someone:stories with queer/trans/PoC protagonists just don't perform as well because they're not relatable to everyone!
me:RENT is one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever and ran for 12 years after its debut in 1996, making it the 10th longest-running Broadway show of all time. Its core cast is made up of a Jew, a gay Black man and his transgender partner, a recovering drug addict, a Hispanic teenage sex worker, a lesbian, and a bisexual woman, all of whom are complaining and commiserating about how hard it is to be an oppressed person with no money but plenty of passion.
me:also capitalism is terrible and measuring success by monetary value is destructive and demeaning
JakeTheEscapologist > 10 Shows Matilda The Musical | Hairspray | Evita | Cabaret | Phantom Of The Opera | Les Miserables | Chicago | Hedwig and the Angry Inch | Heathers The Musical | The Book of Mormon
so you think you can belt: a collection of songs i use to practice belting, projection, holding notes and breathing.
come back // dogfight (derek klena) || shicksa goddess // the last five years (jeremy jordan) || memphis lives in me // memphis (killian donnelly) || santa fe // newsies (jeremy jordan) || i’m alive // next to normal (aaron tveit) || run, freedom, run! // urinetown (hunter foster) || anthem // chess (david carroll) || til i hear you sing // love never dies (david thaxton) || step one // kinky boots (stark sands) || something’s coming // west side story (fra fee) || goodbye // catch me if you can (aaron tveit) || you and me (but mostly me) // the book of mormon (andrew rannells) || in love with you // first date (zachary levi)* || the ballad of czolgosz // assassins (neil patrick harris)**
*not really the “truest” of belts but has some nice long notes and quick segments that are good for breathing practice, also good for projecting **not strictly a belt, but this version is very quick and is good to practice breathing with, especially when you’re just starting to practice belts
[ nb. op is a tenor, so these are suitable for tenors and lower altos. ]
There should be a summer camp where you could sleep over at one of the vacant Broadway theaters and the whole group of people in the summer camp would work on a show at the same time, and at the end of the summer camp, you would perform the show that the summer camp practiced and show it at the theater that you slept over at (if that makes any sense).