Musical Or Opera? Does It Matter?

Terry Teachout is intrigued by a recent New York Times Magazine piece which referred to a new off-Broadway show as a “serious chamber musical.” That sounds an awful lot like a description of an opera, doesn’t it? While the distinction may be purely semantic, it’s important, nonetheless, says Teachout in his ArtsJournal blog, and composers are not well served when they try to pass off their serious work as typical Broadway ear candy.