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Thread: What would you say are the differences between "An Opera" and "A Musical?"

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    Interesting discussion but I'd ask who cares? I imagine if Sondheim wanted to write something with a first act that seemed like an opera, and whose next act the orchestra left the pit, and the actors did nothing but texas two steps, he'd do it. He wouldn't think, gee the stuff I have in my head doesn't accord with existing definitions therefore I'd better stop. It's the doing, not the defining that has meaning.

    As for a line in this thread about which is higher, operas or musicals...I'd ask who is more valuable, or higher, a plumber or Albert Einstein? Depends on the context. I wouldn't want Einstein trying to unplug my toilet.
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    I say, it’s a good question. I believe it’s like love and hate, you know the difference as it come through the air, you can feel it. I dont like to think of it terms of high or low art, as I appreciate most art forms, and the people associated with them. However, I believe the line of distinction is on the ease or difficulty of attaining the emotional connection with the material. Broadway, musicals, film, and music of all genres, have differing entrance points, and opera may be the most difficult for some, because the emotional “payoff” is not among the low hanging fruit (as one may find in pop music), you have to get on the ladder, and even then, reach a little higher.

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