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Chinese
Hello,

I know a phrase "make a film". But can I say "make a musical" to express the action of producing and directing a musical drama?

For example:
The director is planning to make a musical at school.
 
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    I can't say that "make" is not appropriate here, but I would usually say "produce" or "put on." "The director is planning to produce a musical at school."
     

    Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    If you take an existing musical, for which someone has already written the script and composed the music, and produce and present it, then you can't use "make".
    In this context "make" would suggest to me you are creating a new musical from scratch.
     

    popup

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Edinburgher, thanks for your comments! Yes, I mean creating a new musical from scratch :)
     

    pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    Even then, "make" is strange in my eyes - I would prefer "create," or separating it out as "write" for the process of creating the show, and back to "produce" or "put on" for actually putting it on stage.
     

    Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    I agree with POB. Even though "make" would suggest "create", I would still not say "make" for this situation. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
     
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