Real Life: The Musical

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  • 2012
  • 1 Season

Real Life: The Musical is an enchanting production from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that showcases the unparalleled ability of music to express sentiments that words alone cannot encapsulate. It is a unique blend of innovative reality TV and enchanting musical elements that were united to create a truly pioneering series in 2012. Each episode masterfully demonstrates how an everyday real-life situation can be lifted and transformed into a heart-touching musical extravaganza.

The series takes its viewers on a journey through a collection of personal stories, each bringing a different theme to the forefront, and showcases the fundamental elements of human emotions- joy, surprise, sorrow, redemption, love, or reconciliation. The twist being, these stories aren't bound by traditional storytelling techniques – they are enhanced by the power of music. In Real Life: The Musical, participants are given the opportunity to use the universal medium of song and dance to express deep-seated emotions, reveal secrets, or convey messages that they might have struggled to articulate in mere words.

Each episode is a stand-alone narrative, where an ordinary individual is chosen, someone who wants to express their feelings or share a personal revelation using the theatrical language of a musical. The team behind Real Life: The Musical, including a Broadway director and choreographer, works intimately with the chosen participant to create a one-of-a-kind musical performance. Moreover, the participant doesn't undergo this transformation alone; an ensemble of family members, friends, and neighbors often join in and contribute to the ultimate spectacle, furnishing it with authenticity, support, and diversity.

A quintessential part of the show is the careful song selection process. The songs, drawn from popular modern music or theatrical musical compositions, are chosen not only for their melody but also for their lyrics. The selected piece must complement the participant's story and convey their message or emotion aptly. Through the participant's journey, viewers get a glimpse into the crafting of a full-fledged musical performance, from conceptualization through rehearsals to the live delivery of these song-and-dance numbers.

Real Life: The Musical excels in combining everyday human experiences with the captivating world of musicals in an open platform. The result is an outburst of sentiment, passion, and creativity, making each episode a memorable experience for the viewers. The audience can't help but be captivated by the raw, relatable, and real stories that flow beyond traditional dialogue into soulful songs and uplifting choreography.

Beyond its entertainment value, the series offers therapeutic value for both the participants and viewers alike. It aids the participant in expressing their pent-up emotions or revealing their feelings, thus helping them unlock a greater level of self-discovery and emotional catharsis. Viewers embarking on this moving journey with each episode take shared joy in the participant's transformation and find kinship in their sentiments and the universality of human experiences.

The series not only demonstrates the effectiveness of musicals as a narrative technique but also captures the true essence of reality television by maintaining the focus on real people with authentic emotions and experiences. By doing so, Real Life: The Musical not only entertains but also motivates, inspires, and resonates on a human level. It provides life-affirming lessons, showing that anyone can take center stage in their life story, harness the power of a well-placed song, and truly express themselves - making it a true standout in the realm of reality television.

In conclusion, Real Life: The Musical is a captivating mix of reality television and musical theater. It offers viewers a novel and emotive form of storytelling by encouraging ordinary individuals to translate their personal narratives, emotions, and revelations into powerful musical performances. With its promise of relatability, compassion, creativity, and high entertainment, the series remains an enchanting testament to the power of music and the authenticity of real life stories.

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Episode 7
7. Episode 7
August 31, 2012
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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
August 24, 2012
Summary not available
It's Now or Never
5. It's Now or Never
August 17, 2012
The Musical team helps one woman reveal her true feelings for her girlfriend and together they pull off the ultimate surprise musical proposal of a lifetime - in just five days! She sings "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police.
I've Got a Crush on You
4. I've Got a Crush on You
August 10, 2012
A 26-year-old performs a song to start up a romance with her best friend.
A Proposal with a Twist
3. A Proposal with a Twist
Aisha decides to break tradition and propose to her boyfriend of four years, but a confrontation with her father and a surprise twist catches Aisha off guard.
A Real High School Musical
2. A Real High School Musical
August 3, 2012
With the help of Mark Ballas of "Dancing With the Stars," Marilu Henner's son Nick wants to thank a favorite high school teacher.
I Do, Take Two!
1. I Do, Take Two!
June 9, 2012
In the series premiere a couple who eloped want to say "sorry" to their mothers, who are unhappy they missed the wedding.
  • Premiere Date
    June 9, 2012