Some of you may know me from Tumblr, some of you may know me from real life, and some of you may not know me at all. No matter how you know me, I want to introduce myself. My name is Stefani, and I want to share my love for theatre with you through this blog. Below, read about how my love of theatre got started.
I would have to say that my journey started back in 2006, when I was ten years old. I saw the Dreamgirls movie with my mom while on winter vacation, and I was immediately obsessed. Upon getting home, I listened to the CD constantly. I have clear memories of dancing around my basement to “Steppin’ To The Bad Side” and “Cadillac Car”. Furthermore, I remember preparing for my school’s upcoming Battle of the Books competition while blasting the album in my fort.
Just a mere seven months later, I saw the new movie adaptation of Hairspray. And then I saw it again. And again. This 2007 flick was my favorite movie at the time, and once it came out on DVD, I watched it all the time. I still think this movie is not only one of my favorite musical movies, but it’s also one of my favorite movies of all time.
My undying love for Hairspray and Dreamgirls stayed pretty steady over the next few years. I didn’t really delve deep into any other musicals, even after I saw my first New York Broadway show in August of 2008 (The Little Mermaid). I wish I could remember more than I do from this show, but I can say that I remember really enjoying it.
Three years later, I was way more of a Harry Potter nerd than a theatre nerd. However, in July of 2011, my worlds collided when I coerced my grandparents to take me to see Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on Broadway. The very second I got back to the hotel after seeing this show, I was bouncing off the walls. I couldn’t contain myself because all I wanted to do was go see the show again and again, right away. I couldn’t even listen to the CD we had bought at the show because our hotel room didn’t have a CD player. I recall almost being in tears because I had loved the show so much, even beyond seeing Radcliffe in person.
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Just a few months later in December of 2011, I saw Wicked for the first time ever when it came to Detroit. I had heard “Defying Gravity” before, but I was absolutely floored by the story and the grandeur of this beloved musical. Imagine my reaction to How to Succeed, but multiplied by a million. Wicked immediately became my favorite thing in the entire world, and although it came after Dreamgirls, I like to think of it as the show that truly spawned my everlasting love for musical theatre.
After almost a year of obsessing over Wicked, I saw the touring productions of Billy Elliot and Jekyll and Hyde in the fall of 2012. Just like some of its predecessors, Jekyll and Hyde became yet another one of those shows that I just couldn’t get enough of. Although I didn’t live in New York, I was devastated when the revival closed after only a few weeks. To this day, I’ll still defend that production (well, for the most part).
Twelve years after I saw Dreamgirls, I love theatre more than anything else. I’ve now seen more than sixty plays and musicals total. For instance, since that first performance in December of 2011, I’ve seen Wicked an additional eight times. In second place comes Hamilton, which I’ve now seen four times. In addition, for the past two years, I’ve single-handedly operated two musical theatre Tumblr blogs.
It’s clear that my passion for theatre isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With this blog, I want to share it with you. That’s why I’m starting this blog, and I hope you’ll stick around to read about my thoughts, feelings, and emotions about all things theatre.