What are Musicals?



By reading this article, you are going to discover the technical aspects of musicals and in the process, understand what it is really about. Technically speaking, this is the form of musical theater art has a blend of dancing, music, songs as well as spoken dialogue. It is somewhat related to opera while avoiding intentionally the conventions of opera to give it a more general appeal. You can also check amateur theatre in the Portsmouth and the surrounding area fore more information.

As for the musical components used in a musical, it is all called as a score. The sung lines are referred to as lyrics than plain spoken dialogue which is simply as dialogue. The person who writes the lyrics of the musical is not the same person who has written the actual storyline. As a matter of fact, this is a very common practice amongst various musical plays.

Fact is, musicals may be done in as fast as few minutes or it can last for couple of hours. As for the average running time, it typically lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes; this is with intermission halfway throughout the entire play. However, some musicals perform straight through if they are not that long. Intermissions when presented are about 10 to 15 minutes long and the average musicals have 20 or 30 songs with some short pieces while others are long.

A big number of the musicals held at amateur theatre in the Portsmouth and the surrounding area frequently begins with overture that is highlighting some songs that’ll be heard throughout the play and will be setting the mood for the audience for what’s about to come. The highlights oftentimes and most dramatic moments in the musical are carried out in a song. The idea behind here is, the creators want to take advantage of this time to give audience the most memorable scene in the play and it can be remembered easily if it’s executed well in a 3 to 4 minute song than doing it in a 3 to 4 minute spoken dialogue. If the emotion that needs to be conveyed is strong for a song only, then dance will be used to express what is wanted to be shown. Check this video about musicals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de34IyvXyUI.

Many think that achieving balance between spoken dialogue and song is quite simple but it is the contrary. On top of that, the writer needs to be careful in writing songs for every character that fits. To give you an example, it is unlikely to see the protagonist singing songs of sorrow and anger. It is quite hard as well to establish drama in musicals as a 5 minute song has fewer words compared to the 5 minute of spoken dialogue. Having said that, it is crucial to plan things carefully for the musical to be done perfectly.


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