deadlands

Okay so like NO one has heard of this musical before but like...

JASPER IN DEADLAND IS SO GOOD. 

Okay summary time: It’s basically about this kid named Jasper [Who really likes diving and wears a kickass red sweater) has this best friend named, Agnes. They love each other, but Jasper thinks she deserves better. She confesses and Jasper unable to reincorporate for the reason mentioned above and doesn’t give her an answer. SO trying to get an answer, they say they’re gonna meet at this cliff (They’re hang out <3) but Jasper gets there a little late and Agnes tries diving off the cliff and fails….and also drowns. Oh no she’s dead. But Jasper, being the lovesick and selfless boy he is jumps into save her. Saying that he’d give his soul up too save her. And might also being dying too. And then BOOM we meet the ‘villain’ Mr. Lethe (Yes like that river in the Greek Mythos) whose basically argues with his boss (Psst it’s pluto/hades) about if this soul should be let in. He loses and let’s Jasper’s soul into ‘deadland’. Thus the title, after a dramatic opening sequence he makes it his mission to save Anges from the underworld and bring her back to life. 

Long story short: It’s a modern day Orpheus and Eurydice retelling (Kind of) as well as a crossover fanfic (musical) with various underwold myths. Some examples: 

  • Lethe is a River in the Greco-Roman Mythos (as mentioned above). It makes you forget things. 
  • Cerberus guards the front gate into deadland
  • OH Deadland is split up into ‘circles’ like how Dante’s inferno. 
  • The Chiron shows up too, the greek ferry man
  • Osiris shows up (though it’s brief) as a singer in a club in ‘city circle’ 
  • Said club is named Helheim (From Norse mythology) 
  • Speaking of Norse Myth! Loki and Hel show up as well for a quickie cameo as Lackies. 
  • The second gate is protected by Ammit, a demon from the edyptain mythos that eat hearts (She even has her own song) Sadly Anubis doesn’t get s shout out :( 
  • When he get too the most ‘hellish’ part of deadland it’s ruled over by a guy named ‘Little Lu’. A fallen angle aka Lucifer. 
  • Sisyphus gets a named drop as he is in the ‘hell’ part of deadland 
  • A little more less known Greek myth as well, the daughters of Danus are there too. As well as Brutus, that guy who stabbed Caesar a bunch of times.
  • Remember how I said this story was a retelling or Orpheus and Eurydice? The show knows this because Eurydice basically plays the part of a Obi-wan Kenobi in this and helps Jasper on his journey. IT’S  ALMOST LIKE SHE WANTS THEM TO HAVE A HAPPY ENDING BC SHE DIDN’T GET ONE :((((((((
  • Elysium is one of the last circles. 
  • Pluto or better known as Hades is the big boss of Dealand with his wifey Persephone. They’re lethe’s boss.  

BUT THOSE ARE JUST SOME REFERENCES THAT MAKE MY MYTH LOVING HEART SWELL!!! I’m sure they’re are more (Since I sadly never made it to a stage production). But the real meat is the songs, I’ll give some of my favorites. 

  • Jasper Goodbye  (The opening song) 
  • What is Life (Cerberus’s ‘solo’) 
  • The Killing (Japser’s Answer to Cerberus’s question) 
  • The Forgetting (Sometimes your just start speaking in Portuguese when a magical river washes away your memories)  
  • Living Dead (A bunch of Dead people love being dead: The song) 
  • Hungry for Your Heart (Remember when I said Ammit got a solo. This is that solo.) 
  • Stroke by Stroke (Uplifting water metaphor: The song) 
  • Beat and Broken Spirits (The most fun song about internal damnation sung by Satan) 
  • Awful People (Undead man/Physical embodiment sings about how awful the world is, obviously.) 
  • Elysium (Everything sucks back home, maybe we should stay dead?: The song) 
  • Lifesong (Eurydice’s solo! Basically Uplifting life metaphor: The song) 
  • The Trade / The Swim (HAPPY ENDINGS ALL AROUND! Hello Jasper Hello)

REALLY I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT JASPER IN DEADLAND AND I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK IT OUT. The whole album is on youtube and itunes. And you can find a lot of the workshops on there as well. 

Some just cool things: 

Really look up this musical. It’s worth listening too.

the wildest thing for me is listening to a musical and having no idea what the plot line is so i just end up sitting there like

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OH BOY oh boy, I’m pretty stoked about my new Deadlands character~ >83c Elliot Harland Sterling, entitled son of a late steel-industry tycoon, meets an unfortunate end when a business trip goes wrong in Salt Lake City (or rather, the City o’ Gloom in this setting). …But in Deadlands, dying ain’t always the end. >w>

My GM was awesome and ran a little one-on-one-shot with me to establish how this poor jerk became a Harrowed before we start the campaign proper, and it was DELIGHTFUL good fun. Rather than play the possessing manitou as a force that periodically wrests control from me, he’s gonna be this persistent, influencing voice in the back of my guy’s head (Elliot even calls it “The Voice”, which sort of established the spirit as a MESS of voices all shifting in and out of one another—love it & tried to do it visual justice, haha). Since we’re doing this on Roll20, this means lots of fun secret whispers and rolls; can’t let the rest of the posse know they’re hanging out with a dead man, after all, eheheh~

Explain a Halloween musical plot badly

Phantom of the Opera: man stalks girl and kills her enemies, girl is understandably hesitant to go out with him

Into the Woods: and they all lived happily ever after…SIKE it goes to shit

Sweeney Todd: cronching them humans: human edition

Ghost Quartet: trust me there’s a reason all the characters sound the same

Little Shop of Horrors: cronching them humans: plant edition

Rocky Horror Show: alien drag queen slays, figuratively and literally

Dracula: cronching them humans: vampire edition

Jekyll and Hyde: yin and yang should be accepted and left alone ok

Carrie: DON’T MAKE FUN OF PERIODS

Young Frankenstein: (grand)daddy issues- oh hey, i created life

Evil Dead: rocky horror and friday the thirteenth in one

Hadestown: greek mythology but industrial

Jasper in Deadland: greek mythology but modern

Addams Family: goth girl dates a prep, goth family is disappointed

American Psycho: man kills everyone he knows, gets away with it cuz he’s rich

Wicked: so what if the wicked witch of the west was relatable and belted really high

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Seanan McGuire’s Boneyard is a standalone read in a series of books set in the world of a roleplaying game called the Deadlands. While the world-building comes partially from the game, the characters are wholly McGuire’s own, and this creepy book about a circus is compelling and fun.

To begin, I would kill for Annie Pearl. If you want to write a badass, strong mother character, read this novel and take notes, because I would kill for Annie Pearl and her wagon of oddities—the monsters that she has adopted over the years, and that travel with her and her frail daughter Adeline as part of the circus run by Nathanial Blackstone. McGuire has a true gift for writing characters and making the reader fall in love with them. Annie Pearl is running from an abusive husband and horrid past. With the circus, she travels to The Clearing, a town that has many secrets, and many monsters. The book is well-crafted and well-paced, and is totally accessible to people who don’t know the world of Deadlands, a small sliver of the life that emerges from the Wild West role-playing game. This book has monsters, monstrous humans, a lynx you will fall in love with, a grumpy old man in the woods, a strong mother figure, fascinating creatures, and more. I highly recommend reading everything that Seanan McGuire has ever written. I’m currently working on it.