The Staying Power of the Rock Musical

The Broadway rock musical is both a new and old concept. One part being that shows like The Who’s Tommy and Hair were staged long before it became a common practice but thanks to creatives like Jonathan Larson, the rock musical is a much more commonplace thing in the modern era of Broadway. 

But the question now is this: 

Why? 

Personally, I think it is because of the subject matter that they can tackle.

Let’s look at tick, tick…BOOM! as a show first. 

While technically unfinished due to Larson’s untimely death, the musical tackles things such as the AIDs epidemic, poverty in New York City, and the horrors of aging all while tied to a man trying to write the one great song he needs for his musical. 

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