Thursday, November 25, 2010


Mary Rodgers defines the "Why-Musical" as a perfectly respectable show based on a perfectly respectable source, that has no reason for being. Why-Musicals usually come from successful novels, movies or plays. Their authors, blinded by the proven potential of the source material, never question the need to turn it into a musical. They never ask themselves what music and songs will do for the story that hasn't already been accomplished by the original work. 

1 comment:

  1. Billy Elliot is one of these Why-Musicals and it´s one of my favourite musicals as well. On the other hand I don´t like the Why-Film on the musical Sweeny Todd.