Why Musicals don’t Suck?

It seems that musicals are starting to branch out from the confines of its theater houses yet again. Word has been going on for months that Les Miserablés, the third longest running musical on Broadway, has gotten a screen adaptation set to be released in December.

Movie adaptations of theater musicals have garnered mixed reviews through the years. Most of the movie-watching demographic of this generation—particularly the younger ones—are torn between calling movie musicals as “cheesy” and “boring,” or “art”.

The only recent (sort-of) musical that has actually garnered a cult-following was Disney’s infamous High School Musical, but it was only targeted at teens and not particularly at a large audience. At least, it brought back attention to the movie musical form.

In the last decade, movie musicals have appeared on box offices every now and then (aside from Disney animated films), like Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Hairspray, the Phantom of the Opera, and Sweeney Todd to name a few. These movie musicals, despite winning numerous awards, aren’t exactly mega box-office hits.

Some say it’s the unrealistic portrayal of people suddenly bursting into song in the middle of a tense or dramatic scene that sets them off, saying that it breaks the flow of the story. In a non-movie musical, Glee is actually taking these turn offs into a good light. People are no longer suddenly bursting into song, but the songs are actually integrated into the story without breaking its flow.

Musicals aren’t cheesy and boring. If one tries to get past that notion, they will find that many musicals deal with a wide range of topics like identity, culture, war, and even death. Musicals aren’t about people acting then suddenly singing onstage just to show off their talents. It’s about masking these topics into a form and presenting it into a form that people can easily relate to.

About the Blogger: Emily Harper

Emily Harper

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Hello everyone! I am Emily Harper, the founder of Security Ocean.

My mission is to provide an essential, go-to site for households who want to ensure safety and security in their homes. Also, to bring moms together, and promote the online mom community.

Security Ocean chronicles my life as an active member of the neighborhood watch, while being a full- time mom to 2 sons. Because of the opportunities I gained in making the locality safer, I became passionate in reaching out to, and enlightening people about preventing crimes, and employing strategies while raising social interaction.

I worked in marketing before, until my husband went into military. His absence in the family circle made me vigilant, and more protective. This is one of the reasons why I joined the crime prevention program.

My sons, named Charlie, 12 and Scott, 10 are the love of my life. Between picking up toys and shuttling my sons to school and after school activities, you can find me typing away at my laptop on the kitchen counter.

Aside from text- heavy updates on security, precautions, or anything in between, I also want to be able to make a difference for the many moms in cities and towns, and burbs nationwide by providing them information with value, sharing them how I balance work, my interests, and motherhood in this crazy digital world, and perhaps more than anything, the camaraderie that helps get you through the long day.

Prior to blogging, I already have written to publications and websites in Brooklyn before moving in to Los Angeles. These include but not limited to: Nerve, Fence Magazine, Redbook, Wellesley Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Ladies Home Journal, the Onion, the Sun, and PBS.org.

Much of my day is spent writing posts, reading, and answering emails, and pretty much everything else one does when in an office, except that I have the privilege of staying at home, which means I could interact with my kids and Theodore, our cat, in between everything else. I love what I do and know how lucky I am to be able to do it. At the end of the day, Mozart’s music will be heard through the entire house.