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Deb: Slytherin

Hey there everyone! Happy Tuesday. If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving the past week. I know it’s been rough, please drop me an ask or an IM if you want to talk or if there’s anything I can do for you. Let’s get through this together.

But back to why you’re all here! Let’s get right into it, shall we?

Resourceful:

having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties

Pretty quickly after we meet Deb, we find out that she’s a grad student who has lost her book that contains all her notes for her thesis. This would be disastrous for most of us, and we might take some time to cry and panic before we actually get to work. Not Deb. She immediately sets to work to try and get an extension. Deb doesn’t accept difficulties, she confronts them, as a resourceful Slytherin would.

Ambition:

a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work

Yes! Absolutely yes! As mentioned, Deb is in grad school! She’s working hard. And not only that, in Big Picture, she clearly lays out what she’s working towards:

In five years I’ll have an amazing apartment with bookshelves built into the walls
A window that looks out on someplace big
And a personal assistant who screens my calls
The book I write will be required reading
To get into the seminars that I’ll be leading!
That’s the plan as far as I can see it.

How’s that for ambition?

Determination:

firmness of purpose; resoluteness

Deb is absolutely a type A personality. Really all of her songs show this- even in Calm when she’s singing so fast she might as well be in Hamilton and having a mental breakdown, when that passes, what is she left with? The realization that she doesn’t do good with quiet. Deb is a person who needs to be where things are happening because that’s where fits best with her determination. 

Musicalssorted official stamp on Deb is that she is a Slytherin! We’re off on Wednesdays, but come back on Thursday for a Ravenclaw!

I'll Be Here
Original Cast Recording
I'll Be Here

365 Showtunes DAY 254: ORDINARY DAYS - I’ll Be Here

13 years ago today, something devastating hit New York City. 

You guys all know what I’m talking about; you, like me, probably remember where you were when you first heard.

I didn’t live in New York at the time, and I had no family or friends who did. But in my two years living there, I heard some first-hand accounts of life on that day. Those accounts shook me pretty hard.

It took some time before it could be references in film, television, musical theatre. I don’t think I know of another showtune that talks about that day.

And in the case of this song, you don’t even really realize that that’s what they’re talking about. 

Take a moment to think about the lives lost when you listen to tonight’s song. Then go tell someone that you love them. 

<3 

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Jason: Gryffindor

Hi, guys! Sorry for the hiatus, working full time and running two blogs that update regularly is pretty difficult, but we are back at it, so let’s go!

This week our Gryffindor is the very overdue Jason. As I said when I sorted my first Ordinary Days character, every house is represented in those characters. Since then, we’ve done all the others, leaving only our Gryffindor, Jason.

In my experience, Gryffindors are the type to see things as black and white. They don’t have really spend the time to think about the intricacies, or to consider many alternate viewpoints. You see this in Jason’s reaction at the Met:

I’m unimpressed by Clint and Dali,

It takes a sharper eye

To paint things like they’re supposed to be!

Give me a portrait where a face is a face,

Don’t give me theories about “negative space”

Why would I care about what isn’t there?

There is also a certain impatience that often comes with Gryffindors- they want to go and do and get things done, not to sit and wait. You see this impatience in the same song, a little earlier.

Hey, come on let’s go! We’ve got a whole museum to visit, we should probably pick up on the pace!

You can also see this in The Space Between, when he describes the decision to move in together with Claire after only a year together in a way that implies perhaps he didn’t quite thing the decision all the way through:

The best thing I ever did might be saying “Screw it!” and getting rid of the space between!

We also see this same thing in Fine, when they’re fighting and he blurts out a marriage proposal, clearly unplanned.

Musicalssorted official stamp on Jason is that he is a Gryffindor! Tune in tomorrow for a Slytherin.

I'll Be Here
Audra McDonald
I'll Be Here

I’ll Be Here” as heard on Go Back Home (2013)

music/lyric Adam Gwon

performance Audra McDonald

One of the things I love most about Audra McDonald’s new album (my copy of which arrived today before it hits stores on the 21st) is a return on her part to promoting emerging music theater writers.  In this case, Adam Gwon.  She also includes numbers by Adam Guettel and Michael John LaChiusa, whose work she featured on her first albums when they were “emerging” as well.

Rooftop Duet / Falling
Hunter Foster;Lisa Brescia;Kate Wetherhead;Jared Gertner

I’m currently a crew member for this show, and this scene gives me chills every time!  This is my favorite part of the whole show.  It’s so beautiful!

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