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Musicians Who Should Write Musicals

This morning, I sat in my car, stuck behind a bus, singing along to my latest obsession.

While I was listening, it hit me that Manchester Orchestra would write an amazing musical. Plenty of musicians have turned their talents to Broadway musicals. Sara Bareilles’s “Waitress” has been a hit, “The Who’s Tommy” is a classic, while others such as Sting’s “The Last Ship” was a pretty quick flop. I started thinking about other musicians that would be great if they wrote a musical, and thus, this list was born.

1. Manchester Orchestra

The first album by this indie rock band “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” has been on repeat nonstop in my car for the past few weeks, and their most recent album “A Black Mile to the Surface” is equally as good. Lead singer and songwriter Andy Hull writes lyrics that are poetic and emotional. A musical by this band would be beautifully depressing, and I would love it.
Musical-worthy line: ‘Cause like dying young, idols got the best of me / Well don’t stop calling, you’re the reason I love losing sleep

2. Panic! at the Disco

As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite band, and frontman Brendon Urie is no stranger to musicals. Not only did he star in “Kinky Boots”, his songwriting talent can be seen (or rather, heard) in the currently running “Spongebob Squarepants: the Broadway Musical” in the song “(Just a) Simple Sponge“. The band itself is incredibly theatrical in production and performance. Urie himself has mentioned before how much he loves musicals, so now he just needs to write his own. His lyrics are incredibly vivid and even though the words don’t seem to always make sense, the meaning is clear. And I have always thought the album “Vices & Virtues” (one of my all-time favorites) would translate into a great jukebox musical.
Musical-worthy line: Ever since we met / I only shoot up with your perfume / It’s the only thing / That makes me feel as good as you do

3. Taylor Swift

Loved by many, but hated by many. In my mind, Taylor Swift’s talent is undeniable, and not just because I have been a self-proclaimed “Swiftie” since I was 9. She’s most popular for her love songs, but take a listen to any of her albums and you’ll see that she’s more than just that. Her lyrics evoke such vivid imagery that you might feel she’s singing about your life, and her catchy tunes will be stuck in your head for ages (I’m still trying to shake off “Shake it Off”). She too would make a great jukebox musical (and it was!)┬ábut a whole musical of new Swift songs would be just as amazing.
Musical-worthy line: And you call me up again just to break me like a promise / So casually cruel in the name of being honest

4. Regina Spektor

Another one of my favorites who is completely underrated, Regina Spektor’s musical style is part indie pop, part undefinable. With most songs played either on her piano or guitar, each song has its own distinct style. It’s impossible to try to lock her into one genre – it’s just not how she goes. Her incredible unique style would translate very well to theatre. It would be something that no one has seen before and I think it would be truly beautiful. A few years ago she was writing for a musical, but nothing has been heard about it since.
Musical-worthy line: I know the morning is wiser than the nightime / I know there’s nothing wrong, I shouldn’t feel so down

What do you guys think?

Who do you want to see write a musical?

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What Was the Last Show I Saw?

The last time I saw a show was “Kinky Boots” on Broadway last May.

At the time, Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco was starring. That is my favorite band, so I was entering the ticket lottery every single day. On May 30, I found out I won tickets for the evening show the next day! I begged my mom to let me go, and she bought me the tickets as my birthday present, since my birthday was in a few days.

Brendon Urie as Charlie Price

I went with my boyfriend, and it was a great experience. We had box seats, so we were right up to the action. It was also my boyfriend’s first Broadway show, which made it a lot of fun.

Aside from my favorite singer being in it, the show itself was fantastic. “Kinky Boots” is such a fun and uplifting show. When I saw the show, my dad was in the middle of what would be a month-long hospital stay due to chemotherapy complications. For two hours and 20 minutes, I forgot all of that. That is what I love about theatre. It is so nice to have that escapism, even for a short period.

Brendon Urie did a great job as Charlie Price. His rendition of “Soul of a Man” was one of those truly electrifying theatre experiences that are so rare. He was not the only good thing in the show, though. J. Harrison Ghee as Lola was hilarious and heartwarming. The ensemble was fantastic. Overall, this show is fun, but also emotional and moving. Cyndi Lauper’s pop score is bright and brings so much to the story. In fact, before I saw the show, back when it first opened on Broadway, I listened to the cast album frequently.

“Kinky Boots” is a great show that honestly can appeal to anyone. It is captivating with a wonderful message: “You change the world when you change your mind”.

Our view of the stage!

It was a great day! And some random guy asked to take our picture. We have a pretty unique look!