I have been reading Michael John Lachiusa's article in Opera News abut the death of the musical, and I find it virtually incoherent. If you're over 40, you may assume that things have changed. The constant bombardment of the electronic stimulation that is now our normal lives creates in us an entirely new idea of what it means to be entertained. To keep the attention of the modern jaded viewer perhaps the songs need to be carefully planned and timed for effect like a car chase.
But what the hell is this? We used to have choreography and now we just have dancing? We used to have lyric and now we just have libretto? This is all gibberish. "Audiences can keep a mediocre show running for years." This is nonsense.
However, I do agree with him about the prohibitive economics of Broadway. Other parts of the country are trying to pick up the slack. How about a whole article just about that?
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