STEP IN TIME : musicals with tap numbers are infinitely better so here are a few for your ears
// 1. Forget About the Boy - Thoroughly Modern Millie // 2. I Can Do That - A Chorus Line // 3. Cold Feets - The Drowsy Chaperone // 4. Cinderella, Darling - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying // 5. Bottom’s Gonna Be On Top - Something Rotten! //6. Good Morning - Singin’ In The Rain // 7. Morning Person (Live) - Shrek The Musical // 8. King Of New York - Newsies // 9. Turn It Off - The Book Of Mormon // 10. We’re In The Money - 42nd Street // 11. You Won’t Succeed On Broadway - Spamalot // 12. Something Rotten!/Make An Omelette - Something Rotten! // 13. Anything Goes - Anything Goes // 14. I Got Rhythm - Crazy For You // 15. Puttin’ On The Ritz - Young Frankenstein // 16. Step In Time (Live) - Mary Poppins // 17. 42nd Street - 42nd Street // 18. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Spamalot // 19.A Musical - Something Rotten! // 20. Expressing Yourself - Billy Elliot // 21.The Speed Test - Thoroughly Modern Millie //
Phantom of the Opera: A speculative fiction about what would happen if Benedict Cumberbatch were a woman and his fans had access to a basement.
Hamilton: The best friend of an ambitious political dissident warns him repeatedly that his actions will end in tragedy. When that doesn’t actually happen, the best friend takes it upon himself to teach a valuable life lesson.
Jesus Christ Superstar: The best friend of an ambitious political dissident warns him repeatedly that his actions will end in tragedy. When that doesn’t actually happen, the best friend takes it upon himself to teach a valuable life lesson.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Tim Gunn was sick today on Project Runway. Let’s see what happens!
Miss Saigon: White savior done fucked up. No one is surprised.
The Scarlet Pimpernel: Proto-superhero pretends to be gay. Wife is understandably miffed when she discovers she won’t be getting the D. Hilarity ensues.
The Lion King: A Shakespearean look at a pride of liMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSAAAAAWENYAAAAAAMAAKALAKIIIIIIIIIIIISSHUENOOONOOOOOOO
Chicago: He really did have it coming.
Cabaret: A Conservative Republican’s worst nightmare is set to music.
Cats: Furries provide a fun-filled look into an average night out.
Rent: All these people are going to die the minute you leave the theater.
Avenue Q: Today on Sesame Street, we learn an important lesson about the purpose of the internet. The word of the day is ANAL.
Les Miserables: A man steals a loaf of bread and is chased across France by the most dedicated police officer on the force. Consequently, everyone dies.
My Fair Lady: A valuable life lesson is taught: if you want to make it in life, all you need to do is sacrifice everything, suffer torment from an obsessive linguistics major, and fake an upper-class English accent. Unless you’re a man, and then you just need to explain that you really need money for alcohol. In that case, someone will promptly die and will you their fortune.
How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying: A young man attempts to push the boundaries of white male privilege. He soon finds there are none.
Sweeney Todd: A barber and his girlfriend take Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” a little too far.
My high school is less than 2 weeks away from opening night of our fall musical, How to Succeed in Business, and everything is a disaster. First, about 10 percent of our cast dropped out in the first 2 weeks of rehearsal, leaving us with a cast that is half inexperienced freshman. Then one of the two crew captains was forced to resign for being a complete jerk, so our crew got very behind schedule, as in last week about 10 percent of the set was finished. Next we found out our director had choreographed our dances using a different version of the songs than the ones in our libretto, so we had to learn new music, in a different key, without ever recieving actual written copies of this music. Last week, we also learned that they never gave the pit orchestra new music, so they’ve learned the wrong parts for half our songs. Also, we learned most of our choreography last week, so the songs all look and sound terrible. Finally, our lead is out for the count. Last week we had a guest director, and he suggested that at one point, Finch (the main character), should bang his head against his desk. Finch did, but the director kept telling him to do it harder. The next day, we learned that all the head banging had given Finch a concussion. Tomorrow we begin hell week, and already I’ve been praying to the theatre gods for mercy.
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
Riley’s valiantly defending her friendship with Maya because the girls are worried Cory’s not going to let them be friends anymore (as if Cory Matthews would EVER 😭). Riley goes on to say her civil war is over and she won—implying she’s made the world completely her own just by “rebelling” against her father…who of course NEVER would’ve made Riley ditch Maya in a million years in the first place—so she’s not ACTUALLY rebelling here.
As lovely as Riley’s sentiment about Maya being the one to get them into trouble while she gets them out of it is…she’s living in her father’s world still. She’s “Cory” and Maya’s “Shawn” and that’s that. (Although of course Maya actually more closely parallels Cory when she leads the homework rebellion…👀).
Cory’s reaction shot here is interesting though, because ultimately not only is Riley living in her father’s world in terms of “she’s the Cory & Maya’s the Shawn,” what Riley doesn’t know yet is that it won’t be like that forever. In the right hand column, we see teenage Cory talking about how it’s “always been.” Out of context this seems like a pure and lovely parallel to Riley in the pilot, but the truth is: Cory was actually being a huge jerk in 5x09. He was upset because Shawn did really well in their work study program—better than Cory. Cory got a big complex about it, even going so far as to tell Alan, “But I was supposed to be the one to succeed, not Shawn. Everyone knows that.” Sounds an awful lot like Riley telling Maya that’s she’s “turned into Riley” because she’s behaving better and getting good grades now, doesn’t it? 🤔
In BMW 5x09, Cory essentially wanted to box Shawn into the “screw-up rebel” role. He couldn’t handle Shawn succeeding at something because it was different from what he was used to, especially since Cory himself didn’t do so well. Cory even admitted that Shawn’s success was “killing him.”
In the end though, Cory realizes he was just jealous. He gets over it and tells Shawn he’s proud of him. Now, I’m not going to go so far as to claim Riley was driven by primarily by jealousy in the non-triangle arc (although her outburst at Lucas in True Maya hints that there’s a little bit of that in the mix), but ultimately I think Riley just doesn’t know how to handle Maya not being “the rebel who gets into trouble,” because if Maya’s not the one who “gets them into trouble so Riley can get them out of it,” that messes with Riley’s own sense of self as well. She wasn’t ready for things to be different than they’ve always been. Maya on the other hand…was.