I recently had the opportunity to go see Hudstown with a friend. I admit, I love Broadway musicals. What can I say – they have won me over every time with drama, costumes and energy. It has always been my secret wish to live in a world where people randomly explode into song to explain things. Musical works, like all works of art, deal with basic life issues: romance, family, loss, and ambition. And, of course, they often touch on money. Here are some of the things that many Broadway musicals have taught me about money over the years.
1. Hamilton teaches America’s financial history
Like many others, Hamilton is one of my favorite music of recent years. There is a lot to love about it, not the least of which is her interpretation and narration of American history. And one of the things that amazed me about this musical is that it really sums up some important things about how to do it America’s Financial History I developed the way I did. It covers our history of debt and banking and why Washington, D.C. may be our political forte but Wall Street is in New York.
2. Rent addresses the difficult relationship between art and money
Rent will always be one of my favorite musicals of all time. It came out when I just became an adult, and it touched on many of the basic things that matter to me. Diversity, acceptance, the AIDS crisis, relationships, drugs, loss…it brings me to the present day.
Of course, money is the essence of it all; Look at the name of the musical. Specifically, it’s about how to stay true to your creative self, make art your livelihood, live the way you want to, and also pay your bills. What would you like to sacrifice financially to live artistically? And why does it have to be this way. It deals with the different ideas about “selling”.
In the movie, although not the musical itself, there is a scene in which one of the directors portrays a homeless woman on the street. And she says something about the “my life isn’t for your art” effect. Then he adds, “Hey artist, you got a dollar? I didn’t think so.” Therefore, it deals with franchising, lifestyle, art license and many more subtle issues related to money.
3. Hudstown looks at the contrast between the rich and the poor
In Hadestown, Hell is all the people working to their core in factories, with no real power to exercise their will, all to make Hades rich. It addresses the disparity between the rich and the poor, and how the rich live the way they do at the expense of the poor. It has a little to do with the rights of the workers, and the power of the many if they come together to fight against the few. It is about how one person inspires others to make a drastic change that changes everything for everyone. Or can they? The question is left open and asks us to consider our priorities.
4. Producers reveal that you never know what will be a financial success
It’s been a while since I’ve seen this, but it’s all about the money. The main premise is that producers of a play within a play understand that you can actually be more financially successful by “flip” rather than “hit.” If you get the right investments but the play itself yields poor results, you can actually make a profit. So they set out to create the worst play in history…but it turned out to be a huge hit. This ends up with them. It’s an interesting commentary about what people are going to pay for, the whole weird world of investing (think venture capital), the concept of “what’s art worth” and so much more.
What other musicals have taught you things about money, work, and success?
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Catherine Vercello is a professional writer who loves to live a balanced life. She values a good work-life balance. She enjoys balance in her relationships and has worked hard to learn how to balance her finances to allow for a balanced life overall. Although she is only blonde at times, she always strives for perfect balance. She’s excited to share what she’s learned with you and discover more together along the way.