantom of the Opera, also based on a … classic-ish … novel, and Into the Woods which is based on fairy tales. But my favorite based on a classic novel is …

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde isn’t a particularly well-known musical, having had a modest run of only four years and starring briefly David Hasselhoff. Advice, DON’T watch the Hasselhoff DVD, settle for the Original Cast Recording and pictures. *shudders*

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Top 5 Musicals Based on Books

Guys, I love Broadway. I completely missed my calling singing under the bright lights. What was I thinking, choosing band over choir and theater? *le sigh*

Unsurprisingly, many of my favorite musicals are based on books. Are you shocked? I know you’re shocked. So just in case you’re looking for something to listen to or something to read or BOTH, here are some of my favorite musicals based on novels.

Yes, novels. No, I’m not including Hamilton. Sorry, we can talk about that masterpiece another time.


5. West Side Story

It’s no secret that I love Romeo and Juliet, and West Side Story is just as powerful, if not more so. My bookish friends might not realize that I am a huge Leonard Bernstein fan. I thought about including Candide in this list, just to show off, but it’s really more of an opera, and who am I kidding? I just love the overture. (band nerd!) The amazing thing about West Side Story is that it is STILL so relevant! The racism, the gang violence, the music! If you’ve never watched the movie I highly recommend it, though be ready for some white people portraying POC.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: Literary Monsters

Sorting Hat Sunday (1)

Vlad impatiently watched the countryside inch by. England was a long journey, but it would be worth it to study with Salazar Slytherin, the greatest wizard of the age. Slytherin had contacted Vlad’s family himself, said he wanted only the best wizards to study with him. Vlad was determined to be the best. To be better even then Slytherin. Someday…

It had been weeks and still they had not reached the ocean. He cursed his father’s lack of magical ability. His mother could have apparated him instantly to Hogwarts. But his mother was dead.

Not that his father lacked magic! Vlad reminded himself to be more careful with his thoughts. No, his father was a wizard all right, just a poor one. He’d never been properly taught. Transylvania was so remote. Vlad was not sorry to be leaving. He only hoped that in Scotland he would find what he was seeking. The key to bringing his mother back, or at the very least to protect himself from her fate.


Dracula

Here is a man who is ambitious, and cunning enough to achieve his goal of world domination. That seems to be his primary motivation for moving to London: there are more people there for him to control and feed upon. He is a master influencer and manipulator. All these things point to one place, for me… Continue reading “Sorting Hat Sunday: Literary Monsters”

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Happy Friday everyone!

I was tagged by one of my favorite people, Darque Dreamer Reads, to share the first 15 songs on my playlist after hitting the shuffle button. (Actually, I tagged myself, but she TOLD me to tag myself so it counts!)

Now, this left me in quite the dilemma. WHICH PLAYLIST TO CHOOSE??? I have lots of different playlists with lots of different kinds of music on them. So I chose the most eclectic playlist, the one labeled “Car” which, you guessed it, I mostly listen to in the car. It’s got over 800 songs and a little bit of everything on it, as long as “everything” doesn’t include anything released in the last 5 years. What can I say? I spend my money on books, not music, and I hate the radio. Commercials, ick.

So, without further ado, my “car” playlist!


Here I Am (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

I love this musical, and Sherie Renee Scott is hilarious in this song.

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