What Type of Musical do you want to do?

In thinking about next year’s musical I don’t want you to think of specific musicals, but the type of musical do you want to perform.  We are a school, thus focused on education and your teachers, Ms Houge and Ms. Figg-Franzoi would like to make the most of your four years here by exposing different types of musicals to you.  We also would like to know your thoughts, you might sway our opinions and choices and you might not, but we’d like your voices to be heard.

Musical Theatre History/Genres


: a drama set to music and made up of vocal pieces with orchestral accompaniment and orchestral overtures.

  • Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
  • Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
  • Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
  • Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata
  • Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Ballad opera

a theatrical entertainment consisting of folk melodies and popular airs with new texts interspersed with spoken dialogue
  • The Beggar’s Opera, a ballad opera in three acts by John Gay


a usually romantic comic opera that includes songs and dancing

Book musicals

: a musical adaptation of novels or stories

Concept Musical

: a ‘concept musical’ is a musical where the show’s metaphor or statement is more important than the actual narrative. Concept musicals were introduced in the late 1960s, and became more popular in the 1970s.  The concept musical’s non-linear structure and focus on theme are suggestive of the works of Bertolt Brecht

Film Musicals

: a musical based on a film.  These could be filmed musicals, animated shows or films with music written for them to turn them into a musical.  While many people enjoy them more, they are traditionally less challenging since the conception of the musical is by a Hollywood director and not trained composer and writer team.

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot
  • Any Disney musical
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Xanadu

Jukebox musical

a musical that features popular songs from the past.  Most likely a genre HHS will never do.


: these behemoths, substance took a backseat to the spectacle, and occasional hints of humor were buried in oceans of soap opera sentiment. Although these tech-heavy presentations came with a high price tag, the best mega-musicals ran for decades, selling tickets to millions of people

  • Les Miserables
  • Phantom of the Opera

Famous Musical Teams

: two people work together for years creating many musicals.

So, now that you know more, what type of musical would you like to do next year?

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