MUSICAL THEATRE TODAY is an impressive art form. From Sydney to Helsinki, Tokyo to Berlin, capacity audiences attest to the popularity of musicals created on the stages of Broadway and the West End. It is the most collaborative of all the arts, bringing together the composer, lyricist, playwright, choreographer, conductor, designer and performer in a unique way. Its emphasis is on the imagination and on bringing together the interpretative arts.
Whereas drama often relies on the spoken word for its effect, musical theatre encourages the use of other techniques to project dramatic ideas. It makes song, dance and gesture an essential part of the creative and interpretive process. So, in West Side Story Tony and Maria can sing of a better place "somewhere," in A Chorus Line Cassie can express her love of dance through movement and in The Fantasticks the Mute can move us to tears without saying a word.