Pirates Picks!

This past weekend, Pirates of Penzance opened. Since the students involved love theatre, I asked some of the cast and crew their personal favorite musical theatre soundtracks! Here they are:




Collin McCrea, plays a Pirates

“The 2010 cast album of Les Miserable. It was the first one to get me into musicals & it was one of the reasons I started performing in shows.”



Kaitlyn Meegan, assistant stage managerIMG_4433
“Probably Once On This Island. The music is so beautiful. I love how it’s one big story that everyone can relate to.”




Mickayla Greco, plays Ruth
American Idiot, the musical because it tackles that we are such a media driven world, drug abuse, politics. But it’s through music that our generation want to listen to.”




Leander Andrews, plays a Policeman

“I really like Catch Me If You Can. All the melodies are really catchy.”




Tito, Hair and Makeup

Evita. It’s a very dynamic soundtrack and it’s a good sound.





Katelyn Crall, plays a Pirate

Once because I like it because I listen to a lot of folk music & it’s very true to the non theatrical secular music I like.”



Eva Mancarella, plays a Daughter

“Probably Bridges of Madison County because each of the songs is so different and tells a different story and each time I listen to it it’s like the first time all over.”




Lucas DeNies, plays a Policeman

Next to Normal because I love the storyline & the music enhances it even more.



Genevieve Ellis, plays Mabel

Spamalot. I love how ridiculous and over the top the show is. It makes people laugh and I like shows that do that. Like this one!”




Dana Katz, Stage Manager
“I would say In The Heights. It’s just a fun one with really good music.”



Gretchen Martino, plays a Policeman

The Lion King. Because it’s so different from every musical album. Some songs you want jam to and some you want cry.




Nick Jasek, plays Sam

Mamma Mia because it’s the first smusical I ever heard.”



Angela Wheeler, plays a Daughter

Hair because I can groove, get down & belt all on just that one album.”




Paul Orama, Wardrobe Head

In The Heights. It has the latino flare the I crave.”



Kordell Hammond, plays the Pirate King

“I would have to say Shrek the musical. It has a good message & the music is good.”

Jake Badding, plays a Policeman

Newsies because that is all that i would listen to when I mowed the lawn.”



Rebecca Martin, plays a Daughter

Hair because it’s a great style. It’s very singleable but has deep political message.”


Chelsea Ann Baron, Wardrobe CrewIMG_4441

“Original Broadway Cast of Grease. I have been obsessed with it ever since I was young. I was Jan in High School.”



Patrick Brett, plays a Pirate

Sweeney Todd because the way Sondheim writes; he writes his characters into the music & it’s really cool.”



IMG_4421Tom Gruenthan, plays a Pirate

“The Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Book of Mormon. It was the first show I saw on Broadway. The music is so blunt with it’s comedy and I really love that.”



Carl Denlinger, plays a Policeman

Hair because I like the new orchestrations & the singers are better. I think it’s a better representation of what hair is supposed to be.”



Sam Sticker, microphones

“I would say Once on this Island because it was the first show that I did professionally & I like the music.”












Why Not Be Everything

I talked to junior Theatre Arts & Audio Radio Major, Amy Gruttadaria. She’s a cool cat, you can usually find in the radio station or in RAC, behind the desk being the awesome stage manager she is. She shared me some of her music faves. Hope you like it!


What album do you think had the greatest effect on your life?Lorde_Pure_Heroine.png

It would have to be Pure Heroine by Lorde. I think that she writes for the person who never fits in, and that was very much me in high school.

As I was entering senior year, I was really struggling with a lot of things and listening to such a well formed album with great lyrics and melodies really helped me get through a lot (a big break up, and figuring out who I am and what I want to be).

Favorite song on the album?

My favorite song is called ribs. It’s her telling the story of how one night her parents went out and she threw a party and how we are all searching for one night to be crazy. Even though we may find that night, craziness is not always a good thing. I touches on human nature.

How would you describe the album?

She [Lorde]  writes personally. She will try to find interesting ways to write her lyrics.She taps into an emotional place, without going to a dark place. And I respect that so much from a 17/18 year old.


What current album would you recommend?

I recommend Back on Top by The Front Bottoms. They are a band from New Jersey, known for sounding like Blink-182 but also known for their lyrics that tend to not always make sense.

I knew one or two of their songs but when I went to college, I became a huge fan. So last fall the released Back on Top. They had then signed to a big label, and everyone was worried that they would sell out and sound like every other pop-punk band, but every song on the album is solid and hits me emotionally.

Why is that your pick?

Every song on that album gets me through a lot of things. Even though they are all in their late 20s and early 30s, they write from a college student’s standpoint. Drugs, unrequited love…All the issues I don’t talk about with people, I can deal with by listening to their music.


If you could pick an album that could some up who you are, what would it be?

The Hair soundtrack, the original. There is something about the rawness of the original that came out in the 70s. So much of who I am is deliberation. I don’t know who I want to be, but why not be everything while I can? I don’t what I want to fight for, but I will fight for everything.

Can you tell me about your history with the album?

5878911“My mother had her original record player so I think I was 13 when I first heard it. I didn’t understand what all of it meant, but the songs stuck in my head all the time. I was always curious about what Let the Sunshine In meant.” After seeing the show (hear at Fredonia), I found myself being in the audience and listening to the music thinking,  ‘I feel like they are pulling my thoughts and putting them into a show.

Do you consider yourself a modern day hippy?

“Oh yeah! I could tell you I have never hit anything or anybody. I am very slow to anger which I think is a hippy thing, except when it comes to activism. I try to see everyone’s side, which is the best you can do for a modern day hippy.