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When is a musical renewing?

queenie2
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When is a musical renewing?#0
Posted: 6/20/06 at 8:29am
My friend and I had a discussion yesterday. Are there in this period musicals that are really renewing? A lot of musicals are based on films and books. Most musicals are based on historical stories, is that renewing?

When is a musical renewing? And are there examples? My friend and I didn't find an answer on this question. I am very curious for your opinions! Please let us know!
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LizzieCurry
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re: When is a musical renewing?#1
Posted: 6/20/06 at 4:32pm
What do you mean by "renewing"? That you feel renewed when you leave? Or that they've renewed an old story?

I get the feeling you're not sure of the definition yourself...
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re: When is a musical renewing?#2
Posted: 6/20/06 at 4:35pm
What do you mean by renewing?
queenie2
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re: When is a musical renewing?#3
Posted: 6/21/06 at 3:01am
I mean a musical that is really different from the musicals that already exist, which includes a new story. I think the only kind of musicals that are renewing are more experimental ones not based on a book, film, famous music, famous historical story, etc. But I am curious what youthink is "renewing"
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re: When is a musical renewing?#4
Posted: 6/21/06 at 3:23am
Perhaps you should use the word 'refreshing' or 'original.'

I personally find the most refreshing -- or renewing -- musicals to be the ones that aren't necessarily original or banal, but that are staged fantastically with a catchy score and enough humor and/or drama to keep me engaged. I don't care what a musical is based on -- I mean, DRS is based off a movie, but it's such a different entity than the film, so to me, it's plenty refreshing, as refreshing as the completely original Drowsy Chaperone. :) Hope that gives you a good opinion to examine.
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re: When is a musical renewing?#5
Posted: 6/21/06 at 10:24am
Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Spelling Bee are all very original and not based on a book, movie, or historical event.