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Musical Theatre? What's so special about it?


L-R: Sharon Lawrence, York Walker, Mae Whitman and David Pittu in “The Mystery of Love & Sex” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Written by Bathsheba Doran and directed by Robert Egan, “The Mystery of Love & Sex” plays February 10 – March 20, 2016, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. For tickets and information, please visit or call (213) 628-2772. .Contact: CTG Media and Communications/ (213) 972-7376/ by Craig Schwartz.

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Our TOP three reasons why Musical Theatre is more important than ever.

Have you or someone you know been bitten by the theatre bug? You’re starting to sing along to the Hamilton album in your car, or maybe your TikTok ‘For You Page’ is filled with different creators doing their rendition of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago the Musical in their bedrooms. Whatever the reason may be, you’ve developed an interest in musical theatre. But what’s so special about theatre that has you jamming to “You Can’t Stop the Beat”? We’ve compiled our top three reasons why musical theatre is more important than ever, so when the questions come around, you can show off your theatre side with pride!

  1. Musical Theatre Broadens Your Perspective
    Personal experiences are always the best way to learn about different cultures, people, and ideologies, but sometimes that can turn out to be very difficult. One of the factors that contributes to the success of musical theatre is the ability to tell a story to an audience that may not be familiar with the culture or experiences of others. For example, A Transparent Musical, the world premiere new musical opening May 31st at the Mark Taper Forum, follows Maura, the patriarch who emerges as her true self, the matriarch she always knew she was. The show is an insightful look into the journey Transgender individuals take, and though each experience is unique, it’s a story that reaffirms the lives of our Transgender peers while acknowledging the challenges these journeys may hold. It’s shows like A Transparent Musical that help educate and inform on a medium that captivates audiences through song, dance, and story. See—learning can be fun!

  2. Musical Theatre Lets You Travel to New Worlds
    Traveling is one of the best ways to experience new places, but often it can prove to be difficult. After all, it’s time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes our lives prevent us from visiting the far-off lands we dream of. But musical theatre transports audiences to new worlds, giving the viewer the opportunity to travel and learn about new places. Take The Secret Garden, an inspiring musical that starts off in far off India, as the newly orphaned Mary Lennox navigates the challenges of the aforementioned. Following the global pandemic, theatre is the perfect opportunity to escape the hardships of reality and enjoy a whole new world.

  3. Musical Theatre is FUN!
    Musical Theatre is fluid, it can be anything that it needs to be, and at the end of it that is what makes it so powerful. It’s fun, exciting, educational, and ever-changing! Each performance carries its own nuances, and each show is a ticket into an experience that will serve as a highlight. The importance of musical theatre lies in the enjoyment it creates, so if musical theatre is just fun to you, that is all that matters. Musical Theatre has something for everyone, and it’s why the artform has been around since the late 1800’s.

With the ability to transcend time and trends, musical theatre proves itself to be a long-lasting artform. But these reasons aren’t the only reasons, what matters the most is what musical theatre means to you. So, take a moment, think about your favorite shows. What draws you to the seat, and what do you get out of it? Let us know down below! And, when you’re ready, stop by one of our three theatres, we’re sure to have shows that will broaden your perspectives, transport you to new worlds, and be the fun you’re seeking. We’ll see you there!