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Nov. 16th, 2007 | 02:29 pm
mood: contemplativecontemplative

It's been a while since I have posted here. I think Nanowrimo keeps me busy, event though there are still about 7.000 words to write until I have reached the amount of words that I should have written by now - but there ist still half of November left so I am optimisitic ...

What lately came to my mind ... I think it was when I tried to explain to my father that what the difference between "Rebecca" and "We will rock you". And that "We will rock you" does not necessarily have to be good, just because Queen-songs are good. I don't want to say that jukebox-musicals can't be funny, but can one name them in one breath with things like Tanz der Vampire, Elisabet etc? I think I have complained about that often enough on Stacy's forum, but actually the problem is that most people an theatre goers are not aware of some problems in the situation of musicals. And this is also one of the reasons, why this genre is often said to be not as "cultured" as other forms of theatre. And this also results in people believing that anyone could write a musical by putting a lame story and some silly pop-songs together on a stage.

Now I had the great idea, that I could maybe try to write some articles where I speak about certain aspects of musicals and offer them to musical magazines as well as some general newspapers and magazines. I mean maybe someone will like to print them. There are many people who like to see musicals, but are not really such musical-geeks as I am. And I think they could still be interested in such articles. My aim is to get a bit more awareness. 
I have already two ideas for articles:

1. About the expression musical in general: This would be an article for telling that the expression musical already covers too many kinds of things that don't have a lot to do with each others.  Maybe this would become an article that is more for musical-insiders anyway, so it would be more for the musical-magazines. (I will also try to get some input about that on Stacy's forum)

2. European musicals: As long there are europeans, who think that European musical is nonexistent, I think this is something people have to get informed about. This is more like a general overview, with a critical approach, that I could very well imagine to be printed in the culture section of a general newspaper or magazine.

Please tell me what you think, and if you have any ideas please also tell me . I am glad about any input or point of views.  And I know, maybe I am not the first one with that idea, but I think it is worth a try.

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from: valancystar
date: Nov. 16th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)

Excellent idea! I think such articles should definitely be written. And those two sound like great ideas for articles. Hmm, my brain is not working very well now but if I get any interesting ideas I'll be sure to share them with you. And I'll be happy to help if you need someone during the writing process to talk with and bounce ideas against etc.

Something I would also some time like to see addressed is the view that musicals are silly fluff that have no artistic value... which is not true, but of course discussing that has the problem that you have to define what is artistic value.

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from: lapislazuli79
date: Nov. 17th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)

Yes, this is what I actually would like to contribute to, that people will open their eyes and see, that musicals can actually be art.

At the moment it looks to me that in Austrian newspapers there are two ways of writing about musicals. The one things are the reviews, where the journalists write what they really think of musicals (most of the times not just about the musical-performance they are talking about at a time) And then there are the really positive reports, that are financed by VBW themselves. Where the journalist just summarizes the material, that they get, and don't try to bring in their point of view. So in those (often specials on saturdays) you will get to read that every musical performed by VBW is exeptional, and how good VBW are not, and how important they are for the european musical. Then it really looks like no other theatre in Austria has ever played a musical.

What I miss are reports written by people who like musicals, know what it is, and what it is able to be, and who don't praise every musical that comes, but also don't pull every new musical into pieces.

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