My Week In Music: Musical Theater Nerds Unite!

Welcome to the inaugural post of My Week In Music, a (hopefully) recurring feature in which I describe my past week with…well, music. (Also, apparently I like naming things “My Week In ____.” Go figure.) Sometimes these posts will be thematic, sometimes they may just be the tracks I listened to most that week, sometimes…yeah, I don’t know. Let’s do this.

Melissa Benoist & Grant Gustin, “Super Friend” from The Flash — Music from the Special Episode: Duet (2017)

I was fourteen before I realized that oh, wait, I’m not going to grow up to star in Broadway musicals. That said, my love for musicals never died. At heart, I am, and will likely always be, a musical theater nerd. I also happen to watch The Flash. So, obviously, I was super (get it?) in love with this cheeky, old-timey duet (which, hello, was co-written by Rachel Bloom–don’t even get me started on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend right now) from Glee alumni Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. Also: I did not realize until “Duet” that Joe West is played by Jesse L. Martin, who originated the role of Tom Collins in, yeah, okay, I’ll go ahead and say it, MY FAVORITE MUSICAL OF ALL TIME (Rent, obviously). I don’t know what rock I was hiding under that it took me almost three full seasons of the show to figure that one out.Major media consumption faux pas on my part. This song is just basically everything I love about everything. Super hyperbole? Nah.

Tim Bagley, “Papa’s Good to You” from Lunchtime: The Musical! (Season 2, Episode 10 of Teachers) (2017)

Speaking of musical episodes, is anyone else watching Teachers on TVLand? (Not sure when that network made the switch from I Love Lucy and Bewitched reruns to great original programming, but okay.) Teachers is hilarious, go watch all of it literally right now. Go. I’ll wait until you watch last week’s episode, which was ALSO a musical. The television gods were so kind to me this week. Lunchtime: The Musical! overtly, but still cleverly, alludes to a slew of musical theater classics including The Sound of MusicPhantom of the Opera, et al. You can apparently watch the whole episode on YouTube, but here’s Tim Bagley parodying “When You’re Good To Mama” from Chicago. (Sidebar: Teachers is based on a web series from the amazing comedy troupe The Katydids, whose names are all derivations of Katherine. Caitlin/Katy/Cate/Kate/Katie/Kathryn, if you’re reading this, can I please join? I’ve already got the name requirement down. Talent? I plead the fifth.)

 

Paige O’Hara, “Belle (Reprise)” from Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)

I can’t even begin to describe how important Beauty and the Beast was to me during my childhood. Well, I can, and I’m working on doing so, but I’m not done yet. Anyway, I saw the live action film with Hermione Granger Emma Watson as Belle on Thursday. It wasn’t perfect (far from it), but I won’t lie: I started tearing up around the 10-minute mark. But even Emma Watson’s under-trained pipes couldn’t stop me from bawling during the reprise of “Belle.” In fact, even thinking about wanting adventure in the great wide somewhere as I write this has my mascara running. (So attractive right now.) Stay tuned for the essay I’m writing, which is tentatively titled, “Why Beauty and the Beast Made Me Cry.” (I am open to suggestions for other titles, as I realize that one kind of, well, sucks.)

Pat Benatar, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” from Crimes of Passion (1980)

On Saturday night (or maybe early Sunday morning?), I got ditched at a karaoke bar in the East Village before my song came on. But, I paid two dollars to sing, and decided I wasn’t leaving until I did. So I stayed. By myself. And about two songs post-ditching, my name was called and I poured my heart into belting “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in a bar full of strangers who were varying degrees of drunk. I felt brave. I felt alive. It was awesome. I’m definitely counting it as another proverbial notch in my lipstick case.