Musicals - Oh how I adore thee. Well...Actually, I don't. I happen to dislike them a great deal. However, I do have an appreciation for musicals (moreso, the ones from the glory days.) The work that went into them, how many of the difficult scenes were one entire take, so if one person messes up, you restart it all...So much effort, talent and work went into them, its astonishing. However...For a while, they almost dissapeared. Then they came back....In the form of a bunch of pubescent teens prancing around a scene, who are totally lacking in the Talent Department.
How did the musical dissapear? They almost always had the same plot (and as we heard in This Is Entertainment), boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy get girl again, and happily ever after (and back then, the divorce rate wasn't all that high, so 'happily ever after' meant forever). Eventually, after decades of the same plot line, people must have naturally gotten bored. New films came out, new ideas, new everything, and they lay on the ground forgotten.
Now what brought around the rise of popularity? ....I have no idea. I really don't. I don't like musicals, so I kjnow next to nothing about them. I have no idea when they started to pick up again, why they started to pick up again. ...They're most likely like a fashion....They were popular once, then they weren't. Now they're popular again, like plaid. However, the current popularity is being sustained by more in depth plots (one with more substance, more character developpment). The 'Movie Machine' is also cranking out plots featuring aspects that people find attractive (such as a musical to the music of The Beatles)....And, naturally, they young fashion-whore, teenaged heart-throbes, such as Zach Effron and such.
So...Like many in things in life (including life itself), musicals come and go. ...That's about all I have to say about that.