Stop saying that musicals suck. I mean it. Saying that musicals suck is trite and predictable and overly dramatic and self-aggrandizing and dorky—precisely what's suckiest about musicals. Saying that musicals suck is as cliché as that moment when the young lovers are about to share their first kiss, only at the last second the girl steps into a spotlight and the guy freezes, then fades into darkness while she spends the next few minutes head-tripping in a fluttering soprano, ultimately returning to find the guy still stuck in his pucker, at which point she either goes through with the kiss or doesn't, but whatever she does provides an important pivot in the plot . . . and cues some eye-rolling crank to say that musicals suck. For years, that crank has been me. T... More >>>