Music

Curtain Calls

Music that is big and makes you feel things and leaves you demanding an encore.

The Book Of Mormon
Original Broadway Cast Recording
2011, Ghostlight

For those of you who don’t know much about the stage show: it is not for the easily offended, language-wise, and some might be turned off by its depiction of religion (which focuses, obviously, on Mormonism, but the message put forth essentially can be applied to religion in general). A friend and I were recently discussing the show (which we have both seen, it is so great, if you get the chance, go!), and though we spent most of the time talking about how funny and smart it was, he stopped to point out that “the songs were just really good, just as songs.” He’s right: the music itself is great, a mix of old school Broadway-type tunes (so many Music Man vibes!), spiked with hilarious lyrics and not-so-subtle parodies of certain Disney lion musicals. The best part of the Book of Mormon is that the laughs are (well, almost) never cheap: the lyrics can be silly, yes, but the show has a genuine love for its characters that never seems to let up, which makes it a show that feels joyous as opposed to vicious. Also? It’s just really effing funny. There just aren’t enough musicals out there that let their lead character yell, “I can’t believe Jesus called me a diiiiiick!” You know? –Pixie

Into the Woods
Original Cast Recording
1988, RCA

A VHS of the Broadway recording of Into the Woods is the first thing I can remember ever seeing on a teevee, and it BLEW MY MIND. What sucks is explaining it to people, because a “fairy tale mix-up” sounds so ZANY and annoying. My sister played the Baker’s Wife in this play once, and it also sucked telling people that, because the Baker’s Wife sounds like the name of a character who has one line in Beauty and the Beast, and not like one of the leads. However, TAKE MY WORD, this musical is the REAL DEAL. It is my favorite musical by Stephen Sondheim, and my favorite musical EVER, and Bernadette Peters plays a witch who RAPS ABOUT VEGETABLES, so WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE? I know it sounds like I’m saying, “It’s so bad it’s good!” But it’s so not like that. It’s so complicated but catchy, and parts are gonna make you cry, and oh my GOD this is making me so emotional just talking about it. –Tavi

The Idler Wheel
Fiona Apple
2012, Epic

I had been waiting for the new Fiona Apple record for ages, and then it arrived at exactly the time that I needed it the most, and it made me alive. The opening song where she sings about how her brain never stops thinking and she just wants to FEEL EVERYTHING immediately became my anthem. The most important thing about this record is that she really IS feeling everything. Whereas her other records tend to be more about heartbreak, loneliness, and the darker sides of the heart, there is a sense that she has moved past that and is basking in love–and even celebrating it when it don’t work out so well. In “Daredevil,” she proclaims she is ALL THE FISHES IN THE SEA which, OMG, is the best thing to ever tell someone that is on the fence about you or isn’t ready to give in. Her records have become more stripped down and bare over time, and on this one she gets as REAL as can be with just her voice, her piano, and sparse percussion arrangements that make you feel like you are sitting in the room with her while she bangs shit around her. As always, there are songs I can’t listen to, because they are too real and too raw (“Left Alone” and “Regret”), but that’s really just the magic of Fiona. The real gems in this record come at the end, where we get a glimpse at a different side of her, a playful Fiona that likes to love and isn’t the sullen girl that everyone paints her to be. “Anything We Want” is as hopeful a song as she’s ever had so far, and she sings about being in love with someone and pretending they are kids and playing hooky and then growing old and falling in love and then finally having everything they want. My most favorite song is “Hot Knife,” where she and her sister take turns singing about being a hot knife and a dude being a pat of butter (and vice versa), which like #1 BUTTER METAPHOR OK I AM HERE WITH YOU and #2 SO GENIUS. And when she sings “I get FEIS-TY whenever I’m with him,” I SWEAR you can hear the mischievous grin that forms on her face as she sings. I cannot say enough good things about this other than Fiona is still, and always will be, literally the best thing ever. –Laia

Boys for Pele
Tori Amos
1996, Atlantic

This album came out in the middle of my junior year of high school, which was probably one of the most melodramatic, stress-filled, insanely emotional periods of my life. So every night before bed, I put on Boys for Pele and rode out the waves of awfulness with Tori. On Boys, she delivered what I’d come to expect from her previous two albums: a gorgeous voice that told me secrets in poetry set to the tune of a piano. And she added more—harpsichords, other instruments I didn’t know the names of but whose textures I loved, and even a gospel choir. She told me stories of girls I could relate all too well with, like “Marianne,” whom Tori couldn’t believe had actually killed herself by crawling down “in that old deep ravine.” She called out to her friend Muhammad, coyly reminding him that it was time to tell the world that it was a girl born back in Bethlehem. With “Doughnut Song,” she helped me realize the truth of how bad my last relationship had been. When she tremulously sung “Hey Jupiter,” I realized I wasn’t alone. Boys for Pele is a mythical world that I still turn to, especially when I need “a big loan from the girl zone.” –Stephanie

Disintegration
The Cure
1989, Fiction

A staple for those with broken hearts and drawers stuffed with terrible poetry, Disintegration is a dream of an album, though that dream shifts from frightening to beautiful and back again several times as it progresses. It’s the type of record that makes sadness atmospheric; you can feel someone else’s pain, anger, and confusion mingling with your own, which makes every song drip with a mix of cynicism and empathy. The music is gorgeous, as is Robert Smith’s voice, and when you listen to it, you feel like you’ve escaped to some otherwordly place. It’s a soundtrack for someone who is falling apart and trying to decide between pessimism and optimism, ultimately ending with a desperately romantic compromise of both. Love is hard, love is fleeting, but without it, where would anybody be? It’s one of those albums that you go back to again and again, when you need it to help you get through dark things (or when you need it to laugh, to remind you of how dramatic you’ve been in the past). It’s pretty much perfect. Or, in the words of South Park’s Kyle Broflovski: “Disintegration is the best album ever!” –Pixie

Once More, With Feeling
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2002, Rounder

I’ve often thought, Wouldn’t life be so much more fun if people randomly burst into song and dance like we were in one big musical? Apparently, Joss Whedon also had this thought, so he wrote, “Once More, With Feeling,” the memorable musical episode of Buffy. As soon as I saw it (which, um, was this summer, because I’m way late to the Buffy party), I went on iTunes and bought the soundtrack. It has to be the most fun musical soundtrack EVER. Even if you’ve had the worst possible day, you cannot help smiling when Anya bursts into her musical tirade about bunnies during “I’ve Got a Theory.” (The theory is that bunnies are evil and sketchy, obvs.) And there is nothing more deliciously angsty than Spike’s “Rest in Peace.” Like the series, this episode and soundtrack are original and dark and somehow not remotely implausible. –Stephanie

Rent
Original Cast Recording
1996, Verve

It is a goal of mine to one day learn all the words to “La Vie Boheme,” including the food order and the details of the “impromptu salon.” Really, it’s just a mellifluous name-checking of things that rhyme and/or are remotely associated with hipster lifestyles (“German wine, turpentine, Gertrude Stein, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Kurosawa, Carmina Burana”), and it ends with an impassioned call to activism (“revolution, justice, screaming for solution, forcing changes, risking dangers, making noise, and making pleas”). It just pumps me up every time I hear it, which is often, as I have the soundtrack on my iPod. In retrospect, I realize Rent was kind of commodifying the artiness of downtown NYC, which is in part what the characters in the play are so outraged about, but to this day, the music brings me back to the theater and reminds me how much I wanted to be IN the cast. “Seasons of Love” never fails to make me cry (like when Mindy Kaling used it for Michael’s departure on The Office, even though I didn’t even really care that he was leaving). In fact, right now, I am thinking of how few minutes there really are in a year, and how I spend too many of them on the computer. –Phoebe

Wicked
Original Broadway Cast
2003, Verve

If you’re not familiar with Wicked, get familiar. It’s the story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, back when she and the Good Witch were roommates in college. The soundtrack might be a bit confusing if you haven’t seen the play or read the book, but the songs are so good it doesn’t matter (but read the book anyway, it’s amazing). The official soundtrack features Idina Menzel (best known for her role as Maureen in Rent and Rachel’s mother in Glee), who plays green-skinned Elphaba, and Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and GCB) as the air-headed Glinda. At first they can’t stand each other, captured in hilarious songs like “Popular,” where Glinda offers to give Elphaba a makeover to make her better-liked (this actually happened to me in high school, and I didn’t take the girl up on it). Eventually, they become friends and find themselves caught up in the middle of some trouble that’s sweeping through Oz. This is a great story of a realistic, complicated friendship—the masterpiece of the whole soundtrack, “Defying Gravity,” is a breathtakingly beautiful argument as they choose to go their separate ways, all while wishing each other happiness. If you’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, you know how the story ends—but after Wicked, you’ll have a lot more sympathy for poor, misunderstood Elphaba. And you’ll also have a lot of great new songs stuck in your head. –Rachael

Murder Ballads
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
1996, Mute

This album is a dark, twisted fairy tale. Every song is that last act in a Shakespeare tragedy where almost everyone dies. Sometimes, like in “Stagger Lee,” the deaths are almost unbearably violent. Sometimes, like in “The Curse of Millhaven,” you get kind of a sick pleasure in hearing about the terrible, green-eyed, yellow-haired, 15-year-old Lottie on a murder spree because “La-la-la, all God’s children have to die.” (At least me and my first roommate did. This is a great song to blast when you hate your upstairs neighbor.) In addition to all the great Stephen-King-meets-Twin-Peaks-meets-Nick-Cave’s-scary-scary-mind stories, you have incredible guest balladeers like PJ Harvey, who joins in on “Henry Lee,” Kylie Minogue on “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” and then the album closes out with a great group singalong version of Bob Dylan’s “Death Is Not the End.” –Stephanie

Put Your Back N 2 It
Perfume Genius
2012, Matador

You know when you listen to an album and there’s a feeling in your stomach that’s something like love and fear combined? Like there’s a shock running throughout your whole body? Or like you couldn’t move at all, even if something in your vicinity were to catch on fire? I feel all of these things when I listen to Put Your Back N 2 It. Singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas has a voice of hope and heartbreak. The songs cover extremely personal and heavy topics. He sings about wanting to heal his mother in “Dark Parts,” and about wanting to be able to hold his boyfriend’s hand without hesitation in “All Waters.” “17” sounds like a suicide note. You don’t have to have lived an incredibly tragic life in order to appreciate this album. Hadreas sings about pain that’s familiar to everyone, and the personal stories he shares are told in a way that brings you into his world. You hurt as he hurts, and by the end of it, you feel a little bit stronger. –Katherine

Les Misérables
Original London Cast Recording
1985, Relativity

It’s almost hard not to be familiar with the songs that make Les Mis so enduring, but as much as I love “I Dreamed a Dream,” which Anne Hathaway does a killer version of, and “On My Own,” it’s some of the less-sweeping tracks that make the album so listenable the whole way through, like the inebriated pas de deux between the innkeepers in “Master of the House.” (If you had to be in a supporting role, it always seemed like the lady innkeeper, who memorably complains of her husband’s manhood, was a fun part to play.) “At the End of the Day” is so urgent and rousing, with the chorus lamenting that each day is one less to be living (in between their taunting of Fantine). And sometimes I think my true favorite is “Do You Hear the People Sing.” The numbers where the whole company gets involved are always kind of the best, and the reprise includes a martial beat, which comes in the wake of so much death, and it concludes the play on an epic note that just gives me the chills. –Phoebe

Dreamgirls
Motion Picture Soundtrack
2006, Sony

When we went on the Rookie Road Trip, I had a playlist of my favorite Dreamgirls songs that only Hazel was into, so we listened to it on our own in our hotel room, because I guess we were the only ones with souls or whatever? Jennifer Hudson and BEYONCÉ, you guys. These songs, along with those of ABBA, are the only ones that just purely MAKE ME HAPPY. No complicated nostalgia or anything, just PURE JOY. –Tavi

West Side Story
Motion Picture Soundtrack
1961, Sony Classical

There is a 97% chance that you’ll develop a snapping problem after listening to West Side Story–it comes with the territory, daddi-o. One of the catchiest scores ever (IMO), this adaptation of Romeo & Juliet is filled with musical theater classics, covering the saga of Maria and Tony as their romance blossoms among the gang wars between the Jets and the Sharks. It is physically impossible for me to hear any song from this show without getting psyched up in some way–particularly “Something’s Coming“–as everything is so intense, hitting on every emotion possible, from anticipation to love to hate to death to redemption. –Pixie

Not Your Kind of People
Garbage
2012, Stunvolume

Not Your Kind of People is Garbage’s first album in six years. They put it out on their own label and their own terms, which made me instantly admire it before I’d even heard it. And it lived up to my expectations. Musically, it reminds me of their first two albums—that perfect marriage of dance-y synth and big guitars. Lyrically, there are oh-so-so many songs to get you powered up to survive your own life drama or just that first crazy month of school. My favorites for getting pumped are the one-two punch of “Battle in Me” (shaking it up when you’re “a train wreck of lipstick”) and “Man on a Wire” (shooting your fear in the face and setting yourself on fire). The title track and “What Girls Are Made Of” are awesome for reminding yourself of how strong and extraordinary you are when phony people are giving you shit. Basically, it would be impossible NOT to feel like a total badass when you’re walking around with this album playing on your headphones. –Stephanie

Little Shop of Horrors
The New Broadway Cast Recording
2003, DRG

When I listened to this soundtrack the whole way through for the first time, I was too young to understand the dark humor in a story about a florist feeding people to a Venus flytrap, because its growing size impressed his crush, or a dentist laughing himself to death from gas (played by Steve Martin in the movie!), or “dreaming of a big, enormous, 12-inch screen” in “Somewhere That’s Green.” The flytrap’s voice literally gave me nightmares. I still loved the way the songs sounded, though, and now I obviously think the story is the best thing ever. Ignore the fact that Seymour is kind of a Nice Guy. Focus on the 1960s girl group–style narrators, especially how one of them says “PEORIA” on the last song from the 2003 cast recording. –Tavi

The Secret Garden
The Original Broadway Cast
1991, Sony

Musicals! My mother cleverly trained me to adore musicals, so she would have someone to accompany her to the theater every weekend. Our favorite is The Secret Garden. It is the moodiest, spookiest musical you will ever see. It’s based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, about a sullen orphan named Mary who goes to live with her creepy uncle in the wuthering moor. It contains one of the most challenging and haunting duets found in any musical ever. I listen to The Secret Garden, and I think, What happened to you, American Musical? You once were my heritage, but look what you’ve become: part Disney corporation, part pathetic reboots, part transparent contrivance to cram existing pop sings into some asinine semblance of a plot in order to loot my pockets. That is not Broadway. This is Broadway. –Maggie

In Love With Oblivion
Crystal Stilts
2011, Fortuna Pop!/Slumberland

Listening to In Love With Oblivion is a bit like finding yourself in a David Lynch movie; there’s something dark, forbidding, and creepy about it, though at the same time, it’s pretty awesome and trippy and weird. A song like “Alien Rivers” sounds, fittingly, like something someone would listen to if they were a lost cowboy on the moon; distant guitars, ominous keyboards, and droning voices. For every song that signals doom, however, there is something uplifting; this is a band that can make a song about black holes seem hopeful. Highly recommended for late-night drives, make-outs, and insomniac writing sessions. –Pixie

Grease
Motion Picture Soundtrack
1978, Polydor

My love for Grease is well documented on Rookie, but apart from the rad outfits and Rizzo being pretty much the best character ever, the songs in the movie are really the bestest. There’s the electric theme song that opens the film, and the classic “Summer Lovin,’” but my favorite songs from the movie are ones that Rizzo sings: “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” is the best mean girls song that ever meaned; on “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” she’s all, I guess I could not be slutty and stay home, but that sucks so whatever I’ma just YOLO-ing it, and it’s without a doubt my most favorite song in the movie. The cool thing about the soundtrack is that it not only has all the songs that everyone sings in the movie, but also the songs that get played at the parties, like “Born to Hand Jive,” which I think would be a great staple at any gathering if all your friends know how to hand-jive (and why would they not?), especially because I would totally try to pull off Cha Cha DiGregorio’s moves, aka flipping your dress up and showing your underwear to people, because she is totally made of magic. The only bummers on the record are the two ballads that Sandy and Danny sing, but I think that’s just my opinion because I hate everything, especially LOVE and FEELINGS. But all in all, everything about this soundtrack is perfect and if you ever find it in a thrift store, you should definitely buy it because it will make your life funner! –Laia

40 Comments

  • chameleon22 September 6th, 2012 11:11 PM

    looks like a great compilation. but no classical albums?? come on, Rookie! if that’s not music that demands an encore, I don’t know what is

  • TheNarcissisticGinger September 6th, 2012 11:15 PM

    This literally has all of my favorite music on it :) book of Mormon, rent, Les mis, grease, west side story, and wicked…PERFECTION. <3

  • Hannah September 6th, 2012 11:17 PM

    Unf. Your love of musical theatre is beautiful. I’m so in love with this month’s theme on Rookie.

  • Erykaneisha September 6th, 2012 11:18 PM

    This is FANTASTIC!
    There are lots of other musicals I would suggest, but if I had to really praise one it would be “Passing Strange” and its absolute brilliance.

    Ever been asked a simple question that overwhelms you like, “What’s your favorite movie (etc)?” & you seriously just don’t even know how to enlighten that person on your genius taste in whatever they asked you?

    I honestly don’t know where to start to describe “Passing Strange” but it changed my life. I swear, Spike Lee is to thank for filming it on stage & PBS for airing one night I felt I couldn’t take life anymore.

    Wikipedia can provide the technical description:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passing_Strange
    but only you can give it true meaning if you give it a chance <3

  • Katherine September 6th, 2012 11:25 PM

    Aaack! Fiona Apple AND Wicked AND The Secret Garden!

    There are no words to describe my excitement, except for maybe YOU GUYS ROCK!

  • junebug September 6th, 2012 11:26 PM

    I’ve been in productions of Grease, Rent, Les Mis, West Side, and Into the Woods, so I heavily approve this message :)

    Also I obsessed with Fiona Apple, Dreamgirls, & Book of Mormon, so there’s that too. And I listened to the Cure in my angstier formative years. GO ROOKIE.

  • spatergator September 6th, 2012 11:29 PM

    Okay heavvvvy I listened to so much Tori Amos during 10th-12th grade, and Boys For Pele still remains the favorite. A couple years ago this dreamy noise music dude gave me his copy of it on vinyl, saying “This album makes girls look prettier. Not that they’re ugly to begin with. Just makes em a little prettier.” We made out for the entirety of album while it spun on his turntable and then we lived together for a few months. “Horses” still reminds me of him.

    Disintegration rules, makes me think of Halloween.

  • carofine September 6th, 2012 11:31 PM

    so many Broadway albums! as a theater major I love it. Rookie would totally love The Fantasticks. It is my absolute favorite musical and it is so so beautiful. I highly recommend listening to the OBC or reading the script because it’s pure poetry.

  • MichelleCarneece September 6th, 2012 11:39 PM

    Perfume Genius, The Cure, Crystal Stilts, and Le Mis – be still my heart!
    But…I am going to throw out that without Phantom of the Opera and all its cosmic loveliness, I wouldn’t have made it through college these past few weeks.
    Ok, I have to log off due to tears.

  • Sarah M September 6th, 2012 11:44 PM

    Oh god. Perfume Genius gets me every damn time. ;___;

  • Colleen September 6th, 2012 11:51 PM

    I was once in a production of RENT and it was amazing to be part of it. I played Alexi Darling, a hobo, and a bohemian, so I was able to partake in all the major songs. It was such a fantastic experience!!!

  • Laia September 6th, 2012 11:59 PM

    MURDER BALLADS!

    so good. ugh. omg. so good.

  • jenaimarley September 7th, 2012 12:18 AM

    BUFFY!!!!!!!
    Wicked!
    so many of the best things, Rookie!
    <3

  • sheschoppingbroccoli September 7th, 2012 12:33 AM

    In defense of Rock of Ages, let me say that it got a lot of people into the theater that would not normally be there and it felt like one great big rock concert/family party where only the people you liked were there.
    During Dead or Alive, there were parts where you heard the audience really quietly singing along as if they couldn’t help it, and it made me super happy in a weird way. And this is coming from a person who has mastered the bitchface and also laser glare to use on the people around me who are not following theater etiquette. It just felt okay during RoA. However, I can understand the problem people have with jukebox musicals. For some reason though, Rock of Ages didn’t feel money-grubbing or heartless or any of that.

    Anyways, great article! I’ve just put on Disintegration and it’s basically grabbed me by the face and is yelling WOW OH MY GOSH LISTEN TO ME HOW MAJESTIC

  • amazeedayzee September 7th, 2012 12:59 AM

    I’ve seen Into the Woods (DVD version) at least six times and it never, ever gets old. So good!

    And ohmygosh Rent yes Rent is like my child that I’ve loved for years and years. I first watched the movie with my sister when I was about eleven or twelve, so obviously I didn’t understand quite a bit of it, but it was so emotional and amazing and wonderful I just fell in love with it. I got to see it on tour with Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in San Francisco for my fourteenth birthday! :D Walking into that theatre and seeing the enormous set was one of the more surreal experiences EVER.

  • angelsandlace September 7th, 2012 1:00 AM

    !!!!! this list is the best. I’m completely and totally in love with Les Miserables. Literally seen it eight times. And Grease and Wicked and Rent (somehow, I actually know all the lyrics to La Vie Boheme). I totally suggest Spring Awakening. Best musical. of. my. life. No kidding. It’s basically just teens questioning authority and like sexual awakening and stuff. Best kind of show, duh.

  • Wickedforlife September 7th, 2012 1:47 AM

    Shiz is an esteemed college, not a high school. And Elphaba first enters it when she is in her twenties. And the show isn’t about feeling sympathy for elphaba, it’s about feeling sympathy for GLINDA. In the end she’s left alone living in a bubble of ignorance. Elphaba’s choices are those she is proud of. And songs stuck in my head. They give me fangirl organsms.

    • Rachael September 7th, 2012 8:00 AM

      Argh, you’re right. It is a university. That’s what I get for trying to write a review on a play I saw 5 years ago. :) I still feel more sympathy for Elphaba than Glinda, though. Her life was difficult and painful, and she ends up being cast unfairly as a villain. Whereas Glinda’s bad choices hurt people and she’s practically worshiped for it (although I agree that her ignorance is sad).

  • unicornconnect September 7th, 2012 2:13 AM

    YEAH! West side story is legendary!!!!! I love officer krupke and America and everything. Yes yes yes !

  • Narnie September 7th, 2012 2:51 AM

    Musicals are the greatest, and I’m so glad Into the Woods is on here! It’s so underrated and so fabulous. But yes, some classical albums would have been great! Particularly the Kronos Quartet plays Philip Glass, completely spectacular.

  • ivoire September 7th, 2012 4:16 AM

    yes yes yes fiona apple <3 little shop of horrors terrified me when i was a kid haha.

  • Daltrey September 7th, 2012 6:39 AM

    Unf, Nick Cave, The Cure and Grease! Day has been made! Must go listen now!

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  • starsinyourheart September 7th, 2012 9:00 AM

    Les Mis <3

  • whatnaomiloves September 7th, 2012 11:09 AM

    Still can not stop listening to Fiona’s new album. SO. GOOD.

  • Sooophie September 7th, 2012 11:20 AM

    OMG I am in LOVE with les misérables!!I dreamed a dream just makes me cry every time i hear it.This is my favorite musical ever (along with the phantom of the opera and hair) and I was already waiting for something about this when I first saw that next’ month theme was drama and now you just made my day :)

  • Pia September 7th, 2012 12:18 PM

    Bernadette Peters was my childhood god(dess). I swear I thought about a name change briefly…

  • @teen_prince September 7th, 2012 2:48 PM

    wow, so glad you included Perfume Genius, that album is way important to me

  • brynntheredonethat September 7th, 2012 4:18 PM

    RENT OMG BEST EVER

    And on Rookie, at that! I love all of this.

  • Skatapus September 7th, 2012 4:30 PM

    Hey, loving the Broadway trend here. I’d just like to put in that the Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson soundtrack is incredible, and that that show was (such a short run, so sad) the best thing ever. The whiny emo-ness of it all speaks to my teenage self with its ridiculousness and never fails to cheer me up. There’s something incredibly self indulgent about listening to “sometimes you have to take the initiative, sometimes you have to kill everyone everyone” while having a bad day. Also, Benjamin Walker…unf. <3

  • Michelle September 7th, 2012 6:30 PM

    Why isn’t Spring Awakening on here? 1) it’s a truly phenomenal show with beautiful music, and 2) it has a line in it that you essentially used in the description of this article: “Because it makes us feel something?” (the line is spoken by Melchior as he is questioning society’s disapproval of teenage romance).

  • brennachan September 7th, 2012 10:38 PM

    GREAT musicals! Into the Woods is my favorite musical of all time ever in the history of the whole giant universe etc. I’m loving this month’s theme :D

  • mews September 8th, 2012 4:11 AM

    Stephanie, you must watch this Polish animated film/music video/interpretation of “The Curse of Millhaven” by Bartek Kulas!
    http://vimeo.com/12400290

    • Stephanie September 9th, 2012 3:08 PM

      OMG! THANK YOU FOR EXPOSING ME TO THIS GEM!!!!!

  • LittleMissE September 8th, 2012 11:24 AM

    Ohmygiddygod I am a theatre freak and I have listened to nearly all of these albums and OH THE FEELINGS

  • caro nation September 8th, 2012 11:50 AM

    Nick Cave and Pj Harvey were romantically involved, y’know. I can only imagine the drama.

    Crystal Stilts and The Cure seem very somber for this month.

  • Mickey September 10th, 2012 12:03 AM

    My four year old cousin knows all the words to every song on the Once More With Feeling soundtrack. I’m so proud. She also calls Spike, Spiky, which is so adorable you wouldn’t believe it.

  • Miss Erin September 10th, 2012 7:17 PM

    THE SECRET GARDEN<3<3<3<3

  • Mars77 September 11th, 2012 5:05 PM

    LOVE Into the Woods, Grease (though I prefer the stage version), Secret Garden, and West Side Story. Wicked is alright, but personally I think it’s a little overrated (probably my automatic aversion to extremely hyped-up things).

    But anyway! I’m a HUGE musical theater fan, and I usually don’t read the Rookie music articles because it’s usually not my kind of music, but this time I saw Dreamgirls was the thumbnail and thought YES!!! My only big objection is to the omission of In The Heights — in my opinion, quite the best musical ever written.

  • insteadofanelephant September 12th, 2012 1:14 AM

    i remember listening (and singing) non stop to wicked in high school. probably should have refrained from the latter.

    TAVI so proud of you for being on jimmy!! i’ll always remember the new girl in town

    XX
    Katie