Oh yeah, but the theatre’s magic, isn’t it? You should know. Stand on this stage, say the right words with the right emphasis at the right time. Oh, you can make men weep.
“Spark of Creation” – Children of Eden
I am an echo of the eternal cry of “Let there be!”
“Be the Hero” – Big Fish the Musical
What if I told you you could change the world with just one thought?
“Watch What Happens” – Newsies the Musical
Give those little guys some ink, and when it dries, just watch what happens.
This song is very much about using writing to give a voice to those who sometimes get ignored. This is why sites like Diversity in YA and Disability in Kidlit work hard to highlight children’s books that do accurate jobs of portraying racial and disabled minorities, those whose stories are either ignored or frequently misinterpreted. While you may be fighting to get your own voice out there, it is important to look out for others who could use some representation as well.
“Die, Vampire, Die!”, “Nine Peoples’ Favorite Thing” – [Title of Show]
Those nine people will tell nine people
Then we’ll have eighteen people loving the show
Then eighteen people will grow into 525,600 people
All loving our show!
[Title of Show] is a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical (try saying that five times fast). So, it’s quite preoccupied with the process of writing and storytelling, particularly the doubts that come with it. Both songs highlighted teach us that no matter how strange your idea, or foul your language, or unorthodox your qualifications, create the show you want to create, for you and your intended audience.
In the world of social media there is an impulse to create something you know will be popular, even if it doesn’t fit with your message, just to get immediate shares and likes. But if you stay true to your voice, you can grow your audience over time.
“Move On” – Sunday in the Park with George
Stop worrying if your vision is new.Let others make that decision. They usually do.You keep moving on.
“Children Will Listen” – Into the Woods
Careful the spell you cast, not just on children.
Sometimes the spell may last past what you can seeAnd turn against you.Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell.