What I don’t get about musicals is why there is such a focus on songs sounding pretty. What I mean is when a character is smack in the middle of an emotional extreme, the actor often pulls back, calms down, and squares up to sing pretty. It ends up being only a fraction of the emotion they just had. Please stop doing that. Raw me with emotion. Give me an absolutely broken Cabaret. An Empty Chairs filled with such frustration and sadness they can barely find the words. Each layer of Will I (Rent) can be a different emotion. Defeat, just done, no hope. Anger, will anybody care if die? Cry, you’re dying, you don’t know when but you know you will. Mark wanting to be a impassive documentary maker but he can’t not feel for these people. A hopeful, in love, slowly unhinging Meant to Be Yours where he absolutely fucking shatters at the end. Those You’ve Known? Destroy me, keep it haunting and alluring but give me more. You’re absolutely alone. Be sad or vow to prove people wrong or carry on because the only thing you have is desperation and the phrase ‘one of us needs to make it’ left. Hit the notes, sing your songs beautifully but please, please make them overflowing with emotion. Make it ugly with emotion because everything you have is in that song.