Musical Theater

Musical theater is a form of theater that combines songs, spoken dialouge, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of the piece - humor, pathos, love, anger -are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements of the works. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.