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Which is more important in a musical? is the acting or singing?

Might seem like a silly, bordering on trollish question, but I've seen this discussion pop up several times recently online. So, which is more important for you? Would you rather watch someone with a beautiful voice, or who can't sing but is a wonderful actor?

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Correction: is it the acting or the singing?

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  • 1 month ago
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    I'd venture to say that of the two, singing is far more important. At the same time, if a performer can't act well enough to be convincing then the show is going to be a dud. The fact of the matter is that there are a host of multi-talented performers out there not only can sing and act good enough for the Broadway stage but can also dance.

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  • Verity
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    1 month ago

    It really depends on the material.  In a show like "Ragtime", the singing needs to

    be paramount.   In something lighter, say "Spamalot", the dancing  (and the

    non-dancing King Arthur) needs to be emphasized.

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  • Speed
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The singing is far more important than the acting in a musical, for me. But every member of every audience has their own opinion.

    I've thoroughly enjoyed musicals where the musical performance was great and that acting so-so, with muffed lines, poor diction, etc.

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  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I prefer the story to the songs. The songs in a musical sound so contrived.

    Now, if it was a concert or an opera, where most of the dialogue is sung, the singing would be more important.

    • Cogito
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      1 month agoReport

      I'm blocked, but to get into MT nowadays you'd have to be really excellent at acting, singing AND dancing.  They're considered equally important.

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