As you know, I am a huge fan of musicals and overall of Broadway. It has been a part of me for many, many, many years and I always look out for more musicals to listen to. 2019 has been a great year and I ended up with four new favourites, which I’ll now talk about a bit more, and one I always loved but have been listening to a lot in last year. But after all, I am a book blogger…
So that’s why I’ll be recommending one book which is in some ways similar to each musicals I loved back in 2019!
(I listened to many more, some old favs as well, some new ones, but those five are the ones that I immediately think of when someone asks me what did I love listening to last year.)
❥ Beetlejuice: The Musical. The Musical. The Musical.
I started listening to this musical near the end of 2019, even though theatre twitter has been screaming about it for way longer than that, and became obsessed instantly. I love how grunge it can sound at times and ended up falling in love with the story as well. I personally never saw the movie, and I know I should do it, but I truly love the musical.
It wasn’t that easy to find a book to pair it with. I mean, this musical is about ghost, grief and, well, lots of humour. I ended up going with City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab, though it isn’t exactly like Beetlejuice. This book also is about ghost, and as it’s a middle grade novel it does have a few jokes to make it less serious at times though it can be scary when needed. I really love this series and it has been fun to read a new book every October ever since 2018.
Hadestown may be my favourite musical of 2019. I fell in love with everything: the story, the way its told, the music, the actors, the production… Quickly I only listened to it for a few months, and still am listening to it most days. I would highly recommend this one, and if you don’t know what it’s about, just know that it’s about Orpheus/Eurydice and Hades/Persephone with a modern twist and lots of jazz.
For this one, I decided to go with The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It isn’t my favourite book ever because I studied this myth for years and it didn’t really surprise me, but it’s about greek mythology and a tragic love story, so it fits for it, right? To read with tissues near you!
❥ Heathers: The Musical
Heathers was one of my first love of 2019. Listening to it really surprised me, and again I only saw the movie afterwards so I was truly shocked by the story and how it all went. If you don’t know what it’s about, it’s basically about a teen murderer and his girlfriend who ends up trying to stop him. It’s tragic, funny, brutal, shocking and overall amazing.
To go with this musical I chose Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, though it isn’t again exactly like it. It is a YA thriller, so it deals with murders and teens and teen murderers as well, all set in a boarding school. It’ll make you scared (it scared me) and will make you addicted to it.
❥ Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Moulin Rouge! has been my favourite movie ever since I was 11 years old, and I have been obsessed with it ever since. It’s atmospheric, ridiculous at times but it makes it its charm, it’s almost like watching a fantasy movie or reading a poem – well, I truly love it. Obviously when they announced they were making it a musical I had to listen to it (also because Aaron Tveit is playing Christian). Even though I prefer the movie I do love how they changed some things to make it more modern (though I wish there were less pop songs and more rock songs, like in the movie) and overall the whole production.
For this one I decided to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s extremely different from Moulin Rouge! but it’s somehow as burlesque as it is, as crazy as it is and as atmospheric as it is. It also deals with a magical love story, and I would highly recommend this one.
Finally, in 2019 I got obsessed with Hairspray again. I fell in love with the movie when it came out and listening to the songs again felt so good. I love the message behind it all, the actors, the songs, the ambience… Well, again, everything. I even listened to Without Love so much that it ended up being the song I listened to the most in 2019.
I would pair this musical with On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. It deals with fame and issues black people face every day, including those who want to become an artist. I found it close to Hairspray and thought it went perfectly with it.
And that’s all!
What book would you recommend me to read based on those musicals? Or have you read any of the books I recommended?