Oct 1, 2011

I Hate Musicals

New York - Mary Poppins

Yes. It's true. I hate musicals.

I'm sure there are other people like me in the world but I haven't encountered many people who don't like musicals.

I think my dislike of this form of entertainment started when I was young. I recall not especially enjoying The Wizard of Oz. I also recall getting restless during musical numbers in animated features. This ploy used to keep children engaged in the feature film did not work for me... in fact it was quite the opposite. When the musical number started that was the time for me to go pee, to get more snacks, or to watch other people in the theatre.

I find it really challenging to watch something where people break out into song, mid-sentence! It's not realistic. It's not enjoyable. It's annoying!

My strong aversion to musicals has created some issues for me.

1- My husband absolutely loves The Fiddler on the Roof. I refuse to see it.

2- The fact that I haven't seen Hairspray, Grease, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music has made me feel like a social pariah.

3- My husband and I were watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD; when we got to the musical episode I could not bear it. I turned it off just a couple minutes into the opening sequence. When it came time to watch the next episode we were lost! The musical episode of Buffy apparently had a lot of important plot points. Was this enough for me to go back and watch the episode? No.

4- I would love to see Mamma Mia. I grew up listening to ABBA and I have fond memories of dancing to their records in my grandma's living room. I doubt I will ever watch Mamma Mia... because it's a musical. Sad, I know, but I'm sure I couldn't get through the whole show.

Well, that's my confession for the day. If you love musicals, please don't hate me... I just don't enjoy it! But if you also hate musicals, please comment here... we could bond over the fact that we dislike the same thing!

Photo Credit
Photo by PeterJBellis found in the Creative Commons on Flickr


  1. I don't like musicals for the same reason! I get restless and bored during the musical parts. Same thing with action movies. I actually get bored during the "action" parts because there's no dialogue and I feel the plot isn't moving along. I guess I'm just not very good at watching movies! My attention span isn't good enough.

  2. This totally made me laugh, my husband is the SAME way! There's something corny and strange about them I like, some of them anyways :)

  3. I admit... I love musicals. But it's okay, we can still be friends!

  4. @ Claire - Yay! Someone like me! I will get distracted in action movies too. It has to be an intense and original action sequence to keep my attention (not just another lame car chase).

    1. I am the exact same way. My boyfriend loves war movies and series, such as "Band of Brothers", but when there's a long battle sequence, I can hardly bear for it to last more than ten seconds. Just so repetitive! I just want to go to the bathroom and have him tell me who died when I get back.

  5. @ Irish Italian Blessings - That's too funny... your household is the opposite of mine!

  6. @ Megan - Thanks for being so forgiving ;)

  7. Musicals are my favourite form of entertainment. The kids and I can watch and sing along to RENT, Grease and Les Mis.... My Fair Lady? Chicago? Fiddler? Disney Princess Movies? Mary Poppins? They can all be found in our home and we each have our favourite scenes...

    And it drives my husband absolutely batty! Until he'd met us, he had no clue anyone could spend an entire day watching and ENJOYING musicals.

    But he married me and I married him. I figure if we can have peace at home, then I can probably keep reading your blog. ;)

  8. I am so glad to see this. I absolutely hate musicals. The prevalence of them on tv are making me sick. Go away musicals!

  9. Your not alone, I was in two musicals. I am a singer songwriter/artist but this form of entertainment drives me BONKERS!!! Lmao I just can't appreciate them. I was forced to go to my last and left midway HAHAHAHAHA ;) , you won't find glee,smash,wicked or rent in my house :P

  10. I'm on board here. They are ridiculously obnoixous. No normal person randomly breaks out into song, and other people on the street smile and join in, in perfect sync, and dance. It's stupid and annoying. It had very little to do with the plot most of the time. For me it's torture. Sorry if this offends lovers of musicals, but I just can't stand them. It's like commercials. Completely disruptive to the rest of the story/movie.

  11. For some reason I like 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, even though it's really a TERRIBLE story. Kidnap girls and eventually they'll love and marry you!! How cute! Bleh.

    But that aside, I hate musicals too. They make me feel embarrassed for the people singing. I start laughing when people start singing in them. It just doesn't work for me. It's one thing to have someone sing a song once like at the end of 10 things I hate about You. But to have a whole dialouge in it? No thank you. Just talk like regular people! WHY do they have to sing? I really don't get it at all.

  12. Am so glad I found this post. I Thoroughly HATE musicals.. Every woman I know
    Loves them and I was beginning to think I was a lesbian( bit late now .. Married with 2 kids)
    I can't remember when the turning point was because I loved them as a child and have been in a few
    During my teens... Now they are like a knife going through me

  13. Thank you for this. I hate, hate, hate, HATE musicals---and I've never been able to just come out and say it! I remember getting very uncomfortable and antsy as a kid the moment a Disney character burst into song, and to this day I cannot suffer ten seconds of a musical number in a show or movie. It just gives me the BIGGEST sense of secondhand embarrassment. I haaaaaate it. So. Much. Totally cringeworthy. I cannot understand for the life of me why or how anyone could take a musical seriously or enjoy one. Oddly enough, though, I've always found the idea of a flash mob in real life very appealing. I like to watch choreographed dances, and listen to music, of course, but throw songs into a story line and I am out of there! Glad we have these fine commenters to commiserate with!

  14. I just want to say THANK YOU!!! I thought I was weird because I can not stand musicals either. The only musical I will watch is my 9-year-old singing on stage. Other than that, I get this really weird feeling, seeing people who don't know each other start singing with one another, twirling and jumping off of fire hydrants, and then going back to their normal routines. I know I am sounding like a typical "Guy" here and I guess it would be nice to be able to stop time and start singing a song, like say if my boss was about to fire me, or if my wife wanted me to clean...but life isn't like that! Hmmm...maybe I'm on to something here!!!

  15. I haven't really been exposed to that many musicals, but I think it's the Broadway-esque type musicals that drive me nuts the most. Or maybe musicals that are demented like Rocky Horror, etc...

    I do like Grease, Dream Girls and even Moulin Rouge as a whole. Granted, Moulin Rouge had some really ridiculous stuff in it that I could do without, but the love story in and of itself was really beautiful and pure and there was some outstanding music and performances in it.

    I guess the thing about musicals in general is that the acting and really just everything about it seems so ridiculously insincere and put on. Or simply put, just extremely bad acting.

    I had the misfortune of going to see Les Miserables with a friend this past weekend and it was so traumatically bad for me that it took me the rest of the night to get over it. It was literally unbearable; totally over the top and insane. How someone could like that I will never know.

    Musicals in general are so illogical and unnatural. Not to mention just plain bizarre.

  16. Oh sweet Jesus, how I abhor musicals! I completely agree with the secondhand embarrassment, and the intense desire to be somewhere else when anyone suddenly bursts into song. My wife and son are both musical lovers, and our television is far too often defiled with Les Mis, Pirates of Pennzance, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, and other such atrocities.

    Dear God, please make me deaf before I have to hear another third-rate actor with a voice that would frighten polar bears sing his/her way through inane lyrics and humiliating dance moves!

  17. I'm a few years late to this party, but I'm right there with you. You're right - soooo much secondhand embarrassment.


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