Luxury the Musical (or the other way around?)

The Question

quoting The Daily Post:

Topic #211:

What’s one “luxury” you refuse to live without?

The Background

Hmm.. I wonder, what’s with the double quotations on the word: luxury?

It made me think…
(Please indulge me and let me over think this.)
… and came to believe that this question is best answered if we can establish the definition of “luxury”. Well, for sure, it means a thing expensive. But just so to be sure, I searched good-‘ol Google.

Here are just a couple of definitions I’ve researched.

1. Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
2. Something expensive or hard to obtain.

A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes.

So it made me think deeper…
… All these definitions are subjective!
One thing may be a luxury in one place or person but not for another.
So for my answer, I decided to limit the definition of luxury to just: “something inessential but is expensive everywhere and to anyone” (I’m ditching the “for pleasure and comfort” part because that is also subjective and just makes it all the more confusing).

The Answer

A “luxury” I refuse to live without, as of the moment, are expensive tickets for musicals!

I’m just crazy for musical theater!
They are my stress relievers, my happiness, and my salvation.
It just amazes me how heartfelt words, stories, and life lessons can be relayed through wonderful music.

I got introduced to musical theater for free when I was in the fifth grade (if I can remember correctly). My mother’s co-worker gave us front-row tickets to a local company staging Les Miserables. And it just changed me. My love for music was heightened from karaoke-ish to operatic!

But as I was growing up and free tickets became harder to come by, I realized how expensive it is to watch these shows. Not that I’m complaining. I believe that every penny is well spent and well deserved. That is why, until today, I have been planning and saving up for every musical show. Because just as that orchestra is starting to play, the lights are dimming and the curtains are rising, seating in that orchestra center seat for two hours might as well be a fluffy cloud in the skies of Neverland.

Go watch and indulge in a musical… and be inspired! Enjoy!


Right in Front of Your Eyes – The Wedding Singer the Musical

My siesta was cut short when I received a text message from an unknown number, which said:

“Jackie try mo magaudition sa sound of music manila. Check mo facebook page nila! go! go!”

This unknown texter turned out to be Rica.
Although I am flattered by the sentiment, I replied with:

“Wah. Manonood na lang ako. Isa un sa vocally challenging musicals ano! hahaha. Ishcary!”

As usual, my low self esteem and katamaran (laziness) wins again. haha
But I did think of all the what-ifs and started researching for one Broadway song I would sing IF i did or would audition.

The first thing that came to mind was “I can hear the bells” from Hairspray but then I remembered that the character (Tracy) who sang this was on the bigger side. And since I’m super payatot, I just thought it would be a weird audition piece for me. I would not do Tracy justice. haha

The next is Someday from The Wedding Singer the Musical. And I thought it was just perfect. After doing a couple of runs, I suddenly remembered a song from the same musical that I grew to like (now, I absolutely loooove it!).

It’s called Right in front of your eyes. I’ve already heard it even before I’ve seen the musical, but I came to appreciate it more when I saw Nikki Valdez’s performance during 9Works Theatrical’s The Wedding Singer last November.

Nikki was actually pretty good. She had a very powerful voice. Plus her comedic charm really matched her character’s personality. She really did a good job. Actually, some of my friends did not realize it was Nikki. I just pointed it out to them (plus the playbill/program as proof). This was certainly her ultimate bestfriend-of-the-bida role.

Now, I really would like to share her performance so you could see for yourself but I’ve got something even better. It’s the performance of the original broadway cast. Nikki’s role, Holly, was originally played by Amy Spanger. Spanger was also the original Sherrie from Rock of Ages (Just a small town girl living in a lonely world — she was the “small town girl”.)

“You’re caught by surprise.
Could you wake up one day and realize
the one that you want
is right in front of your eyes?”