also elisabeth


- It’s your job! I give you money. You give me ideas.
- And you never say thank you!
That’s what the money is for! You’re young, you’ll get your recognition. And honestly, its absolutely ridiculous to be two years into your career and counting your ideas! Everything to you is an opportunity! And you should be thanking me every morning when you wake up, along with Jesus for giving you another day! | GET TO KNOW ME MEME: MAD MEN, THE SUITCASE [2/5 tv episodes]

#helpless (hamilton, a writeup)

okay so tl;dr? i cried. i frickin sat there with two teardrops rolling down my face and chin and neck and i couldn’t frickin wipe it away because i was so invested (and also i didn’t want to ruin my makeup) and it was just. it was so good guys. so good.

gushing about the staging under the cut

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[ Man sieht Elisabeth in einem der Spiegel. Ihr Bild gleicht einem berühmten Gemälde von Franz Xaver Winterhalter aus dem Jahre 1864. Sie tritt aus dem Rahmen des Spiegels heraus… die schönste Frau der Welt! ]


       Mama, wenn ich älter werde, such mir k e i n e n Mann

       alles was mich glüklich macht kann ich a l l e i n

Pia Douwes & Maya Hakvoort in the Original Vienna Production of Elisabeth

musical sentence starters

A small collection of my favourite musical quotes, taken from various sources (mostly Elisabeth german musicals). Feel free to change pronouns etc. as you need.

  • “God help and forgive me, I wanna build something that is gonna outlive me.”
  • “We are the last of a world that always thinks of its suicide”
  • “We are the last of a world we can’t escape from.”
  • “Angels call it joy, devils call it pain, humans think it must be love.” 
  • “It’s true, i’ve loved her.”
  • “What use has immortality? Before I die I want to live.”
  • “How does one say “no” to one’s destiny?
  • “You’re scared of how alike we are.”
  • “I will not bid. I won’t even do it for you.”
  • “He has no chance in the game of thrones.”
  • “Soon you’ll see your last dawn.”
  • “Does everyone trips up their own angel?”
  • “I’ve never forgotten about you.”
  • “I’m old enough and have already missed too much.”
  • “I come because you need me.”
  • “I will not equivocate on my opinion, I have always worn it on my sleeve.”
  • “Nothing is worse than knowing how the misery develops and having to watch powerlessly.”
  • “I only belong to myself.”
  • “If I want the stars, I’ll find the way to them myself.”
  • “What a triumph!”
  • “What a feast!”
  • “You were only strong when you believed you’re weak.”
  • “If you could only look through my eyes for once.”
  • “Like a phoenix I rise again.”
  • “Suddenly everything makes sense, because everything leads me to you.”
  • “People hurt us or they vanish.”
  • “Is this bliss still real?”
  • “We could be enough.”
  • “The truth comes without a price, but nobody wants it.”
  • “I’m passionately smashing every expectation.”
  • “Love can do a lot,  but sometimes love is not enough.” 
  • “Where his morals end, my freedom begins.”
  • “Everyone dances with death.”
  • “If you could let me in, I could be good with you.”
  • “I’ll stay if I’m what you choose.”
  • “Nothing is heavy as long as you’re with me.”
  • “Soon you’ll see life through my eyes.”
  • “The world is a ship and the ship is sinking.”
  • “Men say that I’m intense or I’m insane.”
  • “Real is only what we believe in.”

There is this cartoon named “Sissi” which is based on the life of Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria and her husband Franz Joseph I. 

This is the intro to the cartoon!


jensen and friends :)

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I’ve been thinking about doing another one of these for the past few days and as it’s been more than a year since I posted a follow forever (and also because my blog is officially six years old today…), I believe it’s time to present you with a new post. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

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German history blogs

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Found this video of  the last song of Elisabeth das Musical  -  Der Schleier fällt - being both sung and signed in German Sign Language! O_O

Apparently it’s from a performance in Essen in 2002 which was translated by a Sign Language Interpreter and captioned - but in which the actors themselves also signed the final song while on stage!

I had been considering what a signed version of Elisabeth might look like - but this just renews my interest and makes me think!  It’s inspiring!

I find it especially powerful how the directions of the “pronoun” signs (signs like “you” “me” “yours” and “mine”) seem to “hook” into echother or have an interesting interplay between moving together the same way and then at the end snapping into symmetry as they both sing “belong to me”!  I also love how Elisabeth and Der Tod/Death seem to be throwing signs through the air at eachother and catching them at the beginning of the song.  Sending their thoughts and feelings eachother across the abyss between their perspectives and between life and death.

Honestly, so much in the musical is about how people relate to eachother, and to the forces that come through their lives - and that gets expressed in the choreography so wonderfully. There are so many opportunities to express that in sign and I would love to see them all!