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Has Musical Theatre Changed Your Life In Anyway?
Posted by Megan Marie 2004-01-20 18:46:00


I remember I was in Grade 11 when I got into musical theatre and honnestly, that was the year I found exactly who I was and what I needed to do in my lifetime. I found this unbelievable passion in singing, dancing and drama that I had never felt before.
For 2 1/2 years I was suicidal, I did drugs all the time, I drank 24/7 and I was so unhappy I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. I always knew that I wanted to perform in some way because I had danced and sang my entire life, but I never knew that musical theatre would be the apple of my eye.
I love having my focuses on Broadway shows and musicals in general, and I love pursuing my performing goals.

I was just wondering if there are any other people out there that found themselves through musical theatre? In anyway what so ever. It doesn't have to be as extreme as mine, or it can be more extreme to the 10th degree. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had the same kind of experience in one way or another, that I have.

Thanks everyone.

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-20 18:55:25


First, Megan, BRAVA to your self-discovery!

Although I am not a performer or actor, musical theater, musical film (and art books) were my salvation during my life as a lonely, suburban-bound overweight gay boy. I knew that no matter how rotten my day at school had been, I could get through it by playing my parents LPs of SOUTH PACIFIC, KING & I GIGI, and Judy Garland's 1961 Palace Concert. At times I really think they kept me from offing myself.

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Posted by Elphie 2004-01-20 18:56:04


I'm finding my courage in musical theatre that I never thought I had.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-20 18:59:21


Les Miserables made me the man I am today.

Make of that what you wish.

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Posted by Megan Marie 2004-01-20 19:00:39


I think its amazing for people to find something that they can get just an energy out of.
MasterLcZ I hope your not lonely anymore :)

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Posted by TheaterBaby 2004-01-20 19:04:17


I'm findng I spend most of my money on musical theatre. lol

But I look at it this way. I am 21 years old. I don't drink or smoke. I'm not the type of person that hangs out in clubs until 5am. A fun Saturday night for me is seeing an evening performance of a musical or play, going for coffee with friends after...sometimes go to an after hours cabaret bar or comedy club. I guess one could say that musical theatre has kept me "off the streets." Plus it's such a multi-generational past time that I find no matter where I am (even at work), I find common ground with people when it comes to theatre. I am able to discuss Sondheim's latest project with my boss. The other people at work (my age) can't do that. I can sit and have a conversation with my 81 year old Grandmother and her friends about shows they have seen before I was born. :)

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Posted by iflitifloat 2004-01-20 19:13:28


My teenage daughter and I share a passion for theater. We used to spend hours waiting in line for rush tickets. What a great opportunity that was to just hang out and talk about everything under the sun. It's given us a common ground that most mothers and daughters don't have.

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-20 19:20:31


Not at all Megan! My "chosen family" is very loving and supportive! Thank you for asking. :)

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Posted by PodiumPerson 2004-01-20 19:39:25


CoCo w/Katherine Hepburn

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Posted by eponine88 2004-01-20 20:16:05


Musical theater has been the highlight of my life since I was about 5, but it has truly been my salvation over the past few years. I have never really been accepted by those my age where I live, but my dad would always make sure that I wasn't entirely left out. Because he was friends with almost everyone in my area, parents would convince their children to put up with me. However, my father was a NYC fire captain who died on September 11, and after his death, I was completely rejected by my peers, for there was no longer any reason for them to put up with me. In addition to losing my father and my "friends", my family completely broke apart. Everyone from my immediate family branching outward is constantly at war, and my dad's side of the family has cut me and my mother off from them almost completely.
Dealing with all of these changes and losses and starting high school was a bit much for me to handle. I was quite close to suicide, especially after my one remaining friend attempted to kill me.
When I listened to Broadway music, or went to see a musical, I was able to forget about reality and my own troubles and allow myself to become completely enveloped by the story and the music. Broadway musicals have both the power to sooth me and give me an "acceptable" way to express my feelings by singing songs from musicals.
Now, while other teens where I live go down to the beach each night to see how drunk they can get, or how many people they can hook up with in one night, I'm home listening to my music. While they dream of graduating high school so that they don't have to worry about getting up early (meaning they can stay at the beach later) I'm dreaming of what it would be like to be on a Broadway stage. While they are paying cabbies to sneak them booze, I'm saving my money to go see another show.
Thanks to Musical Theater, I don't need to put myself down anymore just to try to be happy. Now I've got bigger dreams and better things to do.
Note to MisterMatt: Les Mis is the meaning of life. It influences my very being and how I live my life each day.

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Posted by chinkie azn jai 2004-01-20 20:19:04


I now have a good relationship with my mom (who goes with me to a lot of the shows ive seen). I also have a better apprietation for what those people do on stage.

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Posted by Hello Gorgeous 2004-01-20 20:27:10


I basically agree with what everyone else has said. Musical theatre gives me more courage and self-confidence to do what I love, which is perform. I also (at the time) onyl listen to cast recordings. There is a song for every emotion, which is a good thing because I can always get cheered up by listening to them.

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Posted by Megan Marie 2004-01-20 21:46:35


eponine88, your story is completely touching in itself. You have an amazing amount of strength my dear girl. I hope you never ever lose that.

Everyone else as well has just made my day so much better by letting me hear how musical theatre has influenced your lives in one way or another. I love it! :)

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Posted by DivaMommy 2004-01-20 22:06:41


On a happier note, I met my husband during a production of Fiddler on the Roof. I was Hodel and he was Perchik. He made it official on closing night by pulling out a ring during the proposal scene. I had to say yes - it was in the script. And, it's the only time I've ever gotten a standing ovation in the middle of the show.

5 years later, we have two daughters and still do theatre!

That's us in my icon, by the way, in a production of Big River. I was 2 months pregnant with our first baby playing a "prostitute" and he was Tom Sawyer.

So, I guess you could say theatre has changed my life!

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Posted by A_Boy_From_Oz 2004-01-20 22:09:56


As a child I never fit in. I was always the loner, the kid who sat by himself at lunch at stayed at home on saturday nights watching tv with mom. However when I was in fourth grade my theater-loving teacher introduced me to "Phantom of the Opera." I immediatly fell in love with the music and storyline and a year later my mom took me to see the show in Toronto. Ever since then I have been hooked on musicals. When I was in middle school I was cast in my first community theatre show and have been acting ever since. In school I never had any friends because I could never find anything in common with anybody, but as soon as I started doing theatre I found out that there were thousands of people just like me in the world. In theatre I found the love and recognition that I couldn't find from my school peers. In fact I'm sometimes closer to my "theater family" than my biological one. Musical Theater connects me to people who are just like me, who have my same hopes, interests and dreams. In short, theater is one of the biggest and best parts of my life. Thanks theatre!

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Posted by cbrown828 2004-01-20 22:14:14


i have a lot less money.

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Posted by JoizeyActor 2004-01-20 22:56:08


It's given me something to do with myself!

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Posted by FindingNamo 2004-01-21 00:56:09


Wait. Megan, you drank 24/7????

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Posted by eponine88 2004-01-21 19:30:08


Megan Marie, thanks for the kind words. Its great to find how others have been influenced by musical theater, and your story is especially touching to me. All of this just shows me how wonderful musical theater truly is, and not just to me.
On another note, I just read over my post and realized how long and somewhat dragged out it was...Sorry about that guys!!!

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Posted by MauveRose 2004-01-21 20:54:17


42nd Street changed my life, as corny as it may sound.I almost stopped dancing because of a rough move in the middle of high school.Then I heard those tapping feet, heard the song "Go Into Your Dance", and it really did cure me in a sense.I know someday soon I will go full circle and be in the show somewhere.

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Posted by BroadwayDiva 2004-01-21 21:38:41


Musical theater made me more confident in myself. I think RENT changed my life the most, though. I was always doing things that I'd regret and putting things off because I was like "I'll do it tomorrow."

There's only us, there's only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss..."

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Posted by dededarlin 2004-01-21 21:39:52


i can't say musical theatre has necessarily changed my life...more like it has always been such a passion of mine...it has made my life. Theatre is so intertwined with my life and being... that i know i would be a completely different person without it. and that is a person i do not want to fathom.
just wanted to share that...i know it wasn't totally on the topic