What Characteristics Do You Find in a Bad Musical?

What are things that I believe make a musical bad? While there are characteristics that I want in a musical, there are elements I don’t want in a musical.

First things first is the very obvious. I don’t want a musical to have songs that I just don’t like. Because after all the songs are the key to a wonderful musical. If you don’t like the songs, it makes the rest of the musical fall apart. Bad songs can make emotions not even worth feeling in the first place. It can make it harder to actually watch a musical if you just don’t love the songs. The songs are the main thing of what makes musical well a musical. An example of this might be confusing, but so far I just am not willing to actually see Hamilton. I already listened to some of the songs and I feel “meh” about them. If I just don’t love the songs, there is no need to actually see the musical.

While on the topic of songs, I also think a bad musical does not give me an emotional connection. Without an emotional connection, it makes everything feel flat and boring. Without an emotional connection, tough emotions are emotions I would rather not feel. Without an emotional connection, it does not make your experience as good.

When it comes to characters, I don’t want to love a character and for some odd reason not even appreciate their storyline. That is not referring to not liking what the character is going through. You might love the character, but you might not like how they respond to certain situations. You might not like how they grow over time. It is hard to describe how you can love a character, but not even care about their storyline. It really goes down to how they respond to situation, their relationships to other characters, and things that just don’t feel right in the character’s story. An example of that comes from Little Shop of Horrors. When I saw it at my school in February I fell in love with Seymour and Audrey, but just didn’t fully enjoy the storyline.

Also when it comes to characters, I don’t want to honestly just not even love the characters. The same thing applied to the storyline. Just like songs, the characters and storylines are just as important.

I also don’t want a musical with literally just a negative nature. That kind of storyline is super boring. With that kind of nature, negative emotions become rather bland and a bit way too much.  No musical has proven to have just a negative nature. Just a negative nature does not allow a musical to truly grow. Having no positive nature makes it seem like you did not have a very good experience. I have never seen a musical with just a negative nature even though the first time I saw Les Mis, I found it too depressing, but when I saw it the second time, I realized there is more to it than heartbreaking.

In your opinion, what makes you not like a musical?

The Importance of Negative Musical Emotions With Joy

Since yesterday, I tried to explain what negative emotions would be without joy, I decided to talk about the complete opposite today. I feel like it is loaded trying to describe why all negative emotions have joy involved.

Joy is a huge reason why I love feeling the negative emotions in a musical. I feel like there are different sides of joy in a musicals. There is your excitement, love, and joy when experiencing a musical and there are the actual moments of joy found within a musical. When I fall in love with a musical song, I tend to fall in love with the emotions themselves and I have joy when I feel sad or heartbreaking songs or bittersweet songs if I love the song itself.

There isn’t a single musical out there with just negative emotions. That just wouldn’t work in the world of musicals. Whether it was South Pacific, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Rent, and Les Mis, they all still deal with positive emotions even if they all have to put up with negative emotions. Some of those musicals are happy musicals themselves, some get caught up in the middle, and some are sad themselves.

Look at Les Mis for instance. The negative emotions are constantly being thrown at you. It feels like you all you feel are negative emotions. But if you look closely you can see the positive emotions being aimed at you. Besides, the first emotion you feel tends to happen before the action begins. In Les Mis, the first emotion I feel is excitement. The negative emotions tend to start in the opening scene and there is joy there and that joy is due to me loving the musical. When the bishop scene enters, you feel compassion, hope, and forgiveness.

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Les Mis even has joy and compassion shown at death scenes and the joy would be impossible to spot if you don’t know the characters. One important thing to note about most of the Les Mis deaths is that most of the characters don’t die alone. Valjean is by Fantine’s side when she dies, Eponine is in the arms of Marius when she dies, the students, Gavroche, and Enjolras are around each other when they die, and Valjean dies alongside Cosette and Marius.

But where is the compassion and joy found at these deaths. Well, if you don’t understand Fantine’s love for her daughter and how desperate she is, you may not find the joy in her death. Valjean shows compassion by being with her as she dies. He promises to Fantine  that he will raise her daughter, Cosette, as his own. The fact that Valjean promises to Fantine that he will raise Cosette is why this death happens to be memorable.


Look at the second death. Once again, joy and compassion is shown at that death. The second death happens on the barricades. Eponine has gotten shot and Marius finds her and holds her in his arms while she dies. You wouldn’t notice the joy in this scene if you don’t understand how much Eponine loves Marius and if you don’t pick up on how dark and miserable and lonely and empty her life is. She is in the arms of the man she loves at her death so she has joy there since she is with Marius. The compassion shown at this scene is that Marius decides to stay with Eponine even though he is quite upset and comforts her and stays brave for her up until her death. This death scene is memorable due to the fact that Eponine is dying in Marius’ arms and that “A Little Fall of Rain” is such a memorable and touching song.


See what I mean. Even Les Mis, the saddest musical I ever seen, shows that even that musical has room for positive emotions. The trick with sad musicals is they can be hard to love. It can be hard to know whether or not you love their plot.

But with Les Mis, the musical just doesn’t work without the positive emotions. The positive emotions show up through deaths and that does sound surprising. I never would have imagined a musical song could be a death song or that they can be memorable. The positive emotions are just not just limited to the deaths, but also related to some of the actions of the other characters.

Look at songs such as “This Nearly Was Mine”, “Memory”, and “I’m Not That Girl”.  Every single one of them are heartbreaking songs, but I love them. Another bittersweet song is “For Good”, which is the most emotional song from Wicked.  “I’m Not That Girl” began as a sad song and eventually became heartbreaking thanks to “On My Own” and “Memory was a song that I had forgotten the emotion to and realized it was heartbreaking through “I Dreamed a Dream”.


I love the negative emotions in the world of musicals. I love them the most when they are quite strong and quite truthful as well. The negative emotions don’t grow quite as quickly as the positive emotions. The negative emotions are covered with vulnerability, fragility, innocence at times, insight and truth, and on top of that, there is yourself. You become a character in the musical yourself and you learn to love the negative emotions. The one thing I don’t like about the negative emotions is that I don’t like that the character or characters have to feel the negative emotions or that they have to go through what they are going through

Joy in negative emotions means in a lot of ways means that you have a strong emotional connection to the material. Joy in negative emotions shows acceptance and understanding and a feeling of sympathy and empathy.  It shows you care and it shows that you want to go on the character’s journey. Sometimes you have to search deeper for the negative emotions. They grow at a very steady rate and never grow quickly. Sad and heartbreak are core emotions in the world of musicals and between those two, heartbreak is the newest one. I said that because heartbreak was unknown to me growing up.

Most musicals I have seen are happy musicals and I associate musicals with them all the time. I first discovered sad when I was in middle school, but now in college, I love the negative emotions even more thanks to falling in love with Les Mis and Rent.


Being a true musical fan means learning how to have joy feeling the negative emotions. You want them to add to a musical experience and not take away from a musical experience. You want to provide you a positive experience and not the other way around. An amazing amount of musicals expresses the negative emotions in at least one song.

How do you view joy in negative emotions?

What makes a Good Musical Song

Today, I want to talk about what exactly makes a good musical song? The answer to that is very complicated. In my opinion, the songs are the heart of a musical. Usually the songs are where you form emotional connections. A song can make you fall in love with a character and the plot.

First things first, the melody is key to a good musical song. I do not want a melody that sounds rather boring. I want a melody that sounds appealing. Depending on the musical, the melodies have to be different in order to fit each musical. For example, in Wicked, all the songs have to sound OZian and all the melodies were successful in that. Even in one musical, the songs all need to sound like they all fit in that particular musical.

The melody can help develop emotion in a way. If a song tends to be slow and beautiful, the song is either a love song or a sad song. If song is exciting, the songs tend to start out slow and eventually getting faster. If the musical is sung-through, the melodies have to work in a way that makes them flow together. For instance, in Les Mis, it recycles melodies in order for everything to flow. Some people see this pattern as a bad thing, but if Les Mis didn’t recycle melodies, the sung-through nature would feel all jumbled up and would not flow easily.

The lyrics come next. Without the lyrics, the song literally has no emotion. Even the melody helps with emotion. The lyrics tell the audience what the song is about. By knowing the meaning of the song, it helps you figure out the emotion. Depending on what character sings the song, it affects what exactly a song is about. Are the characters singing about something that fits who they are?  Does the song actually fit nicely into the musical? Does the song make you feel connected to the character?

When the melodies and lyrics come together, it is a wonderful thing. The melody happens through the orchestra and the orchestra is a huge part of why going to a musical makes me so happy. The actors sing the song, which is where the lyrics and emotion come into play.

To me, songs are key to many things in a musical. If the emotions are highly important to a musical, they will express them through the songs. The less simple the musical, the less likely the songs will express negative emotions and the more complex the musical, the more likely negative emotions will be expressed through the songs.

In my opinion, a musical song can be memorable even if the melody is not easy to hum to. To me, a good musical always seems to come from the songs. In my opinion, falling in love with the songs makes you fall in love with the emotions.

In your opinion, what makes a memorable musical song?

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Ingredients to a Good Musical

What makes a good musical? What makes you drawn to the material?

For me, the first thing to look at are the songs themselves. For me, if the songs are good, the musical is also good. Something has to draw you to the characters and plot and that usually starts with the songs. When you fall in love with the songs, than you usually slowly fall in love with the emotions themselves.

The next things to truly look at are the characters and storyline. This also connects to the nature of the songs. Do the songs reflect the characters and the storyline? Do the emotions of the story also fit with the songs? In a lot of ways, the songs, characters, and storyline all depend on each other.

The best characters tend to always be some of the complex characters. In addition, almost always, the best storylines tend to reflect both positive and negative emotions and do not usually have a simple plot. That is just in general, but sometimes every so often, you can fall in love with a plot or character that is very simple or you can fall in love with a plot that doesn’t even have the negative emotions.

For me, sometimes the dance or spectacle helps me fall in love with a musical. I tend to look for that when I see a new musical. Sometimes the dance helps strengthen the characters or storyline. It even can help with the setting as well.

But overall, the most important aspect to look for in a musical is an emotional connection. Do you have an emotional connection to the material? Was it worth feeling all of the characters emotions? Did you have joy feeling the negative emotions if they were present? Did you feel like you truly care about the characters?

Listed below are some of the best musical songs (only one per show):

  1. Tomorrow
  2. Seize the Day
  3. Some Enchanted Evening
  4. Corner of the Sky
  5. Edelweiss
  6. For Good
  7. On My Own
  8. Seventy Six Trombones
  9. Memory
  10. Seasons of Love
  11. Music of the Night

Now listed below are some of the best musical characters:

  1. Elphaba
  2. Eponine
  3. Crutchie
  4. Annie
  5. Pippin
  6. Maria (Sound of Music)
  7. Mimi
  8. Don Quixote
  9. Nellie
  10. Grizabella

Now I am listing some of the best musical plots

  1. Wicked
  2. Les Mis
  3. Newsies
  4. South Pacific
  5. Sound of Music
  6. Annie
  7. Rent
  8. Music Man
  9. Fiddler on the Roof

So, the songs are key to a wonderful musical. You can fall in love with the characters and storyline, but if the songs are bad, it can make everything else kind of boring. Bad songs lead to you not caring about the characters and the emotions. Good songs can help bring out the best in the characters and allows you to stay emotionally connected.

In your opinion, what do you think makes a good musical?

Becoming Open-Minded

What does it mean to be open-minded? In my opinion, it is giving something a chance. It means exploring something from a different perspective. Being open-minded always is worth it. I am aware it can be hard to be open-minded at times and end up with the wrong perspective. Sometimes I have been extremely close-minded to certain subjects and genres.

One of the biggest things I was so close-minded to was the genre of tragedy. In ninth grade, I discovered the genre for the very first time through Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Not only was I close-minded to tragedy, but also close-minded to Shakespeare. I automatically associated tragedies with sad and thought they were nothing more. All through high school, each time I had to read a tragedy, I ignored it and pushed it far back like it didn’t belong in theatre. I didn’t realize I was soon to learn that tragedies were way more then I thought they would be. Well, that happened in the most unexpected of ways, but glad I finally learned to love some of them.

When I went to see the movie of the musical, Les Mis, I came in not knowing what that title meant and already knew “I Dreamed a Dream”. I wasn’t even told that Les Mis was a tragedy, but glad I didn’t know or I wouldn’t have gone at all. I mainly decided to see the movie to listen to “I Dreamed a Dream”. I was quite unsure coming into the movie whether or not I would like it or not. The moment I realized Les Mis was a tragedy was after the first character died and I was so in shock. The rest of the movie I watched in shock not knowing how to respond. I was quite surprised that musicals are home to tragedies because I grew up believing that all musicals were comedies. It is true that most musicals are happy, but I learned how to call all musicals joyful.

But well if you think about it, it was so worth it not realizing Les Mis was a tragedy until I saw the movie. I decided to give the movie a second chance a couple of months after the first viewing, and this time I got way more out of it. The tragic moments were easier to handle because I already knew they were coming. That time around I started to realize there was something special about the emotional impact in Les Mis. I did want to know why this heartbreaking musical always ended in an uplifting way and decided to learn more. I realized that at its core is a story of love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption. From Les Mis, I learned the real value of tragedy and why the genre matters. So through Les Mis, I learned not to judge a book by its cover in terms of genre. The genre is not quite as important as the actual plot and characters.

So, try to be more open-minded. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Try to find value in things you just don’t want to give a chance. All because of Les Mis, I realized that I never should of been close-minded to tragedy in the first place. I try to see beyond the genre and figure out what it is at the very core of novels or anything else in literature. Besides Les Mis, there are other sad shows I learned to love. The others are Rent and La Bohème, but I do like West Side Story, but don’t love it.