Musicals wouldn’t be musicals without music (obviously), so I’m sharing some of my favorite songs from the stage.
Don’t Lose Ur Head from Six
Don’t Lose Ur Head is the song that got me really into Six, especially Millie O’Connell’s rendition. It’s spunky and very pop-meets-history like the show intends. I do want to pick an honorable mention which is Ex-Wives, aka the opening number. It really is a perfect introduction for the show.
Wait For Me from Hadestown
I honestly would pick the entire musical if I could, but that defeats the point of picking individual songs. So I am going with my most favorite song from the entire show which is Wait For Me. It’s the song where Orpheus heads to Hadestown to save Eurydice, and is also famous for the stunning light choreography and its Tony performance.
Satisfied from Hamilton
Angelica is my favorite character in Hamilton, and her solo song is a big reason for that. There is just something so satisfying (pun intended) about this song and how it sets up Angelica as a character for the rest of the show.
A Little Priest from Sweeney Todd
The wordplay in A Little Priest is just so good and the moment of humor in an otherwise dark show is a nice addition. I personally have an affinity for the Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou version.
Catch Me I’m Falling from Next to Normal
Next to Normal is such an underrated musical. My favorite song has changed over time and as I’ve grown up, with it now being Catch Me I’m Falling. Not only do I find it a compelling song expressing mental illness, but it also inspires creative thinking from me. I’ve had a fair few moments where I’d imagine how this particular song could be staged.
Omar Sharif from The Band’s Visit
Omar Sharif is such a beautiful song. I can’t even fully explain why it is so stunning. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.
Honorable mention to Welcome to Nowhere, which was one of my favorite songs when I saw The Band’s Visit live.
Golden Palace from Now. Here. This.
This is the oddball pick on this list. You have probably never heard of Now. Here. This., and neither had I until I heard this song. The show is okay, but this song is so charming and inspirational. I also have some sentimental attachment to it from a difficult time in my life.
For Good from Wicked
I have a sentimental attachment to For Good as it reminds me of people who meant a lot to me and made a positive impact. It’s also a lovely duet. It’s an underrated song from the show in my opinion and should get more love.
He Lives In You (Reprise) from The Lion King
The original songs for the musical are where The Lion King shines brightest. He Lives In You, which is the song added when Simba sees his father in the stars, really made an impact and was a highlight when I saw the show live. An honorable mention song is Shadowland, which is Nala’s solo song when she leaves Pride Rock to find thriving land for her pride.
30/90 from tick, tick… BOOM!
There is just something really addictive about this song. It’s a perfect opening number for this show and really represents Jonathan Larson’s style. I’ll admit I’m partial to Andrew Garfield’s rendition from the film adaptation, which is arguably one of the best musical-to-movie adaptations ever.
What musical moments are your favorites? Let me know with a comment!
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