The world of musicals is very difficult to describe. I did have a blog about the happy ones and a blog about the sad ones. But I did leave out some very important details about both of them. Even though most musicals are happy and some are sad, there is still a way to bring them together. Growing up, I described all musicals as happy and full of life. But now I had to change things around. I still wanted to use something positive to stay true to the comedies, but not leave out the tragedies. I had to look at the experience to figure that out and had to see if the tragedies had a positive nature to them. I soon realized that all musicals are joyful, emotional, unique, and full of life.
Musicals are known for having an emotional connection, but it varies from show to show. Some shows have less emotions than others. Shows can be anywhere from the nature of “Singing’ in the Rain” to “Les Mis”. “Singin’ in the Rain” is very light-natured and does not have many emotions to work with. However, when a show climbs its way to “Les Mis”, the emotions get pretty crazy. “Les Mis” has over fifteen emotions and they feel very powerful and unbelievable. “Les Mis” is both depressing and inspirational, but the more I learn about it the more inspirational it becomes. The show is covered in heartbreak, broken dreams, death, survivors’ guilt, abuse, and other unfortunate things. On the bright side, the show is a story of hope, forgiveness, love, compassion, humanity, sacrifice, and redemption
The comedies do have a dark side to them. They have themes such as unrequited love, racism, discrimination, and also have death as well. It is hard to understand and accept the darker side of musicals, but eventually you will realize that it is worth it. Musicals have come a long way, but they are even better than they once were.
Musicals must have an emotional connection to them. They are covered with so many emotions ranging from excitement to uplifting, joy, love, funny, haunting, hopeless, fear, anger, heartbreak, uncomfortable, and depressing. Sad is that kind of emotion that likes to grow slower than the positive emotions. Sometimes it surprises you and grows at inconvenient times. The best way to work with the negative emotions is finding some sort of joy in the emotion. Joy in sad basically means you are able to love and accept the emotion. Heartbreak is the main source of sad in musicals. I may have grown up with happy musicals, but I was still aware that sad was an emotion. I accepted it long before tragic musicals became a part of my life.
It is the experience that matters more than anything. The initial emotion is always excitement, which shows that joy is the strongest musical emotion. It leads musicals in the right direction and makes all the emotions worth feeling. The characters’ emotions become your own and as long as you are loving the show, joy will never give up.
The word unique refers to that all musicals are different and that some stand out more than others. The scores of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Mis” are quite different than other musical scores. Those two shows changed my perspective on musicals because the musical score does not seem common in a musical. Musicals are also unique due to how different the emotions all. They can have a small, moderate, or large amount of emotions. The number of emotions felt also has something to do with the kind of story or the composer. Most likely the more light-hearted musicals have less emotions than the ones that have both light and dark involved. Also the shows that have a complex plot have a larger amount of emotions than the ones that have a more simple plot.
I used to use full of life to describe a certain kind of song, but now I realized it can be used differently. It can be used to say that a musical allows a story to come to life even at a death scene. Joyful refers to all musicals because they all have a positive nature and joy is the only emotion that tells you useful information. Joy allows you to love all emotions and tells you whether or not you love the show and helps you decide if you like the song or scene.