Wednesday 25 April 2018

We do like a song and dance - that's the beauty of musicals

'La La Land' didn't win the Best Picture Oscar but it did revive an old genre, writes Sophie Donaldson

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — this year’s top-grossing movie so far
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — this year’s top-grossing movie so far
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

If the entertainment industry was a ladder, with box office epics at the top and radio dramas at the bottom, musicals would probably share a rung with stand-up comedy or Eurovision, hovering somewhere above pantomimes but below Cirque du Soleil.

But in the past 12 months or so, the oft-maligned genre has managed to move from the fringes to the mainstream, gathering artistic credibility, star power and political activism in its wake.

Song and dance productions have become so popular that last year's Oscar for Best Picture was, for a few seconds, given to a musical.

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