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Subject:  Re: The Wizard of Oz Date:  11/29/2020  9:11 PM
Author:  syke6 Number:  137583 of 138540

I’ve noticed that many musicals are frontloaded with songs. I think it’s because as the dramatic pace picks up as you roll to the conclusion it’s hard to stop everything for a tune and then pick up again and regather that momentum. Almost every Broadway show we go to has significantly more music before intermission than after. Having never written a musical (ah, something I could do as Covid relief, if only I had talent), I wonder if that’s the reason.

The first tune after the intermission is called the "10:40 number" because it occurs at about 10:40 at night and reminds the audience they are still watching a musical.
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