Musicals Thread (Halloween 2017)

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Welcome! The purpose of this thread is to talk about all things related to the wonderful world of musical theatre. Each week I will post a thread with a topic/question for everyone to respond to. This is also a great place to mention any new musicals you’ve discovered and/or general recommendations for other musical fans. Heard/seen any good shows lately? Tell us about it! Want to discuss the latest theatre-related news? Well, you’re in the right place!

Happy Halloween everyone! I LOVE Halloween, so this week I’d like to talk about spooky musicals and/or any musical-themed costumes you’ve worn. Do you have a favorite spooky musical? Have you ever dressed up as a character from a musical? I once dressed up as Dr. Jekyll at school because my students were reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so I couldn’t help myself, but it wasn’t a very elaborate costume. I actually have big dreams of one day creating a very elaborate Jekyll/Hyde costume, but that hasn’t happened yet. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about J&H again, I promise. I did originally plan on highlighting it this week, but once I thought of the idea of a defending musicals topic I had to feature it then. So, because I already rambled on about my favorite spooky musical, instead I’ll take this moment to highlight one of the more popular and mainstream Halloween musicals that I love: The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a musical? Is it all of those things? Whatever it is, I watch it every year on Halloween, and I listen to the soundtrack throughout the month of October. The stop motion, the xylophone music, and the somber story all come together to make a perfect Halloween movie. Over the past few years I’ve heard some rumors about the possibility of a stage production, but I think it might lose some of its charm without the stop motion. That being said, there is a pretty good fan video that shows what it might look like if they ever decide to take that leap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FeHLD3SIs

So I guess I’ll leave you with an additional question this week: Do you think The Nightmare Before Christmas would work as a live musical?