Elle, Aaron, Dot, Mimi, and A. Ham Singing Stories in Taylor Swift's "evermore"

Last updated December 17th, 2020 by BroadwayBox Staff
Elle, Aaron, Dot, Mimi, and A. Ham Singing Stories in Taylo…

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folklore's sister is here - evermore. Taylor Swift once again surprised fans with a 9th studio album. As Taylor did in folklore the album quite a collection of new music!

As Taylor couldn't stop imagining these songs and stories during this time we couldn't stop daydreaming if the songs included in evermore were told from the POV of some of our favorite musical theatre characters.

"willow" - a Funny Girl's Fanny Brice story?

We love the parallels here and we have to consider the movie musical version of Funny Girl because it's too good!

"champagne problems" - a Legally Blonde's Elle Woods story?

Elle found her way without Warner Huntington III even after following him to Harvard Law. She thought he would be the dream come true. Instead of popping the Dom Pérignon with her longtime love Warner, things turned out a bit differently.

"gold rush" - a Mean Girls' Aaron Samuels' story?

This song was one of the first songs to decode to a Broadway twist. If Regina was singing "Someone Gets Hurt" to Aaron in Mean Girls, Aaron could have sung this right before back to her.

"'tis the damn season" - a Kiss Me, Kate's Lois Lane story?

Let's say after Kiss Me, Kate ends, things don't work with Lois Lane and Bill Calhoun. Lois goes to Hollywood and makes it big as an up and coming movie star. When she goes home for the holidays, she runs into an old beau of hers before Broadway, before Hollywood when he saw her leave that hometown.

"tolerate it" - a Sunday In The Park With George's Dot story?

This song screams "Everybody Loves Louis" to us in its own way. Dot singing about how much Louis loves her even though she adores Georges who doesn't celebrate her love in the way Louis does.

"no body, no crime" - a Chicago's Velma Kelly story?

Is Este a friend of Velma Kelly? Was Velma upset that Este's husband's mistress moved into their house after Este was missing? In "Cell Block Tango" Velma explains she didn't know what happened to her own husband and sister Veronica - could history have repeated itself!?

"happiness" - a A Chorus Line's Cassie story?

This tune painted a picture of a couple who has split up which screams of when Cassie left Zach being the toast of Broadway to Hollywood for cut parts in films and losing out in commercial auditions.

"dorothea" - a The Prom's Dee Dee Allen story?

Is Dee Dee short for Dorothea? Are Dee Dee's two Tony Awards among the friends she has now? We think this totally could pass for Dee Dee's story.

"coney island" - an On The Town's Gabey story?

If you haven't watched the "Coney Island Ballet" from On The Town, it's worth a watch to see Joshua Bergasse's beautiful choreo. Taylor's lyrics to "coney island" fit perfectly with Gabey and his infatuation with a play on a subway "centerfold" so to speak "Miss Turnstiles" Ivy Smith.

"ivy" - a The Bridges Of Madison County's Robert story?

Robert from this Jason Robert Brown musical adaptation could have easily grappled with the idea of running away with Francesca's hand. Modern day Robert!

"cowboy like me" - a Bonnie and Clyde's Bonnie Parker story?

So many parallels in this one too! Where to begin!? Listen to Bonnie's songs from the show and then this number.

"long story short" - a Rent's Mimi story?

Mimi is all about Roger now during Rent and this could have been about her affair with Benny.

"marjorie" - an Anastasia's Anastasia story?

Browsing the articles about easter eggs and fan theories, a number of them mention how this tune is about Taylor's grandmother. This relationship brings to mind Anastasia's adoration for her grandmother the Dowager Empress. There are echoes and feels to "Once Upon A December" here.

"closure" - a Hamilton's Eliza Hamilton story?

If there's one thing we know about letters it's that Hamilton's slight spoiler Eliza burned the letters Alexander wrote her and she saved every one he sent her. Listen to "Burn" and then listen to "Closure."

"evermore" - a Hamilton's Alexander Hamilton story?

This is a deep cut but another Hamilton major life event in Alexander Hamilton's son Philip Hamilton's life another spoiler warning though based on history happened in November 1801 which could explain the lyrics if sung by Alexander. It reminds us of "It's Quiet Uptown." He could have grappled with the idea the pain he was feeling would be temporary.