What differences are there between musical theater today and musical theater 20 years ago?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
Edgier plays are finding mainstream audiences. Plays for family consumption may contain a few "bad" words. (The kids have heard these words on the school bus, of course.) Productions don't have to have a "name" actor in the lead to find an audience (although non-musicals still do).
The biggest change I see is how casting in New York and London is blind to race and ethnicity now. It's not unusual to see a production in which a parent is black, the offspring Asian and Hispanic, their own children white, all kind of genetically impossible combinations. Whoever sings the role best gets it.
Touring companies don't yet seem to do this; maybe they fear it won't sell in the Heartland or something.
- AthenaLv 74 weeks ago
More revivals now and fewer Disney movies made into theater then. .