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from @stebbii‘s post

referenced some poses from this post

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willing | a critical role fan song

Music by Jake Smith ( @jakesmithsings )
Lyrics by Gina Smith ( @floatslikebricks )
Performance by Jake Smith

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.

Listen to the song on SoundCloud!

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“Dear Evan Hansen”

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

Backstage Costume Crew Be Like

“I know my hand is like.. down your shirt but pls don’t think I’m groping you I just need to pin this piece of fabric okay tHANKs”

“No.. your hoop skirt isn’t.. HOLD ON IM SORRY IN ADVANCE-” /Fucking climbs under skirt to fix a crooked wire in the lining/ “THERE YOU GO”

“I KNOW THIS IS AWKWARD BUT CAN YOU JUST PLS GET IN THIS SKIRT YOU WILL GET STUCK HALFWAY IF YOU DONT HAVE HELP”

“JACKSON, YOUR PANTS! WHERE ARE THEY?!”

/dashing to set up backstage quick changes/ “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory”

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU RIPPED YOUR COSTUME”

/incoherent sobbing/

(In)appropriate Audition Songs -Part 1

Hi, I’ll be auditioning for Philip Hamilton and I’m singing “Bulletproof” by La Roux

Hi, I’ll be auditioning for Eliza Schuyler and my song is “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood

Hi, I’m auditioning for John Laurens and I’ll be singing “Same Love” by Macklemore

Auditioning for Aaron Burr with “Oops, I Did It Again” by Britney Spears

Hey, here to audition for Alexander Hamilton and I’ll be singing “Shot Through the Heart” by Bon Jovi

Hi, I’ll be auditioning for Grantaire and I’ll be singing “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce. 

Hi, I’m auditioning for Javert and I’ll be singing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Just kidding, that’s way too high for me. I’ll actually be singing “Jump” by Van Halen.

Today I am here to audition for the role of Fantine, and I will sing “Death” by White Lies

Future Enjolras here, I’ll be auditioning with “Revolution” by the Beatles, and if you need a second song, I have “Bleeding Out” by Imagine Dragons prepared

I’m auditioning for JD, from Heathers, and I’ll be singing “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz

Hello, I’m here to audition for Sweeney Todd and I’m singing “Murder Song” by Aurora

Hi everybody, I’m auditioning for Nessarose from Wicked and I’m singing “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. 

….add more to my list!

The only surprising thing about Bette Midler coming to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! is that she hadn’t already come to Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly! There have been many incarnations of Dolly Levi (including Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, and, in the film, Barbra Streisand), but perhaps none more blindingly obvious than Midler. After all, she belts, she made her bones as precisely the kind of unapologetic ham that Dolly is written to be, and she seems like someone the staff of a restaurant might line up to welcome, just as they do in the show’s famous title song. And when it comes, that title song might even be better to just listen to, without a visual to limit the personnel to what can be held in a theater. In your mind, the line of singing waiters can stretch into eternity.

First Listen: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ New Broadway Cast Recording

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

  • what I say: I'm fine
  • what I mean: GOD IF EVAN HANSEN AND CONNOR MURPHY ACTUALLY WOULD'VE PROPERLY CROSSED PATHS EARLIER OR EVEN THAT ONE SCENE WHERE CONNOR READS EVAN'S LETTER WOULD'VE GONE DIFFERENTLY; THEY COULD'VE ACTUALLY BEEN FRIENDS AND A LITTLE LESS ALONE, THEY BOTH NEEDED SOMEONE AND THEY CAME SO CLOSE BUT THEY NEVER QUITE FOUND EACH OTHER EVEN THO THEY WERE. BOTH. RIGHT. THERE.
what makes for a good musical:

• Dramatic act l finale
• At least one fun, showy dance number, bonus points if it involves tap dancing
• French people (the more the better)
• Mom character
• Cry-worthy act ll (I love pain)
• Character A has a huge crush on character B, character B is clueless, bonus points if they end up together
• Repeating medley and/or phrases you find have multiple meanings when you get farther in the show’s context
• probably cheesy love song

The Jukebox Musical Challenge

So. I’m proposing a new challenge for those who are game enough to try. It might completely fail, because it does require some effort. But, we shall see…

Here’s how it goes:

1. Shuffle your music

2. Write down the first five songs that pop up

3. Create a premise for a musical in 2-3 sentences

4. Show how Song #1 fits into your musical

5. Explain what happens in between the songs (briefly)

6. Repeat all the way until you’re finished with Song #5

7. There you have it. You have successfully outlined your very own musical. Look at you, creator! Maybe it will even go to Broadway!! (With a bit more work, of course)


Some notes: It’s probably best not to use songs that are already musical theatre songs, as you already have context for this. So, skip those.

Tag your friends to do this, if you want. Or, do it on your own free accord. I’m sure there are plenty of people with interesting imaginations. 

It’s probably best to reblog from this post, so they know the rules.

Now, go forth and conquer, ye playwrights!!!

Your girl, Eleanor