Musicals Thread (Pitch a Show)

Welcome! The purpose of this thread is to talk about all things related to the wonderful world of musical theatre. I post a thread with a topic/question for everyone to respond to, but you are always more than welcome to discuss other topics! 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? Have any theatre news to share? Tell us about it!

Let’s get a little creative today. Picture this: you are suddenly, for reasons that are too complicated to explain, in a position where you can create a new musical about anything. That’s right, I said anything! All you need is to pitch your idea to get the necessary funding. So, what’s your pitch? If you could create a new musical about anything, what would you make? Would it be a comedy? A romantic tragedy? I jukebox musical? Let’s dream big!

I’ve thought about this question a lot because I’m a dork. For example, when Hamilton was sweeping the nation, I wondered what other historical moments would make for good musicals. What I came up with was this: The Easter Rising of 1916! What’s that? You don’t know what that is? Or you do know what that is and think it’s a very weird thing to make a musical about? Perfect, we’re on the right track already! For now, all you really need to know is that this story already has all the elements necessary for a great musical: a passionate fight for freedom, a Romantic leader with big dreams, turmoil and disagreement over the necessity of violent rebellion, a tragic and heartbreaking execution that once made one my students literally gasp in horror during class, and, most importantly, a rich musical tradition to pull inspiration from. It would be like Les Misérables but Irish and not as long. Serious, educational, passionate, inspiring, and emotionally devastating. It could focus on the rebels or it could be like Sean O’Casey’s play The Plough and the Stars (probably my favorite play) and focus on the civilians. Or it could be a little of both! There are so many possibilities!

Of course, this is just a silly idea I think about when I’m driving to work sometimes. I’m not sure it’s even something that should be a musical, but it’s fun to dream. Now it’s your turn! If you could create a new musical about anything, what would you make?