west side story america

the one who made it out - a playlist highlighting the talents of women of color in musical theatre

aquarius - hair // america - west side story // waiting for life - once on this island // breathe - in the heights // i speak six languages - the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee // prologue / little shop of horrors - little shop of horrors // that’s rich - newsies // we ain’t no cheerleaders - bring it on // eleven days - here lies love // helpless - hamilton // satisfied - hamilton // 911! emergency - bare: a pop opera // we’re okay - rent // the dark i know well - spring awakening // learn your lessons well - godspell // simple joys - pippin // the witch - big fish // i wonder where our love has gone - lady day at emerson’s bare and grill // sal tlay ka siti - the book of mormon // something wonderful - the king and i // i loves you, porgy - porgy and bess // it won’t be long now - in the heights // out tonight - rent // letterbomb - american idiot // the party goes with you - 35mm: a musical exhibition // i got four kids - caroline or change // where you are - kiss of the spider woman // by my side - godspell // your daddy’s son - ragtime // colored woman - memphis //


Ask me to choose: Musical Theater

1: Right Hand Man (Hamilton) or Right Hand Man (Something Rotten!)?

2: I’m Alive (next to normal), Alive (Jekyll and Hyde), or Stay Alive (Hamilton)?

3: Seventeen (Heathers) or Seventeen (Tuck Everlasting)?

4: Maria (West Side Story) or Maria (The Sound of Music)?

5: Full Disclosure (The Addams Family) or Full Disclosure (Steven Universe)?

6: Santa Fe (Rent) or Santa Fe (Newsies)?

7: It Takes Two (Into the Woods) or It Takes Two (Hairspray)?

8: Something Bad (Wicked) or Something Bad is Happening (Falsettos)?

9: Favorite Prologue?

10: Favorite Overture?

11: Favorite Finale?

12: We See the Light (Something Rotten!) or I See the Light (Tangled)?

13: One (Bare) or One (A Chorus Line)?

14: I Believe (Book of Mormon), I Believe (Spring Awakening), or Believe (Finding Neverland)?

15: With You (Allegiance), With You (Ghost), or With You (Pippin)?

16: The Confrontation (Les Miserables), The Confrontation (Miss Saigon), or Confrontation (Jekyll and Hyde)?

17: I Dreamed a Dance (next to normal) or I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)?

18: Top of the World (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) or Top of the World (Tuck Everlasting)?

19: The World Turned Upside Down (Hamilton) or The World is Upside Down (Finding Neverland)?

20: Beautiful (Heathers), Beautiful (Ordinary Days), or Beautiful (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)?

21: Epiphany (Sweeney Todd) or Epiphany (Bare)?

22: Without You (Rent) or Without You (My Fair Lady)?

23: In My Own Little Corner (Cinderella) or Corner of the Sky (Pippin)?

24: Does Anybody Have a Map (Dear Evan Hansen) or Maps (Fun Home)?

25: Funny Honey (Chicago) or Honey Honey (Mamma Mia!)?

26: I’m Not That Girl (Wicked), I’m Not That Guy (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), or I’m Not That Smart (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)?

27: One By One By One (Ordinary Days) or Two By Two (The Book of Mormon)?

28: One Day in October (13) or One Day in October (Blood Brothers)?

29: One Day More (Les Miserables), One Day (Groundhog Day), or One Short Day (Wicked)?

30: We Are Home (In the Heights) or We Are Home (In Transit)?

31: Welcome to America (Something Rotten!) or America (West Side Story)?

32: Halloween (Rent) or Halloween (Be More Chill)?

33: Let It Go (Hamilton Workshop) or Let It Go (Frozen)?

34: I’m Here (Matilda) or I’m Here (The Color Purple)?

35: Favorite Reprise?

36: When Words Fail (Shrek the Musical) or Words Fail (Dear Evan Hansen)?

37: Positive (Legally Blonde) or The Negative (Waitress)?

38: Witch’s Lament (Into the Woods) or Diva’s Lament (Spamalot)?

39: Take a Chance On Me (Little Women) or Take a Chance on Me (Mamma Mia!)?

40: If I Could Tell Her (Dear Evan Hansen) or Tell Her (13)?

41: Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie) or Gimme Gimme Gimme (Mamma Mia)?

42: Requiem (Evita) or Requiem (Dear Evan Hansen)?

43: For the First Time (Tarzan) or For the First Time in Forever (Frozen)?

44: Favorite Entr’acte?

45: Maybe (Miss Saigon) or Maybe (next to normal)?

46: Daddy Knows Best (Spongebob Musical) or Mother Knows Best (Tangled)?

47: [Wild card- name two not listed]

Credits: Everyone who commented on my post here and to @septemberfirst1989 for looking through the list a while ago

Feel free to like… add to this, or send me suggestions of things to add!

enough - songs of confrontation and frustration

take me or leave me - rent // america - west side story // enough - in the heights // why stay? / a promise - next to normal // leave me alone - side show // bitch / slut / liar / whore - the toxic avenger // what the fuck now, lizzie? - lizzie // i hate you - if/then // see i’m smiling - the last five years // we do not belong together - sunday in the park with george // promise - bare: a pop opera // no more - see what i wanna see // your fault / last midnight - into the woods // why did i listen to that man? - urinetown // waiting - the addams family // if i didn’t believe in you - the last five years // solano avenue - here lies love // telephone wire - fun home // what is this feeling? - wicked //


THE STORIES OF OUR LIVESThe American Identity in Musical Theatre 2016 EDITION

3 hours. 45 songs. A special 4th of July playlist that examines that various shades of the American experience in one of the few genuinely American art forms. UPDATED July 3, 2016.

Everybody’s Got the Right - Assassins / Cool, Cool, Considerate Men - 1776 / The Old Red Hills of Home - Parade / To Build a Home - The Bridges of Madison County / Lady’s Maid - Titanic / America - West Side Story / Carnaval Del Barrio - In the Heights / My Shot - Hamilton / Waitin’ For the Light to Shine - Big River / Molasses to Rum - 1776 / The Eagle and Me - Bloomer Girl (*only on 8tracks) / The Flagmaker, 1775 - Songs for a New World / Momma Look Sharp - 1776 / Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) - Hamilton / Life Story - Closer Than Ever / Back to Before - Ragtime / Oklahoma! - Oklahoma! / Goodbye/Boom Boom - Elegies / Me and the Sky - Come from Away (*only on Spotify) / The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) - Hair / Unlikely Lovers - Falsettoland / Will I? - Rent / Something Just Broke - Assassins / It’s In Your Hands Now - Road Show / Wheels of a Dream - Ragtime / The Saddest Song - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson / There is a Child - Giant  / Paciencia y Fe - In the Heights / Politics and Poker - Fiorello! / The House We Live In - Grey Gardens / Our Favorite Son - The Will Rogers Follies / A Normal, Healthy, American Boy - Bye Bye Birdie / What You Own - Rent / Second Nature - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson / Sarah - The Civil War / How Glory Goes - Floyd Collins / Gaman - Allegiance / Till We Reach That Day - Ragtime / Let It Sing - Violet / Free At Last - Big River / The Lynching Blues - Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk / Lot’s Wife - Caroline, or Change / I Know Where I’ve Been - Hairspray / Everybody Rejoice! - The Wiz / Ol’ Man River - Show Boat / Make Them Hear You - Ragtime

[listen on 8tracks] [listen on spotify]

anonymous asked:

what are some of your favorite numbers from musicals?

OH MAN. I’m going to try and break it down by musical, so I’m not so overwhelming. Otherwise we could be here forever. I’m also only going to do musicals that I’ve seen in the theater. Here we go:

  • Les Misérables: “On My Own.” I’ve spent my entire life singing this song, I’ve known the lyrics by heart since I was six. While I have all the musical memorized, I’ve never been able to shake the long standing effect of this song. I grew up wanting to be Éponine, not Cosette (read into that what you will). There are other, bigger numbers, like “One Day More,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” or personal favorite “In My Life,” but I can’t drop the raw emotion of this number.
  • Wicked: “Defying Gravity.” This one is for the physical number, more than the song. Gay anthem “For Good” makes me cry, “As Long as You’re Mine” is probably the sexiest song ever put on broadway, I can sing “Dancing Through Life” for fucking ever, and honestly “The Wizard and I” is the one I’ve listened to the most (I sing it loudly in my car a lot. That song has BUILD). I even have some serious feelings about “Thank Goodness.” But in the theater, and I’ve seen Wicked maybe five times now, it knocks you out every single time. It’s the best of Chenoweth and Menzel. And when they lift her in the air…you can’t beat it. This is THE intermission break.
  • Spring Awakening: “Touch Me.” Man, this is a hard choice. One of my favorite musicals because all of the songs sparkle, and some especially stand out for the blocking on stage. I personally love “My Junk,” “The Bitch of Living,” “The Guilty Ones,” and “Don’t Do Sadness” so fucking much, and that’s just the start. But this one has such a tenderness, and a build, that’s unmatched in musical numbers. The whole song is about orgasming, and it simulates that as well as music can. You can’t really get better. 
  • Rent: “La Vie Boheme.” Can I choose every single song? I only picked this one because I learned all of the lyrics when I was 14 and was so incredibly proud of myself. It’s also so fun and specific to this musical when played out in the theater. But I love all of these songs. Second fav is “Take Me or Leave Me.” Surprise favorite is “Goodbye Love” which I will belt like it’s my jam. 
  • Hamilton: “Satisfied.” Now this one wasn’t difficult. It was the song I fell in love with when I first listened to the album; it’s the number I first cried to when I saw the musical in New York. I can connect to every single song in this musical, but nothing starts to match the choreography and ingenuity of the Helpless/Satisfied number. I was amazed when I listened to the song, and even more so when I saw it in person. Renée is a national treasure.
  • Next to Normal: “Why Stay/A Promise.” There are so many songs I prefer, like “Superboy and the Invisible Girl,” “I Miss the Mountains,” “Everything Else,” and especially the refrain in “Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I’m Falling.” But this song, on stage, fucking slays. It brings back so many riffs from the beginning and focuses in on these four people and the parallel between them, reminding you of the point, of what the musical is about. The harmonies are on point and the lyrics manage to accomplish a matching dissonance. Amazing. 
  • Anything Goes: “Anything Goes.” I have such a good time watching this musical, but this song honestly has the best hook and it’s incredible to watch. In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now god knows, ANYTHING GOES.
  • Phantom of the Opera: “All I Ask of You.” It’s the only song in the entire musical I can listen to and not get caught up in the abusive implications. I also grew up on this musical, and I think these lyrics may have been my first words. Probably my total favorite song is “Think of Me,” but I’d honestly jam to all of them. 
  • In the Heights: “Breathe.” There are some real bangers in this musical, like “96,000″ and “When You’re Home,” but this is the one that stuck with me the longest. That BUILD, the PAUSES…one of the best individual ballads ever to appear on Broadway. Lin never let us down
  • Throughly Modern Millie: “Only in New York.” I love all of these songs, and there are certainly more exciting ones. But this one is a ballad if I’ve ever seen one. I sing it all the time in the shower. 
  • Mamma Mia: “Does Your Mother Know.” Who doesn’t love ABBA, but my favorite number to watch is this one. My favorite song is probably “Lay All Your Love on Me,” or “The Winner Takes it All,” but this one is so much fun, and every time I see the musical the interpretation is different. 
  • Fun Home: “Ring of Keys.” This number manages to capture the feeling of the graphic novel in a way that none of the other songs do. A kid sings it, and it fucking rocks. 
  • West Side Story: “America.” Obviously. If you have a different fav, you’re wrong.
  • Sweeney Todd: “Johanna.” In a lot of ways, I hate Sondheim’s musicals. But this song burrows its way into my brain and never lets go
  • The King and I: “Shall We Dance?” This is clearly the best number, especially because the last time I saw this musical the set kept moving while they danced, and she was in that GIANT DRESS, it was so impressive. But my favorite song is “Something Wonderful.” 
  • Cabaret: “Maybe This Time.” We can all agree. I do a great 20′s style version of this song when I’m drunk.
  • Once: “Falling Slowly.” The only reason to watch this musical. 
  • Legally Blonde: “Chip on My Shoulder.” I truly love so many riffs and individual lines in this musical (the break down in “Serious” which I once sang with a boy who was in love with me go figure, “girls like you always get to see Ireland,” the either side of the door harmony in “Legally Blonde” that fucks with my already dark childhood Luke Wilson complex. But this number is so much fun, and even through the mansplaining, the hook is great. 
  • Shrek the Musical: “I Know It’s Today.” This musical never needed to happen, but this is such a great and overlooked number. The harmony and switch off between the three Fionas is so well orchestrated. Plus that refrain…..it’ll get stuck in your head for a month. 

Honestly I’ve seen a lot more musicals, but I didn’t want to pick a specific song from them. 

and the world will know | a broadway group numbers mix | listen


01. seasons of love | rent 02. the world will know | newsies 03. brotherhood of men | how to succeed in buisness without really trying 04. america | west side story 05. c’mon everybody | all shook up 06. you can’t stop the beat | hairspray 07. my junk | spring awakening 08. do you hear the people sing | les miserables 09. take a chance on me | mamma mia 10. i wish i could go back to college | avenue q 11. flesh failure/eyes look your last/let the sunshine in | hair 12. 9 to 5 | 9 to 5 the musical 13. boulevard of broken dreams | american idiot the musical 14. la vie boheme | rent 15. we go together | grease 16. till we reach that day | ragtime 17. time warp | the rocky horror picture show 18. hello twelve hello thirteen hello love | a chorus line 19. a new argentina | evita 20. candy store | heathers the musical 21. footloose | footloose the musical 22. into the woods prologue | into the woods 23. one day more | les miserables 24. cell block tango | chicago 25. happiness | you’re a good man charlie brown 26. for now | avenue q 27. summer nights | grease 28. rainbow high | evita 29. dancing through life | wicked 30. hasa diga eebowai | the book of mormon  31. one | a chorus line 32. don’t stop believin | rock of ages

the ultimate stephen sondheim playlist - a collection of sondheim’s most memorable melodies

opening doors - merrily we roll along // comedy tonight - a funny thing happened on the way to the forum // company - company // bounce - bounce // the miller’s son - a little night music // together wherever we go - gypsy // everybody say’s don’t - anyone can whistle // could i leave you? - follies // any moment / moments in the woods - into the woods // poems - pacific overtures // what more do i need? - saturday night // america - west side story // worst pies in london - sweeney todd // everybody loves louis - sunday in the park with george // i read - passion // not a day goes by - merrily we roll along // losing my mind - follies // anyone can whistle - anyone can whistle // send in the clowns - a little night music // i wish i could forget you - passion // some people - gypsy // talent - bounce // that’ll show him - a funny thing happened on the way to the forum // a little priest - sweeney todd // tonight (quintet) - west side story // so many people - saturday night // someone in a tree - pacific overtures // your fault / last midnight - into the woods // move on - sunday in the park with george // being alive - company //