Yes, this is another musical post.
There are two types of musicals. This is not talking about genre at all. This is talking about the layers of musicals. Some musicals are simple while others are complex.
It seems that you see musicals on the surface the first time you see it. You have no idea what to expect or if you’re going to like it. The emotions are innocent, which means they may not be that strong. True some musicals are quite simple, but there is nothing wrong with that. You want some to be that way in order to maintain a nice balance between all of them. Simple musicals include “Music Man” and “Annie”. “Music Man” is that type of musical that has no darkness and does not seem to have negative emotions in the score. You want those kind of musicals to exist and you have to watch them in an entertaining way instead of a more vulnerable way.
Then there are the complex musicals. For the most part, I am mainly drawn to the musicals in this category. All of the complex musicals have multi-layered plots and characters. There is more to learn from these characters then the ones from the simple shows. Complex characters also seem to be the best and most memorable ones. The complex musicals have multiple plots and usually have tragic and dark elements, which is included in comedies along with the obvious tragedies. These are the musicals where there are positive and negative emotions in the score, but from my knowledge, there are negative emotions in the simple musicals. But the difference is complex musicals have more truthful negative emotions. I always am drawn to musicals that have both joy and sad in it and those are the most fascinating in complex musicals. Yes, negative emotions hurt and are hard to understand, but make sense. I see joy in sad and even that seems confusing, but I understand the value of hurtful emotions. There is great pleasure in feeling hurt or heartbroken because your own feelings of the show gets mixed in with the character’s emotions. Some complex musicals include “Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Mis”, and “Wicked”.
It is very hard to understand musicals as a whole. They have come in many shapes and sizes. Some musicals have rarities seen in them, but all musicals are different. Every single one relies on each other. Yes most musicals are comedies, but tragedies have provided wonderful ways to help shape comedies. I have seen a faint edge in the negative emotions, which they are stuck with. That faint edge is when sad is at its mildest and shown in shows where the negative emotions are hardly in there to begin with. Negative emotions are very hard to pick up and be noticed, but that doesn’t happen as often. That is the trick with the negative emotions and that still happens despite the tragic musicals.
But the negative emotions are stronger then they ever have been thanks to “Les Mis” and “Rent”. When I see all musicals through the light, I get way more out of my experience. I want a positive experience, not a negative experience. If both joy and sad are worth feeling, then you were given a positive experience but if feeling sad was not worth feeling, then usually it is a show you didn’t like or have a negative experience. I don’t think I will ever be able to understand the negative emotions fully, but at least there are musicals where they have an amazing amount of strength, power, insight, and honest truth.