I just finished a novella that should be out from Sourcebooks next Fall. It’s tied to my Lord and Lady Spy series and has sort of a Phantom of the Opera theme.
As I was working on the novella, I thought a lot about Phantom as well as other musicals I enjoy. My love for musicals started when I was eight, and a friend’s mom took me and her daughter to see Evita. I’m sure my mother was sorry she agreed to allow me to go because I became obsessed with Eva Peron. I saved up thirteen dollars to buy the soundtrack, I checked out every book in the library on Evita and ordered more via Inter-Library Loan. And when we had to do a report on a famous person in 4th grade? Yep. Mine was on Eva Peron. I’m sure my teacher wondered what my parents were teaching me.
My next love was Cats. We performed it in choir in middle school, and though I’ve still not seen it on stage, I listened to it so many times, I feel as though I have. After that came Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. There are more, but these are my favorites. Basically, I was an Andrew Lloyd Webber junkie.
In high school, I performed in Annie and Little Shop of Horrors, found Stephen Sondheim and Sweeney Todd, and grew to adore Cole Porter.
Do you enjoy musicals? I love theater, and I love musicals more than any other sort of performance.