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“I sure do”.
That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee. Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.
And Les Miserables.
And Rock of Ages.
And a heap more musicals.
And now I love SMASH.
My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.
Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?
I also happen to love me a good musical. And that musical can be on the big screen, the small screen or even live on stage.
I don’t care what people think.
I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!
I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show! I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?
My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format. This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.
This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing. It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway. It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed. Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.
So tease me all you want. It’s ok. Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t! Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world. It does make the world a better place.
What is your favourite musical? Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?