Contrast Of Musicals Essay

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Musicals, Spring Awakening and Wicked Many successful musicals nowadays will take you on a trip back into a certain time era. For example, Catch Me If You Can, Ragtime, Billy Elliot, Hair, The Color Purple and Anything Goes, all of which have had tremendous success. The musicals Spring Awakening and Wicked take you on a trip to the past and have both been smash hits at the box office. Although they do have those aspects in common, they are completely different musicals that both take different approaches to their story lines. In this essay I will be talking about the differences in the issues the story deals with, the characters of each story, as well as the musical differences. Spring Awakening, which opened on Broadway in 2006, takes place in late-19th century Germany. Although it is set in a different time and place, most of the issues dealt with in this show are very relatable to teens of today such as, sexuality, abortion, rape, child abuse, and suicide. All of these issues are clearly stated in the show without having to look at another meaning behind them. On the other hand, Wicked, which opened on Broadway in 2003, deals with the issues of magical powers and the fine line of good and evil. Although some of these issues can be related to Spring Awakening you have to looks into the sub context, but in Spring Awakening what you see is what you get, you don’t need to look into the sub context because they tell you. Along with the clear differences in plot issues, there are also differences in characters. In the original cast of Spring Awakening, the main characters of Wendla Bergmann, Melchior Gabor, and Moritz Stiefel are played by Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, and John Gallagher Jr. Them, along with the other supporting leads are mainly teenagers still in high school dealing with authority figures in their parents and the administration. The characters

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