I'm going to start out completely honestly. I hate musicals. I do. When Chicago won the Academy Award for Best Picture I was livid. I couldn't believe it. I actually saw Chicago on stage once in London and was bored to tears. It was awful and annoying.
But more to the point is that musicals aren't very manly. Randomly breaking into song and dance just isn't for us. I've been to Broadway and for the most part I just don't get it. It's all so hokey and corny.
If you want to look at the perfect example of how musicals aren't manly, let's look at West Side Story. Let's forget for a second that it's Romeo and Juliet and just look on the fact on the ground.
There's gang violence. Sounds promising. Not really sure how you could screw up two rival gangs wanting to pummel each other. Sounds perfectly manly. Oh, wait, they're just snapping and twirling. If you want to go flamboyant with your gang violence, that's fine, but go the Warriors route. Don't have them doing ballet. These are the least manly gangs ever. No one would ever be afraid of them. Even the kids from Newsies could take them out (although they did have a young Batman with them so it's a little unfair to compare).
The interesting thing about the male aversion to musicals is that many of us were brought up on them. And by that I mean Disney movies. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, all musicals. We all sang "Under the Sea" and "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" as kids.
Still, there are plenty of musicals out there that are either made for guys or guys love. Usually its an appeal to humor. Movies like South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut and Broadway shows like Spamalot and Avenue Q are perfect examples of musicals that men love.
And then of course there is the most manly and awesome musical of them all: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. It was made by Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse - please watch Dollhouse and keep it alive!) along with his siblings and it stars Neil Patrick Harris as the titular Dr. Horrible and Nathan Fillion (Mal from Firefly) as his nemesis Captain Hammer. It is incredible and if you haven't seen it yet, go watch it on Hulu right now. Go! I'll wait ...
See? Fantastic! If you don't like it, NPH will totally beat you down. But is it really manly? Can any musical really be?
Can musicals be manly?