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Student Blog: Going, Going, Goosebumps

The show-stopping numbers that never fail to induce full-body chills

Student Blog: Going, Going, Goosebumps

Besides sharing the stage to perform and entertain, my love for theatre is rooted in one of the most universal experiences-- even if it does not happen while seated in a Broadway theatre: goosebumps. Whether it happens while watching a TV show, a movie, a concert, or in this case, a theatrical production, getting chills and goosebumps while watching a show is one of the most incredible feelings in the entire world. I remember the first time that I experienced this phenomenon-- I was in the eight grade, and I went to see Wicked in the West End. It was my first professional show I had ever seen, so I had no idea what to expect; however, hearing the end of "The Wizard and I" in person was one of the most solidifying and clarifying moments in what would make me decide to pursue theatre. So, I compiled a list of my all-time favorite moments from shows that leave me with chills, reminding me of why I love this craft so dearly.

"Final Ultimo/Don't Feed the Plants" from Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour Krelborn was my first leading role and remains one of my absolute favorite and dream roles-- the finale to the show is comprised of such emotional singing and orchestrational magic that those final stanzas with the full company singing leaves me with goosebumps, regardless of whether I'm listening, watching, or performing in it. On the closing night of this show, specifically, I remember bursting into tears on stage while singing this terrifying and not-in-the-least-bit-comforting song, and it has become a moment I will never forget. This whole score is incredible, but this song forever gives me goosebumps.

"Prelude: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" / "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

It goes without saying that Stephen Sondheim's scores are some of the most brilliant and genius compositions to grace the stages of any theatre where it has been prepared. These two songs, however, gives me chills and goosebumps for different reasons than the song before-- these songs are chilling themselves; not only does it include demanding vocal lines, but the canon and intensity of the instruments and the voices produces a quality that genuinely makes me uncomfortably scared-- in the best way possible.

"Bad Idea (Reprise)" from Waitress

While not the haunting beginning or ending of a musical, this reprise never fails to raise the hair on my skin-- the power and comedy of the scene itself evokes cheers and applause from the audience, which usually already greatly assist in the feeling of chills and goosebumps. The dynamic between the duets that eventually fall into all six characters singing on stage provide one of my favorite theatrical moments, and I will always replay this song whenever listening to the soundtrack.

"Once and for All" from Newsies

Are you kidding me? Do I even need to explain this one? That key change. That is all.

"Without Love" from Hairspray

While I will always love and adore the original Broadway production, I am referencing the movie version of this musical. I am also referencing near the end of the song with the addition of the ensemble voices-- the harmonies, the power, the lyrics, the music. I will admit that I sometimes run on the treadmill to this song. Shamelessly.

Honorable Mentions:

"You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray

"I See Stars" from Mean Girls

"Raise Your Voice" from Sister Act

"Who I'd Be" from Shrek the Musical

"Try to Remember" from The Fantasticks

"So Much Better" from Legally Blonde

Well, that's it! There's my list, and with it, my last blog for the semester. I thank you all for reading and enjoying these articles and moments with me. I hope you've enjoyed.

Have the most incredible summer :)


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