One thing I love about musicals is that it requires you to use your imagination. The stage and cast can only do so much to make you believe in what you are seeing. You really have to use your imagination to believe in the location the musical takes place in or the setting that the scene takes place in. In a movie, it takes less imagination because everything is there for you. You have to picture a road or entire house or rooftop or any actual setting or picture the entire city or country or made-up world. For instance at the barricades in Les Mis, you have to picture blood to believe an uprising is taking place and during “A Heart Full of Love”, you don’t exactly see a house, but just a gate so you have to picture you are at Cosette’s house. You also don’t see an actual road so you have to picture that as well. So you see, you have to use your imagination to picture everything.
Your imagination is a key part to seeing a musical. You are literally using your imagination to imagine so many things. Not only do you need to use your imagination to picture the entire scene, but you also have to be able to imagine the time period as well and that is something that the costumes play a part in. Using your imagination is a key part to the experience.