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Opera vs Musicals

Post  felix on Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:01 am

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Q: "What's the difference between an opera and a musical?"

A: "About 50 quid a ticket." or "You can never be sure until the fat lady sings." or "In opera, the person who has just been stabbed to death keeps on singing."

From the Notes & Queries section of The Guardian - thanks CW cheers

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Re: Opera vs Musicals

Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:34 am

felix wrote::

Q: "What's the difference between an opera and a musical?"

A: "About 50 quid a ticket."

But--operas loose money, only musicals make money. Neutral

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Re: Opera vs Musicals

Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:35 am

Sometimes (presumably in the hope of making money) a composer will write an opera, but then pretend it's a musical.

Like this one:


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:36 am

Even kids have been fooled by operas pretending to be cartoons:


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:38 am

Gershwin's first opera was written in 1922. It was only 20 minutes long, and he snuck it into a Broadway review:




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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:56 am

Scott Joplin wrote an opera, but he called it an opera, so nobody went to hear it (except possibly George Gershwin):






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Re: Opera vs Musicals

Post  Lee Van Queef on Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:30 am

Last musical I went to see was 'Les Miserables'. It did exactly what it said on the tin.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue May 06, 2014 9:45 am

In case it isn't obvious by now, there are only two important points:

-- if the dialogue parts are spoken, people figure it's a musical--or could be;

-- if the dialogue parts are sung, you can still call it a musical and trick the public into buying tickets. Razz 


The operas that youngsters get to see nowadays are all Disney films (not making this up).

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