It is not good....
- When the costume design makes every single person look so similar you can't tell them apart.
- To be saying "dang it, is that the main character, or is he the main character?"
- To have two singing roles and have neither be the main characters.
- To have every other scene be a filler scene that does nothing but explain exactly what's about to happen in the next scene "Auditions for the talent show are right now!"
- When the main character does not sing a single word.
- If the songs in a musical have nothing to do with the plot.
- When said plot is all over the place and there is no continuity.
- When no one takes their job seriously.
- If you can't tell who is singing.
- If you don't care about the characters.
- When the set is distracting and cheesy.
- If the only two singing roles are characters who have no definition and there is no understanding of their development or story line besides the fact that they are the only ones who sing.
- When a woman in the ensemble has almost the same wig as one of the minor supporting characters. "Why is she dancing again when she was just bedridden in post-surgical haze?!"
- When dad characters forbid their daughters from doing something without seeing their point of view.
- When casual sexual harassment is perpetuated by everyone calling a young woman "Baby" as a first name, and her parents support and exacerbate it further.
- When that is furthered by the merchandise cart in the lobby, which sells shorts with "Baby" written across the backside.
- When a musical forces young aspiring actors to take a job simply because it is a job, and not something worthwhile, impressive, or something they care about. When they're forced to do a show over and over again and suffer through the agony together and are doing what they have to to get by as artists who are manipulated to please a crowd that isn't typically drawn in to musical theater.
- When a show is a poor representation of the similar work that exists, and it's the only thing that some people are exposed to.
For examples, see:
Dirty Dancing, Orpheum Theatre Oct 8th-Oct 19th