In existence, there are powerful musicals. But what exactly makes a musical powerful? It is very hard to describe because sometimes you just know a musical is powerful. I will do the best I can to describe what makes musicals powerful.
The Music- that is one of the first steps. Usually powerful musicals have a complex and emotional score, which means it involves the positive and negative emotions. The songs have the capability to reduce you to tears or give you goosebumps. So the music is one key element of making a musical powerful.
The Plot- Just like the music, a powerful musical tends to have a complex plot. It tends to involve characters making a stand. They tend to have characters that have some sort of strong conflict in their lives. Not all of those characters are tragic characters, but still have to face a lot. Inner conflict tends to be a huge factor. A beautiful transformation of characters is an aspect of well.
The Themes- the messages of a musical make them powerful as well. Examples include “living in the moment and in love”, “there is hope in the face of darkness”, and “the power of how friends strongly change you for good due to having such a special bond” and so on.
Powerful musicals include, but not limited to, are Wicked, Les Mis, Newsies, and Rent.
What exactly do you think makes a musical powerful and what are examples of powerful musicals?