It's been a while since I've gone to see a musical. In the last year or so my interest in them has decreased greatly which goes completely against my prior history. I grew up as a die hard musical theater kid. It was the only thing I was interested in and associated plays with being boring, but the moment I dabbled into other types of productions I never really came back to the musical side of theatre. Now don't get me wrong it's not that all of sudden I have something against musicals it's just there hasn't been anything that has really captured my attention.
Well that changed a couple of days ago when I decided to see Iowa at the Playwrights Horizons. [Personally, Playwrights has become one of my favorite theaters because the seats are extremely comfy and I always enjoy the atmosphere. It's one of those places where you can instantly pick up on the vibe. So, when I'm looking for shows Playwrights is one of the first places I check out. Also, I'm never disappointed by any of their productions, so sometimes I only skim through the synopsis and if it seems interesting I'll check it out.] While sitting in the theater, I realized I only remembered a couple of keywords from the synopsis of the show: mother and Facebook.
While, leaving the theater I had an epiphany when it comes to me and musicals. The music has to make sense with the production. You can't just have a show and throw in some music just cause, it has to flow with the story. It has to feel like there was so much passion building up that the only way to express it is through music. When that happens, it makes the musical relatable and keeps me connected to the story. Needless to say, I was feeling all that with Iowa.