How To Enjoy Musicals - Some Tips

Posted by Jam Addict Staff

This article will give some tips for enjoying musicals and encourage you to put on your best leading lady for whichever musical you see.

Since the late 19th century, some plays, operas and even ballets have been adapted into musicals. As an art form, musicals are similar to plays in that they are dramas with music (and sometimes lyrics).

They are a form of storytelling in which the music and story play an important part.

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Dieter Mueller, a professor at Columbia University, explains: “The characters’ actions are constantly being followed by musical numbers.”

“These songs often help drive the plot or encourage the audience to have empathy for the characters,” explains Daniel Halbert, director of the Dramatic Writing Program at Syracuse University.

Enjoy your musicals, even if you don't enjoy going to the theater. If you don't have the chance to go see a musical, you can still enjoy it from the comfort of your home.

Once you've found a musical that you would like to see, look for it on Netflix or Amazon Video, and get your family and friends to come and watch it with you.

The musicals I've listed below are all very different but all do something very similar. Each musical I have listed has a strong female character who will either save the show, or destroy it.

They will also either try to do the right thing or the wrong thing.

Without further ado, here are my top ten musicals for you to enjoy.

Mamma Mia

The musical has a great cast, great music and a lot of laughs. If you haven't seen Mamma Mia, it's worth checking out.

I have seen it three times and I have never been disappointed. The story is about an elderly woman who is still in love with her former husband.

She invites three of her girls to the island she has owned all her life. They bring along three men of their own.

She tells the men she doesn't know who her children are, and that they must work out who the real father is themselves. Who is your favorite character in Mamma Mia?

I'm afraid I can't help you on this one.

Glee

high in the sky

This musical is about a talented high school glee club. We follow them through their school years. The stage they perform on is the cafeteria.

It is here they are voted a national champion. During their performance they are both getting up on the stage and off the stage.

The cast sings songs that make you want to move your body and shake your head. This musical is not only about a school choir but it is also about friendship and what really matters.

The biggest song of the musical is 'Singin' in the Rain'.

The story follows Debbie Reynolds, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She is being looked after by her daughter.

When she has an episode, she can still remember some things. It is up to her daughter to record everything she can remember and put it all into a book.

The musical has some amazing dance routines, but also some emotional moments. The woman who runs the singing contest tells the girl who sang the national anthem at her husband's funeral that she would love her to sing one of the songs from the school musical.

This musical will make you want to sing and dance along to every song.

Rent

band performing

I have seen Rent about ten times. It is possibly one of my favorite musicals.

Rent tells the story of a group of young artists. They take a job as love slaves in a wealthy man's bachelor pad.

But the man's son does not like this and wants them all to leave. The musical is filled with great songs, powerful messages and fabulous dance routines.

Of course you have to watch this musical when the cast are all young and gorgeous, like they were when it was first performed.

Spring Awakening

I am so obsessed with this musical. This is my fourth time seeing it.

The story follows teenager, Wendla, in her first year at school. The musical explores her dreams of love and romance and her sexual awakening.

It also explores the dangers of drug use and how it affects the mind. Every song in this musical is amazing.

It is based on a novel written in 1993, so it is a little bit different from other musicals on this list. If you haven't seen this musical, I urge you to put it on your bucket list.

The musical is about six young men who have been in a suicide pact. One of the men is finding it hard to live with what he has done.

He struggles to continue life in the same way, and his friend is still hanging around him.This musical is such a powerful and moving piece.

I was sobbing at the end.

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