• Maggie Neuman

My Favorite Musicals

Hi guys! I don’t know about everyone else, but I had a very real musical phase in high school where at times the majority of what I listened to was musical soundtracks. Maybe that’s because I was in the pit orchestra and always around them or because I was a huge band geek in general. Even if you didn’t listen to them growing up, I think there’s a lot to love with musical soundtracks. The music very much reflects the story that the musical is telling and is intertwined with that story. For that reason, musicals are a great way to explore different genres and styles of music. I think there are many ways to enjoy music with other art mediums and musicals are a great way to do so. To get you started here are a few of my favorite musicals chosen mostly because they have my favorite soundtracks but obviously there are a lot of other great ones out there.

1. The Book of Mormon

If you have a truly sick sense of humor and a love for jazz music, this is the musical for you. It tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who go to Uganda to share the word of God which doesn’t turn out to be as easy as expected. If it tells you anything about how twisted this musical is, it was written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Robert Lopez. I grew up in a religious family, so I find the religious themes of this musical extra funny. Some of the things that the music of The Book of Mormon excels in are reaching great climaxes (very high energy, exciting moments) and combining elements of different songs into individual phrases in a beautiful way.

2. In the Heights

In the Heights, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the story of the Latin-American population in Washington Heights. Through the music, In the Heights depicts the very real struggles that immigrants go through when coming to the United States in a