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Aside from cat videos and prank videos, YouTube is an incredible tool for entertainers in the musical theatre field. YouTubers such as Thomas Sanders, Jon Cozart and Malinda Kathleen Reese have made huge names for themselves among musical theatre fans for their hilarious covers and medleys.
As for the up-and-coming scene of Broadway-loving YouTubers, one is already making a name for himself with his candid personality and wicked talents. Here are 12 reasons why theatre nerds need to know about Kevin Lynch:
1. His ‘Musical Monday’ Series Is Wildly Entertaining
Every Monday, Lynch posts a video of himself singing and playing either an original song or a selection from a musical or movie. His performances are often ambitious, sometimes lasting well over 10 minutes.
2. His Live Reaction Videos Are the Best
Lynch also records a series of live reactions while listening to contemporary cast albums and performances gone wrong.
3. His Piano Skills Are Outstanding
Lynch is a music graduate of William Paterson University and used to be a staff accompanist at Juilliard. He has also recorded videos playing works by Mozart and Chopin.
4. He Spotlights Lesser-Known Shows
Lynch sure does his research by mentioning and praising shows with niche cult followings, such as “Bare” and “Glory Days.”
5. He’s Hilariously Blunt
Lynch is an outspoken critic of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and isn’t afraid to toss a few jabs at musicals such as “Starlight Express” and “Cats.”
6. He’s a Master Parodist
Formerly his most popular video, “Worst Musical Theatre Song Ever Written for Auditions” pokes fun at all of contemporary musical theatre’s most notorious cliches.
7. He Thoroughly Explains Music Theory in Broadway Shows
Lynch uses his music major background to explain common, effective musical trends found in shows such as “Next to Normal” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”
8. He’s Writing His Own Musical
Lynch is currently writing “Abstinence: The Musical” and has premiered the opening number for his YouTube audience.
9. He Sells His Original Pieces Online
In addition to having an album of original music, Lynch sells sheet music for his original pieces on his website. Recordings can be found on Spotify and iTunes.
10. He Has Helpful Lifestyle Advice
Lynch has made several videos about his enormous weight loss and how he’s maintained his health over the years.
11. He Does Clever Arrangements of Pop Songs
Lynch’s pop covers include a mashup of Mariah Carey and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as a mashup of “Hello” by Adele and “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”
12. He’s Transparent About His Personal Life
Lynch is open about having ADD and how to cope with it and use it to his advantage.