A Musical By Any Other Name is . . .

A script came into our e-submission pile the other day that got my attention.  Unfortunately, not in the “OMG – I gotta read this one right now” way.

The title page was perfectly formatted.  That wasn’t it.  But there was a little extra something on it . . . like a double garnish on a dinner plate.

Underneath the title and the author’s name, it said . . .

“A dark dramedy with music.”

Excuse me for a moment, but WTF is that?

It’s unique . . . for sure . . . and I know, I know, I preach that the key to success with your project is making it unique in some shape or form.

But let the work speak for itself. Don’t feel that you have to come up with a moniker that actually just confuses anyone picking it up . . . and more importantly, makes the reader think, “This writer actually doesn’t know what their piece is.”

Want to label your show before you submit?  Here’s what I suggest you choose from:

– Play
– Musical

And scene.

Ok, if you feel your targeted reader is only looking for a specific style of show, you could say:

– Comedy
– Drama

But that’s it.

And what about if your Play has some music in it?  I still think it’s a Play.  I don’t think people jump to read “plays with music” more than plays, so I’d go with Play or Musical.

Keep it simple.  Otherwise you may just confuse your reader . . . or worse, make the reader think you’re confused.


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