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Musical theatre: Stop reading this and go see some

by Maren Fischer

Well, okay, finish this article first, and then go see some.

Music is incredible, isn’t it? But seriously… it’s amazing. Think about it – technically, it’s just sound waves at varying frequencies and durations; patterns of pitches, rhythms, dynamics. But those sound waves can make you cry. They can make you sob for no particular reason at all, no reason that you’re aware of anyway, which is what happened to me the other day, and has happened to me before.

Sometimes I think, that if life on this earth can be translated into pure beauty, it must be music. No matter how many times I watch The Lion King, the end of “Circle of Life” still gives me chills. The same thing happens when I listen to the opening song of my favorite musical, Ragtime.

How many times have you had a physical, emotional or memorial reaction to music?

Music affects us at deeper levels, often in an unexplainable way. My theory is that it goes straight to the soul.

Did you know the word music comes from the ancient Greek word “mousike”, which translates to “art of the muses”? Pretty cool… the form of expression that comes from the epitome of inspiration. Music is such an integral part of the human experience; a connection that bypasses language and flows straight from heart to heart. It is for the people, by the people. The artistic constitution.

Music is why I wish many people would give musicals more of a chance. Happily, musical theatre has been becoming much more prevalent in recent years, with the new trend of musical movies, musical TV shows and web series, and more. Musicals are so much more than just song and dance for the sake of it. At least the good ones. In the words of Heinrich Heine: “Where words leave off, music begins.”

To anyone who has ever had a bad breakup and then drowned themselves in a slew of music – that is what musical theatre is. To anyone who has ever landed that dream job and then went home and broom-guitared their way around the kitchen to “We Are the Champions” – that is musical theatre.

If Oklahoma isn’t your thing, that’s totally cool. Maybe In the Heights is? (Hint: it should be, because it is amazing). Into history? Sondheim’s Assassins gives a gripping look into the lives of everyone who ever tried to assassinate a U.S. President. Perhaps you enjoy a good horror film every now and then… you should try Sweeney Todd, Evil Dead: The Musical or even Batboy for a more supernatural persuasion.

Are you getting the picture? Don’t make me sing it for you, because I will (I’m in musical theatre)! Anyway, stop reading this and go see some.

P.S. If you’d like a tailored suggestion of shows to see, tweet me at @marenbfischer.

Maren Fischer

About Maren Fischer

Maren Fischer is an actress, writer, dreamer, and popcorn lover in New York City. Originally from the good ol' Mitten State (Michigan), she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, and now does way too many things at once, including Shakespeare, musicals, screenwriting, teaching, and even some inventive baking. Her favorite quote: "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels." -Faith Whittlesey. Follow Maren on Twitter @MarenBFischer

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