Looking back at my musical tastes as a child, I LOVED a great power ballad. And I don't know if I'm alone here, but I wanted to sing quite a few songs that were performed by male characters. (I think composers wrote way better anthems for male characters than for female characters. #notfair.) Even listening to these songs now, I can't help getting the chills and singing along at the top of my lungs. Listen to the three examples below and see if you get chills, too. Side note: Although I now realize that these musicals are far from perfect, they were partly responsible for planting the seeds of human rights activism in my pre-adolescent brain. Thanks, musical theater! And thanks to my parents for buying non-kid-friendly theater tickets for their 7 year old! It's never too early to learn about heartbreak, war, racism, and suicide. (But seriously, I'm so grateful that I got to see shows other than "Annie.") Please respond in the comments and let me know what songs you loved as a kid!
1) "Bui-Doi" from Miss Saigon (I'm used to the Original Cast Recording, which I played at least 298,000 times on my 1992 boom box, but this singer does an incredible performance! And although the handheld camera shakes a ton in this video, I love hearing this crowd eat up the performance.)
2) "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime
3) "If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty and the Beast
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