Why is music important in a play?
Music helps influence the way people feel, thus swaying the audience to feel a certain way at a certain time. Scary music adds a sense of foreboding, while calm music adds a sense of serenity to the scene. In the context of musicals, the songs are paramount to the play and characters often sing when their emotions are too powerful to be put into words. Sometimes the style the music is written in reflects the time period it is set in as well.