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Ecco come sei.
Vuoi qualcuno che ti ami, ma appena si avvicinano a te diventi fredda e nauseata.
Sei piena di trucchi, ma quando esci preferisci essere al naturale.
Vedi la gente andare via da te, eppure sei disposta a tutto pur di farli restare.
Tu sei tutto o niente. Con le sfumature ci fai ben poco.
Spesso sei nera dentro, mentre fuori sei il miglior arcobaleno mai visto.
—  Giulia | laragazzaconlamaschera
what have musicals done to me?

me: *sees a newspaper* *thinks of newsies* *starts crying*

also me: *hears someone counting in french* *thinks of hamilton* *starts crying*

also me: *sees a tree* *thinks of dear evan hansen* *starts crying*

also me: *hears someone even mutter the words black or red* *thinks of les mis* *starts bawling hysterically*

also me: *hears something about the 2019 wicked film release* *starts crying*

also me: *passes a 7/11* *thinks of heathers* *starts crying*

do you see my problem here?

my crazy interpretations
  • Dear Evan Hansen: *crying*
  • Les Mis: *crying in French while all of the gays die*
  • Spring Awakening: sex
  • Amelie: French sex and mystery
  • Hamilton: rapping about founding daddies
  • Great Comet: aND ANDREY ISNT HERE
  • Next to Normal: just feels amazing???
  • Newsies: sTrIKE STRIKE STRIKE + some gay
  • Bonnie and Clyde: the exact musical about murderers on the run that you wanted
  • Heathers: it's not murder if you say sorry

Sometimes I lay awake at night, thinking about how if Newsies (1992) had been a commercial success, Disneyland and World could’ve had Newsies-themed attractions and parades and possibly character meet-and-greets.

  • les: them brooklyn boys so big!
  • leader of brooklyn boys: [is 5'4]
Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Newsboy Strike of 1899

And while you listen to Newsies for the umpteenth time today, I ask you to remember those very young, very real newsboys who started it all.

When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst decided to raise the price of a newsboy bundle of papers from 50 cents per hundred to 60 cents, purely to increase the sales of their newspaper. They didn’t think about the toll that would take on the kids that hauled their papers around, selling them for pennies to support themselves and families. These newspaper tycoons didn’t think those boys would realize how unfair that was on them. They clearly didn’t think they were smart enough.

On July 21, 1899, a bunch of angry kids with no money refused to sell those newspapers, demanding that the owners of the papers lower the price back. Within weeks, that small group of kids turned into 5,000 that successfully stopped traffic from coming across the Brooklyn bridge. Not only did that stop paper distribution in the city, but also in most New England cities, which is a HUGE feat. The newspapers tried to get men to sell the papers, but even those men sided with newsboys and refused to sell

After two weeks, Pulitzer & Hearst and the newsboys came to an agreement: the price would not be lowered, but the newspaper companies would now buy back all unsold newspapers; and on August 2, 1899, the strike ended.

The story of the strike is SO. IMPORTANT. These boys are among the earliest examples of not only unions, but among youth rights. These kids brought to light the awful conditions in which the youth of cities worked. They slaved away rain or shine, snow or sleet, well or sick, night or day. And those newsboys didn’t even work in factories, where lives were at risk with all of the dangerous equipment being operated by children. There were no breaks, no provided water or snacks, or anything that we now take for granted because we are used to having our rights as workers respected, thanks in part to these newsboys.

Not only that, but these boys are one of the earliest examples of youth movements! These kids…these CHILDREN…were able to effectively shut down aN ENTIRE. CITY. More importantly, they shut down New York. They are proof of the power that youth can have when banded together. So if you ever think that your voice doesn’t matter, think of these boys and how a few turned into thousands.

I know when we think of Newsies, we think of beautiful dancing gay boys who belt their hearts out about Santa Fe. But today, think about the very real boys who slaved for their rights, and ultimately our rights. Because of their strike, our rights are now respected as working individuals of this country. Because of their strike, the rights of the youth of this country are now respected.

Thank you. Thank you to the boys who refused to be stepped on. Thank you to the boys who refused to give up. Thank you to the boys who stopped the World.

newsies things that need to be on itunes

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MOON x dan deluca and joey barreiro

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO x mike faist and adam kaplan

ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN x liana hunt and adam kaplan

TO KISS A GIRL x ben fankhauser

WHAT YOU OWN x ben fankhauser and corey cott

LETTER FROM THE REFUGE x crutchie morris

HELLO PARADY x chaz wolcott, iain young and company

SANTA FE x joey barreiro

SHUT UP AND DANCE TAP RENDITION x dan deluca and company

KING OF NEW YORK / WHY SHOULD I WORRY x jacob kemp and company

TOP OF THE WORLD x ben cook

UNEMPLOYED x ben cook and josh burrage

I love the versatility inherent to showtunes and to theatre in general…there’s such a beautiful mix of pop and rock and classical and sad and angry and excited and whatever the hell else the composer wants and they truly do offer something for everyone