Category Musical Theater

Hamilton, RENT, and the Power of Fiction on Thought and Politics

You know those moments when you step out of a movie or a show, when you put a book down or finish listening to a song for the first time and you feel as though your life is somehow different than it was minutes or hours ago? As if you wave your hand through a […]

The Power of Stories (Or an Essay on Why I Don’t Usually Like Things Casually)

I don’t like things casually. This occured to me as I was watching the Hamilton performance at the Grammy’s while I sank slowly into the couch cushions and got tears in my eyes, intermittently emitting a soft squeak. To be fair, I wasn’t alone in this; my roommate was grabbing the sleeve of my sweatshirt […]

Happy Birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean impoverished in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar… If you’d told me oh, not even six months ago that in a few short weeks I would soon be […]

Les Mis Redux: Finding My Voice

This is a bit more of a personal post than usual, but it is also one I feel very compelled to write, one of those moments when if I don’t get the words down on the page, my soul feels stuck . I’ve been thinking about this post for a few days, but due to […]

If/Then, Idina Menzel, and the Power of our Choices

This past Sunday, my lovely roommate and I went to see the pre-Broadway preview of the new musical If/Then here in DC, where the show is making a test run before it heads to NYC in March. The show stars Idina Menzel of Wicked and RENT fame, in her first stage performance since Wicked itself, […]

The Spirit of Rebellion

Admittedly I’ve been less than consistent with posting on this blog because of the two other major writing projects I’m currently working on, and this post is a bit of a departure from the norm (though it will tie in, and I’m thinking of expanding my blog topics) but this is a place where my […]

Confessions of a Fangirl

What with the release of the new Star Trek movie, the announcement of Amazon World’s fanfiction publishing platform, and Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr, fandom and fanfiction have found themselves in the spotlight and in the news quite a lot recently, even making their way into a recent edition of the Washington Post Express here in […]