There are two main ways to experience musicals. There are the musical movies and there are seeing them live. But which way do I prefer? In my opinion, there is nothing like a night at the theatre where you see a musical live? But why do I prefer seeing a musical live over seeing a movie musical? For starters, there is nothing like the power of live theatre.
Emotions are higher when at a live performance. That is true for both positive and negative emotions. Even some of the deeper emotions can be stronger when seeing a musical live. One way emotions are stronger has to do with the orchestra. Hearing the first notes of an orchestra at an actual performance is even more exciting at a live performance, which makes an emotion like excitement stronger. The negative emotions are stronger live as well. All of the emotions are heightened more when seeing a live performance and the orchestra sounds stronger live than hearing it in a movie musical.
Another way emotions are stronger has to do with the actors. In a movie musical, you are watching the actor on a screen. But during a live performance, the actor is right in front of you. So the actor is feeding off of your reactions and you are feeding back to them and that affects their performance. That back and forth nature is part of why emotions are stronger when seeing a musical live. Also because the actor is right in front of you, that performance only happens once.
Even things like dance are stronger in a live performance. Due to excitement feeling stronger due to the orchestra and the actor feeding off of the audience, there is a greater amount of energy found in the dance. You want a lot of energy in dance in a musical.
Some people have a hard time understanding why you need to spend so much money to see a musical live if you can just save money by seeing a movie musical. Well, movie musicals make access to musicals easier and that is how I have seen most musicals. But live performances are better.
What do you prefer? Movie musicals or a live performance? And why?