2 thoughts on “If You’re Making a Musical, How About Not Hiding the Fact That You’re Making a Musical?

  1. Studios are always hiding their intentions with some films in the (correct) theory that most audiences are getting tired of the same old thing and will not see it if it is.
    The easiest examples are sequels. Studios always make them, yet usually refuse to number them, as if embarrassed they’ve made so many or are reduced to sequels. Yet the sequels never stop.
    I say, if a studio wants to release SAW 27, then sell it as SAW 27, not THE SAW or SAW BEGINS or SAW: REVENGE OF A PUPPET or so on. Some film series are numbered for a while, then stop, then start numbering again, like FAST & FURIOUS.
    As for musicals, their popularity waxes and wanes, and there is a perception that many straight male audience members won’t go for one if they know it in advance. I am not saying that is right, but I suspect that’s a reason.

  2. What Alex said. IMHO most people aren’t interested in musicals, so disguising them is to trick more people to go see them. BTW the numbering thing is along the same lines: Hollywood doesn’t want anybody to feel like they’re missing anything or give anybody any reason not to race to the theater immediately.

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