For a person who grew up singing in choirs, sometimes I feel a bit behind when it comes to musical theatre. There are a lot of classic ones from which I know a few that I've never actually seen. Thanks to my love affair with the public library, some of this is being remedied.
Last night, I finally saw Annie Get Your Gun for the first time. I couldn't believe how many songs from it I already knew, considering that I had no idea which musical they were actually from. I actually sang "There's No Business Like Show Business" in a musical revue in high school with the whole choir.
Anyway, I liked the musical, for the most part. UNTIL THE END. I apologize for the spoiler alert (stop reading now if you really care), but talk about the wrong message to send to women! In case you don't remember, Annie purposely loses a shooting contest against her love interest because he's the jealous kind and can't handle her being better than him. Then they live happily ever after. Excuse me? Talk about a step backwards for feminism! Okay okay, this musical was written and performed on both stage and in movie a few decades before the huge second-wave feminism push. But still.
I've also felt this way about the musical Grease. This was actually my favorite musical growing up and was the first show I ever saw on Broadway. But before I grew up a little, it was all just fun catchy songs and throwback fashion to me. (Seriously, I didn't even catch the part about Rizzo's pregnancy scare until I was at least 16.) Then I saw the movie again in college or so, and geez. Hey, let me change everything about myself to conform to this idiot man's standards because he apparently doesn't like who I actually am. Gag.
Hey, girls of 2011, if he doesn't like you for who you are, move on. Fifteen years later, I'm still kicking myself for intentionally throwing a spelling bee in 8th grade when I was in the final five (the word was "ruminate"). That was definitely fueled by hormones, and I know I would have won. That's the only time I ever stooped that low, and I'm glad it was only once. But never would have been better. I'm pretty sure I intimidated guys in high school and college, but they obviously weren't up to muster anyway. I promise there are plenty of guys that will actually like you, achievements and all. So don't compromise.
Alright, that is my inspirational message for the day.