Posts Tagged ‘musicals’

Capping off our inadvertant musical theatre theme week, here’s a few videos for you, after the jump:

Watching live performances of musical theatre is often a discomforting West Side Storycombination of two of my least favorite acts – sitting with other fans, and watching actors act.

…Let me explain. (more…)

It would appear that it is Musicals Week on TQP, for I return after seeing Walnut SThe Producerst. Theatre’s production of “The Producers”!

My feelings on musicals: I like ‘em light. I like the ones that barely have a plot to hang the songs on (“South Pacific” comes to mind); I like the more modern ones like Sondheim or “City of Angels” (actually, it might be my interest in Old Hollywood and detective novels that win that one) that have a more biting wit and elaborate song structures…whatever, I just prefer them have some sense of humor.

To me, the songs make sense when you think of them as internal monologues to melody, and that’s an easier pill to swallow if the observations come from comical insecurities being vocalized. The moment a musical starts taking itself too seriously (and here we’re in Andrew Lloyd Webber territory), a kind of disconnect grows in me.