I Can Hear the Bells
"I Can Hear the Bells" is a song from the musical Hairspray. It is sung by the protagonist Tracy Turnblad.
After brushing past Link, the main lead on the Corny Collins Show, Tracy Turnblad starts to dream about what her life would be like if she pursued a relationship with him. These thoughts of a future wedding and perfect romance are idealized.
Reviewing the 2007 movie, Spirituality and Practice writes "Nikki Blonsky carries the movie on her shoulders and belts out all the power of "I Can Hear the Bells"" Oregon Live notes the song yields a "funny sexual awakening".
Reviewing a live performance, Variety said "“I Can Hear the Bells,” the fantasy ballet in which Tracy seduces and weds Link to the sound of rhythmic chiming, is performed with winking brio and remains a comic highlight of the first act." Broadway Word described it as "lovelorn", and Theatre Mirror deemed it "a fall in love at first sight love song". Hoopls described it as "love-struck", while MC Theatre Guide named it "lovesick" and Shropshire Star called it a "love-struck ballad". It has also been described as an "anthem", a "heartfelt solo", and "dreamy". DC Metro Theatre Arts write "Tracy fantasizes about getting married to the local heartthrob in a dream sequence that is both beautifully romantic and hysterically funny." Edge Boston called it a "fun, slyly comic number". The Public Reviews wrote "I Can Hear the Bells is a cute reflection of every teenage girls inner mind when faced with the school heart throb".
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