The Ghosts as Gilbert & Sullivan songs
Sometimes a girl likes to be self-indulgent. Strap in.
"In a doleful train, two by two we walk all day,
For we love in vain, none so sorrowful as they
Who can only sigh and say:
"Woe is me, alack a day..."" (Patience)
There is literally no upper limit to how dramatically people weep and sigh during this song. Also I imagine Thomas would love Patience and identify himself, very wrongly, with Grosvenor.
Kitty: 'Oh Happy Young Heart', The Sorcerer. Less because of the content and more for being the most upbeat and sweetly naive of all the G&S soprano arias, and in an operetta Kitty would 100% be a soprano
Captain: 'I am the Captain of the Pinafore', HMS Pinafore. I really, really enjoy the image of him singing "I do my best to satisfy you all" and the sailors chorusing "And with you we're quite content", but as @rhymneybelle pointed out to me he also suits this piece from The Sorcerer:
"The air is charged with amatory numbers,
Soft madrigals and dreamy lovers' lays,
Peace, peace old heart, why waken from its slumbers,
The aching memory of the old, old days?"
Lady Button: this bop from The Mikado:
"There is beauty in extreme old age —
Do you fancy you are elderly enough?
Information I'm requesting
On a subject interesting:
Is a maiden all the better when she's tough?"
"Throughout this wide dominion
It's the general opinion
That she'll last a good deal longer when she's tough!"
I also see a lot of Lady Sangazure from The Sorcerer in Fanny, being another posh repressed horndog.
Julian: 'When Britain Really Ruled the Waves', Iolanthe, or this bit from the Act 1 Finale:
"I heard the minx remark,
She'd meet him after dark,
Inside St. James's Park,
And give him one!"
Mary: "Sir Rupert Murgatroyd, his leisure and his riches
He ruthlessly employed in persecuting witches." (Ruddigore)
Pat: 'Oh a Private Buffoon is a Lighthearted Loon', The Yeomen of the Guard:
"Though your wife ran away with a soldier that day,
And took with her your trifle of money;
Bless your heart, they don't mind —
They're exceedingly kind —
They don't blame you — as long as you're funny!"
Robin: "WITH CAT-LIKE TREAD, UPON OUR PREY WE STEAL
IN SILENCE DREAD, OUR CAUTIOUS WAY WE FEEL,
NO SOUND AT ALL!! WE BARELY SPEAK A WORD!!!
A FLY'S FOOTFALL WOULD BE DISTINCTLY HEARD!" (The Pirates of Penzance. Watch the video, seriously)
Humphrey: 'Alone and Yet Alive', The Mikado :( Or possibly 'Is Life a Boon?' from The Yeomen of the Guard since he's pretty chill
Plague ghosts: 'Happy are we in our Loving Frivolity', The Sorcerer. It's a goddamn creepy song in context but they're having fun
And of course, when all the ghosts are trying their hand at haunting, they're 'When the Night Wind Howls', Ruddigore:
"When the footpads quail at the night-bird's wail, and black dogs bay at the moon,
Then is the spectres' holiday – then is the ghosts' high-noon!"
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