Hallo, Leute! Before I start, I want to say that this post is going to be full of what are likely… unpopular opinions on not just shows but musical theatre as a whole. However, these are just my personal thoughts so please do not feel offended as that is not my intention!
For years, people have had a very set idea of what musical theatre is. Most people have this sort of idea of musical theatre that it’s all happy and frivolous all of the time, full of tap dancing and crazy musical numbers. Many musicals these days, though, have been kinda well—dare I say somewhat flamboyantly?—challenging this perception of musicals. We see this in clear demonstration from musicals like HAMILTON. I, for one, am not a big fan of HAMILTON but I do think that it is a good thing that it is bringing a lot of attention to musical theatre. I will, however, admit that I am not a big fan of a lot of the new musicals that have been premiering on Broadway and London’s West End recently. They’re just not my “type” of musicals. I remember when I was a kid I’d always be so excited for the Tony Awards but recently, I find myself looking at the nominations and kinda just sighing. The Tony performances are generally the highlights of my watching of the Tony’s and yet, these days, I oftentimes find myself only looking forward to a few performances—this year, really only one (that may not even get to perform)—and hoping that the shows I do care about get their fair share of the awards. Yeah, I sound a bit ridiculous, I’ll admit it. But that’s just only the beginning of my musical theatre confessions.
1. I don’t really look forward to the Tony Awards anymore. As I said in my intro, the Tony’s just aren’t exciting or interesting to me these days. The last Tony’s I truly enjoyed watching was 2013. Not because the shows I wanted to win won but rather because it was jut fun and had that Tony air to it. The Tony’s used to be a day of celebration in the Broadway world and now they seem more like a doomsday for many shows. Especially with last year’s Tony’s I feel like most people in the auditorium weren’t that excited. I mean, even the beginning to the opening number practically made me want to turn off the TV. It’s fine if a musical wins a lot of Tony’s—that’s awesome, actually!—but when you make it seem like that’s the only important musical of the night, I don’t think that’s fair. Maybe I’m reading into it a little too much but man, that’s how I felt. There was just a feeling of resignation there and I barely could bring myself to watch it.
2. Most new musicals that have come out just aren’t my thing. The only Broadway musicals that I’ve been half enthusiastic about that’s come out in the more recent years have been SOMETHING ROTTEN! and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. When I think of going to New York nowadays, it’s not so much to see new musicals but to see revivals and shows that I’ve loved for years as it is.
3. Sometimes I’m ashamed to say that I’m a musical fan, not because I don’t want people to know that I like musicals, but because of how I’ve seen some musical fans conduct themselves. Now, I am by no means talking about all musical theatre fans. Of course not! Many musical theatre fans are amazing people. But man, going through Instagram and looking at how some fans interact with one another and put each other down just makes me sick to the stomach. I’ve never seen a fandom in which people so ardently think you’re stupid if you like a character that most people see as being “dumb” or stupid. I hate the fact that some people feel like they have to apologize for liking certain characters. I’m not saying that everyone needs to like the same things. Of course not! But man, I hate it how some people feel like they have to say that they’re sorry for liking characters like Raoul and Marius. And not to mention how horribly mean some people can be on these social media platforms! I hate seeing some of my friends being put down because some bully is making fun of them for their singing or something like that. It really just makes me sick to the stomach and I hate seeing how horribly brutal and downright mean some people can be.
4. Nothing puts me off my mood as much as people telling me that I’m stupid for liking certain musicals. I am perfectly fine if you don’t like a musical that I don’t like. In fact, I expect it! People like different things and that’s 100% okay. I know that I don’t like every musical that other people like but I don’t call the show stupid and I don’t call other people stupid for liking a certain musical that I don’t personally like. We’re all allowed to have our own favorites and opinions. There’s no need to call people stupid for liking something different.
5. Just because I like musicals doesn’t mean that I am interested in every single musical out there. I appreciate every musical theatre recommendation that I get but man, just because I like musicals does not mean that I will like every single musical out there and it doesn’t mean that I’m interested in listening to every musical out there. There are some that I just am not interested in.
Sorry for that rant you guys but I really wanted to get some of that off of my chest! What musical theatre confessions do you have? Do you agree with any of mine? Vielen Dank und tschüss!