To All the Musicals Lara Jean Has (Probably) Loved Before

With two movies and a third one already filmed, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series is a surefire hit. But the story behind these Netfilx films first existed on the page in Jenny Han’s young adult novel trilogy of the same name. If you’re a fan of the movies but have never read the books, that’s okay. But one of the things you may not know about Lara Jean is that she likes musicals.

Throughout the book series, Lara Jean references numerous musicals. She sings along to “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music with her family, she expresses her desire to see Hamilton, and she makes a Cosette-Eponine comparison a la Les Misérables (though it could have been a book reference) when confronting her ex-best friend, Gen.

As fellow introverted musical-loving bookworms, we couldn’t help but wonder what other musicals Lara Jean would be a fan of. Given the similarities we share with the character, we figure our taste in musicals are similar but not quite the same. We brainstormed some ideas, analyzed their stories and how they would fit Lara Jean’s taste, and decided the following are five musicals that Lara Jean has (probably) loved before. Continue reading

Woman Crush Wednesday: Laura Osnes

In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our third installment, we’re featuring Broadway performer Laura Osnes, who celebrated her 34th birthday yesterday!

Who is our WCW?

Laura Osnes is an American  actress, singer, and dancer best known for originating the role of Ella in the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She competed on the reality television show Grease: You’re the One That I Want!, winning the competition and the female lead role of “Sandy” in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. She made her Broadway debut in that musical and went on to originate two other roles on Broadway: Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde and Julia Trojan in Bandstand. Continue reading

Man Crush Monday: Aaron Tveit

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our second installment, we’re featuring Broadway, film, and TV actor Aaron Tveit, who celebrates his birthday today!

Who is our MCM?

Aaron Tveit is an American actor and singer who is best known for portraying Tripp van der Bilt on Gossip Girl and Danny Zuko in FOX’s Grease Live. He made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray, replacing Matthew Morrison in the male lead role in 2006. Aaron remained on Broadway for the next few years as Fiyero in Wicked and originated the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can before focusing on TV and film in the 2010s.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Stephanie Styles

In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our second installment, we’re featuring Broadway actress Stephanie Styles, who recently celebrated her birthday!

Who is our WCW?

Stephanie Styles is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for portraying the role of Katherine Plumber in the first North American tour of Disney’s Newsies. She made her Broadway debut earlier this year as Lois Lane/Bianca in Roundabout’s revival of Kiss, Me Kate and had roles in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart and in Netflix’s Bonding. Continue reading

Theatre Thursday: Watching What Happens at Paramount Theatre’s ‘Newsies’

One of our all-time favorite musicals is Newsies. While we unfortunately never had the pleasure of seeing the show during its Broadway run (we weren’t as into theater at the time) and sadly missed the national tour when it came to Chicago (not once but twice!), we have come to love the show so much―thanks to the filmed live production. In fact, we love the show so much that we watch any production of it that we can.

We first saw a live production of Newsies was in December 2017 at the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, Illinois, but we were still excited when we discovered the Paramount Theater in Aurora, Illinois, was going to do Newsies this fall.  Our excitement for the production grew when we found out a fellow Filipino, Jordan DeLeon, was going to be in it. Continue reading

Testing My Twin: Bandstand Edition

Two years ago today, we watched Bandstand on Broadway. It is one of our favorite musicals and has played a key role in furthering our interest in musical theatre. However, Bandstand is Ashley’s all-time favorite musical, so her knowledge of the show is more extensive. She was curious about how well Amanda knew the show. So, in honor of our Bandstand-iversary, Ashley quizzed Amanda on how well she knows Bandstand.

Man Crush Monday: Corey Cott

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our first installment, we’re featuring one of our favorite Broadway performers, Corey Cott.

Who is our MCM?

Corey Cott is an American actor and singer from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who is best known for portraying Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies the Musical on Broadway.

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After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in spring 2012, he joined Newsies as the Jack Kelly alternate and, in September, replaced Jeremy Jordan, Broadway’s original Jack Kelly. Corey remained in the role until Newsies closed on Broadway in August 2014.

Corey is also known for originating the role of Donny Novitski, a pianist/songwriter and World War II veteran, in Bandstand on Broadway, which opened in April 2017 and closed in September 2017. To portray Donny more authentically, he even learned to play piano for the show’s Broadway run.

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Broadway Adventures: Our Favorite Broadway Princess Party Performances

Once upon a time in Midtown Manhattan, Princess Laura Osnes and her Fairy Godfairy Ben Rauhala invited their royal friends to gather and sing princess songs, celebrating the inaugural Broadway Princess Party. Little did they know they had just created a magical event that would bring them new adventures and a growing Princess Posse.

In the four years since that evening, the Princess Posse has ventured outside of New York, bringing magic to places all across the country.

Adam Jacobs (Broadway’s original Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Broadway’s original Princess Jasmine), Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle), Ashley, Amanda, Laura Osnes (Broadway’s original Cinderella), and Ben Rauhala (Fairy Godfairy)

We had the honor of attending a Broadway Princess Party last year in Schaumburg, Illinois, at Princess Courtney Reed’s homecoming show. Since then, our love for BPP and its royal family has only grown. We often find ourselves reminiscing about our experience with the show and enjoy watching the various BPP performances posted online.

In honor of BPP’s royal anniversary, we’re recalling some of our favorite performances.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Courtney Reed

In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our first installment, we’re featuring Broadway actress Courtney Reed, who recently celebrated her birthday!

Who is our WCW?

Courtney Reed is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for originating the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin the Musical on Broadway. She was Jasmine on Broadway from February 2014 to  January 2018 and had been in the role since its initial staging in Seattle in 2011. Before Aladdin, she made her Broadway debut as an the ensemble member and understudy in Mamma Mia!. She later took on the roles of Carla, Nina, and Vanessa in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Continue reading