Why do I want Spectacle or Dance in a Musical?

In my opinion, having spectacle and dance in a musical is adding something very special.  It make a musical even more wonderful to watch. Spectacle and dance are wonderful things to look at. It means looking at beautiful costumes, wonderful dance moves, circus elements, a colorful and fun set and so much more. I discovered spectacle and dance growing up. Just like comedy, dance and spectacle are known to be part of a musical. It gives a musical a kind of “wow” factor and makes you feel excited in a beautiful way. You can see flips on stage, boys dancing on newspapers, making something magical out of a silly dance and all sorts of fun things.

Dance and spectacle are things I have loved in musicals for as long as I can remember. Dance in my opinion is a type of spectacle. The dance and spectacle is one of the hugest reasons why I love musicals.

Why do you love spectacle and dance in a musical?

Love for the Spectacle and Dance of Musicals

One of the most unique things about musicals is their spectacle and dance. Some people think that spectacle and dance take away from the experience of the musical. But for me, just like songs, spectacle and dance only adds more to the experience. The dance and spectacle of a musical has always been part of my life.

Back in elementary school, I feel like it was the spectacle and dance that mattered to me the most in musical. Growing up, the kind of song I loved the most was the exciting numbers. There are many types of spectacle found in a musical like costumes, sets, circus, and dance. Spectacle and dance can help you believe in the show more. If you want the audience to believe that the show takes place in either an enchanted castle or in the wild of Africa or in OZ, you need the spectacle or else you wouldn’t believe in where it takes place.

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So far, the best spectacle-filled musical is Wicked. This musical is a fantasy and its spectacle is one of a kind. All of the dancing, the lavish costumes, and the set all make you believe you are transported to OZ. Even the nature of the songs and the character’s names makes you believe. The show begins when this dragon on the top of the set operate and smoke comes out and automatically you feel like you are in OZ. Before the show begins, the curtain is actually a map of OZ with the Emerald City shimmering the middle. The lavish costumes are so beautiful especially Glinda’s Bubble Dress, Glinda’s Pink Dress, Elphaba’s Act II Dress and many of the ensemble outfits like the Shiz uniforms or the green costumes in the Emerald City.

The newest type of spectacle found is circus. I saw Pippin for the first time two years ago with my mom. The show is literally a circus. There are flips over balls, trapeze work, and even aerobatics. It provides something unique to Pippin. It is a wonderful musical filled with incredible songs.maxresdefault

There is even spectacle in Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. I may not remember seeing them live, but they are known for having spectacle. Due to the castle being enchanted in Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King taking place in the wild of Africa, they need to have  spectacle. It also makes sense for both of them to have spectacle since they both are Disney musicals. The costumes in Pippin are quite lavish and very colorful and the circus tend is incredible.

I just saw Newsies in August and it has mind-blowing dance. These boys were jumping over each, sliding under each other, tap-dancing, ballet, flips, and dancing on newspapers.  The dance is part of why I love Newsies and why it became meaningful.

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There is also the spectacle found in Phantom of the Opera. So I do find the spectacle and dance very unique. Just like song, spectacle and dance adds an incredible texture to a musical. The dance and spectacle enhances the experience and provides me with a positive experience.

So the dance and spectacle provides something unique to a musical experience. What are your feelings about the spectacle and dance found in a musical?

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OZian Styles of Wicked

Seeing the word stylish reminds me of some of my favorite costumes in musicals. In my opinion, some of the most colorful and elaborate and unique costumes are those from “Wicked”. That makes sense because “Wicked” takes place in the land of OZ. The costumes had to look like they come from a place that doesn’t exist and that would make you want visit OZ.

Glinda has some wonderful outfits. She wears mostly dresses because she is a girly girl. She has her famous blue bubble dress. That dress looks really incredible with the tiera, which perfectly makes the light feel of her dress. Out of all the Glinda outfits, my favorite one is the “Popular” dress. She wears this dress to a school dress, which Fiyero arranges. I really like this dress because it is bright pink and represents Glinda. This dress marks the beginning of the friendship between Glinda and Elphaba. They start to connect at the school dance. During “Popular”, the dress looks even better. There is also the yellow dress she wears during “One Short Day”, which is accessorized with a yellow purse. All of these dresses have beading on them, which you cannot see, but those beads help make the costumes so incredible.

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Elphaba’s outfit collection is not nearly as colorful as the dresses that Glinda wears. My favorite Elphaba dress is the one that she wears during Act II. The outfit makes her look more mature compared to the outfits she wore during Act I. I don’t exactly know why I love this dress so much. As far as I know, it makes her look more mature and the outfit looks amazing with her green skin. It complaints it very well.

The other characters have amazing costumes as well. I especially like Fiyero’s outfit during “As Long as Your’e Mine”. It looks incredible with the lantern that Fiyero carries to the woods. Fiyero even has the wonderful outfit he arrives to Shiz in, which is red and black. You can really see his character develop throughout the different costumes he wears throughout the show.

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All of the outfits in the Emerald City are some of the most fun and colorful costumes ever. True, there is a lot of green in the costumes, but they still are colorful.There are the incredible outfits that the students wear at Shiz. All of the different uniforms are quite different from each other, but still have the blue and white stripes look.

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All of these costumes truly look OZian.

I hope I was was able to describe these outfits. Wicked fans, what are your favorite outfits in this musical?

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