Begging For More Broadway

Since I was a young girl I was always fascinated with plays and musicals. I enjoy watching movies and singing along to the songs. With this love for music and appreciation for story and aesthetics, here are shows I really wanna watch and their stories:

Hamilton

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Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

Why I think you should watch this: A new take on the usual Broadway showtunes – rap! An unconventional story-telling. Music and lyrics by The Lin-Manuel Miranda. Try to rap along with Lafayette on Guns and Ships. Just try.

War Paint

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War Paint tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry that would forever change the face of America. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.

Why I think you should watch this: Patti Lupone. Duh.

Amelie

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Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Come be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibility around every corner. In these uncertain times, Amélie is someone to believe in.

Why I think you should watch this: I missed out on Pippa as Elizabeth Schuyler on Hamilton and I really wanna watch her live. She was a fresh grad when she joined Hamilton and she proved to be one of the best. And don’t you just love the French film?

Aladdin

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In the middle-eastern town of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father’s desire to find her a royal groom. Meanwhile, the Sultan’s right-hand man, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne. When Jasmine sneaks out of the palace incognito, she forms an instant connection with Aladdin, a charming street urchin and reformed thief. After being discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death, but Jafar saves him by ordering him to fetch a lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Where there’s a lamp, there’s a Genie, and once Aladdin unwittingly lets this one out, anything can happen! Will Aladdin’s new identity as “Prince Ali” help him win Jasmine’s heart and thwart Jafar’s evil plans? Will the Genie’s wish for freedom ever come true?

Why I think you should watch this: Don’t you just wanna see that magic carpet ride in real life? It’s Disney! It’s coming to Australia this 2017!

Anastasia

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From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical is the story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century.

Why I think you should watch this: Best non-Disney princess movie, ahh-mazing songs, and a rich story intertwined with history.

Most of these shows are playing in the US, but Aladdin is coming here in Australia this year. So that’s gonna be fun! I haven’t had the chance to watch The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots yet (I watched the movie and it’s amazing. Hope I can watch them live before they leave Melbourne). If only I can watch them for free that would be super awesome.

Stories/synopses from Broadway.com. For more info on plays and musicals, you might wanna check out Playbill.

For Aussie shows, check out Aussie Theatre, Stage Whispers, and Broadway World.

Until my next post, Louise

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