My sister and I recently caught the Artsclub Theatre production of Hairspray. I loved the movie (the original Ricky Lake version... haven't seen the newer one), so it was really fun to see it live. I have my own weird rule(s) about musicals though:
1. I can only seem to enjoy them if they are set in a different time period (specifically the past): the idea of a current day musical, actually makes me cringe. Weird? Yes. I tried to explain to my sister how I didn't like Glee (yes, I must be the only one on earth) or High School Musical (again, cringe)... even Rent is too current for me. I think it is an inner fear that I will be walking down the street and people will spontaneously break out in song and dance, and I won't know the number.
2. Why is there no talking?: Ok, another weird rule... I like when there is dialogue interspersed with song and dance... does everything have to be sung... really? everything?
3. No singing animals: You know who you are feline friends.
Ok, so I will admit there are some exceptions to the rule... I did see Mama Mia years back and it was very cute, but come on, hard to not enjoy cheesy Abba songs (which I will argue harken back to the 70s, so different time period).
*images: Arts Club Theatre