Musical Wars

If anyone knows the answer to this question, please let me know!

Is there a divide in musical fandom? More specifically, do people who are fans of the older, more traditional musicals look down upon those who are into more ‘mainstream’ musicals?

And where does Sondheim fit into all of this?

The main reason I ask is because of the ending to The Drowsy Chaperone, which takes a stab at people who claim to love musicals, but have only seen things like Cats or Les Miserables, and I just wanted to know if this was a thing…

Anyway, back to your knitting!

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  1. I took it more as a stab at the crowd that goes to see popular musicals because they are popular, not because they have any particular interest in music theatre per se, rather than a stab at the musicals themselves. Cats and Les Miserables are probably two of the most prominent for bringing in the ‘casual’ crowds, regardless of what you think of their quality. (They both tend to fall into the love-it-or-hate-it category.)

    That was my take on that scene, anyway. That guy who claims to be a fan of the same bands as you, but has never bothered to listen to the album.

    Sondheim is GOD as far as music theatre is concerned. Like Old Testament God. Capable of endless forms most beautiful and immense cruelty (at least to the performers).

    Also, had another idea for a musical (actually two or three somewhat related ideas) which would be easier to pull of than The Prestige. Given the source material, yours was the first name that came to mind for collaboration for reasons which will become obvious when I tell you what they are… (How’s that for a teaser?)

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