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Sunday, October 10, 2010

My husband wants to go see a musical.

It started Saturday night at the Indiana Authors Award Ceremony (Colleen was a finalist! Yay Colleen!). We were all having a grand time--and then Kevin finds the giant brochure for the Indiapolis theater. I tried to bury it under the free books, but it didn't work.

"Look," he says to me.

I look at the familiar listings of musicals, my soul shriveling inside. Please understand, I'm a fan of the arts. Heck, I'm a writer, aren't I? But musicals . . .

Years ago we inherited season tickets to the local theater. Every three months, Kevin and I dresssed up and headed out to see the latest offering. While I enjoyed a night out with hubby, turns out he enjoyed it more. Turns out he actually likes musicals. I like plays, really I do. I have no argument with the theater, it's just all that singing . . .

I mean, really, who stops their life every few minutes to sing about what just happened? They have me on the edge of my seat with the conflict, then what? They break out into song, droning on forever about their plight. I have no choice but to go to my happy place.

If I did this in my stories, my readers would throw my book across the room and write me hateful letters. And as I sit in the theater waiting for the action to continue, I look around my belongings. Where's a book--I want one to throw. Instead, I break out the Reesees Cup and wait for the show to go on.

Or better yet, I mentally travel to the setting of my current work-in-progress and watch my characters work out the next scene. One thing is sure: they won't be breaking out into song.


Denise Hunter  
posted at 3:14 PM  
  Comments (13)
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At 8:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL!! I soooo get that, Denise!!! I love music--I don't even mind the old time musicals once in a GREAT while (especially, since I watch them on DVD and can skip the songs), but as a rule, it's not my thing.

I do exactly what you do and allow my mind to wander to my own WIP and I work out some plot issues.

Colleen talked me into going to see The Phantom of the Opera (I know I'll get hate mail on this)--and I'm sorry to all you fans out there, but I thought I would go out of my mind with that show. So much singing!!! Just tell me and be done with it already!!!

Okay, now that I've got Colleen's attention, we can have some real conversation on here--something tells me we might even touch on the evils of diet pop and the color brown, but I don't mind. Hearing strains of Doris Day now, "Que Sera, Sera" . . . . :-)

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm laughing, Di, because I was about to say I like musicals if the music is good. Like Phantom of the Opera. LOL!

I feel your pain, D. They should never let grown men have bidpals. LOL

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Mel is right there with you, girls, although he really did love Phantom of the Opera on DVD, just not as many times as I did. Any time anyone anywhere breaks out in song during a movie, he just groans and says "Shoot me now."

Everything has music in it. Watch your favorite television series. Just because the actors don't sing--and sometimes they do--the music is always framing the drama or romance of every scene. We just don't have to wait for it to end before the action continues.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

So glad to know I'm in good company. The only musical I didn't mind--and we have seen PLENTY--is Joseph and the Techincolor Dream Coat. Reason being, the lyrics of the songs progress the story. You have to follow along to know what happens between the current scene and the one that follows. Plus the lyrics are funny. :-)

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Oh man, I'm the opposite. LOVE musicals! Les Miserable, Phantom, Chorus Line, CATS, Beauty and the Beast ... seen 'em all! One of my favorite movies of all time is Singing in the Rain. Maybe it's because I have a terrible voice and two left feet (so my kids tell me). Lol

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Unless it is an animated movie, I do not like musicals. Just get on with telling the story already! So glad to know I am not the only one who doesn't care for musicals.

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Robin Lee said...

Denise, please loan Kevin to me. I adore musicals, on film and on stage. I have seen Beauty & the Beast on Broadway three times. Phantom of the Opera; Miss Saigon; Sunset Boulevard; Damn Yankees; Les Mis; Cats; etc. Just saw The Color Purple in Boise a couple of weekends ago.

Sigh. To find a hero who would take me to musicals and the theater on a regular basis... Sigh...

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I know, I know, Robin. How many women would love a husband that took her to musicals. That is not my love language. LOL

At 2:07 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

My DH used to HATE musicals for the same reason: too much song for the story. But that changed one afternoon when we went to see "South Pacific" in Boston with Robert Goulet. (swoon!!) I know. I'm dating myself here but that's why I talked DH into taking me. I just HAD to see Robert Goulet! LOL

Anyway, we weren't more than about a quarter through the show when DH starts asking me what was to happen next. Even the songs kept him on the edge of his seat! Granted, the acting and singing were all top notch but the story line didn't hurt my old sailor any, either.

So now, when we can afford it and are planning to go to the theater, DH always looks for a musical. Go figure.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

No musicals for me either. I actually don't enjoy live theater at all. I'd rather watch an old movie and if that happens to be a musical...I fast forward through the songs (drives my hubby crazy!)

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I've made the same comment before about someone stopping what they're doing to sing before, but I still like musicals. When done well, the songs move us emotionally in a way that a play or a book can't. The corniness of it is just a product of the method used to tell the story. The fact is that when we write novels we run into similar issues. We adjust things to elicit an emotional response from the reader, but in doing so we introduce things that are unlikely to happen in real life.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...


My husband is with you, Denise. He hates both plays and musicals. Our sons all were in drama club and our oldest was in musicals. He would try everything to get out of going, but then would go. (He's a good dad.)

Me, I like them! Well, there was one play (in civic theater) where I would've walked out with Chris if we hadn't been invited by this other couple. That was AWFUL. LOL. (My critic's eye...)

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

"I mean, really, who stops their life every few minutes to sing about what just happened? "

Hahaha! Exactly. :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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