what (in your opinion) are some really underrated musicals and why are they underrated (in your opinion)?
i’m sorry this has been in my ask box forever but i’m finally answering you
well, (in my opinion) (btw this is only a TINY TINY list. there are so many more that aren’t mentioned in this post. also i realize all of these are modern musicals but like i said there are only SO MANY I CAN INCLUDE),
daddy long legs: literally one of the best musicals ever??? it’s the SWEETEST. seriously it’s sweeter than honey. sweeter than marshmallows. it’s empowering to the ladies and shows depth to the men. it’s so well written and the songs are absolutely beautiful. i think it’s underrated because the cast only consists of two people and the casting of jervis is very specific (he needs to be really tall and young. which a lot of guys are but still) and it can be done in a tiny theatre, which is how it was done off-broadway. so essentially, it’s not one of your big splashy musicals
tuck everlasting: do i even need to explain how great this show is. it’s so pure. the aesthetic is charming. the songs are so so lovely. and the ending message is so powerful. it literally took my breath away. it’s underrated i think because not many people have read the book? but other than that idek man this show deserved better
[title of show]: a valentine to musical theatre. so relatable and so funny and so so great. underrated because only four characters and they’re “okay with only four chairs.”
violet: such a great story!! and a very well-written three-dimensional female character. seriously. violet goes through so much in this show and is on stage for 95% of it. underrated bc the style of the score is country music. which is great, but not “traditional” so it scares some people off
invisible thread: so not to be one of those pretentious “you’ve probably never even heard of it” buttheads buuuuuut u prob haven’t heard of this one before!! the concept came from real live events from trying to sponsor students in uganda (that’s such an abridged description of the show i’m sorry) and then it became a musical and it started in boston and then moved off-broadway and it’s such an important story and really really moved me. i’m still disappointed it never made a broadway transfer or even got a cast album because it is truly groundbreaking and i wish it got the recognition it deserved.
peter and the starcatcher (not a musical but still): y’all. my fave play ever, my fave piece of theatre ever, my entire heart and soul, the reason who i am today. so beautiful, so smart, so funny, so much heart. can’t say more or else i will cry. it’s underrated because it’s a play (though it has songs!) and there is only one (1) female character so it is hard to cast for school productions. also the staging is so minimal. a rope is used for 12 different objects and everyone plays a tree at some point.
hamilton (lmao jk can u even imagine)