17 May 5 Friyays: May 4
Dr. Donnelly here, y’all! As you may remember from last week, The Good Doctors kicked off the week by seeingHamilton, and Dr. Hinson warned you that this may be an All Hamilton All The Time Friyays. Sorry/not sorry, it kind of is, but I will be expanding it to musical theater in general. As a medium that I find a lot of truth in, but also a lot of joy, I want to show you some of my favorite performances. Considering that this was also the week of the Tony nominations, it all fed into my theater loving heart.
She Doesn’t Even GO HERE
A few weeks ago, we went to see Mean Girls on Broadway. It was an absolute delight and we’re pretty positive we’ll be seeing it in loads of high schools in the near future. They got nominated for a few Tony’s this year, so here’s the cast performing the song “Apex Predator” on the Today show to showcase their awesome. Of the Tony nominees for new musical this year, this was my personal favorite (I know The Band’s Visit will win) and I can’t wait to see what they perform on the show on June 10th.
For anyone who has seen the film, this is essentially that first mall/watering hole scene – just with more singing.
We’re Gonna Teach Them How To Say Goodbye
One of my favorite numbers in Hamilton is when Washington tells Hamilton that he’ll be resigning instead of running for a third term. From a historical perspective, this is a pivotal decision in American history we don’t thank GW for enough. From a dramaturgical perspective, this is the mentee learning the most important lesson he can from his mentor, but not really understanding it. But we do.
This is OG GW, Christopher Jackson, performing the song at the Obama White House with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Please enjoy.
Miscast Take Me or Leave Me & She Used to be Mine
Every year, MCC does this thing where people who normally wouldn’t sing a song in the context of the show perform numbers. I eagerly await this every year, and I have a handful of favorites that I return to again and again. Once such favorite is Aaron Tveit and Gavin Creel doing “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent.
Another favorite is Jeremy Jordan doing “She Used To Be Mine” from Waitress.
Neil Patrick Harris Hosts the Tonys Better Than Anyone
Mostly because his opening numbers are just the best. Please observe multiple examples towards this incredibly scientific assessment. The 2013 one in particular ends with a rap by Lin-Manuel Miranda that makes me want to go back in time and hug my theater kid self and tell her she’s not alone.
One Day More
My very first live musical on Broadway was Phantom of the Opera, which I now can’t stand because stalking isn’t my personal fav hobby. I saw some others that I enjoyed after that, but the first one that I saw live that wormed its way into my soul and changed me was Les Miserables.
This 10th Anniversary Concert recording has been a staple of my life since I got it on DVD for high school graduation. I’ve worn out three copies and now own it on digital so I don’t do that anymore. As I’ve grown, the songs that resonate the most with me have shifted, and the themes that have stood out to me have to. What has NEVER changed is my love for this song, and this performance of the song.
Please know that I could give you ten musical theater numbers that make me think, make me cry, bring me joy, have me dancing, or all of the above every week for the rest of the year and barely exhaust my list. So this is a smattering, a taste, a amuse bouche, as it were. I’d love to know your favorites – so link to the videos in the comments below!
Dr. Hinson will be back less week with (I’m sure) zero musical theater content, so for those who rolled their eyes so hard they passed out at this week, check back in then.