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Match the Musician and the Musical: Jonas Brothers

Whether you grew up with the Jonas Brothers or your kids/grandchildren did, the Jo Bros are all grown up themselves and celebrating almost 20 years of music on their World Tour.

Today, Claire in Philanthropy does the honors to match the musician to the musical. 

The Cher Show

The Cher Show – “Happiness Begins” 

“Happiness Begins” is the 2019 album that marked the end of the nearly 10-year hiatus of the Jonas Brothers band. Both the Jonas Brothers and Cher have released music that finds a new way to reach multi-generational fans. Full of love and upbeat chart toppers, The Cher Show is definitely a “Happiness Begins” fan.  

The Little Mermaid

Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Album: Feeling Alive 

Created in their Disney Channel era, the Jonas Brothers “Feeling Alive” has so many parallels to The Little Mermaid!  

The title song asks  
Have you ever felt like you’re like standing on a rooftop?  
Have you ever wanted to scream?  

We have to believe that Ariel would relate to these lyrics more than anyone after losing her voice and gaining legs all in the same day!  

On “Your Biggest Fan,” they sing  
It’s you who makes me sing.  
I may not know where we are, but I know who I am.  
Baby I’m your biggest fan. 

Ariel would absolutely relate to this while trying to share all her feelings with Prince Eric.  

“Invisible” sounds like it was taken out of Prince Eric’s inner monologue! “I can feel you all around, in the silence I can hear the sound of your footsteps on the ground and my heart slows down.”  

It seems like “Feeling Alive” really represents falling in love with a beautiful and mysterious girl with no words needed to be spoken, I can’t think of a better album for The Little Mermaid


Stomp – “Jonas Brothers” 

The fast-paced album that opens with gut-wrenching break up song “S.O.S” is absolutely Stomp personified. While we hope Stomp never has to feel like they’re “walking on broken glass,” we know they would be able to convey that heartbreak on stage like the Jonas Brothers do in their debut album. All the tracks are so full of passion and storytelling, it’s the perfect album for Stomp

Shrek the Musical

Shrek – “The Album” 

The upbeats hit on “The Album” are perfect for a road trip to travel across the country to rescue a princess locked away in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. Songs like “Summer Baby” will have you up dancing in your seat like a Smash Mouth concert.  

We all know Donkey would be thrilled getting the chance to sing “Waffle House” at full volume (no humming!) These lyrics sound like a bonus line in “Travel Song” in Shrek the Musical

No, don’t get stressed, it’s gon’ get figured out.  
Oh, deep conversation at the Waffle House.  

We have to believe that the Jonas Brothers were watching Shrek at the time this was written. “Celebrate” opens with this beautiful acoustic chorus that sounds like it’s the beginning of a wedding ceremony, promptly interrupted by the hero.  

Come From Away

Come From Away – “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” 

The music and the lyrics from”Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” are so theatrical and honest, it feels like the perfect album for Come from Away.  

With lyrics including,  
Stuck in a room of staring faces, yeah.  
Caught in a nightmare, can’t wake-up  

I’m avoiding the lies ‘cause they just might slip.  
Can someone stop the noise?  
I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t fit. 

This Jonas Brothers’ album tells their stories of things that didn’t work out the way they had expected and their journey to come out on the other side.  

They also know the power of finding love and support from strangers in unexpected places, like Come From Away shows us in the lyric I believe that the road that people lead helps you find the one you need.  

Both Come From Away and “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” show us the beauty that comes from the unknown, It’s all a flash, but who would know how this story will unfold? 

West Side Story

West Side Story – “A Little Bit Longer” 

West Side Story’s star-crossed lovers fighting to keep their budding relationship unaffected by everyone else is best represented by the Jonas Brothers’ album “A Little Bit Longer.”

The way Tony and Maria fall in love so quickly and deeply can be found in the lyrics from the song “Shelf”:  
You know me better than I know myself.  
Don’t take my heart and put it on a shelf.  

One of the sweetest songs about how simple love can be, “Lovebug,” says it best:  
I can’t get your smile out of my mind.  
I think about your eyes all the time, you’re beautiful, but you don’t even try.  

Just like West Side Story, “A Little Bit Longer” has its own iconic song called “Tonight!”  

If you give it a try, well maybe you’ll find, we might work this out.  
Well, we know we’re in love so let’s keep it alive tonight! 

We know that Tony and Maria would request this album at the Community Center dance! 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan – “It’s about Time” 

With growing up on the mind, we believe that Peter Pan himself would really appreciate the lyrics in the song “One Day at a Time”:  
Saturday, I turned sixteen.  
Never dreamt you’d act so mean.  
You didn’t even call me. But I still miss you.  
And when I turn ninety-four, I think I’ll miss you even more and I die one day at a time.  

After he befriends Wendy and has a chance to learn a little bit of responsibility, we think that Peter would blush when the song “Mandy” came on the radio.  

Mandy always laughs when I act stupid.  
I am unaware that I am a nuisance.  
With her it’s never wasted time.  

It’s hard to imagine Peter Pan saying that time is not wasted with someone, but we think if he feels that anyone would be worth changing for, it would be Wendy.  

We appreciate the album for the themes of encouragement and motivation that Wendy could surely use to help the Lost Boys and her brothers understand the importance of growing up. 

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