At Grand Rapids Voice Collective, we are huge fans of musical theatre. We are curious, passionate, knowledgeable and really good at teaching this repertoire. It's our breakfast lunch and dinner and we crave a heaping ear-full of show tunes on a regular basis.
The teachers at GRVC all have our preferences, musical tastes, and very strong thoughts on Hamilton. We recently surveyed our teachers to find out some of our favorites, hot takes, underdogs, and beloved favorite musicals.
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All time Favorite Musical:
Emily: Gypsy - lyrics, Stephen Sondheim; music, Jule Styne
Hannah: Company - music & lyrics, Stephen Sondheim
Elizabeth: Anything Goes - music & lyrics, Cole Porter
Corie: Into the Woods - music & lyrics Stephen Sondheim
(Image credits: playbill.com)
What Musical do you think is overrated?
Emily: Hamilton - music, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hannah: Phantom of the Opera - music, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Elizabeth: Annie - music, Charles Strouse
Corie: Les Miserables - music Claude-Michel Schönberg
(We stand by it, don't hate us!)
What is an underrated musical you want more people to love?
Hannah & Emily: Once on this Island - lyrics, Lynn Ahrens; music, Stephen Flaherty
Elizabeth: The SpongeBob Musical - lyrics, Tom Kitt; music Jonathan Coulton (& so many others) Corie: Seussical the Musical - lyrics & music, Lynn Ahrens
We definitely want you to check out these highlights from Once on this Island!
What is your Favorite "Cult Classic" Musical?
Emily: The Sound of Music - lyrics, Oscar Hammerstein II; music, Richard Rodgers
Hannah: R.E.N.T. (But also the Sound of Music) - lyrics & music, Jonathan Larsen
Elizabeth: Wicked - music, Stephen Schwartz
Corie: Hamilton - lyrics & music, Lin-Manuel Miranda
We are so here for this performance of "What is this feeling" from 2015!
Who is your favorite musical theatre singer right now?
Emily: Audra McDonald
Hannah: Mandy Patinkin (but also Laura Osnes, & Aaron Tveit)
Elizabeth: Natalie Weiss
Corie: Eva Noblezada
We love this recording of Eva Noblezada from 2017. You'll laugh. You'll cry. It's fabulous and you want to watch it.
Bucket List Role
Emily: Clara Johnson, The Light in the Piazza Hannah: The Witch, Into the Woods
Elizabeth: Betty Haynes, White Christmas Corie: Belle, Beauty and the Beast
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So friends- What are your answers to these questions? Share your thoughts in the comments and let us know! What else do you want to find out?