Now I honestly do think they are silly, but I've sang the songs for years and it's just in my blood. It's more for nostalgia's sake than anything else, but I still love it, much like 90s Eurodance music. I'm shameless, I know.
For the record, I don't dislike all musicals.
For instance, I saw the most recent Broadway production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd
. It was great. Even the production.
Frankly, I don't like the word. When did opera become a musical? When people say the difference is that there is spoken words in musicals and not opera, I want to slap them. Or at least blow their minds with the fact that Carmen
had much spoken dialog originally, till snobs believed that opera shouldn't.
Much of opera has had spoken dialog.
So what is the difference between opera and musicals?
Sondheim is more through-composed than most operas which puts him closer to Wagner's ideal than many operas.