Musical theater is a genre of dramatic theatrical performance that mixes singing, spoken word, acting, and dancing in a production. The story and characters of a musical theatre play are conveyed through music, words, emotion, and other elements of the production as a whole. The goal of any musical theater company is to produce a show that is both entertaining and educational for the audience. As such, there are many popular artists who have graced the stage with their own unique talents and songs.
One of the most popular musical theater performers of all time was Oprah Winfrey. She had many hits throughout her career, including “Who’s the Boss”, “When a Man Comes to Town”, “Dancing with the Stars” and more. One of her most memorable characters was Zsaazou, a popular singer and dancer who were married to a famous African warlord. Her role helped to bring attention to Africa and her role as a catalyst in the African Renaissance. Her popular musical theater musicals included “ogy for a queen” and “Haitian Nights”.
Other popular musical theater performers include Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Whoopi Gardiner, Dabney Coleman, Glen Campbell, Mike Myers, and Edith Bergerson. Robin Williams brought musicals like “ER”, “Cinderella”, and “A Fish called Wanda” to life on Broadway. He also was a key part of the blockbuster movie “A Fish called Wanda”. Whoopi Goldberg appeared in “Amelie” and “Jingle Bells”. Whoopi was also nominated for an Academy Award for her work in both “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Perfect Score”. Dabney Coleman brought a unique flavor to the musical theater with his memorable appearances in “When Harry Met Sally”.
Other popular plays and musicals that are often associated with the art form are “Aida”, “A Christmas Story”, and “The Lion King”. Both “A Christmas Story” and “The Lion King” have made great movies that are highly popular among children and adults alike. The latter has gone on to become one of the highest-grossing Christmas movies ever. In both of these plays, the lead character is a cub who must help out his friends in the everyday world. Along the way, the cub learns that he can do more than just help out his friends; he can help save the world. Both of these popular musicals are classic and will bring enjoyment to anyone who sees them.
Originating in London, “Hairspray” is one of the longest-running shows in the history of musicals. It has also been the set of many Academy Awards and has been made into a number of popular movies and TV series. Many of its characters are beloved by many people. Some of them are even considered celebrities. Many times, the lead character is an older woman who is shown shopping, drinking, and talking to a group of young men. She is always the center of attraction until she gets herself into a real mess.
“The Nutcracker” is another old favorite that many people have seen. It is a classic play about a young girl going through a lot of growing pains. It tells the story of an honest man who goes through many obstacles in order to be with his young love interest. Though the play has gone through many changes over the years, it still retains a place in many theaters around the world.
One of the most popular musicals ever is “The Lion King”. Though most of you probably saw your favorite scene when you were young, this play has actually been going on for over 50 years. It tells the story of a lion who falls in love with a lovely woman. He also endures many difficulties throughout the course of the play. Along the way, he also learns about his true nature and how to lead his life honestly. The Lion King is a great show that will keep you laughing for a while, and you may even shed a tear or two.
There are many more great musicals that you can see in theatres across the country. Be sure to take a look at some of your local plays before you go. I guarantee that you will be amazed by some of the choices that they have. No matter what type of play you are looking for, there is likely a musical that you can enjoy. So, plan a night out and see a play that you fell in love with as a child. You will never forget your first experience in a musical.