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What is the difference between Musical Staging and Choreogrpahy?

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I noticed in most shows Choreography is what the dance moves are! But, in WICKED the listed credit is Musical Staging...what's the difference?
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From Wicked's IBDB page:

Choreographed by Wayne Cilento
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I would say choreography is usually more straight forward "step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch" and musical staging is choreographic elements that make a song look more "stagy" but doesn't necessarily include intense dancing. Maybe a good example would be the beginning of "At the End of the Day" in Les Miserables. It's staged "musically" as the beggars move forward and stretch out their hands and make specific movements and poses, but it's not technically "choreography" in the traditional sense.
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musical staging is something a Director does... usually.

sometimes they list it seperately or hire a specific person for it.

if there's not really any dancing, they just do musical staging. it's like blocking, except you're blocking people in a song (as opposed to a scene)
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yeah...figured..thanks guys...

LuvEtheEmcee, thanks for that...but my playbill from Broadway and on tour says "Musical Staging by Wayne Cilento"
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Huh, that's weird.
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Yeah, I know...that is why I asked the question...
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I second what has been said about what musical staging is.

If you want a good example I would say something like Phantom or Les Miserables. Les Miserables is a better example because Phantom does have actual dances.

Les Miserables is all sung through so a few examples in that show would be the beggars lining up and moving around the way that they do. And the formation marching at the end of One Day More would be another example.

Phantom although it does have some all out dances (Masquerade for example) it also does have some musical staging. Like the actors moving around in Notes/Prima Donna when the Phantom is reading his notes that he sends to Firman and Andre.
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A better example of musical staging in Phantom would be all of "Music of the Night". The Phantom and Christine have all kinds of business during that song, but it's not really choreography. If there was no musical staging they'd just be standing there doing nothing. An equivalent to that in Wicked would be "No Good Deed". Elphaba moves all about the stage flailing her arms and twirling her cape to keep it from looking static, but again, it's not really choreography.
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