If you are currently reading this, I am going to assume that you are probably a theater person. We have a nice little bubble. I would go so far as to say I really like being in our little bubble! Tweeting about the Tony Awards, crying over the fact that Newsies is closing, auditioning for a show right after you finished up your last one, dreaming about having a voice like Sierra Boggess; yeah, it’s all pretty great. Sometimes I forget there are people who don’t like The Phantom of the Opera or those who don’t know what A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is or that Broadway stars voice the vast majority of the main characters in Frozen. They don’t care or even know why we care that Santino and Laura aren’t on Broadway anymore. What do you mean stage right is left? Oh yeah…those people.
But those people are out there and there are a lot of them! That doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate our art though. So I went out and asked ten of my non-theater friends six questions in a theater survey. Here’s what I got back:
What’s your favorite musical?
I surprisingly got back a diverse amount of answers that included: Rent, Pippin, Spamalot, Burlesque, The Phantom of the Opera, Newsies, Wicked or The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, Grease and lastly…”I’ve never seen a musical” I know. I know. I cried a little bit.
Who won best musical at the Tony’s this year?
To be fair, this question was harder, but I did get some pretty funny answers back! I got six “I don’t knows,” one “Cats?,” one Kinky Boots, one Matilda and one The Book of Mormon. All wrong, but hey, you’ve got to give them credit for trying…er…kind of. But all wrong! A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder stole the crown this year.
True or False: Wicked won best musical the year it was nominated.
This one was sort of a trick question! You’d think that it won best musical, wouldn’t you? But alas, this spin on a classic lost to Avenue Q back in 2004. Three people answered false, six people said true, and one person didn’t even try to guess.
Name one Broadway star—that is not Idina Menzel.
I guess I should’ve said that they couldn’t say Kristin Chenoweth either, because four people answered with her name. The person whose favorite musical was Pippin vouched for Matthew James Thomas. The person whose favorite musical was Burlesque asked if Christina Aguilera counts. One person brought up Sierra Boggess, one mentioned Lea Salonga, one answered with Matthew Broderick (I love me some Ferris Bueller) and the best answer I got for this one? Nick Jonas!
Is musical theatre essential to schools and the world?
I’m sure you’ll all be happy to find out that every single person I asked answered yes to this question!
What is the longest running musical on Broadway?
People did really well on this question, actually! Three people had absolutely no idea, two were sure it was Cats, two more guessed well with Les Miserables, one threw me for a loop and said The Wizard of Oz, and two correctly answered The Phantom of the Opera.
Phewph! Well there we have it. Just a little look at how the world outside of our theater bubble perceives what the inside of our theater bubble looks like!