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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

My Favourite Musical Soundtracks...

I listen to a lot of different music, you will find just about anything on my iPod or Spotify but one big chunk of that would be musicals. I just love musical soundtracks, and my love for them is growing all the time! Even more so now I've actually seen a show on the west end so I really wanted to do a post on a few of my favourites.
Wicked - Of all of the musicals, this had to be top. Not only do I love the original broadway soundtrack but I've also been able to hear all of the songs live two times, both by the amazing Rachel Tucker and Suzie Mathers. I go through phases with each song where one will just be my favourite for ages, but really the top 3 for me are The Wizard and I, Defying Gravity and No Good Deed. I think all of those songs are so powerful and ones I could just replay over and over. If you ever get the chance to see the show, do it! Hearing the songs and seeing them being performed is just amazing, it's such a magical show and I'm pretty sure this soundtrack will never stop getting played in my house.

Dear Evan Hansen - This is one I only discovered a few weeks ago, but I don't think there has even been a song to relate to me so much, as 'Waving Through A Window' on this soundtrack. I know I won't be able to describe the show properly so this is what it says on the website 'A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to fit in'. Evan suffers with severe social anxiety and I think thats what gets me so much about the whole soundtrack. I just feel like I can relate to so many of the lyrics and it makes me really emotional. It's only on Broadway at the moment and I would genuinely get on a plane to go and see it if I could afford it. It's just amazing, and I genuinely think if you know anyone who suffers with social anxiety maybe give 'Waving Through A Window' a listen, it could maybe give you an insight into what its like sometimes for those with it. Also 'You Will Be Found' is a pretty emotional one too and definitely one of my favourites on the soundtrack.

Waitress - I only started listening to the soundtrack to this recently but I am obsessed! Unfortunately it's not on the west end, only broadway but so many of the songs are incredible and from what I've read online, it's an amazing show so I really hope I get chance to see it one day. It's about a waitress and pie maker, Jenna who has dreams of leaving her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and her towns new dr can offer her that fresh start she's been waiting for but she has to summon the strength and courage to completely rebuild her life. As soon as I heard the first song on the soundtrack Whats Inside, I was hooked. Now I can just replay it over and over. I think my favourites are Opening Up, The Negative and When He Sees Me. This is a soundtrack you have to listen to. It's unlikely I'll see this anytime soon as there is no more news about it coming to the west end but if anyone does get the chance to see it on broadway, it's currently starring Sara Bareilles, who actually wrote all of the music for the show.

Les Miserables - Once my slight addiction to the wicked soundtrack had died down I started listening to the Les Mis one and I'm now pretty set on this being the next west end show I see. I still haven't seen the film but some of the songs are just so powerful, that alone has sold it to me. Again as I'm not great at describing things it says online 'Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.' I've only ever read good things about it and it's a show that has been recommended to me a few times now. I think my favourite from the soundtrack is One Day More.

Rent - This isn't a musical I know too much about but it says online 'In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community'. I really need to watch the film soon but I would really love to see it on stage too one day. For now I just love the soundtrack! There is one song 'Seasons Of Love' which is pretty iconic and one that I really love, definitely my favourite but I also really like 'Take Me or Leave Me'. It's one I've just started listening to properly but definitely one I'm really enjoying at the moment.

I'd love to know if you like any of these soundtracks and if so which is your favourite? Also can you recommend any others I should listen to? I'm just obsessed with musicals at the moment! I think my favourite will always be Wicked but the rest are all pretty amazing.

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