I Love Musicals!!!

Back in January 2017, I was at the height of my Hamilton obsession. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still obsessed and I still blast the soundtrack in my car and sing every word at the top of my lungs in the car, but back then it was just fresher. I was just minding my own business when one day I got an email from the Dallas Summer Musicals organization saying that HAMILTON WOULD BE COMING TO DALLAS………… sometime in 2019. Your girl got SO excited. But how would I guarantee to see it and not spend $600 for one single ticket?!?

Well, I kept reading the email and this organization gave me the answer I was looking for. All I had to do was buy season tickets for the 2018 musical season (remember, this is January 2017 at this point), so then I would be able to renew my season tickets for the 2019 musical season, which would guarantee me a ticket to see Hamilton at a “normal” price!

Now, you might be thinking “That’s crazy buying season tickets for TWO YEARS just to see one show!” and sure you’d be kind of right… but you better believe that’s exactly what I did! I did the math, and getting season tickets for two years was still cheaper than what a single Hamilton ticket cost as a lot of the touring shows… so I was ok with it! And so I bought the first set of season tickets A FULL YEAR before I saw the first musical… and now the first year of season tickets is already over! Thankfully I have a friend who is just as obsessed with Hamilton as I am, and I told him my plan and he got so excited and said, “I WAS GOING TO DO THAT, TOO!!!” so we got our season ticket seats next to each other and we have a little friend date to see musicals once a month!

I saw 6 musicals this year and for the most part, they were all pretty great! In fact, I have a hard time saying that any of them were “bad” because the people involved just worked so hard to make the show happen and I’ve got to give them credit for showing up and getting the job done… so I’ve given them all awards!

– Best Children In a Musical –

This hands down has to go to School of Rock! I was kind of skeptical about this one since it was a movie first, but the whole thing was really fun! And the kids were SO AMAZING! They were singing and dancing AND playing their musical instruments live on stage! It was so impressive. I wanted to give all of them individual high fives.

– Biggest Musical Tragedy –

And no… this is not tragic like the story was really sad… this is tragic like WHO IN THE WORLD THOUGHT THIS WAS AN OK THING FOR A MUSICAL?!?!? I have to give the singers credit tho, because ALL the singing was phenomenal. And the sets were pretty elaborate and neat. But guys… this story… it was so bad. The songs… they were so bad. The world did NOT need a sequel to Phantom of the Opera yet here we are with one in existence. Just tragic!

– Best Musical I’d Already Seen Before –

Hands down The Lion King wins for best musical I’ve actually already seen before! I think it had been about 15 years since I’d seen it though, so it was almost like seeing it for the first time again! I had to reschedule when I saw this one, so since my friend and I were changing dates anyway, we went ahead and upgraded our seats to sit just a little bit closer- and I’m so glad we did! Even just that little bit made such a difference and the whole show was just amazing!

– Musical That Should Have Made Me Cry But Somehow I Didn’t Use Any of the Tissues I Brought With Me –

When it comes to musicals, Les Mis is one of the “classics.” I remember my parents going to see it when I was really little, and now that they’ve made it into a movie a lot more people know the story and the songs. I saw the movie in theaters and CRIED MY EYES OUT so I expected the same thing to happen when I saw the musical… which was not the case! Probably because I already knew all the sad parts? Maybe? But it was incredible to see it on stage and I definitely preferred this version!

– Musical That Made Me Dance A Little In My Seat –

I will be honest. I had absolutely no expectations for this musical. It actually seemed like kind of a strange musical to have been made, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! The music made me kind of bop around in my seat (not obnoxiously tho – I wasn’t that person) and I even looked up the songs to listen to later the next week!

– Favorite Musical of 2018 –

By far my favorite new-to-me musical of the 2018 season was Waitress! I’m always kind of hesitant when a musical is based off a movie (which in my mind is very different than a musical being based off a book for some reason) but this one really impressed me! The cast did a great job singing, the show was fun, and I loved the music! It was VERY obvious that Sara Bareilles wrote some/part/all (I can’t actually remember…) of the songs because most of the songs sounded very much her style… which I just so happen to love so I enjoyed all of them! The only weird thing about this one… was the accent that the main character used. She has a very normal voice in real life, but when she tried to talk in a Southern accent in the show she got very… mumble-y… and it was honestly kind of hard to understand her… but other than that very tiny thing it was great and I want it to come back to Dallas soon!

Now that the 2018 season is over, I have to wait a few months before the 2019 season starts. Our first show for that season is actually in December (which yes is technically still in 2018 but let’s not worry about that…) and it’s Phantom of the Opera and I can’t wait! Then it’s just a few more months to wait until I get to FINALLY see Hamilton! My tickets are for April 6, 2019 and you bet I’m going to have some sort of countdown calendar going once we get a little bit closer!

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Five Podcasts I’m Loving Now!

You guys… I might have a podcast problem… THERE ARE JUST SO MANY AND THEY ARE SO GOOD!!! I keep finding more that I want to listen to, and so then I give them a listen! Sometimes I stop after a few episodes if I’m not really feeling it, sometimes I keep going and listen to new episodes as they come out if I think it’s a fine podcast, and sometimes I love one SO MUCH that I will go back through the backlog and listen to the old episodes!

Since I keep finding new podcasts that are amazing, I’ve got five more to share with y’all! Give them a listen and let me know what you think!!!

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Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson || This is a newer one for me but I’m really liking it a lot! I first learned about Stephanie when I read her little book The Lipstick Gospel, and she has a fresh, faith-based look at topics that women deal with, like faith and friendships and relationships and working out and having it all! She has her friends come on as guests to talk with her and they’ve all been great so far! Start with: the first episode! There aren’t that many, and it will give you a good intro to herself and the podcast.

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What Should I Read Next || Book lovers rejoice – Anne Bogel (from the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy) talks to guests about books they’ve loved, books they hated, and then gives them some recommendations on what they should read next! I love when they talk about a book that I’ve already read so I can compare our opinions! Start with: Episode 105 where she talks to Rider Strong from Boy Meets World! It’ll be a good intro and a fun bit of nostalgia for you!

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The Bible Binge || This is my FAVORITE one of the list this go round!!! It’s brought to you by the same team from The Popcast (aka Knox and Jamie aka hilarious people that you need in your life ASAP) and they recap bible stories the same way you would recap a movie or TV show. It’s great. The best part is when they cast the bible characters with actors from today. Start with: Episode 1 Adam and Eve. And then prepare to listen to the rest of the episodes immediately. You’re welcome.

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The Sleeping At Last Podcast || I’ve mentioned this podcast before but you need to know about it again!! Each episode takes a deep dive behind a song and what went into making it, what is behind the lyrics, what instruments were used and why, etc. It’s FASCINATING! Start withOne and the Enneagram. It will really show how much care he puts into his songs and it’s just so interesting!

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Punch Up the Jam || Ok, I need to start by saying there is a major language warning with this one. And now that we’ve established that, I can get on to saying that if you like songs you love to hate and parody songs, then you’ll love this podcast! The hosts go line by line through “bad” songs and then “make it better” by creating their own version. Again, the language is not amazing, but it can be pretty darn funny. Start with: Mr. Brightside. Everybody loves this song so it’ll be a good first one to listen to!

Five Podcasts I’m Loving

Even though I’ve really been getting back into reading lately, I have still been listening to a LOT of podcasts. I just love listening to great conversations and giggling at silly songs and learning all the things I can. I’m usually listening to one while taking a shower, getting ready in the morning, driving in my car, falling asleep, cleaning the kitchen – really I am listening ALL the time!!

I definitely go through spurts when it comes to the podcasts I listen to – I’ll listen to some for just a few months, and others last for a few years! I’ve found a few new-to-me ones that I’ve been loving lately, so I wanted to share them! Let me know if you love these ones, too, or if there are any other great podcasts I need to check out!


Levar Burton Reads – This is just like you would expect… Levar Burton reads short stories! His voice is magical and the short fiction stories are fun to listen to. If you want to zone out for a little bit and not worry about keeping up with previous stories or plots, this is the one for you.

The Popcast – This is a new listen for me, and it is absolutely hilarious! The hosts, Knox and Jamie, make me laugh out loud every episode as they educate me on things that entertain, but do not matter. They talk about pop culture, celebs, TV and movies, and I love it!

Swish and Flick – If you love Harry Potter, then you will love these 4 girls talking about Harry Potter! They are re-reading the book series, and talk about each chapter as they go along. They go IN DETAIL and also talk about other things like Hogwarts houses, wands, histories of characters, and more! It is a great companion to the books as I’m currently listening to them on Audible.

Skimm’d from the Couch – If you already read The Skimm every morning, then you already know about this podcast, I’m sure! The founders of my favorite daily news email now have a podcast where they talk to other women in business and find out how they got their start, mistakes they’ve made along the way, and what it’s like to be a woman in their field. The episodes are really short but really great!

Stuff You Missed in History Class – How have I not talked about this one yet?!?! (Or have I and I don’t remember?) Anyway, this one is the best! I’ve been listening for about 2 years now, and I still haven’t even come close to listening to all of the episodes. (Seriously, you can scroll all the way back to like 2008…) You can find basically any topic in the archives, but may I suggest starting with the Hamilton-associated ones! They’re so good!

My Favorite Christian Podcasts

I have been just CRAZY about podcasts lately! It’s no secret. I’ve done a few posts about some of my favorite ones in the past (here and here) but I’m always shuffling through what podcasts I have in my list, whether I’m just getting tired of one or trying out a new one. I listen to a pretty wide variety of podcasts about a lot of topics, but there is one particular genre that I’m always on the lookout for – a good Christian podcast.

For those of you that don’t really know what a Christian podcast looks and sounds like, they come in all different shapes and sizes and formats! Some are short and more inspirational, some give biblical advice to readers that have written in, some are actually sermons that have been given by a particular church, some are more generic “talk show” formats, some are geared toward certain groups like moms/parenting – there are so many options!

I’ve sorted through a bunch of them and removed a few that I wasn’t wild about, and there are a few that I keep listening to consistently.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey || I’ve mentioned this one before, but I just love it so much! Jamie Ivey is just the sweetest thing and she talks to girlfriends on her podcast about life (the good and the bad), TV shows, books they are reading, and literally everything! A lot of these women have inspirational stories and it really feels like you’re just sitting at happy hour, gabbing with friends.

Relevant Podcast || This name might sound familiar if you know the Relevant magazine – it’s made by the same people. This one is relatively long (like an hour and a half to two hours) and has the format of a morning radio show. There are multiple hosts, and they talk about events, pop culture, and they have great guests. Some of the recent interviews I’ve loved were Tony Hale, Terry Crews, OK Go, Lecrae, and Jen Hatmaker!

The Village Church Sermons || This one, as you could guess, is a “podcast” of sermons from The Village Church here in Dallas. I’ve gone to one of The Village locations a few times and really liked the teaching a lot! I’ve found another church home that I like a lot, but I still like to listen to these sermons during the week.

Ask Pastor John || This podcast is pretty short (10-15 minutes per episode) and they have SO MANY in the backlog that I still want to go through (topics that I feel apply to me and ones I’m just curious about, too). This is through Desiring God, and people can write in with their questions for John Piper. He gives biblical advice to his best ability, and it’s a good listen.

Good Christian Fun || Ok so this one isn’t really a “Christian” podcast, per se, but I thought I’d include it anyway. It’s hosted by two people that grew up going to church, and they go through Christian pop culture from when they were kids and more recently, too (there’s only been like 6 episodes so far…). They’ve talked about things like Veggietales, Katy Hudson (Katy Perry’s first career as a Christian singer), DC Talk, and the movie Fireproof – so it’s been kind of fun to listen and feel a little bit of nostalgia.

Currently Obsessing Over: Suits

No, I’m not suddenly really into wearing suits or any sartorial matter. But I have recently been watching the TV show Suits and y’all…. I’m obsessed. I can’t stop watching!! (Which is sometimes problematic when the dvds aren’t ready for me at the library yet and I have to wait which is very inconvenient!!)

I watched the first season of Suits when it was on the air (so back in 2011) and I LOVED it, but then I got busy and then I moved and got rid of my cable and so I didn’t watch it again. After I recently got rid of my Netflix account and started getting my movies and tv shows from the library, I decided to pick the show back up again. I’m not even fully caught up with the series yet (it’s still on the air, on the USA network!) but there are so many things about the show that I love!!!

Like… the romance!!! All the couples are so fun to watch and I am seriously finding myself rooting for ALL of them!! Even ones that aren’t even officially together. They need to get together. And even ones that if I knew them in real life I’d say “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU DON’T BE WITH THAT PERSON THIS IS A TERRIBLE LIFE CHOICE” but since they’re fictional characters, I get to say “YAY PLEASE STAY TOGETHER FOREVER AND YES KISS HER!!!!!”

And… the drama!!! I know absolutely nothing about the legal world and what the day-to-day life of a lawyer is like, but this show leads me to believe that it would be filled with DRAMA and corporate battles and backstabbing coworkers!! Some of the characters and the shady things they do have made me so mad… but in a way where I definitely need to keep watching and make sure that they get put in their place.

I should mention the language real quick… even though it’s a “family friendly” show, they sure do say lots of words and phrases a LOT. Like, geez. I’m sure you can think of a different phrase to use, writers.

But back to the good stuff… the clothes!!! All these attractive people are just dressed SO WELL every single day and it makes me want to go shopping for some new work clothes. But I won’t, because I’m a realistic person and I know that I won’t wear pencil skirts/dresses/crazy high heels every day to work. Nope. I’ll just watch them looking fabulous and be happy with that. And the men in their suits look so handsome!

And along with the clothes… the hair!!! These women are giving me serious hair goals. They have the best blowouts every day, and it makes me want to actually try to make my hair look great every day at work instead of my classic front-twist-low-bun that happens at least 4 days a week.

To balance the drama is… the humor!!! This show is actually pretty funny, and it really keeps it nice and light instead of super dramatic all the time like other legal shows (such as The Good Wife, which I still love…)

It has one of my favorite things in the world… when the real life significant others of the main cast show up as a minor character!!! I just think it’s really fun to see them together on screen and then know that they’re married in real life and it just makes me happy.

And finally… it just has really fun characters!!! There’s the con-man that you’re really rooting for, the pompous jerk who you get to watch as his heart of gold comes out, the smarmy co-worker who eventually grows to be one of your favorite people, the sassy redhead who amazes you with her wit, the sweet gal who is the hardest worker on the whole show, the fearless boss who rocks all day every day, and so many more great people!!

Actually there’s one last thing… I saw online that one of my favorite actors Dule Hill is going to be on Suits this current season and that makes me so happy! I can’t wait to catch up so I can see him once again! He was a main character in anther USA show called Psych (it was seriously so funny and great!) and this will hold me over until the Psych movie comes out later this year!!

Have you seen Suits? Do you love it as much as I do? What show are you currently obsessing over?