hazelk: (kurt kick)
Musical theatre, especially film musical theatre, is possibly the most self referential and self-justifying of all art forms. It has an entire sub-genre where entire plotlines centre on putting on a show and where putting on a show is the only way to resist the tuneless, flat-footed forces of evil. The killjoys, the bottom line focused, the sexually repressive, the old guard. By the time the curtain falls on the final production number all must be swept up and away in the conquering tide of popular music and youthful exuberance.

It’s a lie but it works, if it works, because it’s a lie that resonates. I’m low on the spectrum for religious feeling and I don’t want to believe that aliens are out there but I believe in music. I do. But it’s a belief system with a lot of bad faith lurking in its background.

Be a Clown )

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