My Least Favourite Songs From My Favourite Musicals

There are so many great musicals out there. My list of favourites only keeps growing, but it’s okay because my heart and ears have no limit. Of course, just because I love a musical, it doesn’t mean I love every single song, and today I wanted to discuss which songs are my least favourite in the shows I hold closest to my heart. Not every song can be amazing. These are just my opinions and just a fun way for us to discuss musicals.

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‘When All Is Said And Done’ from Mamma Mia (Listen here)
This song isn’t in the stage production, but it is in the movie, and it is without a doubt the boring-est song of the show. We all know that Pierce Brosnan is not a spectacular singer, but this song really highlights this whereas it’s not nearly as evident in songs like ‘SOS’. Not to mention that it really doesn’t do much in terms of the plot.

‘Dear Old Shiz’ from Wicked (Listen here)
Wicked‘s great songs are really great but the other songs are honestly not anything amazing, and this song in particular is really unnecessary and slow and doesn’t really have any sort of lasting melody to hold on to. Plus, the musical barely focuses on Shiz, so I find it unnecessary.

‘Letters From The Refuge’ from Newsies (Listen here)
I’m technically cheating with this song as it was added to the show for the national tour and therefore was not on Broadway or the soundtrack, but still. As much as it was sweet to hear from Crutchie, using the same ‘Santa Fe’ melody again kind of made the song forgettable and we kind of already knew the refuge was not a great place anyway, so the song doesn’t really help much in getting that point across. I don’t think it needed to be added to the show at all. (If I had to pick a least favourite song from the soundtrack, it’d probably be ‘That’s Rich’ for no reason other than I love the other songs more).

Crutchie writing his letter to Jack.

‘Meet Me Inside’ from Hamilton (Listen here)
As someone who is not a huge fan of rap/hip-hop, there are a few songs on this soundtrack that musically don’t thrill me but they advance the plot well or are well written, but this song is not one of them. I can’t describe the heartbeat-esque sound that’s happening in the second half, but it makes me uneasy. Plus, this song just really shows how much of an idiot Hamilton can be.

‘Legally Blonde Remix’ from Legally Blonde (Listen here)
This is supposed to be a big moment in the show where things turn around for Elle, but I just don’t enjoy how this song was done. They add up the tempo of the song ‘Legally Blonde’ that was so deep and heartbreaking, made the lyrics so disjointed by having so many parts to it that feel so rushed, and then had this long dance break that isn’t fun to listen to unless you’re watching it on stage. Like, we get it, she’s legally blonde. You don’t have to say it 5000 times.

‘What A Woman Wants’ from Kinky Boots (Listen here)
I find this song annoying. The “whatta man, whatta man” bits are so annoying and the salsa-dancing vibes feel out of place in the soundtrack. I just skip this song whenever I listen to the soundtrack because I just do not enjoy it.

‘Climbing Uphill’ from The Last Five Years (Listen here)
I adore so much about The Last Five Years, but I cannot stand this song. I don’t mind the first part (though I don’t love it by any means) but when it turns to Cathy’s audition, I just hate it. I understand what they were trying to do, but I just don’t like it. And then the song does shift back to tolerable parts, but the Anna Kendrick version ends so suddenly, which is just awkward to listen to. Of course, is the Broadway version where it ends with Jamie snapping at Cathy better? Unsure. It’s bad all around.

Cathy at her audition.

‘Requiem’ from Dear Evan Hansen (Listen here)
I just find this song boring. It’s sung well and all, but just boring. And especially compared to other songs in this show that are just so powerful. I know a lot of people dislike ‘To Break In A Glove’ but I kind of like that one more.

‘Club Knocked Up’ from Waitress (Listen here)
I debated whether or not this 46-second nonsense really counts as a song, but it does. It’s annoying and an instant-skip for me.

‘Lead Us Out Of The Night’ from Come From Away (Listen here)
This show is so music heavy and every song has so much info and flows together so well that it’s hard to pick one that’s a least favourite, but I picked ‘Lead Us Out Of The Night’ because it’s kind of slow and haunting and uncomfortable. I know that’s the goal, but compared to the other songs, this one is weaker for sure.

‘Those Canaan Days’ from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Listen here)
I know this show jumps around in style a decent amount, but the French vibes in this song just don’t do anything for me here. Plus this song is far too long and droning. It’s the fourth longest song of the show, and all it’s saying is that Joseph’s brothers are not thriving. Pass.

Those Canaan Days.

If you’ve yet to see/listen to one of these musicals listed, don’t let this post deter you. Truthfully, while these songs are my least favourite, most are not at all bad and if it weren’t for this post where I actually had to pick them, I wouldn’t really have least favourites. Does that make sense?

As always, I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you agree with my choices for least favourite? What are some of your other least favourite songs in your favourite musicals?

That’s all for now!

 

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A Spoilery Brain Dump About ‘Mamma Mia 2’ Because I Have Feelings And Didn’t Want To Bother Twitter

Are y’all ready for this? I don’t blog about movies much anymore because there are so many review sites that say it all better and faster than I do, but I am bursting at the seams with Mamma Mia 2 thoughts after seeing it, so here we are.

  • Let me start by saying that Mamma Mia is my favourite musical. I’ve seen it on stage twice and on screen upwards of ten times. So it’s special, and for that reason, I was both excited and terrified for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
  • Overall, I thought this sequel/prequel was good! It was fun and emotional and cute and did a good job telling more of the story.
  • Sure, there were parts that were a little cheesy, but they weren’t too weird, and if any movie’s sequel can do cheese well, it’s Mamma Mia‘s.
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  • I’m glad they mixed in new songs, old songs, and Mamma Mia stage songs that the first movie didn’t use. It was a good mix, and the old songs were arranged differently so they, for the most part, didn’t feel like the same songs again.
  • But why wasn’t ‘Under Attack’ used????? It’s such a good song and I am sad it got passed over yet again.
  • Either way, I’ll be listening to this soundtrack on repeat at work tomorrow, and I can’t wait.
  • But opening with a song about kissing a teacher was….a bit weird. Was anyone else a little weirded out?
  • I’m glad they told us right away what’s up with Donna. The trailer hinted at death, but we weren’t sure, and I really wouldn’t have wanted to spend the whole movie guessing.
  • But part of me wants to know how she died while the other part of me is very content not knowing.
  • The casting for the young versions of the characters was SO GOOD. Especially for the ladies.
  • But are you seriously telling me that Donna, Rosie, and Tanya didn’t change their hairstyles in 30 years?
  • Tanya kept teasing Rosie for crying every time someone mentioned Donna but guess what? I was doing the same thing…
  • I SOBBED during that last song. Most of the theater did too. Haven’t had a good cry like that in a while.
  • Obviously, I knew Meryl Streep would show up eventually, but I think the way they did it, at the end and at such a special moment, was well done. But I also wanted more Meryl. I always want more Meryl.
  • The theater was filled with moms and daughters, which was so cute. I also went with my mom, my best friend, and my best friend’s mom.
  • The movie was funny! I got some good laughs, and the humor didn’t consume the movie. It was on par with the first movie, I think.
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  • Cher…..yikes. Her singing was alright, but her acting was not good, and she really shouldn’t have gotten such a focus at the end of the movie. I don’t care about her.
  • Sophie and Sky are the underrated OTP
  • The movie did a pretty good job paralleling Donna’s life with Sophie’s, but there were times where I kind of wished the movie just stuck with one of them.
  • I didn’t hate Pierce Brosnan’s singing in Mamma Mia, but I’m glad they kept his singing in Here We Go Again to a minimum. That being said, I’m also glad they didn’t autotune him. I think it’d be weirder if he suddenly had a wonderful voice.
  • I like how that old lady, Sophia, was introduced and played a big role. Her existence was such a throwaway line in the first movie, so it was cool to meet her and see her importance to Donna.
  • I love every character very much.
  • Okay, so I know Donna had to sleep with the three guys because that’s the whole point so we knew it was coming, but I don’t think it was written well. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry and because it was all so sudden, we didn’t get a chance to enjoy any of them as a character.
  • Plus, the set up for the hookups were so awkward. Harry straight up asked if she’d sleep with him, and when she said no, he said he was a virgin, sang a song, and next thing you know, they were in bed together. Bill basically did the same only they parted before anything could happen. When he shows up again, he’s an immediate rebound, and even then it’s weird because she was trying to hint that she wanted to sleep with him while saying she didn’t. And then with Sam, he helped her calm a horse and then she basically asked him to live with her on the island she JUST got to. All I’m saying here is I think all three relationships were poorly written and needed a lot more attraction and suaveness to make me believe.
  • I wish the grown versions of Harry, Bill, and Sam had a bigger role. Harry and Bill just kind of showed up at the end.
  • But it was so cute seeing Sophie and Sam together, dealing with their loss and looking forward.
  • Did anyone else find young Donna a little entitled? Like, she saw Bill with his boat and was like “take me where I need to go,” and there wasn’t really a sense of gratitude when he did.
  • That bit with Harry tying himself up was odd. I didn’t get it.
  • What did Sophie and Sky name their son? I need to know.
  • When Harry and Bill were doing that Titanic thing….my heart grew like four sizes.
  • I loved seeing Sophie be part of the Dynamos.
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  • Small plot hole: didn’t Donna steal Harry’s guitar? Where was the Headbanger backstory?
  • The movie had some great dance numbers, but unfortunately, nothing can beat all the guys in bathing suits dancing in flippers during ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’
  • Where were Sophie’s friends during all this? Or that guy who was hitting in Tanya?
  • Was Mamma Mia 2 as good as Mamma Mia? No. Sequels rarely are, and in this specific case, it’d be impossible to match that level of pure iconicity served to us in 2008.
  • This sequel didn’t ruin the first movie, but it’s a fun addition to the story.
  • Honestly, leaving the theater satisfied and happy was priceless.
  • Go watch Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again but bring tissues and enjoy every cheesy, entertaining, musical second.

So those are most of my thoughts. A few more will almost definitely come to me later on (and maybe I’ll bother Twitter with those then), but the above sums up my movie-going experience and post-viewing thoughts. If you’ve seen the movie, please talk to me about it. If you haven’t, why did you read this post? Go watch it now.

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Monthly Look Ahead: July 2018

We’re officially more than halfway through the year, and that’s wild. Now it’s July, and I don’t have a lot lined up, but that’s alright. Here’s what’s getting me out of bed:

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  • As I do every Canada Day, I’m going with my best friend and her family to a BBQ where we can hang and socialize and watch fireworks.
  • Ant-Man And The Wasp comes out on the 6th. The first Ant-Man movie wasn’t my favourite of all the MCU films, but I didn’t hate it. Not to mention that this new movie is getting some good early reviews. After Infinity War, it’s clear that I’ll watch everything Marvel throws at me, so I’m ready for some Ant-Man.
  • But the movie I’m most excited for is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on the 20th because Mamma Mia is my favourite musical, and I enjoyed the movie (even if it was a little cheesy) so I’m excited to see what happens next. We haven’t set a date or anything, but I suggested going to see it with my mom, my best friend, and her mom.
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  • Later this month is SDCC, an event that I’m once again very far away from, but am still excited to experience over Twitter. Give me ALL the TV show news!
  • I might be going with my parents and some family friends for a little annual weekend getaway. My presence is not confirmed yet, but if I’m able to go, I will, and I will enjoy it.
  • Getting a job??????

And there ya have it, folks. July is set to be decent, and that is all I can ask for. What do you have going on this month? Let me know!

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: July 2017

Well, it’s summer now! Can you believe it? I can’t. June flew by, and I don’t say that about months often. But I’m not upset about July’s arrival. I love the sunshine, and I have some fun things coming up. As always, you are more than welcomed to use the below graphic and write your own MLA post.

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  • July 1st is Canada Day. I wrote a whole post about this special year for Canada (which you should check out), but I do have plans for the day. For the past five or six years, I’ve been accompanying my best friend and her family to a little party. There’s food, live music at a local park, fireworks, and fun. It’s always a great day.
  • Spider-Man Homecoming is out on July 7th. While I liked this new Spider-Man’s presence in Civil War, I was a little hesitant about a new solo movie. But the trailers look good, and there are apparently some cool surprises in it, so I will definitely be hitting up a theater to see it at some point.

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  • For my birthday last month, my parents got me tickets to see a local production of Mamma Mia and I am so excited. Mamma Mia is my number one favourite musical. I saw it live ages ago when I was really young so I don’t really remember that, but I’ve seen and worshipped the movie so many times.
  • My mom’s cousin is getting married so we’re going to the wedding. I just hope the music is good.
  • Since getting a summer job, I’ve taken a (much needed) break from applying to things, but this month I have to start applying for internships because in September I am taking an internship course. There are a couple places I already know of that would be a dream to intern at, so cross your fingers for me.

It rained basically every other day in June, so here’s hoping my July is sunny and bright. Here’s hoping yours is too. Here’s hoping July is the ideal, satisfying, relaxing month I think we all need.

 

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