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November 13th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting

The movie Frozen has granted me a great opportunity with my daughter. It has opened the door to musicals.

I have been a long-time fan of musical theatre. When I was 9 or 10 my mother took my sister and me to Toronto and we saw Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages. We next saw Cats and then Les Miserables, which my sister and I would then play in the backyard. I took to listening to any Andrew Lloyd Webber I could find.

Since I saw Phantom I have had the privilege of seeing many other shows – Tommy, Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Spamalot, Mamma Mia, Book of Mormon…

And Wicked. Three times.

I love Wicked. I was first introduced to it watching the Tony Awards – Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth performed Defying Gravity and I knew I needed to see that show. So when I was back in Ottawa and it started playing in Toronto I took myself. I took the bus to Toronto by myself, got off the bus and went to the theatre, then got back on the bus after the show and came home.

I lose myself in Broadway shows. Every year I watch the Tonys and dream of going to New York for two or three weeks and seeing as many shows as I can.

I was showing my daughter the video of Kristin Bell singing Do You Want to Build a Snowman? live (which if you haven’t seen is pretty great). Next to the video there were related links, one of which was to Idina Menzel singing Defying Gravity.

I love that song. It speaks to me. It’s bravery and strength but not without fear. It’s saying that if something is important enough you might have to leave people behind if they don’t understand.

Someday I’m going to take my daughter to see Wicked, partly because I love it so damn much and partly because it says so much to me about female relationships and feminism.

So while I had her in my lap and we were already watching videos I clicked on that link and I played Defying Gravity for my kid. Someday she’ll really hear it.

I think her started musical will probably be Mathilda though. She loves those songs and what a great message there too.

That’s live musical, of course, there will be so many movie musicals too – Annie, Hello Dolly, Rent, Hairspray… How do I decide when she’s old enough?

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