What Makes me Want to See a Musical

Each time the season comes or you have a dream of seeing a musical or musicals, what makes you want to see that particular musical. This post will talk about why I wanted to see of the musicals I wanted to see. There will be repeats as to what made me want to see them in the first place.

1. The songs- if I knew one or a couple of songs before I have seen the show, they can have a part in why I want to see a musical. I don’t know when it was, but about it was 2013 or 2012 or something like, my mom or dad made me listen to “Corner of the Sky”. Just by listening to that song alone, I automatically thought, I want to see Pippin someday.

Songs continued- The same thing happened with Phantom of the Opera. When I fell in love with the songs, I automatically wanted to see Phantom of the Opera. The songs from both Music Man and Newsies also encouraged me to want to see them someday. I only enjoyed the Newsies before really falling in love, but I enjoyed them enough to want to see Newsies some day. Plus with Music Man, I was already starting to fall in love with some of the songs before deciding to see it at my school in February of 2015.

2. Recommendations- sometimes I choose to see a show based on recommendation. That is another reason where Phantom of the Opera comes into play. If my mom never would have recommended Phantom of the Opera to me, I never would have started listening to the songs in the first place.

3. Spectacle/dance- while “Corner of the Sky” was my main step towards wanting to seeing Pippin, spectacle and dance added one more factor to wanting to see Pippin. I did watch the trailer of Pippin and I realized the level of spectacle it would have and I wanted to see Pippin even more because spectacle/dance is one element I want in a musical. The week my parents got tickets to my entire family to see Newsies, my mom told me they show won “Tony Award Choreography” so I know the dance was something special and it made me want to see Newsies even more and I purposely did not look up anybody that showed the dance.

4. Love for a show- That is the exact reason why I love seen both Wicked and Les Mis more than once. When I saw Wicked on Broadway 11 and 1/2 years ago, I never would have imagined I would have seen it seen three other times. My 3rd time comes along and I learned it was touring again and knowing my dad never saw Wicked before, I went for him, so my dad and I had a date and even though he never saw it, I was still given the better seat. Then when I learned my school was taking students to see Wicked in Charlotte, I ended up signing up due to my love for Wicked. Right after I saw the stage show of Les Mis for the first place, I developed a dream for seeing Les Mis in the West End. So those two have seen more than once due to my love for those shows. Than when I knew Les Mis was touring starting last year, I wanted to see it yet again because I really wanted to see the 25th anniversary production and also wanted to be able to see the show on tour at some point.

5. Desire to see a show again- I already touched this on reason four, but in a way this is different. For instance, I want to see Lion King again. It is just I had seen it back in elementary school, but don’t remember seeing them.. So this desire of seeing shows is again is more like “I saw the show, but don’t remember seeing it so I want to see them again”

I know cast is some reason to want to see a musical, but it isn’t one of mine. That is mostly because I usually don’t know what the cast is until I arrive. I may not even know the names of anyone in the cast until I arrive or might know names of the cast, but may have never heard any of them sing before. Also you never know what cast you are going because of the possibility of an understudy. But the cast has no effect on whether or not I see a musical. I dreamed of seeing Les Mis in the West End in 2013 so there was no way of knowing who was going to playing the main leads or when cast changes or and so on. When I saw Newsies  or each time I saw Wicked, or Pippin or Annie or Phantom of the Opera, I did not even know any of the cast names until I actually went to the musical. While I may have discovered some of the names of Les Mis in the West End, Les Mis on tour, or Rent on tour, that still wasn’t a factor into why I love them: it was all because of other factors. I had seen videos of the Rent and Les Mis recent touring casts rehearsing,  but once again not a factor. With Rent, I wanted to see it since Fall of 2012 so last year I was finally able to get a chance and with Les Mis, it wasn’t the cast either. So cast never has been a factor in what leads me to see a musical.

What reasons draw you to want to see a musical?

7 thoughts on “What Makes me Want to See a Musical

  1. I relate to this post so much! All of these reasons have definitely come up at one point or another with musicals that I have wanted to see!

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  2. Typically a knowledge of the music is what makes me go to see a musical. The first one I ever saw was Phantom of the Opera. My mother played loved a number of the songs from the musical, so I knew them well long before I saw the musical. Now I will often see performances from the Tony Awards and get an idea of which musicals take my interest. Unfortunately, it usually takes several years before the shows make it to Australia. An exception to that was King Kong which premiered here in Melbourne. I ended up seeing it twice, not because of the music, but because of the spectacle of a giant gorilla puppet on stage.

    There have been a couple of occasions where the cast has played a role in what I see, primarily in the case of an Australian Musical Theatre performer named Anthony Warlow, who played the Phantom both times I saw the musical. I saw Doctor Zhivago, the musical because he played the titular role. I am also looking forward to seeing The Wizard of Oz when it comes to Melbourne, primarily because Anthony Warlow is playing The Wizard, and the actresses who played Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked the last time it was here will be playing the Wicked Witch and Glinda respectively.

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    • Musicals tour in the United States a lot. I live in a big city, Charlotte, so shows love to stop there. Than again I live where Broadway is. There is always a Charlotte season each year. Cast never plays a part because I usually want to see a musical before I find out the cast. I still haven’t seen more than one musical with any of the same cast members

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      • How long do the shows tend to stay in town when they are on tour?

        In Australia shows tend to only visit a few cities, mainly Melbourne (where I live), Sydney, and sometimes Brisbane and Perth. When they come to Melbourne a big show can stay for months. Aladdin was here for about 10 months, and Book of Mormon for a year. So fortunately there is almost always a good show on here.

        While it often takes us a few years to get new shows from broadway, it is also common for musicals to launch here in Australia before heading to the US, which is pretty exciting.

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      • On tour, it depends. Sometimes it only stays in a city for just a long weekend or it can last two week or last an entire month. Shows tend to start touring soon after they leave Broadway, but current shows on Broadway still tour.

        The reason why shows don’t last several months or a year is because it tours to a ton of cities and tends to stop in big cities.

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  3. How long do the shows tend to stay in town when they are on tour?

    In Australia shows tend to only visit a few cities, mainly Melbourne (where I live), Sydney, and sometimes Brisbane and Perth. When they come to Melbourne a big show can stay for months. Aladdin was here for about 10 months, and Book of Mormon for a year. So fortunately there is almost always a good show on here.

    While it often takes us a few years to get new shows from broadway, it is also common for musicals to launch here in Australia before heading to the US, which is pretty exciting.

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