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Musicals That Really Rock
Millie Kastenbaum
| November 17, 2012

Some Musical Musings.

 

I’ll admit it: I’m a complete musical theatre geek.  From an early age, I’ve been listening to everything from the amazingly talented Stephen Sondheim to the classics of Cole Porter.  As I’ve gotten older, my musical tastes have definitely changed and expanded beyond that of the musical world.  I’m generally not picky when it comes to my music choices; rock, pop, country, and even some rap, I like them all.  Of course as I’ve began to work at WVBR my tastes have definitely been influenced by what we play and I find that I’ve been listening to a lot of rock and alternative music lately.  However, I have not lost my love for musicals and so I thought I’d share this love with the world, but with a twist. See, what most people don’t know is that musicals aren’t just pieces of theatre where chorus girls wear sparkly costumes and men sing of the love they have for the girl next door.  Musicals, especially some of the more recently produced ones cover a wide range of subjects as well as musical genres, including rock.

One of my favorite musicals of all time is Spring Awakening, which is about young teenagers growing up in late nineteenth century Germany and is based off of a play written by Frank Wedekind.  What sets this musical apart is the score (music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Sater).  Although the time period and the world the characters live in is quite conservative, the music and lyrics are pure rock.  I think for anyone who is a die-hard Rock’n’Roll fan, Spring Awakening would serve as a nice transition into the world of musicals.  I would definitely suggest catching this musical when Ithaca College performs it on March 26, 28-31 and April 2-6.

Another musical that I think would appeal to any WVBR fan would be American Idiot.  The musical is set to all of Green Day’s hits like, “Holiday” and of course its namesake “American Idiot.”  The original lead, John Gallagher, Jr. has amazing vocals, which makes sense because he is also a Tony Award winning actor for playing the role of the troubled Moritz Stiefel in none other than Spring Awakening

So, the next time you’re looking for some new music check out these two amazing soundtracks.  I promise they won’t disappoint and who knows maybe you’ll find that you too are a musical addict.

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Justin Yu | November 18, 2012, 4:30pm
Don't forget about The Who's Tommy! Some of their greatest hits come from that musical. There's also a Beatles musical out there too, for those who prefer the other superstar group.
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