By reading this article, you are going to discover the technical aspects of musicals and in the process, understand what it is really about. 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.
As for the musical components used in a musical, it is all called as a score. As for the sung lines, these are called as lyrics compared to plain spoken dialogues which is simply as it. The person who writes the lyrics of the musical is not the same person who has written the actual storyline. 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. As for the average running time, it typically lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes; this is with intermission halfway throughout 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 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.
Many think that achieving balance between spoken dialogue and song is quite simple but it is the contrary. The writer in addition has to be careful when writing songs for every character. So as a quick example, antagonists singing love and happiness are just odd. 5 minute song has fewer words to tell when compared to 5 minute spoken dialogue which made this challenging to establish drama. Having said that, it is crucial to plan things carefully for the musical to be done perfectly.