Hi. Allison and Eric here. A while back we wrote a blog post for all of you who thought you hated musicals when really you probably didn’t. A lot has happened since then: they plundered our youth to make musicals out of Beetlejuice and Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill, John Legend got his EGOT because of some stellar live work as the one and only Jesus, and Broadway opened a version of Oklahoma! that even Eric could love.
(At this rate they’ll have nothing left to musicalize but Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and that one Mentos commercial.)
Meanwhile, a Cats movie was released to cinemas and traumatized a lot of people. And of course, the entire theater industry has basically shut down until at least 2021.
But the biggest musical-theater headline of this year was probably the arrival of Hamilton on Disney’s subscription streaming service, which has enabled millions of people who hadn’t yet seen the hip-hop history phenomenon on stage to see what all the fuss was about and thousands of TikTok users to live out their Hamilton dreams (albeit in minute long segments).
So, have you watched Hamilton? How about any of the musicals – The Wiz, Hairspray, Rent – that the TV networks have been staging, often live, for your enjoyment?
Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re still laboring, despite our best efforts, under the misapprehension that you’re just not a musicals person. So here we are, back to try to convince you otherwise.