This is something I never touched on my blog. What happens when the curtain falls? What happens long after the curtain falls? I speak from the point of view of an audience member.
The first thing that happens when the curtain falls is reflect on what happened during the performance. I am the one who likes to reflect on the show. I want to be able to remember the show- but there have been experiences where I did not like the musical. If I am seeing the musical again, I end up adding something to the character- if the actors and actresses were able to. I like to talk about the performance that same day- that is what happens after the curtain falls automatically.
If it is a new musical, I usually know if I love the musical. When the curtain falls in that instance, I am glad I have found a new musical I love. I still reflect on what I saw. The review does end up on this blog- I have to remember what I saw- enough to end up as a review. If I love the musical- I do want to be able to remember their stories, their songs, and the characters.
What happens in the future? For me, in the meaningful musicals, the characters live in me. They become a piece of me. Long after the curtain falls, their stories mean something. Their songs are no longer songs- they are songs that mean something when you listen to them. You want to learn about them. When they live in you, it means you care about them and have an emotional connection. There are characters that have been in my life since childhood and characters that are much newer.
After the curtain falls, a musical that is already meaningful can become more meaningful. You might feel more emotional and vulnerable that time around. The actors and actresses play a huge part in what happens long after the curtain calls- some of them play a small part in who characters are and some play a huge part in who characters are.
After the curtain falls, you remember seeing the musical. That is true even if you didn’t like the musical. There have been musicals I didn’t like where I do form some emotional connection and loved a few songs.
Just because the curtain falls, it doesn’t mean your journey with the musical ends. The meaningful musicals continue to be in my life. The memories I have with them and why they made the impact are reasons why they are meaningful. Long after the curtain falls, you can still remember the experience of that one performance- who you were with and who your standouts were and parts of the staging.