Category Archives: Theatremaking

TITANIC: the Broadway Musical vs the Blockbuster Movie

In 1997, two different versions of the “Titanic” story were told in two different styles in two different mediums. The film a fictional love story set against the backdrop of the ill-fated ship of dreams, while the musical used the stories of the real life Titanic passengers as a basis for its tale.
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Dumbed Down Discourse: Challenges Facing Artists, Audiences and the Arts

Something’s been bubbling under for a long time. And IT has starting to erupt. IT started brewing a long time ago, and I’m only now realising what IT is… Continue reading

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TITANIC vs RAGTIME…

Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s TITANIC features one of the best musical theatre scores of the 1990s – but so does Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s RAGTIME. Continue reading

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EVITA: the “Montage”

Is the “Montage” that takes us from Eva’s final collapse through to her deathbed “Lament” is really a satisfying moment dramatically. Continue reading

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TITANIC Lyrics: Some Thoughts

Although I’m a fan of the show, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s TITANIC has its critics. One of the most common criticisms I’ve heard in regard to the show has to do with its lyrics. So I thought I’d give the cast album another listen with this particular focus at an entry point. Continue reading

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Musical Comedy vs. Musical Play

Following my 2010 redux blog on “Genres of Musical Theatre“, I received a message from Hans Anders Elgvang, a regular visitor of this site, asking: ‘What are, in your opinion, the differences between the form categories musical comedy and musical … Continue reading

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Genres of Musical Theatre Redux: the 2010 edition

In a discussion around different kinds of musical theatre, I think the first step is to define the terrain of musical theatre. Musical theatre does not include all theatre that uses music. Musical theatre excludes – for example – opera, … Continue reading

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Defending Theory and Practice

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 … Continue reading

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O/T: Brecht and Didactic Theatre

I was recently reading a rather mundane series of posts around the issue of adaptation at Musicals.net, which then delved into the realm of Bertolt Brecht and his vision of theatre. Here’s the bit that I found interesting: Hans wrote: … Continue reading

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“Original” Musicals

As musicals based on movies become more and more frequently produced, discussions on musical theatre forums around the Internet regarding the lack of “original” Musicals” seem to become more and more prominent. Most people seem to forget, however, that truly … Continue reading

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