Are Songs the Only Reason to Love a Musical?

Some people are convinced that the only reason why I love musicals are the songs. But it isn’t just the songs that have to leave an Impression on me. True, songs are the very center of musicals, but I don’t love musicals just for the songs. Musicals are also a world of dance and spectacle and I look forward to those moments just as much as the songs.

Just loving the songs honestly does not say much. In order to fully love the songs, there are other aspects of a musical you must fall in love with as well. After all, the songs strengthen characters and plot. I also love a musical due to the characters and storylines they have. The main emotions happen through the songs and have to complement the characters. The emotions have to make sense with the plot the musical is trying to tell. You can fall in love with the songs, but it can hard to appreciate the emotions if you have a hard time appreciating character and plot. You also need to love the songs in order to get something out of the emotions the characters are feeling.

The negative emotions are emotions you have to grow into. The positive emotions you quickly fall in love with. The negative emotions do become enjoyed right away, but you still need to grow into them. You can easily skip tiny details of negative emotions you didn’t even notice before.

Some wonderful musical characters include Belle, Beast, Jack Kelly, Crutchie, Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero, Eponine, Jean Valjean, Enjolras, Gavroche, Annie, Maria (Sound of Music) and the Von Trapp children among many others. Wonderful plot include the plots of Music Man, Sound of Music, Annie, Wicked, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, and Newsies among many others.

Honestly the songs are key to falling in love with many aspects of musicals. They are key to the emotions that characters deal with. The most complex plots almost always have a score that consists of both positive and negative emotions. I always love discovering what a musical is capable of and some things I have discovered have quite surprising and unexpected.

Do you love musicals for more than just the songs?


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?

Uniqueness of Musicals

Musicals are quite a special type of entertainment. It is hard to believe just how massive of what musicals are capable of. It is completely hard to describe the wide range of things a musical can do. In a nutshell, musicals are a world of spectacle, dance, and song. Each musical tells a separate story with a different set of characters. The characters are wide-ranging who can be tragic, romantic, tragicomic, tragi-romantic, etc. The characters live different lives with different personality traits who go through different emotions.






Some moments of spectacle include dance, wild costumes, puppets, and circus. Starting in elementary school, I fell in love with the spectacle of musicals. The spectacle adds just so much to a musical. It can make you see magic on stage and can make you believe you are in places like an enchanted castle, the land of OZ, or the wilds of Africa.


The dance in my opinion is a type of spectacle. The dance ranges so much as well. It conveys excitement very well and just adds so much joy to an experience. The dance in Wicked feels very OZian and the dancing in Newsies is quite very different. Just like spectacle, dance adds something to an experience. Just like the spectacle of musicals, I have loved the dance since elementary school.



Now on to the songs, the most important part of a musical. The songs are where the emotions are conveyed. The main emotions that are a part of a musical exist within the songs. The main emotions of excitement, joy, love, sad, and heartbreak are highly important. Not all musicals have all five emotions because some don’t have the negative emotions and some have sad, but not in the form of heartbreak. The emotions are crazily difficult to describe. The emotional range begins with simple musicals and begins with the happiest of musicals. For me, I started to understand the emotional nature in 2006 in middle school when I saw Wicked on Broadway.

It basically begins with a musical like Singing in the Rain and eventually builds up to Les Mis. The thing with Les Mis is that it has an emotional impact that is a rare gem in itself. Unlike Singing in the Rain, Les Mis gives me a huger emotional impact and puts up with even more emotions. Les Mis has all five main emotions especially considering the fact that Les Mis is quite a heartbreaking musical, but manages to inspire and uplift you. The rest of the emotional impact exists in between Les Mis and Singing in the Rain. I will never be able to describe the emotional impact.

Musicals may have changed a lot over the years, but yet still give me the same joy that they have always given me.

What do you think makes musicals so unique?


Tragedy and Comedy in Theatre

It is fascinating how comedy and tragedy create the framework for theatre. The interesting thing is that they are portrayed quite differently in operas, plays, and musicals. Yes, the genres use the exact same requirements, but still severely different.

In a play, tragedies and comedies only use words. That is all they rely on when it comes to the emotions. For me, it is difficult to embrace and endure the emotions. That is especially true in the tragedies. When I saw Trojan Women, a Greek tragedy, it was a bit odd because that show is almost 2500 years old. The chorus aspect was so unusual and odd. But just like the modern tragic plays, it still has some of the same requirements despite some differences. Tragedies are meant for the audience to experience pity and fear. Plays give me this kind of disconnect from the characters even if the acting is believable. As for the comedies, they are just funny and entertaining. That is it and the disconnect still exists for me.

Operas were built around tragedy. Adding song changes the whole experience. There is just something about song makes it easier to endure and embrace emotions. The singing style is the most complex. The lyrics are sung in a foreign language and as a result, it requires the use of subtitles. That is why it useful to look up the show ahead of time. Operas are famous for their extremely long death scenes.

Musicals are what I feel the most connected to. They give me the best experiences because I love musicals the most out of types of theatre. I can relate or connect to the characters very easily due to the songs. Musicals were built around comedy. Most of them are in fact happy. Some of the happy musicals do have tragic and dark elements along with negative emotions.The songs make the most sense in a musical because they are always translated. Musicals always originate in the language of English. This genre is also home to dance and spectacle, which helps tell the story and helps the setting become believable. Just like operas and plays, musicals are home to tragedies as well. The tragic musicals are newer, but they are essential to the world of musicals. By seeing the emotions through the perspective of both comedies and tragedies, it makes you truly understand them. You are able to truly understand how the negative and positive emotions come together to form one plot. It is the musicals that I have the most experience with and I spent my entire life with the comic and happy musicals.

The trick with musicals and operas is that they are very similar. The difference is that operas are built around tragedy while musicals are built around comedy. That explains why the death scenes take longer in an opera compared to a musical. The singing style is drastically different. The singing style is easier to understand in a musical. Musicals have easily memorable melodies and the songs are sung in the language of the country.


Why I love Musicals

What is about the world of musicals that makes me love them so much?

Musicals are built around the genre of comedy. I know that through experience. Growing up, I learned the basics of musicals through the happy musicals that I grew up with. I learned about the positive and negative emotions. I learned about the spectacle and dance, fun sets and colorful costumes. Musicals were perfect just the way  they were and I thought I knew everything about musicals. Now heres when things start to drastically change. Before college, I was already a musical fan. Tragedies decided to enter the picture and one tragedy completely changed my opinion of musicals. It decided to go above and beyond with the emotions and actually made me care so much more about the emotional connections found in musicals.

They just create this wonderful experience. The biggest strength of musicals is the storytelling. The songs help create the story and they need to reflect the storyline. Even the dancing and spectacle play a role in the storytelling. Those two elements help advance the plot and make the setting believable. The stories of musicals are so vastly different from each other. That explains why there are so many different emotional natures. Each musical that I love provides me with a different experience because the stories vary and due to that the emotions vary as well. Because of the wide range of stories, subject matter of the songs, and types and lives of the characters, it makes the emotional nature so challenging to describe.

When it comes to a story, I want to connect to the characters. The thing that usually makes be connect to the material are the songs themselves. That means that the songs must be good, which leads to a positive response. All of the musicals I love have songs that I love. The songs are the most important part of a musical and they need to know how to reflect the story. Some stories require a score that is just filled with positive emotions. There are also stories that require a score that is filled with positive and negative emotions. It just depends on the nature of the story.  The shows I tend to connect to the most are those musicals that have both positive and negative emotions.

Falling in love with the songs also means falling in love with the emotions as well. Yes, the negative emotions do hurt, but there is pleasure feeling them. There is only pleasure feeling the negative emotions if you care about the characters and want to go on their journeys. Some of the sad songs are in fact some of the most beautiful songs in musical theatre history. It does sound ironic that the negative emotions can be so beneficial to a musical experience. Usually the best scores have the best characters and strongest stories. The main reason why I prefer musicals that have joy and sad is because it makes the story feel more real and makes the characters more fascinating.I find myself understanding the negative emotions the best if joy is involved. The negative emotions are beneficial to a musical experience because they add so much texture and help characters become real. Sad knows how to strengthen plot and I know it is not part of every single musical exactly.

I always find myself slowly falling in love with characters and plot. I find the plot, characters, and songs to be so connected to each other. The best musical experiences have a collection of songs that fit well with the characters and storylines of the musical. The positive and negative emotions can be very tricky to interpret for various reasons. Positive and negative emotions in musicals range from excitement, uplifting, joy, love, hope, compassion, passion, haunting, sad, heartbreak, loneliness, anger, fear, frustration, guilt, hopeless, desperation, devastation, depressing, and uncomfortable. That is a lot of musical emotions, but I have nothing wrong with any of them.

On top of the songs, there is also the spectacle and dance. I always look forward to those two moments. Spectacle shows up through magical dances, circus elements among many other things. There is this amazing energy created by the spectacle and dance. I think all of the different elements of musicals know how to brilliantly come together. Not all musicals have spectacle or dance, but there is nothing wrong with that.





Power of Songs in Musicals

What does melody remind me of? It reminds me of the world of musicals. The world of musicals are quite unique. What is it that makes musicals so appealing and enjoyable?

I think what makes musical so unique are the songs. The songs are always what makes me fall in love with a musical. If I love the songs, I always love the musical. As you fall in love with the songs, you are  falling in love with the emotions as well. The songs are so wide-ranging from topics and emotions to varying degrees. They consist of wonderful ensemble numbers, beautiful duets, and incredible solos. The songs are the heart of musicals. There is just something about song that makes you feel for the characters and that makes you care.

The strongest emotions in musicals are joy, love, and excitement. They drive the action of the plot. Think about it: the emotions you feel belong to characters and if that is the case, then what are your own? That basically is saying you also have a feeling about the songs, characters, and plots. Whenever I connect to a musical, I care about the characters and want to feel their emotions. The strongest musicals tend to have both joy and sad in their scores. I know I said joy, love, and excitement are the strongest emotions, but that does not mean sad and heartbreak are less important. If you think about it, love directly links to heartbreak, sad, anger, and loneliness. There is a wonderful beauty in sad and heartbreak, which is part of why those two emotions have joy in them. There are actually heartbreaking songs where the character is feeling some kind of happiness. There also are happy songs that have sad in them.


Awe and Wonder of Musicals

What is it about musicals that make them so appealing?

Because I am a massive musical fan, I understand the success of musicals. The thing is in musicals actors must be able to dance, sing, and act. That is a lot of talent to do all of that, which means doing the same thing night after night after night. Whenever I go to see a musical live, I am always impressed what actors are able to do. They truly turn into the characters that they are portraying. Seeing children in musicals is just mind-blowing because they are only children and still believably portray their characters.

In a play, it seems to be much harder to connect to the character’s emotions. All they are doing is speaking their lines. But in musicals, it is so much easier to care about the character’s journey. Adding songs that support the plot truly add to the joy and excitement of musicals. There is something about song that makes it easier to feel the emotions. Because a story is being portrayed, there are so many emotions that show provides. The emotions can be anything ranging form excitement, joy, love, sad, and heartbreak. There is no way to describe the emotional world of musicals because each show looks at them differently. Some shows do not take their emotions as seriously as others, but that really depends on what you make of the plot. The more light-hearted musicals want you to feel the emotions in a more entertaining way, but in the ones that are a mixture of light and dark, you need to feel the emotions with a bigger vulnerability.

On top of the songs, there is also dance and spectacle. There is nothing wrong with these two elements being in musicals. In fact, those two elements adds to the wonderful beauty of musicals. The dance and spectacle have been used for many purposes. For example, in “Wicked”, these two elements help you believe that you are in OZ. They even help with the storytelling aspect as well.

But what about the musicals that are not big on dance or spectacle? They do exist, but still manage to have the same awe and wonder that other musicals have. They just show it quite differently. “Les Mis” is that kind of musical that is different then what you except when you go to a musical. The songs are very different, but that is a good thing.  Even the plot is tragic, but once again it works. The songs in that musical are just soaring, captivating, breathtaking, moving, empathetic, powerful, and emotional. Even the orchestrations leave you in awe and wonder. The moment you hear those first notes, you can tell the musical is something special. Seeing actors portray these wonderful complex tragic characters is unbelievable.

So overall musicals  are really good at storytelling through song, dance, and spectacle. The awe and wonder really comes from what musicals are capable of. They have been capable of comic and tragic elements, different kinds of dance and spectacle, several emotions and various types of characters. Part of the awe and wonder comes from the fact that actors have to portray the same characters night after night after night. I am always thinking “how can they do that?”. That is the most impressive with the most complex characters and the most vulnerable characters. I believe that a musical is way more then just the genre. If you see beyond the genre and see more of the meaning, the experience will be worth it even more. The same thing happens when you see all the emotions through joy, which is what makes the negative emotions worth feeling.

These are pictures from when I went to see a musical. “Pippin” and “Les Mis” were from last year. “Les Mis” was in London and that was a dream come true. The picture of me in the black dress was from when I attended “Annie” with my grandma two years ago.

So, in your opinion, what makes musicals so appealing?