rinkrat19 wrote:Isn't it considered an operetta, in that it is all sung, not spoken, but "lighter" in subject matter and music?
I consider it crap, but similar works are usually called musicals. Wikipedia has a good piece on the difference:
The operetta is a precursor of the modern musical theatre or "musical". In the early decades of the 20th century, the operetta continued to exist alongside the newer musical, with each influencing the other.
The main difference between the two genres is that most operettas can be described as light operas with acting, whereas most musicals are plays with singing. This can be seen in the performers chosen in the two forms. An operetta's cast will normally be classically-trained opera singers. A musical uses actors who sing, but usually not in an operatic style. These distinctions can be blurred: W.S. Gilbert, for example, said that he preferred to use actors who could sing for his productions, while Ezio Pinza, and other opera singers have appeared on Broadway. There are features of operetta in Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat (1927), among others.
The characters in a musical may be more complex than those in an operetta, given the generally larger amount of dialogue. For example, the characters in Lerner and Loewe's musical My Fair Lady, which is based on George Bernard Shaw's 1914 play Pygmalion, are essentially unchanged from those in Shaw's stage work, because the musical version is quite faithful to the original (except for the changed ending, which is pessimistic in the play), even to the point of retaining most of Shaw's dialogue.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operetta
As for Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber did an interesting bit of unacknowledged borrowing:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej1zMxbhOO0http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thwwd3S9 ... be&t=2m35s