This piece touches on something I was just discussing with a friend last night, and to me it’s what makes the piece so delicious.
That essentially every new “era” of musical theatre that is ushered in is disliked by some faction of those for whom a previous era is the “better” kind of Broadway musical. It makes me check myself because boy do I bemoan the state of most Broadway musicals and long for the good old days of the shows that made *me* fall in love with Broadway. I actually get depressed imagining planning one of my annual theatre going trips around the offerings of many recent seasons, like I did back in the late 80’s and 90’s before I moved to NYC. But I’m also self aware enough to know that it’s not all about me and what I love/d, and clearly many shows that I think are terrible have grossed and are grossing mega dollars at the box office. JUST LIKE CATS DID when it came on the scene 😊.
I had planned a longer post charting some of the major trends in different eras, but I got exhausted. Maybe someone wants to do it, or better yet it has already been done and documented elsewhere. You know, like operetta to vaudeville style, to golden age, to Prince/Sondheim, to British Invasion, to Jukebox, to movie adaptations that "extend the brand" (as opposed to the other types of movie adaptations that have been around for a long time), to...now, etc etc. Obviously this is drawing in big strokes.