This was actually sent in by  shakespeareearlofgallifrey as a suggestion for the title of CabaWeb, but I laughed so much at it that I just had to make it a commandment.

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  • 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.
  • them:
  • me:
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  • me:also capitalism is terrible and measuring success by monetary value is destructive and demeaning

I just want a modern Les Mis adaption, ya know, with all these social justice issues happening

Black protesters against the corrupt cops

Jean Valjean being a victim of violent prejudice in the 80’s and rebuilding himself with a peaceful disposition

White deputy Javert who is “just following orders”

A white Marius aiding the rebellion although nobody really knows what he’s doing there

#justiceforeponine trending on Twitter

A barricade of signs demanding peace and change

Gay Enjolras and Grantaire (wait, isn’t that already a thing?)

Little Gavroche running around handing out sign making supplies and leading chants

Someone make it happen.


For when your Broadway-loving self meets that special someone.

as long as you’re mine - wicked / the world of your body - spring awakening / the next ten minutes - the last 5 years / lay all your love on me - mamma mia! / in a little while - once upon a mattress / without love - hairspray / take it like a man - legally blonde / tonight - west side story / in my life/a heart full of love - les miserables / all i ask of you - the phantom of the opera / seventeen - heathers: the musical / it takes two - into the woods / people will say we’re in love - oklahoma! / suddenly seymour - little shop of horrors / song on the sand - la cage aux folles / dammit, janet! - the rocky horror picture show / come to a party - dogfight / the last night of the world - miss saigon / do you love me? - fiddler on the roof / you’re the one that i want - grease / anything you can do - annie get your gun / that face - the producers / you and i - bare / small world - gypsy / perfect for you - next to normal / i’ll cover you - rent

when the lights go up and the crowd goes silent

a collection of 40 of the most memorable opening numbers (and overtures) from broadway and the west end’s best (listen)

the circle of life the lion king | hello! the book of mormon | grease (is the word) grease | no one mourns the wicked wicked | carrying the banner newsies | mama who bore me spring awakening | tear me down hedwig and the angry inch | belle beauty and the beast | overture phantom of the opera | tradition fiddler on the roof | oh the thinks you can think! seussical the musical | prologue ragtime | the stars look down billy elliot | act 1 prologue into the woods | take me to heaven sister act | maybe annie | good morning baltimore hairspray | sit down, john 1776 | the ballad of sweeney todd sweeney todd | what do you do with a BA in english?/ it sucks to be me! avenue q | overture/ work song les miserables | all that jazz chicago | food, glorious food oliver! | i hope i get it a chorus line | prologue/ chim chim cher-ee/ cherry tree lane mary poppins | prologue/ little shop of horrors little shop of horrors | aquarius hair | not for the life of me thoroughly modern millie | rent rent | comedy tonight a funny thing happened on the way to the forum | heaven on their minds jesus christ superstar | willkommen cabaret | overture/ rock island the music man | prologue/ any dream will do joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat | we are what we are la cage aux folles | oh! what a beautiful mornin’ oklahoma | every story is a love story and fortune favors the brave aida | how to succeed how to succeed in business without really trying | i get a kick out of you anything goes | magic to do pippin

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. ]

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anonymous asked:

what are your favorite showtunes? I'm trying to get into musical theater and i'd love to hear your suggestions!

Ahh this is a hard question, but i’ve compiled a list of a bunch of showtunes that I really love for you :D 

just for reference:

  • obc means original broadway cast
  • orc means original revival cast
  • olc means original london cast
  •  * indicates that it’s a personal favorite
  • + indicates loud noise or flashing lights

some classics:

songs that give me shivers:

songs to belt when you’re on your own:

great ensemble songs:

literally the funniest songs in existence: 

other really great songs:

i’d highly suggest checking out the entire soundtracks of:

[blanket cw for death and murder in most of the musicals listed]

I know I gave you a lot to check out, as i said, the asterisked songs are my favorites, so i’d suggest checking those out first. let me know if you have 

if anyone has any they want to add, please feel free!