Musicals are a form of theatrical performances, more formally called Musical Theatre. Musicals combine songs, spoken dialogues, acting and dance. The most famous musicals are most probably The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Cats, West Side Story, and Wicked. Please share your favorite musical with us. here!

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The Phantom of the Opera is about the deep truth that people who try to force love don't have a deformed face but a deformed soul. The Phantom of the Opera is the story of a mysterious musical genius... more

Left: ARCHIVIO IEM The Phantom of the Opera (The 2004 Musical Film): Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber... more 

(12) Andrew Lloyd Webber

Les Miserables is the story of unjust systems in which only great personalities are able to believe in their own values and show mercy and love. The story is about a French peasant named Jean Valjean who served in jail 19 years for having stolen a loaf of bread for .... more

Left: Les Miserables with subtitles, music composed by Schoenberg, based on Victor Hugo's novel...more 

Claude-Michel Schoenberg

Differences between Musicals and Operas

In comparison to other theatrical forms like operas, musicals use various genres of popular music and popular singing styles. Today, large theatres staging musicals generally use amplification of the actors' singing voices in a way that would generally be disapproved of in an operatic context.

While an opera singer is primarily a singer and only secondarily an actor who rarely needs to dance, a musical performer is often an actor first and then a singer and dancer. Someone who is equally accomplished at all three is referred to as a Triple Threat.

Unlike operas, musicals are almost always performed in the language of its audience. For example Les Miserables is originally composed in French but sung in English if performed in London.

However, for some works, production styles are almost as important as the work's musical or dramatic content in defining into which art form the piece falls. For example some of George Gershwin's works as well as light operas such as The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan have received both, musical and operatic productions. Consequently, the overlap remains between lighter operatic forms and more musically complex musicals.

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