|what a reductive and inaccurate sentence...|
|Posted by: Chazwaza 07:07 pm EDT 08/13/21|
|In reply to: re: Tituss Burgess is Rooster in ANNIE LIVE - Snowysdad 09:37 am EDT 08/12/21|
|"there are a few musicals that demand more intellectual involvement, but they are few and far between."
This is one of my least favorite takes on musicals as an entire category of art and writing.
You're absolutely wrong here.
Yes people should sit back and enjoy, especially where it comes to color-blind casting in musicals (or plays) that do not have race a built-in part of the story or context or text. But that also doesn't mean that particular musical doesn't need intellectual involvement from the audience.
Ugh. Music Man isn't the deepest show ever written, but it's very smart. However, for every fully silly and light musicals out there, and there are many, there's one that "demands more intellectual involvement." Especially of the shows that are popular and remain so.
Of the classic musicals that are most well known (I don't mean like a Redhead or a Wildcat)... which don't demand intellectual involvement? Yes if we focus on and emphasize the classic musicals that specifically are built for a good time, a nice story and a bunch of good/fun songs, then you can name Bye Bye Birdie, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, even Mame perhaps... but the list slows down pretty quickly.
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