Musicals are quite a special type of entertainment. It is hard to believe just how massive of what musicals are capable of. It is completely hard to describe the wide range of things a musical can do. In a nutshell, musicals are a world of spectacle, dance, and song. Each musical tells a separate story with a different set of characters. The characters are wide-ranging who can be tragic, romantic, tragicomic, tragi-romantic, etc. The characters live different lives with different personality traits who go through different emotions.
Some moments of spectacle include dance, wild costumes, puppets, and circus. Starting in elementary school, I fell in love with the spectacle of musicals. The spectacle adds just so much to a musical. It can make you see magic on stage and can make you believe you are in places like an enchanted castle, the land of OZ, or the wilds of Africa.
The dance in my opinion is a type of spectacle. The dance ranges so much as well. It conveys excitement very well and just adds so much joy to an experience. The dance in Wicked feels very OZian and the dancing in Newsies is quite very different. Just like spectacle, dance adds something to an experience. Just like the spectacle of musicals, I have loved the dance since elementary school.
Now on to the songs, the most important part of a musical. The songs are where the emotions are conveyed. The main emotions that are a part of a musical exist within the songs. The main emotions of excitement, joy, love, sad, and heartbreak are highly important. Not all musicals have all five emotions because some don’t have the negative emotions and some have sad, but not in the form of heartbreak. The emotions are crazily difficult to describe. The emotional range begins with simple musicals and begins with the happiest of musicals. For me, I started to understand the emotional nature in 2006 in middle school when I saw Wicked on Broadway.
It basically begins with a musical like Singing in the Rain and eventually builds up to Les Mis. The thing with Les Mis is that it has an emotional impact that is a rare gem in itself. Unlike Singing in the Rain, Les Mis gives me a huger emotional impact and puts up with even more emotions. Les Mis has all five main emotions especially considering the fact that Les Mis is quite a heartbreaking musical, but manages to inspire and uplift you. The rest of the emotional impact exists in between Les Mis and Singing in the Rain. I will never be able to describe the emotional impact.
Musicals may have changed a lot over the years, but yet still give me the same joy that they have always given me.
What do you think makes musicals so unique?