Musicals set out to entertain through a combination of:
These are all held together by the plot.
Musicals are usually performed in theatres, most famously on Broadway and in the West End of London. Broadway is also used as a general term to refer to American musicals.
Every musical has a:
Most songs fit into these categories:
Within these two formats, different song types can be found, including:
Although most musicals use dialogue, some are through-composed. There is little or no dialogue, nearly everything is sung.
Many show songs use 32 bar song form.
The verse usually has different words with each repetition.
Musical theatre posters