December 3, 2021

#davethoughts: On Musicals


As you may have guessed from the content of my previous posts, I was something of a nerd when I was growing up. I did not have an athletic mindset, or body for that matter, so when it came to after school activities I tended to stick to drama and band (when I wasn’t playing D&D and video games). From these things I naturally found my way into the world of musicals.

The earliest show I can remember really loving was Phantom of the Opera. I had the wonderful opportunity of seeing this performed at what is now known as the Ed Mirvish theater but to any of us who grew up in the 90s watching commercials we knew that it was the Pantages theater in Toronto. These commercials ran constantly and the image of that white mask and red rose accompanied by the Music of the Night was a staple of primetime TV and, even as an eleven year old kid, I was hooked into this world of music and pageantry. Personally I have never had real ambitions to be on stage but to orchestrate a show of that magnitude both in a visually and musically was the highest purpose I could think to aspire too.

I write for a nerd website and sell phones for a living so I definitely missed the mark when it comes to achieving this dream but that hasn’t stopped me from absorbing new and exciting shows that have come along since I experienced the Phantom live. As a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber I moved on to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat even going so far as to perform in the show for the River Raisin Center for the Arts in Monroe, MI. While I may not have been discovered that night by any talent scouts, I did meet the woman who I would end up marrying. I was just a glorified extra dancing in the background but she played the leading female role in the show and I was smitten.

More recently I had heard of a musical currently on broadway and soon everywhere called Hamilton. I have the problem where when something is hyped to the extreme I tend to stay away from it. This is not a logical way to consume entertainment but for some reason I look for reasons to be antithetical towards things labelled popular. Because of this I stayed away from Hamilton for the most part thinking it just a fad. As I have often stated on podcasts, I tend to follow a lot of the advice Adam Savage gives out and after he spent three episodes of his podcast talking about how amazing this musical was, I had to give it a try. Boy was I incredibly stupid for not getting in on this sooner. I am already a bit of a history and music nerd and Hamilton combines history with interchanging rhythm and lyric styles to create something that is truly unique. I discovered this through the studio album but the show is starting a run in Chicago very soon and there is a very good chance I will be in that theater.

I’m not sure why I decided to devote an entire blog post to musicals during a time when the new iPhone launch, new PS4, and fall TV seasons are imminent but I just felt like opening up a bit about who I am and how I got here. Trust me, plenty of new D&D, video game, and tech content will be coming from me in the future, I just wanted to take a break (see what I did there) and show you who I am. Also, if you have the itch to see some good local live theater, I would look into the upcoming season of the River Raisin Center for the Arts in Monroe.

Dave Halcomb

Dave Halcomb

Dave is our sagacious entertainment and technology aficionado. You can count on him for movie reviews, entertainment news that you actually care about, and tech reviews of items that many love but few will ever use.

Find Dave on twitter at @thealien512

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