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Play with Music VS Musical

Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 04:41pm
Has there ever been a show on Broadway whose 'category placement' in the Tonys or Drama Desks, etc., was questioned... i.e. a 'play with music' being placed in the 'musical' category?
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JoseLee_
Stand-by
joined:5/24/13
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 04:49pm
I'm not sure, but I did see "End of the Rainbow" which was a "play with music".
Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 05:01pm
I wonder would that have belonged in the musical category... I remember that being a question at the time.
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 05:40pm
Contact was controversial when it won best musical at the Tonys since the performers didn't sing, they created a new category due to it.
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GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 06:21pm
It's hard to describe if you did't see it, but END OF THE RAINBOW was clearly a play with a half-dozen "musical interruptions". (FWIW, the songs were much better done than I had expected.)

But the songs didn't advance the plot OR comment on the action. With one exception, they really did stand alone outside the play. I would object to any attempt to call it a "musical".

And since it wasn't billed as a musical, I doubt the Tony Committee spent much time arguing about it.
Updated On: 12/26/13 at 06:21 PM
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kade.ivy
Featured Actor
joined:7/28/13
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 07:45pm
I wondered about END OF THE RAINBOW as well. I didn't see it but have seen Jersey Boys. How does Rainbow's style compare to JB? I think JB could be argued as a play with music, although the music is quite prominent and necessary to the narrative...
Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
Play with Music VS Musical
Posted: 12/26/13 at 08:50pm
Where does one draw the line?

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