Theatre

How to Mount Any Golden Age Musical

Warning: Massive tongue-in-cheekiness ahead!

It’s a question directors have pondered for decades: how does one successfully create a musical reminiscent of the Golden Age of Broadway? Well, my friends, ponder no more! Today, I’m going to demonstrate how to shape an old-fashioned show for the ages, in just six easy steps.

Step 1: Find subject matter that is both heartwarming AND tragic. Theatergoers dig those stories.

Step 2: Give your leading male any name that starts with the letter B. Not optional.

Step 3: Incorporate showbiz into the plot somehow.

Step 4: If the chorus doesn’t do have a big signature dance number, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Step 5: You must have a woman of a certain age for the Act 1 finale in which she inspires the leading lady.

Step 6: Make sure the music has a perfect balance of soaring ballads and fast-paced comedy songs. And remember…

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