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Critic’s Notebook

‘Smash’ and ‘Treme’ shine spotlight on musical TV series

Musicals, like concerts, work best on the stage, live, where you can feel the emotional energy of the singing. There’s nothing between you and the singer except maybe a wisp or two of blue hair.

To a lesser extent, musicals work on the big screen, as simple, self-contained stories with expressionistic flourishes. They can still deliver falling rain to sing in, and real hills that come alive.

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