Every now and then, I’ll get a nasty little message implying that discussions around musical theatre practice, debates around musical theatre terminology and so on are petty and worthless. Let me go on record saying that I do not think such discussions are petty at all. It is obviously of interest to those of use who discuss it and who do so regularly. Sometimes, it astounds me how quickly some people write off topics that deal with abstraction and theory and this is perhaps what is petty, more than the discussions themselves are.
The semantics that surround the field of musical theatre scholarship are important, increasingly so as musical theatre criticism emerges as a reputable field of literary criticism that continues to grow as an area in which research and analysis can be explored in post-graduate studies of the genre. The debate around terminology, for example, is a particularly interesting one because terms have been so loosely applied in the relatively short and constantly evolving history of what we call musical theatre and the process of defining a common lexicon for the field is still very much in motion.
Now, I would never expect that such discussions, on whatever level of discourse they may occur, to interest everyone. If the topic does not interest you, then you really don’t need to post a response on my blog passing judgment on the discussion and by implication upon the people who have participated in it. You don’t even need to read my blog at all. Move on to the things that interest you instead.