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An Online Debate Is Raging About The Legitimacy Of Jukebox Musicals—And Things Are Getting Heated

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The jukebox musical—or a musical composed of already well-known songs united by an artist, time period, or genre—has been a mainstay of Broadway since the 1960's.

While some of the most famous shows have been jukebox musicals, not everyone is sold on them. Many think that they aren't in the same league as original musicals, because the story is often stretched to fit the songs, rather than the other way around.


This soon became a hot topic for debate on Reddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

Some people agreed with the original poster, but with some caveats.

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en68zn8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en5prpr?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en60emc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en61403?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en6wtnu?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

Others couldn't disagree more.

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en6gzyt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en7nlc7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

https://www.reddit.com/r/musicals/comments/bnep0g/mama_mia_here_i_go_again/en6gwuz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

What are your thoughts? How does one do a jukebox musical right?