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Musicals

I was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street the other day and that made me think. I noticed that quite a bit of the movie musicals from nowadays are usually seen in the past. Take Sweeney Todd for example. It was set during the 1800s. Hairspray is the same way. It was set during the early 1960s. There’s also Chicago, Moulin Rouge!, The Phantom of the Opera, etc. I think that’s part of the reason as to why they’re appealing. I don’t know why, but that’s just what I think.

Comments on: "Musicals" (1)

  1. Oliver Brownlow said:

    I’ve always thought that a crucial component of a successful musical was that it should seem larger than life. To achieve this, it seems to be necessary that the setting be somewhere other than our own contemporary reality: a distant, exotic time and/or place, a fantasy world, or a version of the present-day world so richly stylized that our expectations of realism are nullified. I would guess that this is probably because the more realistic and contemporary the setting, the more we tend to compare it to our ordinary experience of everyday life and notice that people don’t ordinarily burst into song with the backing of a large orchestra. It’s no accident that Rodgers & Hammerstein, one of the most successful musical theatre partnerships in history, had their least successful productions in ALLEGRO, ME & JULIET, and PIPE DREAM — which were also the three works in which they came closest to attempting to portray the ordinary contemporary reality of their own time.

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