Monday, March 6, 2017

Piscian Songs From Musicals



Pisces is a water sign ruled by Neptune. Dreamer, emotional, very receptive, indecisive, sensual, Piscians can be considered the most easy-going zodiac sign, with all the characteristics, good or bad, that this particularity can confer. Distracted and romantic, not rarely they take refuge in their dreams.

Gaston Leroux's French novel The Phantom of the Opera, about the obsession of a mysterious and disfigured music genius with young soprano Christine, was turned into a stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stillgoe. Famous for the chandelier scene that falls over the audience, in addition to its catchy songs, the musical opened at the West End in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988. Neither productions have closed yet since opening. It won both the Tony and Olivier award for best musical.  The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show ever on Broadway and is also the most lucrative entertainment show in history. Its title song became standard in music, being covered by several classic and rock/metal artists and bands.

"The Phantom of the Opera"
The Phantom of the Opera

"In sleep he sang to me
In dreams he came
That voice which calls to me
And speaks my name
And do I dream again?
For now I find
The Phantom of the Opera is there
Inside my mind"

Pisces personality is quite complex, and at the same time that they open themselves to life, they close themselves in their own world, avoiding facing the harsh everyday reality. Pisces likes being alone and daydreaming. They enjoy mystery and the ridicule. They enjoy getting lost.

"The Origin of Love"
Hedwig and The Angry Inch

"When the earth was still flat
And clouds made of fire
And mountains stretched up to the sky
Sometimes higher
Folks roamed the earth
Like big rolling kegs
They had two sets of arms
They had two sets of legs
They had two faces peering
Out of one giant head
So they could watch all around them
As they talked, while they read
And they never knew nothing of love
It was before the origin of love"

Hedwig and The Angry Inch is John Cameron Mitchell's 'rock musical' with songs by Stephen Trask, heavily influenced by the 1970s glam rock and artists such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. The musical shows the life of a transsexual rocker from Eastern Germany in the US. Hedwig debuted Off-Broadway in 1998, with Mitchell in the lead role, enjoying box-office and critics success. In 2001 Mitchell himself adapted the show for film. The show only hit the Broadway stage in 2014, starring Neil Patrick Harris, earning him a best actor Tony award.

Imaginative and sensitive, Pisces are kind and compassionate. They are intuitive and think of others. They have a sensitive and impressionable personality, which can lead to emotional instability. They easily allow themselves into depression. They cry very easily.

Next to Normal was the breakthrough musical for Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, which earned them a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and pleased both audiences and critics. The story concerns Diana, a mother struggling with the worsening of her bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her family. The musical opened in 2009 on Broadway, brought the spotlight to new talents like Aaron Tveit and Jennifer Damiano, and gave Alice Ripley a Tony award for best actress. In I Miss The Mountains, Diana worries about the effects of her treatment, which affects her ability to feel.

"I Miss The Mountains"
Next To Normal

"All these blank and tranquil years
Seems they've dried up all my tears
And while she runs free and fast
Seems my wild days are past
But I miss the mountains
I miss the dizzy heights
All the manic magic days
And the dark depressing nights"

They are empathic and easily affected by people or environments. For this reason, they can easily feel the problem of others as if it were theirs, and sometimes they tend to annul themselves or submit to other's stronger will in spite of their own.

"On My Own"
Les Misérables

"And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say there's a way for us
I love him
But everyday I'm learning
All my life I've only been pretending
Without me his world will go on turning
A world that's full of happiness
That I have never know”
Victor Hugo's masterpiece Les Misérables portrays the moral and material misery of France shortly after the Revolution through the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict seeking redemption and pursued by the police. Initially a concept album composed by the Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg in 1980, Les Misérables was translated into English and opened on West End in 1985, enjoying instant success. It is the West End's longest-running show ever, and hasn't closed yet. It opened on Broadway in 1987, with equal success. The film version was released in 2012, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, winning 3 Oscars.

They are very inspired and humane, always showing a deep love for people. They often engage in mystical or religious activities and philanthropic activities, are interested in cinema, music and arts in general.

After seeing Avenue Q, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone turned to Robert Lopez to develop a new project, The Book of Mormon, the satirical musical about two American mormon missionaries who go to a village in Uganda and find resistance from locals in spreading their faith. In addition to the religious insecurities of the missionaries, the musical deals with themes such as poverty, hunger, repressed homosexuality and violence. The musical opened in 2011 and won nine Tony awards.

"I Believe"
The Book of Mormon

"I've always longed to help the needy
To do the things i never dared
This was the time for me to step up
So, then, why was I so scared?"

Peixes não gosta do óbvio. Também não gosta de ser criticado ou de escutar pessoas pedantes ou exibidas. Pelo lado negativo, deixa-se levar pelos demais. Não assume a realidade. É idealista, mantém segredos e mantem uma postura passiva. A generosidade e a justiça são suas grandes marcas.

One quality: Goodness
One flaw: Pessimism

Quotes and Sayings 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."

 —eden ahbez

"Till There Was You"
The Music Man
(Meredith Wilson)

"Then there was music
And wonderful roses
They're tell me
In sweet fragrant meadows
Of dawn and dew
There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No I never heard it at all
Till there was you"

The Music Man is a 1957 musical about Harold, a crook who plans on selling bad instruments and uniforms to a band and then fleeing, but he falls in love with a town girl, Marian, and decides to take the risk of being caught to get the girl. The show was successful and won 5 Tonys, including best musical. A film adaptation was released in 1962, and a TV movie in 2003. In 2000 a revival opened on Broadway. In Till There Was You, Marian declares herself and tells Harold the difference he made in her life. The song became a pop music hit, being recorded in several languages, including a version by The Beatles.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

"There is no road to happiness. Happiness is the road."

Mahatma Gandhi

A light and humorous 1952 musical film about the transition from silent to sound cinema has become a pop culture legend and is listed as the fifth largest American film film by the American Film Institute. Singin 'in The Rain was directed by Stanley Donnen and Gene Kelly, starring Kelly himself, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The film was not a big hit at the time, but was gaining status over time. Gene Kelly's singing in the rain scene is today one of the most remembered and worshiped of cinema. In 1983 it was adapted for the stages in the West End, opening on Broadway in 1985. A Broadway revival is set for 2017.

"Singin' in the Rain"
Singin' in the Rain
(Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed)

"I'm singin' in the rain
Just singin' in the rain
What a glorious feeling
I'm happy again.
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love"

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

"It is better to dream the life than to live it, although to live it is still to dream it."


"Over The Rainbow"
The Wizard of Oz
(Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)

"Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds
Are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Way above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me”

Adapted from L. Frank Baum's book, The Wizard of Oz is the 1939 MGM musical that made Judy Garland a star. One of the first films to use technicolor, it got rave reviews and became an icon of American pop culture. It was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but lost to Gone With the Wind. Its audience was conquered over the years, and managed to profit after being released again in thetres years later. Its  Oscar-winning song Over The Rainbow is now a standard of American pop music, recorded by thousands of artists since then.

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VITOR FERREIRA is an actor with a MFA in "Motion Pictures and Television" at the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco/CA, and graphic designer. Resides currently in São Paulo.

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