Music defines a generation. As it is something that shapes an individual’s identity it becomes engraved with the styles and sensibilities of the time, with the most popular music effectively tapping into a social consciousness and current events. Take the 1960s. Music from this period is easily identifiable and had strong links to the hippy
Described by the writer as a musical for people who hate musicals, Blood Brothers is one of the longest-running works of musical theater in history. It is the story of twins separated at birth who find their lives intertwined despite social station and divided because of it. It is also the story of two women:
The musical Les Miserables tells the story of former prisoner Jean Valjean and his struggle for freedom and redemption. It opens with a bitter Valjean’s release from prison after 19 years. His parole officer, Javert, gives him a yellow ticket that brands him as a convict, and Valjean meets a bishop who urges Valjean to
The Lion King is one of the best musicals out there. An amazing cast utilize excellent choreography mixed with fantastic singing to produce a fantastic musical experience. The musical follows the character of Simba. Simba, son of Mufasa, is set to take over as king when his father dies. This father/son dynamic plays a large
Are you looking for a life changing family activity that is fun for all ages and will impact your heart? If so, Joseph the musical will delight both young and old. This true to life musical is based upon the Biblical story of Joseph. With a theme on forgiveness done in holly wood style you
Stomp is one of my favorite groups that there are out there. They use different objects around them to make music such as broomsticks, pans, garbage cans, and many more. Most of the music is in a percussive manner and really shows how to use everyday items and turn them into music. Read more
Are you looking for a life changing family activity that is fun for all ages and will impact your heart? If so, Joseph the musical will delight both young and old. This true to life musical is based upon the Biblical story of Joseph. With a theme on forgiveness done in holly wood style you won’t be disappointed.
The story begins with Joseph being betrayed by his brothers. They are very jealous of their young brother and are tired of hearing about his dreams. After being sold into slavery Joseph is asked by Pharaoh to interpret his dream. Joseph predicts a drought and famine and is highly honored by Pharaoh. But things get sticky from there as Joseph remains righteous and faithful even when once again betrayed and lied about. The story will hit close to home when it comes to family relationships and drama. The story is fast paced, easy to relate to, and seems all too real.
The setting is just wonderful. From the moment your walk into the theater you feel as if you have left the outside world. It even smells wonderful. There is a pre show you can view while your tickets are being picked up. If you get hungry you can also purchase treats before the show or during the intermission. The seating is comfortable and you can see pretty much wherever you are seated at. Life animals, stars in the sky and even Joseph flying through the air is easy to view from all angles. The set is done in true Hollywood fashion. They have done the show right.
So often musicals lack something. But in Joseph they have hit the mark. The actors are superb. The story line not only sticks close to scripture but is absolutely well done. It has humor, drama, a true climax and an ending that will impact your heart for always. The songs fit in perfectly and only add to the great acting. The singers are extremely talented and dance just as well. The costumes fit the time frame and are as beautiful as the set. Honestly, the entire production was flawless.
How often can you attend a show like this and have all aspects be so well done. And on top of that received a message that can change your life. Without going to busy New York or fast paced Hollywood you can find exitement and joy by viewing this broadway quality production.
The Lion King is one of the best musicals out there. An amazing cast utilize excellent choreography mixed with fantastic singing to produce a fantastic musical experience. The musical follows the character of Simba. Simba, son of Mufasa, is set to take over as king when his father dies. This father/son dynamic plays a large part in the story.
For those who enjoyed The Lion King movie, the musical is sure to be a delight. The musical uses the same charm and innocence of the movie while giving the audience an even more intimate view. One of the movies most amazing scenes is the stampede scene and the musical does an amazing job capturing this high tension moment in the story.
While Simba is growing up, the story shows his development and advice from his father Mufasa. Mufasa is the wisest lion that exists and is teaching his son lessons on life and how to be a fair king. When Simba’s Uncle Scar learns of all the advice Simba receives, he becomes angry. Scar does not like the fact that Simba is going to be king and would rather be king himself.
Scar uses his childish jealousy, an interesting motif as the older Scar is more childish than the younger Simba to concoct a diabolical plan. He has Mufasa killed and blames his death on Simba. While Simba is distraught at his father’s death, Scar uses this time of grievance to cease control of the kingdom. Simba runs out into the wilderness for some of the more interesting scenes in the musical.
Simba meets Timon and Pumbaa. Timon and Pumbaa have a very carefree attitude towards life. This attitude is soon adopted by Simba who needs to escape from all his troubles. The attitude of a worry free philosophy is summed up by the phrase, ‘Hakuna Matata.’ With this phrase as their motto, they live a very stress free life with no responsibility. Consequentially, they never accomplish anything of substance in their life.
Simba realizes the pitfalls of this lifestyle through some wise guidance. With the help of this guidance, he realizes that his rightful place is as king. He comes back to the kingdom to confront the evil Scar. After Simba exercises his demons, he is able to overthrow Scar and take his place as rightful king. The Lion King the musical is an amazing story with valuable life lessons.
The musical Les Miserables tells the story of former prisoner Jean Valjean and his struggle for freedom and redemption. It opens with a bitter Valjean’s release from prison after 19 years. His parole officer, Javert, gives him a yellow ticket that brands him as a convict, and Valjean meets a bishop who urges Valjean to redeem himself. Valjean decides to start over with a new identity, even though he will have to break his parole, earning him the enmity of Javert.
Eight years later, Valjean is now a wealthy mayor and factory owner. During an inspection, he breaks up a fight between his factory workers, and we are introduced to Fantine, mother of the illegitimate Cosette. The factory foreman, angry that Fantine rejected him, fires her. Desperate to protect Cosette, Fantine turns to prostitution and ends up in a hospital where Valjean finds her and promises to look after her daughter.
Valjean crosses paths with Javert when he rescues a man trapped underneath a cart. Javert remarks that the mayor reminds him of a man named Valjean, who is awaiting trial. Valjean can’t let an innocent man be arrested, so he reveals his true identity, but begs Javert to give him time to save Cosette before he returns to prison. Javert refuses, so Valjean escapes and rescues Cosette.
After another nine years, Cosette is grown up and meets a student named Marius. Many Parisians are upset because General Lamarque, who protects the poor, is near death. Marius and another student, Enjolras, prepare for the coming revolution after the general dies. Valjean narrowly escapes Javert, who is spying on the students, and prepares to take Cosette into hiding once again, forcing her to part with Marius.
Act II spans the two-day students’ uprising and its aftermath. During the first day of fighting, Valjean learns that Marius loves Cosette, and goes to the barricade to find him. Instead he rescues Javert, who has been exposed as a spy, and tells Javert where he lives. The students prepare for the next day, and Valjean prays for Marius.
On the second day, Enjolras realizes that he and the other students will die, but refuses to surrender. The soldiers overrun the barricade, but Valjean arrives and carries the wounded Marius through the sewers. He meets Javert, and again begs him for some time so that he can save Marius. Javert agrees, and discovers that because Valjean saved his life, he can’t arrest him. Javert commits suicide by throwing himself in the river. Marius doesn’t know who saved him, but Valjean tells him that he will be leaving to protect Cosette. Marius and Cosette reunite and are married, then discover Valjean’s heroism and search for him. They find him on his deathbed in time to say goodbye.