#MicroblogMondays: Musicals

Shoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom…

Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight…

Coz baby tonight, DJ’s got us falling in love again…

Having watched Lovestruck: The Musical recently, I’ve got musicals on my mind (the silver screen kind not the Broadway kind). While I’m not a hardcore theater enthusiast, there’s just something wonderful about a good musical. The characters, the dances and of course, the songs.

Musicals

Most people don’t realize that there is a very fine line between a movie with songs and a movie where the songs propel the plot forward and build the characters. A well-chosen song could often make or break a musical. For example, imagine if the song arrangement was shuffled in Mamma Mia, would Meryl Streep’s captivating rendition of ‘The Winner Takes It All‘ right before the wedding still be so powerful? Or what if Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang ‘Take A Chance on Me‘ instead of ‘SOS‘?

Somewhere at the back of my mind, I think I’ve always wondered how songs are chosen for a musical. Is the story weaved around the songs or is the best song for each scene selected from a handful of favorites? Who gets to decide what makes the cut and what doesn’t? Is it the screenwriter’s vision, the producer’s call or the sound department’s fancy?

Although maybe not knowing is the answer. Perhaps if the whole musical process was broken down for me, the magical allure of the musical might be lost.

What do you think? Do you like musicals and would you ever opt to go behind-the-scenes for one? 

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2 thoughts on “#MicroblogMondays: Musicals

  1. Oh yessss… I use to love musicals and London is known for having musicals in theaters. . I recently watched the lion king.. In a theatre and what a experience it was…

    The movies too mamma Mia. .. grease.. High school… etc etc are fabulous…

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