Re: Original Parallels article from 2000
In fact, the electric guitar is used to make a contrast : Javert arrival, donnez donnez, etc. and it's not used that much I think in "classical" musicals
That's why people scream "Rock Opera" !
in another thread, you said that this musical could be closer to an opera. In fact, I would say an operetta. It is quite lyrical at some points, but also sounds "pop" on others. And most of the time, there's songs, and no "arias".
Whats makes it like an operetta to me, is also the constant use of reminiscences of different songs. But what makes it like an opera is the use of leitmotives.
I think that the use of leitmotives as heard in operas was even more developed in the 1980 version. which makes it more "classical music"
-> more classical, more rock-opera. Wagner or Andrew Lloyd Webber. You decide. (or maybe it's both?)