Hi all, I’m Dorian. And I am a massive, massive nerd for musical theatre. What is it I like about it? I like the music, the emotion, the immediacy that live theatre brings (on the rare occasion I manage to actually see something on stage).
Musical theatre songs (the primary way I relate to the genre, given my financial limitations) frequently take my breath away, and almost as often make me think. This music is stereotyped—not without some justification—as a genre that favors style over substance, but there are a great many shows that attempt pretty laudable goals, and even if they don’t always succeed, they leave a socially conscious audience with a lot to think about.
What this series is about is me finding a way to make the genre accessible to people who haven’t trusted it before—and to do so in a way that demonstrates how thought-provoking it can be. It’s going to be pretty casual, as I am nigh-incapable of producing formal writing. I want to open a way into a world that’s really impacted my life, and I want to do so by showing people how it can relate to concerns most of us here probably share—concerns about marginalization, discrimination, and oppression. Because I do think theatre—musicals—have a lot to say about these issues and are often left out of discussions around pop culture.
Basically, this post series is connecting two subjects I am passionate about, and that I juxtapose in my personal life very regularly, in a way that is hopefully accessible to those who don’t know much about one or the other. I’ll be talking about shows I love and shows I hate, songs, performers, and the genre as a whole. I’ll be writing about musical movies and why I don’t watch Glee, among many other topics, and probably including some form of (transcribed) multimedia content in the vast majority of posts. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing from me over the next eight weeks, and who knows? Maybe I’ll make you a fan of something you weren’t before.
And nothing would make me happier than that.