The Magic Of Musicals
Let’s face it, London’s West End wouldn’t be the same without its musicals. Whether they’re seasonal shows like Elf, jukebox sing-alongs like Mamma Mia or long-running classics like Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, they are without a doubt one of the main reasons theatregoers from all around the world continue to visit to Theatreland every year.
But what is it that makes these musical stage productions so popular and how does one even begin to put one together?
The storyline is always the first place to start. Whether the musical is inspired by a famous historical event or based on an entirely original one, the book and its characters are what will be transformed into the singing, dancing performance that audiences will want to come and see.
The musical’s score plays an important part in allowing the choreographer to choose a dance style for the production. Not only will the score lend itself to certain movements, but also enable the choreographer to stage a song to fit the show, which along with the lyrics will tell the story.
The set design will instantly set the scene of the musical and create an environment for the performers to work their magic and bring it to life. Whilst some sets are quite simple and leave it to the cast to tell the story, some incorporate special effects and various backdrops depending on what the different scenes involve and direction the story needs to take.
Due to the dramatic appearance of old West End theatres, they also play a pivotal role in dictating which musicals are performed on their stages. Not only because of their sheer size but because of the atmosphere they create and their impressive ability to draw audiences in to admire their spectacular interiors as they make their way to their seats.
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