2 of the Best Guitar-centric Plays to Watch

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whitenightnuitblanche post22 300x200 - 2 of the Best Guitar-centric Plays to WatchSome 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.

2 International Festivals Fusing Guitars and Plays

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In our recent articles, we had discussed a number of great festivals you can head to. We wrote about several theater festivals, as well as music and light festivals as well.

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