The infamous Once Upon a Time musical, dubbed Once Upon a Musical, has come and gone; did it live up to the hype? Or was it an oversell?
Musicals are fun, they change up the pace and allow the actors more creative outflow. Through the singing, the dancing, and the plot line, my initial 8/10 still stands. For a few reasons.
Excelente! The original songs fit the characters perfectly. Each one was catered to the character singing beautifully. From the duet from True Love’s couple, to the dementedly beautiful ballad that Zelena sang, these songs connected with the attitudes and personalities of the characters.
A lot of the actors are not singers and a number of them were terrified of doing this, but they pulled it off. The amount of work that they put into this, the amount of fun they clearly had was evident.
Josh and Ginny harmonize effortlessly well. Jennifer’s voice blew me away, the angelic harmonics in her voice were beautiful and getting words to her theme that’s played throughout the years was lovely. Colin’s a singer so everyone knew he was going to rock that, poor guy did the dance on a broken foot though so kudos for that flawless performance. Rebecca killed it. She has an aura about her that alludes this wickedness that allowed her to really play up this song.
Lana had to play off the song in the Evil Queen’s voice while simultaneously kill a dance number. The song is badass and perfect for the Evil Queen in her evil days. Vocally this isn’t her natural range as we later see in A Happy Beginning. However, even having to sing in a lower key she killed it. My only complaint is that they didn’t have a second number for her as Regina to shine her soft voice.
The soundtrack was released a couple days earlier allowing for enough replays to get the words down prior to the premiere. The cast is gifted and they rocked it.
Emma’s dress is nearly a recreation of Grace Kelly’s stunning wedding dress. The dress is beautiful. However, being a near replica it’s hard not to compare the two. As beautiful as it is, there is only one Grace Kelly and this dress didn’t seem to fit with Emma’s persona. The other’s that she was looking at may have been a better fit.
Fitting in the bit about Snow’s dress was smart. The first thought that went through my head when the pictures were initially released were why didn’t she wear her mother’s dress? The sentiment is very Disney and something that would have fit in well. The black fairy ruining it kind of does change that. Would have preferred her in another dress.
As you’re well aware, I could care less for the relationship that is Captain Swan. So learning that the musical was going to be a wedding was a bummer. That being said, they handled it well. Mainly because the wedding wasn’t center stage, the cast was. They highlighted the story that brought this show together in the first place. Smart move, very smart move.
The flashbacks showcasing such differences from who the characters were and the relationships they had with each other, in stark contrast to how far they’ve come, helped to start the process of bringing this show full circle. It’s clear that the show is starting to wrap up certain stories. Seeing the differences visually gives you a picture of their development. Seeing the family grow and celebrate together at the end is beautiful.
Having the focus on everyone didn’t make the musical feel like a cope out and allowed the cast to have fun with it. This cast is incredible and seeing how much fun they had made it worth it.
My MVPs for this were the sisters. Just seeing how far Regina and Zelena have come from wanting to rip each other’s throats out to working together to save everyone is a stunning sight. Seeing them dance together at the end, it’s hard to tell where the characters start and where Bex and Lana stop. Their chemistry and friendship off screen translates well on screen.
Between their songs, to working together, to the bit at the end, they killed it. Sister style. But they also showed that love is fluid and it comes in different forms. Happiness does not have to be a significant other. Family can be just the happy ending, or happy beginning in this case, you need. These two strong powerful women have showed that they don’t need a man in their lives to be happy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but this message is important. In a time when you’re constantly judged by your relationship status, seeing a portrayal of love and happiness that isn’t associated with a romantic relationship is superb.
The musical was lovely and true to Disney form. A show based on Disney characters was bound to bust out into song. The execution fit in with the storyline and didn’t seem like an outlier. Kudos to the cast for putting in their hard work to put this out. The songs are catchy and if you haven’t already, you can buy the soundtrack on iTunes.
Next week is the season 6 finale of Once Upon a Time “The Final Battle”. Jennifer Morrison announced this morning, that this will be her last episode as a series regular. Tune in next week for the 2-hour finale.
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