Okay, I promise this post is actually going to be about theatre (and no, it will have nothing to do with that disastrous Cats movie that we do not need to speak of on this blog). However, it must be said: I love Taylor Swift. I am 100% a Swiftie. It’s just who I am – I’ve loved her ever since Teardrops On My Guitar was released, which means I’ve actually been a Taylor Swift fan longer than I’ve been a theatre fan. Anyway, this post is about her latest album, Folklore.
I assume we’ve all had the chance to listen to Folklore, yes? And we all love it, right? Of course.
So at this point, you’re probably wondering, what does this have to do with theatre? It’s because I want Taylor Swift to write a musical. And I hope I am not alone in this.
This is a thought I have expressed before on this blog, and it is one that I will keep hoping for until it happens. Even if you do not like Taylor Swift as a musician (which I don’t know how you could, but anyway) you have to admit she is an incredible storyteller. Her songwriting skills are basically unmatched. And her latest album, Folklore, is no exception.
Many people and fans wish for a Taylor Swift jukebox musical. This, of course, would be incredible, and a few years ago they actually did a concert version of this at 54 Below which was, yes, incredible. And a jukebox musical would be all well and good, but I want more.
I want Taylor Swift to write her own, original musical. Think about it! In my opinion, Folklore has proven that Taylor Swift can write in any genre. Her versatility is incredible, and that is why she is the perfect candidate to write a musical. It would probably be the most beautiful, haunting love story.
Of course, a jukebox musical with her existing material would already be great, but I think one composed of wholly new material could be even better. Either based on source material or an original story. But I think Taylor Swift has proven that her original stories are strong enough on their own – wouldn’t it be great to have a full fleshed out story of the love triangle present on Folklore?
In conclusion, a Taylor Swift musical would simply be the best thing ever. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
And if you’re searching for another connection to theatre, Patti LuPone herself is a fan. Just in case you needed any more convincing.
What would you like to see out of a potential Taylor Swift musical? What other artists would you love to see write a musical? Let me know!
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