Music

Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls the Musical

“Come sit with us tomorrow, it’ll be fetch!” Gretchen Wieners is a character in the Mean Girls musical. She is a part of the Plastics as the right-hand woman to Regina George. In “Meet The Plastics,”  Gretchen sings about how she will do anything to maintain Regina’s popularity. She loves to gossip, but she’s actually quite sweet. When Cady joins the Plastics, she doesn’t have ulterior motives. In the musical, Gretchen confides in Cady that because of the crumbling friendship with Regina, she’s lost all confidence in herself. This leads to her solo song “What Is Wrong With Me?” Ashley Park originated the role of Regina on Broadway until Krystina Alabado took her place.

Nina Rosario from In the Heights

Nina Rosario (Leslie Grace) is a character in the movie musical, In The Heights. An adventurous and intelligent girl, she is the first in her family to attend college, namely Stanford University. Everyone in the barrio cheers her on, as she “made it out.” But when Nina returns for the summer, she announces she dropped out. Her solo, “Breathe,” is about her struggle to tell the truth, because she feels like a failure. She becomes frustrated with her father’s overprotective nature and his refusal to accept Benny as her lover.

Piragua Guy from In The Heights

Piragua Guy or Piragüero is a character in the movie musical, In The Heights. He sells colorful shaved ice (piragua) to children in the barrio. He’s portrayed by none other than Lin Manuel-Miranda, who both wrote the musical and originated the role of Usnavi on Broadway. The song “Piragua” was going to be cut from the movie adaptation until Lin stepped in to play the role. His competition is the Mister Softee truck, where Christopher Jackson, who originated the role of Benny, as well as George Washington in Hamilton, portrays the ice cream man.

Benny from In The Heights

Benny (Corey Hawkins) is a character in the movie musical, In The Heights. He works at the dispatch for Kevin Rosario’s taxi service, and falls in love with his daughter, Nina. His friends include Usnavi and Sonny. One day, Benny dreams of opening his own business. He is the only person in the movie who does not speak Spanish. Fun Fact: Christopher Jackson, who made a cameo as the ice cream man, played Benny in the original Broadway musical.

Vanessa Morales from In The Heights

Vanessa Morales (Melissa Barerra) is a character in the movie musical, In The Heights. She works at Daniela’s salon. She is the prettiest girl in the Heights, but she only has eyes for Usnavi. She wants to get out of the barrio and get an apartment downtown. Fun fact: Vanessa is named after Lin’s actual wife, Vanessa!

Usnavi de la Vega from In the Heights

Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) is the main character and narrator in the movie musical, In The Heights. His name comes from the first sight his parents saw when they arrived in America: a ship that said “US Navy.” After the passing of his parents, Abuela Claudia, the beloved neighborhood matriarch, practically raised him. He owns a small bodega in Washington Heights, but his dream is to move to the Dominican Republic. It’s no secret Usnavi is in love with Vanessa. You may recognize Ramos from his role in Hamilton, where he starred alongside Lin Manuel-Miranda, who composed and wrote both shows. In addition, Manuel-Miranda originated the role of Usnavi on Broadway.

Olivia Rodrigo in Sour

Olivia Rodrigo is a pop singer/songwriter whose music has defined Gen Z. Known for her roles in the High School Musical series and Bizaardvark, she was an actress before dabbling with music. Her debut power ballad, “Driver’s License,” reached number one in multiple countries with millions of global streams. Her next two singles “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U” also saw massive popularity. Olivia released her first full length album Sour in May, and broke the global Spotify record for the biggest opening week for an album by a female artist. Her honest, self-written lyrics and versatile style appeal to listeners and critics alike. Apply the stickers around your face, but we don’t suggest putting any on your tongue!

Anthony from The Wiggles

Anthony from The Wiggles

Anthony is the blue Wiggle and a founding member of The Wiggles. Out of all The Wiggles, he’s the only one who’s stayed for all 30 years they’ve been around. As such, the new generation wiggles sometimes refer to Anthony as a ‘wise senior Wiggle’ and he often calls them ‘young’ in return. He still occasionally reunites and performs with Greg Wiggle, Murray Wiggle and Jeff Wiggle in the reunion concerts

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan…. Where to begin? The first time I heard Bob Dylan sing, I wondered why he sounded like John Lennon. Turns out, John Lennon wanted to sing like Bob Dylan! The songwriter-poet-renaissance man is an icon of sixties culture and music, known for his blue-collar work shirt and blue jeans, and songs like “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

Harry Styles on “Fine Line”

Harry Styles is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He got his start on X-Factor and joined a group of five other contestants. The boys went on to incredible success as the boyband One Direction. After their hiatus/break-up, each of the members embarked on solo musical careers. Harry pursued soft rock route with his debut studio album, Harry Styles. His second, most recent album, Fine Line, has a more upbeat pop feel, with catchy lyrics and a summer feel. It features his biggest hit yet, “Watermelon Sugar.” It broke records as the biggest debut from a British male artist. His outfit on the album’s cover is iconic, capturing a laidback, retro aesthetic. The jewelry and painted nails shows Harry embracing his feminine side.