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Here’s everything I love about the Anastasia Musical (Part One)

So!! I’ve finally collected my thoughts and was able to list out everything I love about this musical (this was supposed to be limited to like 5 songs but I couldn’t pick just a handful bc they’re ALL SO GOOD). Keep in mind, I haven’t seen it live yet, just listened to the album and watched that First Look preview hundreds of times. Pleeease don’t mention any spoilers or anything bc I really wanna go see it for myself some day! Warning: long post lol

The first few notes of Prologue: Once Upon a December gave me chills omg

I love how they really touched on just how much Communism affected everybody. Life was pretty crappy for everyone and it’s important that it’s discussed. Like, the exchange between Anya and Gleb (“I can’t lose this job…”) really highlights to me that they were all hungry, desperate for work, etc. and it not many people had any hopes for a better future…

  • “The skies are grey, the walls have ears and he who argues disappears!”
  • “We’re good and loyal comrades and our favorite color’s red!”
  • “Two cans of beans, comrade?” “… doNE”
  • The collective “SHHH!!”

DONT!! GET ME STARTED!! ON IN MY DREAMS!!!

  • Christy’s voiCE I CANT
  • When I was first listening to this I was like “ohhh boy… I’m already crying on the 3rd song…. this is gonna be an emotional ride”
  • “Call the child anYA”
  • “Is it Pariiiiis? Paris…”
  • “And I HEAR A VOICE WHISPER ’I’LL MEET YOU RIGHT THERE’ IN PARIIIIIIIS. Paris…”
  • “You don’t know what it’s like not to know who you are”
  • “But I still have this faith in the truth of my dreammmms”
  • “AND MYYY DREEAMS. SEEEEM TO SAAAAY. DONT BE AFRAID TO GO ON. DONT GIVE UP HOPE COME WHAT MAYYYYY”
  • “I know it all will come baaaaack ONE DAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!”
  • Anya/Christyyyyy you’re breaking my heart stop it just started
  • Honestly the whole song is beautiful

All of Learn to Do It is great too bc wow that’s a mood changer from the last song lol

  • “How do you become the person you’ve forgotten you ever were?”
  • “Am I floating?” “Like a sinking boat”
  • “I never cared for stroganoff!”
  • “I don’t like being contradicted.” “That makes two of us!”
  • “I’ve hAD it!! And I hATE YOU BOTH!”… “Don’t forGET I don’t remember anything! Get OUT and let me be!”
  • She takes a big breath before she lists everything she learned lol

Ramin’s so talented what the heck

  • “I heard the shots…. I heard the screams… but it’s the silence after I remember most.”
  • “A revolution is a siiiimple thiiiiiiiiiing” my guy, my dude, my man,, no…. that is false,,,

DEREK’S VOICE!!!!! MY PETERSBURG IS ICONIC

  • “Funny when a city is all you know, how even when you hate it something in you loves it sooooo!!”
  • “There’s a boy, growing up, all I’ve been, all I’ll be…”
  • “Funny how a BOY CAN GROOOOWWWW! Funny how a city tells you when it’s time to goooo!”
  • “But tonight, there’s a sky and quite a viewww… welcome tooooooooooo….. My PetersBUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRG!!!”

I know that Once Upon a December is exactly the same as the movie but Christy’s voice is so gorgeous so I need to talk about it

  • “Accross my meeemoryyyyyyyy….”
  • THE ENSEMBLE!!!! HOLY CRAP!! THEIR HARMONIZING IS SO HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL IT LITERALLY SOUNDS LIKE GHOSTS DANCING WOW IT GIVES ME CHILLS
  • The piano rising in a crescendo
  • “FAARRRR AWAY! LOOONG AGOOOO! GLOWING DIM AS AN EMBER!”
  • Christy’s voice at the end my lord
  • The whole orchestra in this song is amazing

OKAY SO. STAY, I PRAY YOU. IS VERY UNDERRATED. LIKE. WHEN I FIRST LISTENED TO IT I WAS JUST SITTING ON MY COUCH WITH TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS AND WAS LIKE “why…. am I crying… about crossing the russian border…. when I’m not even Russian…. what the heck….”

  • And!!! It emphasizes the fact that this is communist Russia. You don’t leave!!
  • Constantine’s voice here is so haunting and The strings are lovelyyyyyy
  • This is like that one song from Sound of Music when they cross the mountains lol
  • THE ENSEMBLE AGAIN….
  • Christy’s and Derek’s harmonizing is b e a u t i f u l
  • “How to go wheRE IIIIII HAve never gone befoooorrre…”
  • “Let me have a moment, let me say goodbyyyyyye….”
  • My absolute favorite part is how it slowly fades from the entire cast singing and repeating “iiiii'lll bless my homeland….” to just the trio, to dmitry and Anya, and finally until it’s just Anya left…. “iiii'lll bless my homeland… tillllll I diiiiieeee…” It’s so chillingly beautiful I’m never gonna get used to that

We’ll Go From There is so pure and happy!

  • “Some women say I look distinguished this way”
  • “Meet the royal. Mess!”
  • “Why did I say? yes?”
  • Again, Derek and Christy’s harmonizing is amazing how–
  • “Getagripandtakeadeepbreath and soon we’ll know what’s what”
  • “Oh what a lovely ride! And what a lovely dayyyyy! For a totally illegal geeeeetawayyyyy!”
  • “From theeeeeEEeeeeeeEEeeeeerrreeeee! We’ll go from there!!” Bum

Ramin is baaaack with more angst and beautiful vocals in Still!

  • “A son becomes a man! At his faaaaather’s knee…”
  • “–to FULLFIIIIILLLLLLLLL”
  • “But then you see her eyes, and something in them tells you that she ABSOLUTELY LIES

I KNOW THEY DIDNT CHANGE ANYTHING FROM JOURNEY TO THE PAST BUT IT MUST BE DISCUSSED

  • It’s so empowering I’m PUMPED like every time I hear it I have to get up and run around like I’m the one performing or making a music video
  • “Peo.ple always say, Life is full of choices, but no one ever mentions. fear…”
  • Home. Love. Faaaamily. There was once a time I must have had them tooooo… Hoooooome, loooooove, faaaamily! I will never be complete until I find youuuuuu!” (Brb crying)
  • THE ENTIRE LAST STANZA. EXCUSE ME WHILE I KEEP SCREAMING ABOUT THIS.
  • Christy’s voice in “THINGS MY HEART STILL NEEDS TO KNOOOOOW!”
  • “YES!!! LET THIS BE A SIIIIIGN!! LET THIS ROOOAD BE MINE!! LET IT LEEEAD ME TO MY PAAAAAAAAAAAST!!! AAAND BRING ME HOOOOME!! aaaaAAAAAT LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAST!!!!!”
  • AKFKFINGSG SF,F SHES SO TALENTED THAT LAST NOTE OMG
  • I’m always out of breath when this song is over lol

Paris Holds the Key always pumps me up omg

  • “Everything is is avant-garde, or chic!”
  • Dmitry’s part tho…
  • “There’s hope in the aaaair!”
  • The one and only thing I’m kinda bummed about is that they didn’t include that one part from the original where everyone is singing in the final chorus and then it’s just dmitry singing “toooo… Herrrr….” and then the ensemble finishes it off. Idk it’s so heartbreaking but that’s probably my favorite part from the original song and I’m kinda sad they cut that bit (but it’s ok bc DEREK)

Crossing A Bridge is VERY underrated too omg

  • The orchestral part is beautiful and again CHRISTY’S VOICE
  • “Halfway between where I’ve been, and where I’m goiiing…”
  • “Me on the left bank, you on the riiiight!” And then Her voice at “every light is like a promise..”
  • I love how the middle it’s kinda loud and emotional but it ends really soft and quiet

Watching Christy’s “Royal Misfits” vlog made me love Mary Beth Peil bc she kinda reminds me of my Nanna, so Close the Door broke my heart a little

I love the mood of Land of Yesterday bc they’re complaining that they’re no longer rich lol and Lily’s like “well we’re not dead now!” And my favorite: “RUSSIAAAAAA!!!”

IN A CROWD!!! OF THOUSANDS!!!! I SOB EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO IT. The chemistry btwn Christy and Derek is magical (I mean I haven’t seen them but) I can hear them smiling and their harmonizing is just… good lord. And the tension is so real

  • “You’re making me feel I was there too.” “Maybe you were, make it part of your story”
  • I love that you can hear the shift in Christy’s voice from playful and humorous to a dawning, frightening realization (“and I tried not to smile, but I smiiiiled… and then… heeeee bowwwwed…!!!!!” “Um, I didn’t tell you that” “You didn’t have to!! I remember!!!!” And then a heavy pause)
  • “With the sun in my eyes you were gone… but I knew, even then, in a crowd of thousands… I’ll find you… aaaagaaaaain…..” AIGFHGKVNID THEY FOUND EACH OTHER EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO CRY
  • “Your highness…” !???!???? WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING TO MY HEART

Meant to Be is beautiful (especially the orchestra) but I’m gonna skip to QUARTET AT THE BALLET. BC HONESTLY ITS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. The striiiings….

  • “My past and my future so neeeeear…” and then Dmitry breaking my heart again with “next to me this frightened girl, holding tight as the dancers whirl”
  • The whole part where Dmitry and Gleb are singing together omgggg “ITS FATE!! THAT BROUGHT US HEEEEERE”
  • And don’t! Get me started on the part where they’re all singing together it’s so intENSE it’s honestly one of my favorite parts from the whole musical. And!! DMITRY’S PART OMG HE REPRISES JOURNEY TO THE PAST “hooome, looove, faaaamily…. she will have all of it!! I will help her…” AKFJOND HE KEEPS BREAKING MY HEART HE LOVES HER SO MUCH #OTP
  • “Find a wayyyyy…. ANASAAAAAAASIAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!”

Again Dmitry just loves her… Everything to Win messes with my heart. “I didn’t know, she mattered to meee… but now I can see, she doooeees…” (and later Anya says the same thing omg what kind of romantic crap is this, “conman and princess get their wish and fairytales come truuuue!” *clenches fist*) and “with everything to win, the only thing I lose… is youuuuuu…” :(

I love how Gleb interrupts Anya’s pining for dramaaaaaaa. “If you really are Anastasia do you think history wants you to have lived??” “YES, why don’t you!?”

  • “All but one. Finish it, I am my father’s daughter.” “AND I AM MY FATHER’S SON!” ( I can actually hear Anya standing with her chin held high staring at him straight in the eyes, a challenge, a dare) and a gun clicks and omg my heart started racing
  • “Look at their faces in mine, hear their screams, see their BLOOD.” … “Do it! Do it and I will be with my parents and my brothers and sisters in that cellar in Yekaterinburg all over again!!” GOOD LORD ITS SO INTENSE
  • “WE HAVE A PAST TO BURYYY AAAANYAAAAAAAA!!!!”… “A reVOLUTION IS A SIMPLE THING!!”
  • The ending is absolutely perfect… “she was a dream. A beautiful dream.” And then “the case is closed. But still….” and the ENSEMBLE COMES BACK. They didn’t have to go so hard, man

8isabelle8  asked:

I've been obsessed with your beautiful blog! As I was reading about how you make your wonderful living, I wondered if you have any funny or interesting stories from the many jobs you've done?What has been the weirdest experience? Is it dangerous nannying for strangers across the globe? Thanks again. Your blog inspires me to travel as much as I can in my future. :)

Thank you! 

It’s insane because you have so many diff cultures and if you REALLY want to experience them you’ve got to work with & surround yourself with the locals to truly appreciate how unique every place is.

The only horror story I have is when I was Au Pairing for the 2nd time in Rome and 1 month later the family kicked me out SAME DAY because I overslept Sat morning. I was wasted the night before so yeah lol :( BUT I’m 100% positive they were just looking for an excuse because I once overheard the mom & dad arguing in Italian how she thought having an Au Pair was too expensive and they didn’t need one. They were trying to fit in with their friends (who all had Au Pairs) and hired me without being sure they wanted one. After that happened, I made sure to get assurances from future families that they did want an Au Pair. 

In Madrid, AS SOON AS A KID WALKS OUT OF CLASS all the parents/nannies waiting outside shove cakes & juices in their mouths. SHOVE. And partying in Madrid literally consists of drinking to get buzzed and then eating a shitload all night. They’re honestly obsessed with food, and day-drinking is totally acceptable (people in bars at 10 am). Also, the mom I worked for in Madrid spoke English well and was obsessed with Rom-Coms and the word “awesome”. Like, she begged me to teach her kids it lol

Paris is amazing but it’s been an adjustment understanding the Parisian attitude. They’re very serious people so if you wanna work here you’ll find a few more hoops to jump through than you would in Spain or Italy where no one gives a shit about anything (it’s wonderful)

I don’t think it’s anymore dangerous  being a Nanny in Venice or your own city. Always have an emergency fund (whether that’s cash or your parents generosity), write & skype with families to get to know them, ask for references, choose a big city to live in so you can meet people easier etc. My experiences have been 99% AMAZING. And most parts of Europe are significantly safer than the USA (I’m from Vegas). Biggest crime is picket pocketing, like lol.