Have you ever stopped and thought “God, I wish my life was a musical?” Lord knows I have. Here are 9 musical numbers – taken from Hollywood adpatations of Broadway musicals – that perfectly relate to your every day struggles and feelings…
The idea of being able to sort out my feelings and problems through song has always seemed very alluring to me and there has been many a drive back to university when I was alone in my car just belting along to my favourite Broadway or West End recordings (“I dreamed a dream” from Les Mis, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked and “My Shot” from Hamilton come to mind). And although nothing beats seeing a live performance of a great musical, Hollywood has done a wonderful job of adapting some of the most inspiring stories for the big screen, most notably 2012’s star-studded Les Misérables and the feel-good Abba lovefest Mamma Mia!
Since musicals host a broad scope of themes and stories, there is something for everyone in them. Moreover, whatever your situation is, there’s a song that relates to what you’re going through, lyrically, thematically, or emotionally. Here are 9 musical numbers you should recreate in real life…
1.”The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music
When to burst into song: You’re in a splendid mood because you got promoted, booked your dream holiday, or have fallen in love with someone. Or perhaps you just graduated, finally quit that dead-end job you hated, or broke up with that douchebag who made you feel like crap. Either way, sing it from the hilltops!
See also: “Let’s go fly a kite” from Mary Poppins.
2. “Summer Nights” from Grease
When to burst into song: You’ve met someone new and exciting (and can’t wait to tell your friends all about them.)
See also: “Start of something new” from Highschool Musical, “Dreaming wide awake” from The American Mall (which was MTV’s pathetic attempt at recreating the HSM hype), “Gotta find you” from Camp Rock (which was the Disney Channel’s solid attempt at recreating the HSM hype).
3. “Do you hear the people sing” from Les Misérables
When to burst into song: You have been subjected to insufferable conditions for too long and now you have found kindred souls to join your cause as you march against your common enemy – whether it’s your sexist economics professor, your money-grabbing landlord, or your designated work place bully.
4. “Hair” from Hair
When to burst into song: When you are simply having a great hair day.
5. “Still hurting” from The last five Years
When to burst into song: You just broke up with someone and just want to sulk and wallow in your pain.
6. “Dancing Queen” from Mamma Mia!
When to burst into song: You got a big birthday coming up and are feeling a bit down because you haven’t achieved everything you wanted to by this time. Just remember that as long as you hold on to that 17-year old girl inside of you, who just wants to dance and jump on the bed, you are still winning! And please don’t forget to jump into a pool, fountain, lake, puddle or the agean sea at the end of your performance.
7. “Epiphany” from Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
When to burst into song: You have been gravely wronged by someone and now your soul is consumed by an innermost thirst for vengeance. It won’t bring back the bicycle that’s been stolen, or change the fact that an inconsiderate person swerved into the last available parking spot seconds before you, even though you were indicating, but it will contain the fire raging in your heart.
8. “You can’t stop the Beat” from Hairspray
When to burst into song: Whatever you dreams may be, there’s always going to be someone who thinks you “haven’t got what it takes”. And as much as it hurts to be discounted, it’s important to not let the opinion of others keep you from pursuing your passion. Whether you’re supposedly too short to model (Kate Moss), don’t have the right look to make it in Hollywood (Miles Teller), or will never be good enough to be an opera singer (Paul Potts), let that criticism fuel your drive. And yes that is John Travolta in drag at the end.
9. “Scream” from Highschool Musical
When to burst into song: You’ve got an important decision to make, but you are struggling with the pressure of other people’s expectations. Whether it’s a job your parents want you to take, accepting a marriage proposal, or putting a down payment on a pricey apartment, everybody seems to have an opinion about it and it is driving you crazy. But don’t forget, ultimately it’s about what you want because it’s your life and you’re going to have to live with the decision.