Theatre Memes Ranked and Rated

By: Amelia Manley

As a former high school theatre geek, my social media is littered with references and satire that I scroll through on a daily basis.


So here are a few of my favorites that I have come across, tailored to Miller’s upcoming season, of course. Without further ado, here are the Impact font laden memes I promised.

10. Now, I recognize that Cats is not everyone’s favorite musical, but what would you expect from a show that is about Cats singing their names at the audience for two hours? However, since this contains an actual cat, it gets higher marks.


  1. I run into this DAILY. Being a former theatre kid, as in no longer. My heart breaks a little more every time I reference Dear Evan Hansen or even Wicked and no one understands it.


  1. This is a rule of thumb for theatre. Just look at some of the classics, basically everyone dies in the second act. Case in point: (spoiler alert!) Spring Awakening.


  1. I have gotten literal sighs when I put on my music. But every once in a blue moon, I’ll hear a squeal of excitement instead–and those are the moments I live for.


  1. Lion King is classic for my generation. That is all. (Also cat)


  1. You have never hustled until you have danced to “Something Familiar” in double time.


  1. There are so few consistencies throughout life, however one consistency is that for any moment in life, there is song in a musical.


  1. Hamilton was not going to be left out of this list. Also, the final essay struggle is real.


  1. The combination of these two musicals is so nonsensical, yet so perfect.


  1. When you realize these musicals have similar songs in not at all similar sequences.



Broadway Reading List

By: Lauren Hufford & Amelia Manley

We thought it would be fun to put together a little reading list for other book and theater enthusiasts, so here are some memorable shows that started out as books.


Les Misérables is a French novel by Victor Hugo that was published in 1862. The musical version debuted in 1980 in Paris and lyrics were written by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel and Herbert Kretzmer with music by Claude-Michel Schӧnberg.


Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by a series of stories by Sholem Aleichem. The stories center around Tevye and his five daughters, their Jewish and cultural traditions, and the eviction of Jews from their village. In 1964 the stories were transformed into a musical by Jerry Bock, for music; Sheldon Harnick, for lyrics; and Joseph Stein for the book.


The String of Pearls: A Romance was a penny dreadful serial in 1846 and 1847 written by James Malcom Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest and was put into book form in 1850. It follows the antagonist of the story, Sweeney Todd. In 1973 the serial was transformed into a play by Christopher Bond titled Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 1979 it debuted as a musical thriller. Music and lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim and the book by Hugh Wheeler.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was an American children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Baum wrote the lyrics and book for the 1902 Musical version of his book and the music was written by Paul Tiejens. The well-known film version of the story came about in 1939.


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West written by Gregory Maguire in 1995, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Maguire created a revisionist view of the Land of Oz and the characters within, making this novel more suited for an adult audience. Wicked the musical premiered on Broadway in 2003 with lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz.


The original story of Christine Daaé first appeared in a serial in Le Gaulois 1909-1910, written by Gaston Leroux. Then story was later adapted into a novel volume in 1910 named le Fantôme de l’Opéra, which was later adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber in his 1986 musical with lyrics by Charles Heart and Richard Stilgoe.


Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old with the gift of telekinesis and a love of reading, originally came from the 1988 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. With music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda the musical made its West End premiere in 2011, winning seven Olivier awards. It premiered on Broadway in 2013.


Camelot is based upon T.H. White’s four part book The Once and Future King, written in 1958. The original 1960 production ran for 873 performance racking up four Tony awards with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.


The hustling and bustling Story of Sky Masterson originated from the short stories by Damon Runyon “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure.” The Guys and Dolls music and lyrics were written by Fran Loesser with the musical premiering in 1950. This also spawned a 1955 movie adaptation starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.


Mary Poppins started with eight children’s books written by P.L. Travers from 1934 to 1988. The series was adapted into a musical film by Walt Disney in 1964. From there it was adapted again into a 2004 musical by Cameron Mackintosh, with music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers. The movie Saving Mr. Banks (2013) was also inspired by the bewitching nanny, but it focused on the writer of the series, P.L. Travers.