People have different points of view, experiences, and even opinions about things. This allows for a variety of people to emerge. This variety can be seen in almost any topic, even plays.
When people think of plays, they think about a lot of things that could attract them. Sometimes, it is how large the play is. In other cases, it is the cast that graces it and the reviewed acting that people just need to experience.
However, there are some special cases where people look for something else. They don’t look with their eyes but follow their ears and emotion. Like a great concert, sometimes, people look for great guitar solos.
Let’s take a look at several of the greatest guitar solos in theater plays.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is an absolute classic in the realm of musicals and theatrical plays. This rock opera first came out in the 70s and took the world by storm.
The rock opera simply follows the life of Jesus. It zones in on the final years of Jesus’ life as reported in the many gospels.
The musical is one where most if not all of the dialogue is sung with a rock and roll energy that is hard to deny.
This energy can be seen in the original film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar. The person who played Jesus had such a high range. His powerful vocals led to some dramatic and emotional moments, such as when he was confiding to his Father in Gethsemane.
The actor playing Judas similarly also had such strong vocals that really pushed his doubts and motivations.
The whole play is accompanied by raucous electric guitars and songs that are both melodic and rock hard. In fact, the play has six guitars. This is comprised of one electric guitar, one bass guitar, and the rest are acoustic guitars.
The great guitar solos come right at the start. When the play starts, people are instantly treated to the overture. The overture usually has most of the musical motifs and themes of the play.
It is no different here. You will be treated to hearing several songs within the play that you’ll no doubt hear later on.
The guitar really brings the power and emotion for the whole overture. It’s other accompanying instruments really add more texture and flavors to the song. Apart from that, the guitar solo is a real reflection of how time was back then when the musical first came out.
Interestingly enough, the next one on the list is also a religious musical in Godspell. The musical is set like several parables are recounted to the watchers.
The guitar solo we are looking for is in the finale of the musical. As the intro blares on, the guitar solos are also there to bring the song in.
In the original song, after a minute and more than 40 seconds, the guitar solo returns as if to reinforce the sentiment and importance of death that the singer is talking about.
These guitar solos return every so often throughout the original eight-minute finale. A true solo that people can rock out and bang their heads to. If you are hankering for some great guitar action in musicals, why not try to watch these musicals? There are also guitar and play festivals to attend in order to learn more.
Some people have problems with reconciling their interests. For instance, some people may be interested in plays. While other people may be interested in guitars. Some think that there are no ways that these two interests can intersect.
However, in all actuality, these two things have already crossed paths.
Early on, guitars were able to sneak into modern plays and productions. In fact, the addition of the guitar – especially the electrical variation – has allowed for plays to become “cool” in a certain way. Adding rock and roll to plays is always a good thing.
Let’s take a look at three of the best plays out right now that you can watch to enjoy both the acting and the guitar playing.
Rock of Ages
We are sure that when the topic of guitars and plays came to mind that this was the first play that you thought of. The Rock of Ages play is the currently the quintessential play that puts the spotlight on the guitar and its playing too.
The play follows the story of Sherrie, a girl from Oklahoma who has dreams of becoming a famous singer. Things don’t go the way she plans and ends up as a waitress first. She meets Drew, another person who wants to be a singer but has severe anxiety.
It is a tale of life really. About how things can go wrong and that how when you stick to a dream and to hope, good things can happen.
It isn’t hard to see why that is. Looking at the tracks that are incorporated in this play, you’ll instantly understand.
For instance, you have rock and roll classics such as “We’re Not Going to Take it”, originally performed by Twisted Sister. There is also Hit Me with your Best Shot and Come on Feel the Noise.
These rock ‘n roll songs do a lot to inject some raw powerful energy into the play. It also allows for people to enjoy the play by singing along to the song that they know.
Speaking to the guitarists of the show, it really does seem that they are some of the biggest stars of the show. In recent interviews, they said that it felt like a concert and that the energy of the crowd really powered them up too.
Another reason why the guitars are so important is the fact that it is hard to find a guitarist nowadays who can play and shred as they did back in the 80s. Not to mention the confidence to actually play in a theater full of patrons.
School of Rock
Born out of one of the most iconic rock movies out there. This musical can still be watched in some theaters.
Based on the 2003 film, the musical follows Dewey Finn, an out-of-work rock singer and guitarist who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Even if you watched the movie its still great experience with a lot of guitar playing. The editorial team of Guitar Fella devoted a full article on how to approach and learn these songs if you are interested..
Book of Mormon
The next play on the list came from the same minds of the people who brought us the vulgar yet enjoyable cartoon South Park. It is called The Book of Mormon.
This musical comedy follows two Mormon missionaries as they go through their duty of spreading the word of their religion. Did we mention this is taking place in a village in Uganda?
Initially, the locals are nonplussed by their preaching. They have bigger things to think about such as famine, AIDS, and those warlords who just can’t get off their backs. Then, the missionaries begin to add science fiction to the doctrine of the Latter-Day Saints.
From there, it is an adventure filled with religions, warlords, music, and raucous laughter.
The music of the play is actually helmed by Jake Ezra Schwartz. Through his work on the play, he has won a Tony and Grammy Award. If you get a hankering to watch plays with guitars, why not start with these? You can also head to certain classical guitar festivals to hone your skills and watch some guitar-themed plays too.
There are all sorts of fans out there. There are diehard fans of many things. Things like TV shows, movies, songs, guitars, and even plays.
Interestingly enough, there are some times where there really are no limits to the fandom of some people. The team at White Night Nuit Blanche supports this wholeheartedly. After all, we continually pursue guitars in theater plays.
For this article, let’s check out several festivals that you can go to in order to learn more about theater plays and even guitars in them.
The Festival of New Musicals
The first festival we’ll be looking at is called the Festival of New Musicals. This festival has been going for 30 years! In this year, the 31st annual Festival of New Musicals will begin.
As the name suggests, this festival showcases the newest and freshest musicals in the world. Each one that makes it through will have 45 minutes to present its concept and songs, instruments and all.
Theater producers from around the world gather at this festival in order to see the next best musical that they can get.
The beauty of this festival is that there is no cost. All costs are shouldered by the people who put together the festival.
There have been a lot of great things that have happened because of this festival. In all actuality, there have been more than 250 great things as these are the number of musicals that have been discovered. Along with that are some 500 writers who have found a way to a job.
As the statistics state, close to 90% of the theater plays and musicals discovered here has become a success with tours and recordings done for the album.
This festival will be taking place on October 24 and 25. Who knows? The next best guitar-themed play might be discovered here.
The Lift Festival
Next up, we have the Lift Festival. The Lift has been around since the early 80s, with the mission of bringing people together and questioning the status quo.
Through this festival, people come together to watch spectacular performances over more than six weeks. These performances also include theatrical plays and musicals, as the festival partners up with several theaters and art establishments in London.
The cool thing about this festival is their venues. Sometimes, it finds great nooks and crannies to host their shows. It has even used an abandoned golf course for it.
New York Musical Festival
Then we have the New York Musical Festival. This is a festival that aims to energize the musical industry by showcasing the year’s best new musicals.
The NYMF is a large festival. It is actually the biggest festival on musical theater in the whole of the United States.
Every summer it takes place in Midtown Manhattan. The festival hosts new creators and gives them the necessary funds, materials, and other resources to put together new musicals. These include marketing and advertising.
In this way, new shows are created and new workers either gain experience or find a permanent place.
Williamstown Theater Festival
Finally comes the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This one has been up and running since the mid-1950s. The goal of the festival has always been to revitalize old performances by infusing innovation and new ideas into the mix.
Each festival, workers are invited to work plays. These include artists, production design, directors, musicians, and more.
It is a time for audiences to enjoy an ever-evolving theater experience. It is also a way for the workers to hone their craft and find new ways of executing plays. Why not check out these festivals some time? You may learn something new, or just enjoy the experience as it is.
This isn’t a reason to not discuss it more though. The reason behind this is that we expect our readers to be from around the world. If they read about a specific festival that is halfway around the world, the chances of them going to that are relatively low.
Thus, it is always best to cover many festivals from all over the world. This increases the chances of readers finding one that they can easily visit. In this specific article, we’ll look at festivals that cater to either music with guitars, plays, and the mixture of both.
Let’s look at several international festivals that are along these lines.
Galway International Arts Festival
First one we’ll be talking about is the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). The GIAF is an explosion of cultural and artistic celebration. It is one of Europe’s biggest ever festivals.
Most of the time, this multi-faceted festival takes place in Galway, Ireland. It includes things like theater plays, street performances, musicals, dance recitals, operas, and even comedy just to name a few.
All of these disciplines play out in multiple venues of Ireland. In the previous year, the festival went to over 30 venues for more than 200 acts! The quarter of a million attendees only attests to how enjoyable and amazing the festival is.
Apart from this though, GIAF has its own production and training arms. This means that they create their own theater plays and musicals. When they develop one that they deem great, they go out locally and internationally to tour it.
The GIAF has partnered with several cities around the world such as Chicago, New York, Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong and more. So, even if you can’t go to the festival, you may be able to catch the plays that GIAF has been producing.
Now you may think that GIAF is all about the celebration of art. While this isn’t totally wrong, they also have something bigger that they are pushing. It is the philosophy of “First Thought”.
This philosophy is pushed forward through several talks with leaders from around the world and Ireland as well. In it, they speak about how to develop and evolve certain ideas and practices that can benefit the world.
International Festival of Greek Drama
Next up, we have the International Festival of Greek Drama. This specific festival has been operating for over 20 years. It started way back in the late 90s in Cyprus. The festival’s mission was to spread the word of Greek Drama to the world.
Greek drama was one of the first ever serious forms of entertainment. We say serious because the Greeks held their drama and entertainment to a high level. It was very serious for them.
Calling it entertainment is actually a bit off. The Greek’s actually used plays to understand the world around them better. They did this through three types of plays that are still alive today: comedies, satires, and tragedies.
It is also a great way to see how the Greek’s incorporated music into their plays. While they didn’t have guitars, they had lyres which were sort of precursors to guitars.
If you’d like to experience Greek drama and expand your theatrical sensibilities, this is the festival for you. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you can find a festival that you can head to easily.
When guitars first came out, the first ones that people knew about were what we know now as “classical guitars”. Historical traces follow the origin of the guitar to Persia, where the word “Tar” meant an instrument that uses strings.
Much later, it found its way to Spain, where their own form of guitar classical music was formed in the 15th and 16th century.
This classical guitar and style of the instrument eventually gave way to the acoustic and electric guitars that are currently ubiquitous in our world and society.
Classical guitars are important, due to the fact that they were for a large part of some of the earliest plays being done. These were the operas.
The classical guitar may be a very niche form and style of guitar. Thus, there may be a need to return to it. If you want to learn more about it, you can attend several of these classical guitar events.
Who knows? The things you would learn and feel may allow you to either appreciate it in plays, as well as incorporate it to some of your own plays.
The first one is called Classical Minds. This year, it will be taking place on October 25 to 27 in the Foxton Village Hall. This will be the first time in 15 years that the event will be taking place outside of Houston, Texas. This year, it will be the 15th annual Classical Minds event.
The event spans six whole days of classical guitar playing. In this event, famous and skilled players and teachers come to either perform for the attendees and even teach you how to be better with your classical guitar skills.
This event is open to people of all ages. Whether you are young or old, if you are interested in classical music or if you want to just enjoy the music, this will be for you.
You should get in on this action quick! For techniques, tutorials, and the like, you need to send an application that will lock you in.
Next up, we have Bath Guitar. This event is done by the International Guitar Foundation & Festivals or IGF. This group’s main mission is to spread the word of the guitar.
One way they do it is through the Bath Guitar event. The upcoming one on July 14 to 17 will host a number of performances that you can enjoy. Most of these performances showcase the talents of the younger generation.
We hope that your interest and appreciation in classical guitar only increases with these events. Apart from that, we also have guitar play events. If you still aren’t sure what we’re about, through our articles, we hope you’ll understand more.
In plays, there are many things to look at when thinking whether or not the play is good. Of course, people initially think about the actors who convey the story to us. It also looks at the story itself, as people love to poke holes or see whether it resonates with them.
There are other things though that can be considered. You can also take a look at the music. Depending on how it is arranged, how the instruments are played, and how the songs are composed, the music can really enhance the quality of the play.
Apart from that, effective use of lighting can serve to increase the quality, story, and appeal of a play as it illuminates people’s lives.
In order to learn more about music and lighting, people can attend festivals for them. Let’s take a look at a couple of lighting and music festivals.
Festival of Lights
First up, we illuminate you readers with Berlin’s Festival of Lights. This specific festival showcases the whole city of Berlin as it is draped in beautiful light art.
People can enjoy the city of Berlin and all of its amazing landmarks and buildings throughout this festival. All of these places will have great light art on them. In this case, the whole city is the stage and you discover the beauties on them.
The festival lasts for 10 days. Across these 10 days, you can visit as many as 100 locations, taking the history, significance, and culture of Berlin.
These new and innovative light installations evoke emotion from the people watching. At the same time, people can also take these lighting techniques.
Florida Festival of New Musicals
Next up we have the Florida Festival of New Musicals. This festival focuses on musicals as a whole. Throughout the four-day festival duration, new musicals are presented and celebrated with the hopes of finding the next best thing.
This could be the festival to find the next best play or musical that showcases the guitar.
We hope that these festivals can help either inspire you for applying lighting and guitars to your plays or just enjoy these two facets of theater. You can also check out several guitar-centric plays to watch.