PWN teen writers share their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and more every Friday to inspire young writers. We believe that the best way to become a stronger writer is to immerse yourself in other storytelling forms.
This week, teen writer Megan Froehlich shares three of her favorite musicals.
Written by Lin Manuel Miranda
Original Cast Recording Available on: Disney +
Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life through incredible rap and beautiful melodies. The concept of using hip-hop to explain a founding father’s life story may seem odd, but after listening to the first line delivered by Hamilton’s rival, Aaron Burr, you’ll become instantly hooked. The verse and the storyline are equally compelling. Songs like “Nonstop” touch on the extent of Hamilton’s ambition and are easily relatable for writers on a mission. The word play and rhyme are extremely helpful for poets especially; the character development and plot progression lay a brilliant example for prose writers. There’s a character for everyone to connect to and at least one line for everyone to make their mantra.
Written by Allan Knee and James Graham
Finding Neverland tells the story of the writer of a timeless tale and how it came to be: James Barry, author of Peter Pan. The musical holds beautiful songs about imagination and overcoming boundaries. Lines like “you have to use your pen for something other than satisfying them” speak directly to writers and become more inspirational with each listen.
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music by Cyndi Lauper
Kinky Boots is a story of acceptance, perseverance, and self-discovery. When Charlie’s father passes away, he has no idea what to do with his father’s bankrupt shoe factory until he meets Lola, a Drag Queen with a love for stilettos—such a love that it gives Charlie an idea for a new product to make. The show is filled with vibrant music, creative comedy, well-developed characters, and exciting dancing. Songs like “Raise You Up/Just Be” will make you excited to be yourself and take life head on.