I’ve talked with you guys about films and books. But something that I haven’t discussed with you are musicals.
Musicals have a special place in my heart. Not just the musicals we’re familiar with through Disney. But musicals on stage. And it’s these stage productions I’m going to be talking about today.
Stage productions, regardless of their genre, I would think are at a bit of a disadvantage. They don’t have the props, scenery, and editing that films do. So they have to make up for that through the acting skills of the actors on the stage. Also, the actors have to get their lines and stage directions correct the first time, because they’re performing live. There is no way for them to have multiple takes of a single scene.
But the “disadvantage” could be used to the production’s advantage. Theatre goers can enjoy and appreciate how much effort is being put in by the actors: the emotions, the memory, the hours of practice, etc. But also, appreciation can be given to those who work behind the scenes: directors, costume departments, lighting, sound, etc.
But one thing that I like about musicals over other, more spoken theatre productions are the songs. These productions use the songs to help carry their stories, either in part or in their entirety. The way the songs are sung and the key in which they are sung help to set the tone for the storyline. Also, the music can give the audience cold chills and emotions that simply spoken words might have difficulty achieving.
Throughout my life, I’ve had the great opportunity to see three musicals, two on Broadway, and one off: Cats, The Lion King, and Wicked. And being able to see these musicals performed live were amazing experiences.
And I’ve had the opportunity to experience other musicals (at least partially) by their music being available online. In these cases, I’m still able to learn about/follow their stories with nothing but the sung words. The same can be said of spoken productions, but I still prefer to listen to musicals.
Which do you prefer: musicals or spoken productions? What is/are your favorite stage production(s)? Comment below! I’d love to hear about them!