Ah, the musical – loved by some hated and detested by others. Let’s be honest here it’s now a genre where they are now few and far between. What’s even more rare is the original musical with original songs. ‘ The Greatest Showman ‘ – Hugh Jackman’s pet project is the only recent one that pops into my head.
How can I be kind, critics did not like it but surprise, surprise the audience loved it – so maybe the musical is not quite put out to pasture just yet. Another Aussie Baz Luhrmann seems to be quite a fan of them too and has created more than a few in his time.
However the golden age of musicals has certainly passed both in terms of content and of the amount of them being released. The multiplex cinema model does not really sit well with the musical genre. In the golden era everything was 70mm and on the biggest screen possible and the cinema was probably a one screen cathedral to the moving image and going to the movies was more akin to going to the theatre – it was a much rarer event. Also to add to this the cinema also most likely had it’s own purpose built restaurant that could rival the type of service you could expect at the best and most expensive of hotels.
With me, the musical has all been on the small screen and there’s pretty much no experience to that at all. I suppose I have been inspired to write this as I got to see a musical on the big screen recently and at the very end the audience clapped, who even might do that for any of the crop of the most recent releases!!