We have wanted to write a musical theater style tribute to Critical Role for quite some time. ‘willing’ is based on the 44th episode, ‘The Sunken Tomb’, which was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and plot-rocking moments in the whole show.
Sit down buckaroos because I’m gonna share some historical insight with you because of ignorant people who are trying to discard the most badass character in all of feminist characters in musical theatre history and I won’t take that.
Katherine Ethel Pulitzer was a real person - daughter of Joseph and Kate Pulitzer. So there’s fact number 1 to prove she was an actual living person in the 1800’s. Fact 2. When you say women weren’t journalists back then well you obviously have never heard nor read about Elizabeth Jane Cochran also known by her pen name “Nellie Bly”. She was the inspiration behind Katherine’s character in the first place. They basically merged the real Katherine with Nellie and created this character. Nellie Bly began writing for “The Pittsburg Dispatch” in 1885 and moved to New York City two years later to begin working at “New York World”. She was known for her investigative and undercover reporting, including posing as a sweatshop worker to expose poor working conditions faced by women. She earned her acclaim in 1887 when she went undercover at an asylum on Blackwell’s Island and posed as one of the patients to get the story and in turn had launched a full on investigation on the treatment of the institution and the well being of patients (which wasn’t a well being at all with neglect and physical abuse) in said facility. In 1889 she went around the world in a record-setting 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds in attempt to break the faux record of Phileas Fogg, the fictional title character in Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days”. At the age of 18 (my age) she submitted a racy response to an editorial piece that had been published in The Pittsburgh Dispatch that made sexist statements towards women. The writer was Erasmus Wilson (known as the Quiet Observer or Q.O.) Nellie’s letter grabbed the attention of the paper’s managing editor, George Madden, who then offered her a position. She later published a book about the experience titled: “Around the World in 72 Days” in 1890.
So don’t you DARE tell me Katherine Plumber wasn’t a vital asset to these boy’s story. She’s more of an inspiration to me than ANY character I’ve read about. Nellie Bly is an inspiration who makes me want a writing career. I am very much like Katherine (in more ways than just having power bangs) and because of her I’ve learned to love myself. Because of her I can get through days when I’ve got a shit ton of Senior year homework knocking me down. Because of her I’m happier. Katherine and Nellie are huge inspirations to me and if you hate either one of them just unfollow me now. Because these two are my role models and always will be❤
Book by Steven Levenson; Music and Lyrics By Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Music Box Theatre, 2016
Starring Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, & Asa Somers
You know what’s awesome about The Flash musical episode?
In this episode, Barry Allen is depicted as a guy - a straight guy (as far as canon goes) - a straight guy who is a superhero - who unabashedly, unashamedly likes musicals!
They could have gone for the “Let’s make the macho hero sing and watch him be embarrassed and snarky about sharing his feelings” route that some modern musicals and musical episodes go (see: Flynn from Tangled, Spike from Buffy’s “Once More with Feeling”, most of the heroes and villains of “Mayhem of the Music Meister!”). The Supernatural musical episode doesn’t even have the guys sing - the singers are all teenage girls.
But Barry Allen is shown from the start of this episode to love musicals. Old fashioned, cheesy musicals like Singin’ In the Rain.He doesn’t find it embarrassing, he doesn’t hide it from his male friends.Even though he is trapped in movie musical sort of against his will, his own mind partially conjured up this fantasy, and it shows. He gets so into the opening number, he sits down watching in awe as the two murderous gangsters sing to their daughter, he starts off the “Super Friends” number and spins off silly rhymes and puns.
I’ve headcanoned that Barry did musicals when he was in school since “Summer Lovin’” in Season 1, and it may not have been officially confirmed, but I just got a LOT more evidence for the theory this episode.
Why is this important? Well, there’s a reason most school theater programs have more female than male performers in my experience. I went to a high school with an amazing theater program, and even there some had the assumption that if you’re a guy who likes musicals or acts in musicals, you’re not strong or masculine. And that wasn’t a stigma a guy wanted to attract. My middle school production of Guys and Dolls? We only had four or five actual guys. And not all in the lead parts.
But Barry Allen is a superhero. One of the most iconic in the DC canon. He’s the “fastest man alive.” He’s punched out a man made of metal, a shark man, a giant gorilla, murderous speedsters who have beaten him within an inch of his life. He’s survived being struck by lightning, shot by Green Arrow, broken by Zoom, trapped in the speed force.
Everything I noticed when I listened to the DEH cast album for the first time without seeing the show in person
- EVERYTHING IS SO CLEAAAAAAR AND NOT A GRAINY RECORDING
- For forever is so pure
- Nervous, adorable Evan during if I could tell her was the highlight of my life
- Disappear makes you feel like you can write a 7 act opera and win the olympics whilst writing the great American novel
- You will be found builds into this big chorus that is so TREMENDOUS AND AMAZING
- I heard the title good for you and I thought it would be angsty aND I WAS RIGHT
- Mike Faist The God™
- The harmonies in requiem killed meeeee
- Words fail didn’t FAIL at making me cry
- WHEN WORDS FAIL THROWS BACK THE WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW LYRICS AND MAN OH MAN WAS I SHOOK
- So big / so small requires tissues
- All I see is sky for forever in acapella was everything I needed and more
1. Molasses to Rum from 1776: explains the triangle trade as well as the hypocrisy of the revolutionary era on the topic of slavery
2. Sit Down John from 1776: the apprehension of moderates to declare independence during the continental congress
3. But Mr. Adams from 1776: the declaration of independence (this is partly on here bc it’s about jefferson wanting to bust his nut)
4. Non-Stop from Hamilton: the formation of the federal government, the constitutional convention, and the federalist papers
5. Cabinet Battle #1 from Hamilton: arguments between federalists and democratic republicans over assumption, excise taxes on whiskey, and slavery
6. The Room Where It Happens from Hamilton: the dinner that jefferson hosted which decided assumption as well as where the capital would be located
7. The Election of 1800 from Hamilton: the election of 1800 would lead to the creation of political parties
8. Alll American Prophet from Book of Mormon: the formation of mormonism and its westward expansion
9. Rock Star from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: the anti-elitist sentiments that would lead to an increase in populism as well as how jackson’s anti-elitist populism contradicted with his own superiority complex
10. Corrupt Bargain from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: the bargain which got JQA elected during the tie breaker for the election of 1824
11. Populism Yea Yea from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: the rise of populism and jacksonian democracy
12. Ten Little Indians from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: the awful awful treatment of native americans (especially during jackson’s administration)
13. Someone In a Tree from Pacific Overtures: the treaty of kanagawa and the “opening” of japan
14. The Wild Wild West from Harvey Girls: westward expansion and the wild west
15. Paint Your Wagon from Paint Your Wagon: the california gold rush and westward expansion
16. A Peculiar Institution from Civil War: the awful awful treatment of slaves
17. The Glory from Civil War: the civil war in general
18. The Ballad Of Booth from Assassins: john wilkes booth’s assassination of abraham lincoln
19. The Ballad of Guiteau from Assassins: charles guiteau’s assassination of president garfield because he wanted to place chester a arthur in power so his faction would reap benefits of patronage
20. The Bottom Line from Newsies: business owner’s cost cutting methods which often disenfranchised the workers
21. The World Will Know from Newsies: the organization of labor unions against big business during the gilded age
22. The Ballad of Czolgosz from Assassins: leon czolgosz’s assassination of president william mckinley because he felt the working class was oppressed
hi there so after the OVERWHELMINGLY positive response to my last video (thank you for that by the way, it made me so happy), i decided to do another dear evan hansen song! so here’s a lil snippet of me singing and playing all the parts to “You Will Be Found” :) i hope ya like it