I have recently started what I hope will be a series on Instagram: #musicaltheatermonday and because instagram is not the place to write out a lovely deep dive into my personal connection with a song; I brought my keyboard over here-this blog was literally made for that. (Thank you Eric, for pointing that out)
I started Musical Theater Mondays off with “Only Love” From Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton’s The Scarlet Pimpernel I found this show a couple of years ago a when I was looking for a musical theater song written after 1968 that my classical singing throat could do justice. I ended up going through a list on Wikipedia by year of when shows were written and I remembered loving Jekyll and Hyde, as well as Bonnie and Clyde which were both written by Frank Wildhorn…So I saw The scarlet pimpernel which was written in 1997 by Frank Wildhorn and listened to some of the songs and I knew as soon as I heard “When I Look at You” I had found my piece. I considered “Only Love” too but it didn’t fit quite as well for the competition I was applying to. As I was preparing for the competition I was doing my research and it didn’t take long for my inner dork to get distracted and jump down the rabbit hole-I could not get enough of this musical, of this story in general! That is a topic for a different post, but I now consider The Scarlet Pimpernel as part of my top 3 favorite stories, right up there with Tristan and Isolde, and John Newton.
I would love to play this role one day. I think the story has SO much to make us think about and to teach us and so until then I will just sing you all bits and pieces of this wonderful score and these beautiful words.
The buttons below will take you to videos of me singing these 2 songs! :)
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The Dorkie Diva
I don't remember exactly when I came up with this, but I think it is so fitting! I really am truly one of the biggest dorks in the world, especially when it comes to Opera and Music and I hope you can see some of that here on my blog! I also hope Then there is the other half which is my diva side, she is only allowed to show herself in my style, and on stage!