What are Musicals?

Here in this article, I am going to try and explain what makes a musical, a musical and discuss the more technical aspects of it. Technical definition of this is, it's a musical theatre in form of theatre that combines dancing, music, songs as well as spoken dialogue. Some would say that it looks like an opera but, it intentionally avoids its convention to be able to give it a universal appeal. You can also check 
amateur theatre in the Portsmouth and the surrounding area for more information.

As for the musical components used in a musical, it is all called as a score. Sung lines are being referred as lyrics compared to plain spoken dialogue which is just dialogue. Normally, the person who writes the lyrics of musical isn't the same person who wrote the actual storyline for it. As a matter of fact, this is a very common practice amongst various musical plays.

Musicals can last for few minutes all the way to couple of hours long. On the other hand, average running time for contemporary musicals is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission about halfway through the entire play. Some musicals however go straight through if it isn't that long. The intermissions when they're presented are around 10 to 15 minutes long and average musical have 20 to 30 songs some are short pieces while some others are quite long.

Majority of the musicals held at 
amateur theatre in the Portsmouth and the surrounding area are starting with an overture which is used to put emphasis on some songs that are used in the play and also, used to set the tone of the play and mood of the audience. Oftentimes, the highlights and the most dramatic moments of the musicals are carried out in a song. The main reason for this is, these moments are the ones that the creator would want the audience to remember most and it is a lot easier to remember if it's well done in a 3 to 4 minute song rather than in a 3 to 4 minute spoken dialogue. If ever the emotion that has to be conveyed is so strong even for a song, then in such cases when dance is added or put in place of singing.

Whether you believe it or not, striking a balance between spoken dialogue and song may appear to be a walk in the park but it's actually the opposite. Apart from that, it is imperative that the writer takes into account the character who will sing the song. To give you an example, it is unlikely to see the protagonist singing songs of sorrow and anger. 5 minute song has fewer words to tell when compared to 5 minute spoken dialogue which made this challenging to establish drama. The only way to make the musical have higher rate of success is by planning things very carefully and executing it cautiously. Check this video about musicals: